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 Kodak Mini 2 HD Instant Photo Printer at PCMag

    • PROS

      Smaller than its predecessor. Easy to set up and use. Good overall print quality. Robust mobile device app. NFC makes it easy to connect to a mobile device.

CONS

  • Can’t print from a PC. High running costs. Print speeds are slow compared with the competition. Mobile app crashed a few times during testing.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Kodak Mini 2 HD Instant Photo Printer produces good-quality photos, and its wireless capabilities make it easy to connect to the mobile app. But somewhat slow print times and stiff running costs hold it back.

Earlier this year, we looked at the Kodak Photo Printer Mini, a portable snapshot photo printer that, like the highly rated HP Sprocket, or the Polaroid Insta-Share, churns out small photos (in this case 2 by 3.4 inches, or business card size). The problem for the Mini, though, is that, at 6 inches long—or an inch or so longer than these other models—it’s just big enough not to be all that miniature.

Kodak has fired back with its new Kodak Mini 2 HD Instant Photo Printer ($99.99). While it still prints 2-by-3.4-inch photos (other photo printers of its ilk print 2-by-3-inch pics), it’s almost an inch shorter than the original Mini, and very close to the Lifeprint 2×3 Hyperphoto Printer and its other competitors in size and girth. And, much like its predecessor and the other portable photo printers, it prints passable photos. The output, however, isn’t nearly as good as photos printed on a few closely priced five- and six-ink consumer-grade photo printers from Canon and Epson.

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Review of the Canon imageClass MF236n at PCMag

  • PROS

    Good price. Fits comfortably on an average desktop. Automatic document feeder (ADF). Reasonably fast. Excellent print quality.

  • CONS

    No auto-duplex printing or scanning. Running costs are high. Lacks Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, and NFC.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    Canon’s entry-level imageClass MF236n prints good-looking monochrome documents at a respectable clip, but its running costs relegate it to a low-volume laser AIO.

Like the Editors’ Choice imageClass MF249dw, the Canon imageClass MF236n ($199) is an entry-level monochrome laser all-in-one (AIO) printer designed for low-volume printing, copying, scanning, and faxing in a small or micro home-based office or workgroup. You sacrifice a few things for the low price, however, such as the ability to copy and scan two-sided multipage documents automatically, as well as wireless networking. While the MF236n is a capable little AIO, what you give up for a not-so-significant price difference between it and the Canon MF249dw is more than enough to keep the MF236n as a mere contender; however, in the right low-to-medium-print-volume environments, it’s a sensible alternative to its costlier sibling.
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Review of the Canon imageClass MF232w at PCMag

  • PROS

    Good price. Compact. Excellent print quality. Fast print speed.

  • CONS

    Running costs could be better. Lacks automatic document feeder (ADF). No auto-duplex printing.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    It may lack an ADF and automatic two-sided printing, but Canon’s imageClass MF232w all-in-one (AIO) prints well and at a highly respectable speed for the price.

The Canon imageClass MF232w ($189) is a monochrome all-in-one (AIO) laser printer that’s a step below the Editors’ Choice Canon imageClass MF249dw. Granted, it lacks an automatic document feeder (ADF) and an auto-duplexing print engine for printing two-sided pages automatically. What you do get with this sub-$200 laser AIO, however, is decent print speeds and good output quality for the price, as well as competitive running costs. That makes it a sensible choice for low-volume printing and copying from a home-based or small or micro office or workgroup, or as a low-volume personal laser AIO.
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Review of Lifeprint 2x3 Hyperphoto Printer at PCMag

  • PROS

    Innovative “hyperphoto” technology for turning stills to videos. Prints well. Small and light. Easy to set up and use.

  • CONS

    No way to print from PC. Relatively high running costs.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    With its innovative photo-to-video technology, the Lifeprint Photo and Video Printer 2×3 proves itself an intriguing novelty snapshot printer.

Pocket photo printers such as the HP Sprocket and the Kodak Photo Printer Mini offer the convenience of printing on the go from your phone or tablet. The Lifeprint 2×3 Hyperphoto Printer ($129.99) takes this a step further: It comes with its own social media site for sharing photos, and using an augmented reality (AR) technology, it allows you to turn stills into movie clips, or what Lifeprint calls “hyperphotos.” Overall, Lifeprint 2×3 prints well, and it’s an appealing option if you’re open to a unique twist on photo sharing.
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Editors' Choice

  • PROS

    Good overall output quality. Prints borderless pages up to 13 by 19 inches. Auto-duplexing up to tabloid-size. Supports Wi-Fi Direct and NFC mobile networking. Two large paper drawers.

  • CONS

    High cost per page. No USB thumb drive support.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Epson WorkForce WF-7210 is a single-function wide-format printer that’s fast and produces quality output, making it an excellent addition to a small office in need of printing pages up to 13 by 19 inches.

The Epson WorkForce WF-7210 Wide-Format Printer ($199.99) bears a striking resemblance to the model it replaces, the Editors’ Choice WorkForce WF-7110. Both single-function models print well overall at reasonable clips, and support a wealth of standard and mobile connectivity features. They can also print borderless pages up to 13 by 19 inches, as well as automatic two-sided pages up to 11 by 17 inches. As such, the WF-7210 replaces its predecessor as our top low- to moderate-volume standalone wide-format printer.
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Review of the Epson WorkForce WF-7710 Wide-Format All-in-One Printer at PCMag

  • PROS

    Prints up to 13-by-19-inch pages. Scans, copies, and faxes multipage, two-sided originals up to 11 by 17 inches. Auto-duplexing ADF and scanner. Large, easy-to-use control panel. Good overall print quality.

