Review of the Canon IVY Mini Photo Printer at PCMag.da

  • PROS 

    Good print quality for its class. Easy to set up and use. Tiling feature allows for bigger images and collages. Competitive running costs.

  • CONS

    Can’t print from a PC. Bluetooth is only connection option. Lacks support for Wi-Fi. No savings for buying paper in bulk.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    With on-par output quality, print speeds, and running costs for a Zink-based photo printer, the Canon IVY Mini is a solid portable model that churns out 2-by-3-inch prints.

Over the past few years, we’ve seen a surge of pocket photo printers that you operate solely from your smartphone or tablet. A few, notably the HP Sprocket Photo Printer and the Lifeprint 2×3 Hyperphoto Printer, have managed top ratings in PCMag reviews. Now, along comes Canon’s IVY Mini Photo Printer ($129.99), which, aside from a few set-apart print features, is essentially a “me-too” model. It prints as well as most of its competitors, and it comes with an easy-to-use app for printing, as well as for cropping and enhancing your photos. In our testing, though, little about the IVY stands out. It’s as good a choice as most of its competitors, assuming what you’re after are tiny, on-the-fly prints from a mobile device.

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Review of the Epson DS-410 Document Scanner at PCMag

  • PROS

    Comparably low price. Quick scanning and saving to both image and searchable PDF. Very accurate OCR. Good software bundle.

  • CONS

    Lacks wireless or mobile options. No business card software.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Epson DS-410 is a great value for offices that need a fast and accurate document scanner, but don’t require it to be network-ready.

Designed for low-volume small to medium-size offices, the Epson DS-410 Document Scanner ($329) is a low-cost sheet-feed scanner. It’s comparable in features with our Editors’ Choice HP ScanJet Pro 3000 s3 Sheet-Feed Scanner, but it’s a little slower and costs $100 less. Feature- and price-wise, the DS-410 is a terrific value, but it’s up against formidable competition, including models that support networking and don’t cost much more. For offices that don’t require networking from a document scanner, though, the Epson DS-410 is a tough contender among entry-level desktop document scanners.

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Review of the Epson DS-320 Portable Duplex Document Scanner With ADF at PCMa

  • PROS

    Highly accurate OCR. Fast scanning and saving to both image and searchable PDF. Comprehensive software bundle. 20-page single-pass ADF.

  • CONS

    Lacks battery. No wireless connectivity.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Epson DS-320 is a fast and accurate portable document scanner, but its slightly more expensive sibling offers more road-ready features.

The Epson DS-320 Portable Duplex Document Scanner With ADF ($249) is fast and accurate, much like its higher-end sibling, the Editors’ Choiced Epson WorkForce ES-300W. This smaller, less-expensive iteration mimics the ES-300W in appearance, volume, and functionality in most ways, but the $50 list-price difference means giving up wireless networking and a built-in battery. If you don’t need these features, though, you can save the 50 bucks and still get a highly capable portable sheet-feed document scanner for the road.

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Editors' Choice

  • PROS

    Comprehensive software bundle. Highly accurate OCR. Fast scanning, processing, and saving to both image and searchable PDF.

  • CONS

    Lacks built-in wireless, mobile options, and networking.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Epson WorkForce DS-770 desktop document scanner is fast and highly accurate, helping it stand out from a crowded pack of competitors.

The competition in the midrange sheet-feed desktop document scanner genre, where the Epson WorkForce DS-770 Color Document Scanner ($549) fits squarely, is fierce. Designed for small- to medium-size offices and workgroups, or perhaps as a busy personal scanner, the DS-770 costs a little more than the Editors’ Choice HP ScanJet Pro 3000 s3 Sheet-Feed Scanner, but it’s also a bit faster and somewhat more accurate. The Epson’s excellent mix of features and performance knocks the ScanJet Pro 3000 from its top spot perch in our lineup of midrange non-networkable document scanners.

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Review of the HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 All-in-One Printer at PCMag

  • PROS

    Fast. Impressive print quality. Highly competitive running costs. Very well-built. 50-sheet one-pass duplexing ADF. Laser-like security features. Versatile connectivity.

  • CONS

    Pricey compared with competitors. Support for borderless prints limited to A4 and letter-size. Only one paper input source.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 is an excellent inkjet all-in-one printer that’s up to the task of replacing the color laser AIO in your small office.

The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 All-in-One Printer ($349.99) is a medium-volume business-oriented inkjet all-in-one (AIO) designed for small to midsize offices and workgroups, as well as home-based offices. It comes with a few more productivity and convenience features than the Editors’ Choice Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4720 does, such as an auto-duplexing (and higher-capacity) automatic document feeder (ADF), but it also lists for almost twice as much. Otherwise, the OfficeJet 8730 is fast, prints well, is better-constructed than most of its competitors, and it comes with a slew odf attractive features. If you can justify the higher price, it’s a terrific business-oriented all-in-one office appliance.Read the entire review at PCMag


Read the entire review of the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M180nw at PCMag

  • PROS

    Good output quality. Reasonably fast. Small and light. Strong mobile connectivity. Low price.