  • CONS

    High cost per page. Graphics printing could be better. Only one paper cassette.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Epson WorkForce WF-7710 prints, copies, and scans wide-format pages with ease, but it doesn’t quite stand up to its formidable competition.

The Epson WorkForce WF-7710 Wide-Format All-in-One Printer ($249.99) is a super-tabloid all-in-one (AIO) capable of borderless prints up to 13 by 19 inches. It also scans, copies, and faxes up to tabloid size (11 by 17 inches).However, the WF-7710 costs significantly more to use than our Editors’ Choice Brother MFC-J6935DW, and its paper capacity is less than half. It’s worth considering the WF-7710 if you need to print super-tabloid size pages (the Brother model can only handle up to tabloid size), but otherwise, the Epson is a perfectly good printer that faces some very stiff competition.
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Brother DCP-L2550DW Review and Ratings at Computer ShopperA laser printer by any other name…

When is a monochrome laser multifunction or all-in-one (AIO) printer not a laser all-in-one printer? Well, when, according to Brother, it’s a multifunction copier. And what’s a multifunction copier? Is it a new product genre, perhaps? For the longest time now, all-in-ones that lack a specific function, such as fax functionality or an automatic document feeder (ADF), have nevertheless been called AIOs—until Brother’s recent round of monochrome laser products, that is.

The company’s latest monochrome laser printer/copier/scanner (sans fax), the $159.99-list DCP-L2550DW seen here, and its DCP-L2540DW sibling have been dubbed multifunction copiers, which does little more than muddy the product-naming waters this late in the game. But hey, we’re too concerned with more important things, such as price, performance, print quality, running costs, and overall value, to worry about nomenclature. What type of users does the product serve and how well does it serve them, right?

To answer that question generally, the Brother DCP-L2550DW is an entry-level monochrome laser printer designed for use in a home-based or small office or workgroup. It’s fast for its price, and it prints well enough, as long as your application doesn’t call for a lot of nice-looking grayscale graphics and photos; in other words, it’s best suited for printing text. That isn’t a restriction for all monochrome laser printers; some of Canon’s monochrome AIOs, even entry-level models like the Canon imageClass MF249dw, produce impressive grayscale output. (Although if good-looking photos are what you’re after, you should be reading an inkjet printer review.)

In any case, the DCP-L2550DW is a great text printer, and we can think of plenty of settings where a reasonably fast low-volume text printer fits well, especially environments where quick delivery of one- and two-page documents is just the ticket.

That includes just about every front office or front desk setting—doctors’ offices, pharmacies, auto repair shops, tire shops—and anywhere else that needs to print quotes, receipts, and so on. Not only will they benefit from the fast, good-looking text documents, but few of these offices print more than 100 to 200 pages each month, which sort of minimizes the DCP-L2550DW’s steep running costs. The latter are our biggest complaint about this printer (and the entry-level laser market in general).

Read the entire review at Computer Shopper



 

Review of the Epson WorkForce WF-7720 Wide-Format All-in-One Printer at PCMag

    • PROS

      Prints up to 13-by-19-inch pages. Scans and copies multipage, two-sided originals up to 11 by 17 inches. Auto-duplexing ADF and scanner. Diverse connectivity. Great-looking, easy-to-use control panel.

CONS

    • High cost per page. Graphics printing could be better.

BOTTOM LINE

  • The Epson WorkForce WF-7720 prints, copies, and scans wide-format pages and is backed by a robust feature set, but its comparatively high cost per page relegates it to being a low-volume business printer.

The Epson WorkForce WF-7720 Wide-Format All-in-One Printer ($299.99) prints oversize pages up to super-tabloid size (13 by 19 inches), and it scans, copies, and faxes documents up to tabloid size (11 by 17 inches). Like its close competitor, the Editors’ Choice Brother MFC-J6935DW, it prints well and relatively fast, and it’s loaded with top-drawer productivity and convenience features, such as a single-pass auto-duplexing automatic document feeder (ADF). The Brother’s lower running costs and better business graphics keep this model from usurping the Editors’ Choice, but the WF-7720 has plenty of features that make it a suitable low-volume wide-format AIO for small offices and workgroups.
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  • Review of the Zebra GK420d Direct Thermal Printer at PCMagPROS 

    Exceptionally low running costs. Prints fast. Open programming platform for custom applications. Wide selection of label media. Dual simultaneous connectivity through serial and parallel ports.

  • CONS

    Complicated software installation. Ethernet costs extra. Lacks wireless and mobile support.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Zebra GK420d, the next step up from a consumer-grade label printer, provides wide-ranging expansion options and a very low cost of operation.

[amazon_link asins=’B00EUN90SG’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’95883b47-09d4-11e8-b92a-4524e0042018′]At the lower end of Zebra Technologies’ somewhat extensive stable of label/barcode printers, the Zebra GK420d Direct Thermal Printer ($595) [amazon_link asins=’B00EUN90SG’ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’a0648968-09d4-11e8-a92d-1ba6c73ba849′] is small and relatively low-priced as industrial-strength label printers go. Though the GK420d is big and beefy, compared with the combination consumer-grade/small business professional label makers we’ve reviewed recently, such as the Editors’ Choice Brother QL-820NWB,[amazon_link asins=’B01MTYE0X6′ template=’CopyOf-PriceLink’ store=’store-1′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’b235d858-09d4-11e8-91e3-cdf636de9f00′] it’s more than capable of printing a wide range of label types from your team’s PCs, as well as some tablets and smartphones. It’s a great choice for mid-volume, industrial-strength labeling in near-limitless settings, from warehouses to medical facilities and beyond.Read the entire review at PCMag