  • CONS

    No automatic document feeder. No automatic two-sided printing. High cost per page.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The HP LaserJet Pro MFP M180nw is an entry-level color laser AIO that prints well and at a reasonable clip, but large-volume offices should note its high cost of consumables.

The HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M18s0nw ($299.99) is one of the smallest and least-expensive entry-level color laser all-in-one (AIO) printers we’ve recently seen. It’s a little bit slower than our current Editors’ Choice, the somewhat more expensive Canon Color imageClass MF634Cdw, and it prints as well, but the lack of an automatic document feeder (ADF) for sending multipage documents to the scanner, as well as a lofty per-page cost of consumables, should give pause to high-volume offices. Even so, its small footprint, strong print speed, and good output quality make it more than suitable as a personal color laser AIO for churning out low-volume prints and copies in a home-based business, or even a micro office or workgroup.

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The Best Label Makers of 2018 at PCMagFrom Convenient to Mission Critical

When most people think of label makers—or label printers, labeling systems, barcode printers, or whatever each manufacturer calls its wares—those little handheld devices with small keyboards and one-line monochrome LCDs come to mind. Well, even though many of those are still available, at this point they are yesterday’s technology.

In fact, these days, there are many types and levels of label printers (in terms of price, label quality, and volume) available—from inexpensive and convenient consumer-grade models for labeling containers and other articles around home, to the mission-critical machines for printing shipping labels, warnings (Stop, Caution, Fragile, and so on), bar codes, product labels, and so much more.

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Editors' Choice

  • PROS

    Single-pass automatic document feeder (ADF). Expandable paper-input capacity. Large customizable touch control panel. USB thumb drive support. Fast. Good overall print quality. Decent running costs.

  • CONS

    Photograph output could be better.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    Canon’s imageClass MF424dw all-in-one (AIO) prints terrific-looking text and graphics at a highly respectable speed for the price, and its competitive running costs make it a great value overall.

A step up from the Canon imageClass MF249dw, a top pick, the Canon imageClass MF424dw ($349) is a little bigger and faster. It has more productivity and convenience features, such as a single-pass auto-duplexing automatic document feeder (ADF), and support for USB thumb drives. Its paper-input capacity is expandable, making it an all-around more versatile and robust monochrome all-in-one (AIO) than the Canon MF249dw—for not that much more money. All that, and Canon’s new three-year warranty, as well as lower-than-average running costs, are more than enough to elevate the MF424dw as our Editors’ Choice for a monochrome laser AIO for low- to moderate-volume printing in a small- to medium-size office or workgroup.

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Review of the HP OfficeJet 3830 All-in-One Printer at PCMag

    • PROS

      Very low price. Light and compact. Impressive print quality. Low running costs with Instant Ink. Good-looking photos on HP photo paper. 35-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF). Touch screen is an unexpected amenity.

    • CONS

      Running costs are exorbitant without Instant Ink. No auto-duplexing. Two-cartridge ink setup is potentially wasteful. Lacks flash memory support and Ethernet.

BOTTOM LINE

  • The low-price, entry-level HP OfficeJet 3830 prints well and at reasonable running costs—when you sign up for HP’s Instant Ink subscription program—but you give up some features and functionality for the savings.

The HP OfficeJet 3830 All-In-One Printer ($79.99), an entry-level inkjet all-in-one (AIO), is a capable machine, but like many AIOs in this class, including the more-expensive Canon Pixma TR8520 Wireless Home Office All-In-One Printer, our Editors’ Choice, it has many formidable competitors. Unlike the Canon TR8520, the OfficeJet 3830 does not support two-sided printing, Ethernet networking, flash memory devices, and a few other noteworthy features. What the OfficeJet 3830 does have going for it is that, not only does it cost less than the Canon model, it also costs less to use—as long as you opt for HP’s Instant Ink subscription program, that is. The OfficeJet 3830 prints well, and it’s a good alternative to the Canon TR8520 for low-volume printing and copying in a small or home-based office or student dormitory.

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Review of the Panasonic KV-S1026C-MKII at PCMag

    • PROS

      Great optical character recognition (OCR) accuracy. Comprehensive software bundle. Faster than manufacturer’s ratings when scanning and saving to image and searchable PDF. Three-year warranty.

    • CONS

      Pricey. No network connectivity. Slower than competitors that cost half as much. Neat Cloud Service expires after three years.

BOTTOM LINE

  • The Panasonic KV-S1026C-MKII is a relatively fast and highly accurate entry-level desktop document scanner; all it really needs is a lower price.

An update to the Panasonic KV-S1026C we reviewed back in 2013, the Panasonic KV-S1026C-MKII ($600.99) is not only significantly faster than its predecessor, but it’s more accurate and comes with a better software bundle. This latest iteration really is a fine entry-level desktop sheet-feed document scanner, but it’s up against some stiff, less-costly competition, such as the Editors’ Choice Brother ADS-2700W Wireless High-Speed Desktop Document Scanner. The KV-S1026C-MKII is designed for use in home-based and small or micro offices or workgroups, or even as a personal desktop document scanner. While it is unquestionably well-suited for these environments, it simply costs too much to take its place among our top-choice candidates.

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