Review of the Brother MFC-J6945DW INKvestment Tank Color Inkjet All-In-One Printer at PCMag

  • PROS

    Low running costs. Good print quality. Prints, scans, copies, and faxes tabloid-size pages. Single-pass duplexing ADF. Three paper input sources.

  • CONS

    Super-tabloid support would provide greater value.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Brother MFC-J6945DW is a wide-format color inkjet all-in-one printer that prints well and is feature-packed and inexpensive to use, making it an exceptional value for small offices.


The Brother MFC-J6945DW ($349.99) is a light- to medium-duty wide-format all-in-one inkjet printer designed for small-office use. Like its predecessor, the Editors’ Choice Brother MFC-J6935DW, it can not only print, but also copy, scan, and fax tabloid-size pages and comes with a generous paper-input capacity. The cherry on top is that it prints quite well and at a very reasonable cost per page. All of these perks add up to an easy Editors’ Choice for the MFC-J6945DW.

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Review of the Brother MFC-L3710CW at PCMagPROS

Good text and photo quality. Large ADF. Decent mobile device support.

CONS

High running costs. Lacks auto-duplex printing and scanning. No Ethernet.

BOTTOM LINE

The Brother MFC-L3710CW is a solid color laser-class all-in-one printer for budget-conscious small offices.


The Brother MFC-L3710CW ($349.99) is an entry-level all-in-one color laser-class printer designed for small offices and workgroups. It costs $50 less than the Editors’ Choice Brother MFC-L3770CDW, but that price difference means sacrificing a few key features, including automatic two-sided printing, copying, scanning, and faxing, along with Ethernet support and the ability to print from and scan to thumb drives. Both machines, however, share the same high running costs—a common drawback to entry-level laser-class machines like these. The MFC-L3710CW offers some strong perks, including good text and photo quality and a sizable automatic document feeder, but you’ll likely find the MFC-L3770CDW a better value if your budget can stretch a bit.

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Review of the Brother HL-L3210CW at PCMag

  • PROS

    Good text and photo quality. Wi-Fi Direct mobile device support. Respectable paper capacity.

  • CONS

    No Ethernet connectivity or auto-duplexing. Lacks support for Web Connect printer apps. Graphics print quality below average.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    Brother’s HL-L3210CW is a capable, if basic, color laser-class LED printer for small offices where tight budgets require some corner-cutting.


The Brother HL-L3210CW ($199.99) is a step down from its sibling, the Editors’ Choice HL-L3270CDW. Designed for small offices, both single-function color laser-class printers have the same paper capacity, volume ratings, running costs, and several other like features. What you give up for the $50 price difference, though, is significant, including an easy-to-use touch-screen control panel, plentiful connectivity options, and high-quality graphics output. In other words, it’s worth weighing feature set versus price when considering the HL-L3210CW over its more expensive sibling.

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Review of the Canon Pixma TS8220 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One Printer at PCMagPROS
Excellent print quality. Smart home hands-free printing. Built-in arts and crafts features. Uses six inks. Two paper input trays. SD card support.

CONS
Lacks NFC or Wi-Fi Direct support. Somewhat slow document printing. Lacks automatic document feeder. High cost per page.

BOTTOM LINE
The Canon Pixma TS8220 combines the company’s superb six-ink photo and graphics output with new hands-free printing and several arts and crafts features, making it a great-value all-in-one-printer for low-volume offices.


The Canon Pixma TS8220 Wireless Inkjet All-in-One ($199.99) is, except for the addition of a handful of interesting arts and crafts and hands-free-printing features, essentially the same AIO as its predecessor, the Pixma TS8120. Like all the six-ink Pixmas we’ve tested over the years, the TS8220 prints exceptionally well, but, also like the rest of its kin, it costs a lot to use. In addition to above-par output, the TS8220’s support for popular scrapbooking and other crafting projects, as well as its new smart home features, make it a great-value home-and-family-oriented consumer-grade AIO printer for low-volume use.

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Review of the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C5790 Network Multifunction Color Printer at PCMagPROS
Competitive purchase price and running costs. Excellent print quality. Expandable paper capacity. Single-pass auto-duplexing ADF. Supports high-yield ink bags.

CONS
Lacks support for borderless output. Initial paper input capacity a bit low.

BOTTOM LINE

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C5790 is an inkjet all-in-one printer that’s packed with features, prints well, and balances purchase price and running costs fairly, making it a strong color laser AIO competitor.


Few inkjets have been better positioned to encroach on the color laser all-in-one market than the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C5790 ($299.99). It’s relatively fast and churns out near-typesetter print quality across the board. It’s loaded with productivity, convenience, and mobile connectivity features that small- and medium-size offices will appreciate, and its high-volume replaceable ink packs deliver running costs about half that of comparable laser-based machines. The Epson WF-C5790 all but obliterates the line between color laser and inkjet machines, thereby easily elevating it to our Editors’ Choice among mid-volume color AIOs.

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The Best Label Printers

From 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), barcodes, product labels, and so much more.

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Review of the Brother RuggedJet RJ-2150 at PCMagPROS
Relatively fast print speeds. Good output quality. PC, network, and mobile connectivity options. Top-drawer label design, print software, and mobile apps. Low running costs.

CONS
No charging gear in the box. Pricey.

BOTTOM LINE
The Brother RJ-2150 is a capable, if expensive, 2-inch portable label and receipt printer designed for heavy-duty, on-the-fly use.


The Brother RuggedJet RJ-2150 ($995) is designed to churn out relatively high volumes of labels and receipts in mobile on-demand applications. It’s built to operate in environments—including warehouses, fulfillment desks, showrooms, and elsewhere—where dust, moisture, and other factors might damage more conventional label makers. It’s similar in many ways to its sibling, the RJ-2050. Choosing between them comes down to how many labels you plan on printing: The RJ-2150 can use a higher-capacity label roll, making it somewhat larger and $300 more expensive than the RJ-2050.

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    • Review of the Canon Pixma TS9521C Wireless Crafter's All-In-One Printer at PCMagPROS

      Excellent print quality. Supports borderless square and tabloid-size media. Smart home ITFFF enabled. Robust connectivity.

    • CONS

      Lacks NFC and Wi-Fi Direct. Somewhat slow document printing. Lacks automatic two-sided scanning.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Canon Pixma TS9521C combines superb five-ink photo and graphics output, smart home voice support, and a host of scrapbook-friendly features, making it a great wide-format AIO printer for crafters.

The Canon Pixma TS9521C Wireless Crafter’s All-In-One Printer ($249.99) is the first consumer-grade photo/arts and crafts all-in-one printer with smart home capabilities that we’ve tested. It’s the crafters’ iteration of the Editors’ Choice Pixma TS9520, offering support for the popular 12-by-12-inch scrapbooking paper size, a wide selection of built-in printable patterns and templates, and a few other notable crafting features, as well as support for hands-free “smart” printing. And, like most other TS-series Pixmas, it prints exceptionally well. Add it all up—the new crafting features, smart home functionality, exceptional output, and more—and the Pixma TS9521C is a standout printer for scrapbookers and hobbyists.

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    • The Canon Pixma TS9520 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One Printer at PCMagPROS Excellent output quality. Prints borderless square and tabloid-size media. Has two 100-sheet paper input trays. Smart Home ITFFF enabled. Robust connectivity.
      CONS 
      Lacks NFC and Wi-Fi Direct. No automatic two-sided scanning. High running costs.
    • BOTTOM LINE The Canon Pixma TS9520 is a wide-format printer that’s rich in features and connectivity, and produces excellent output for low-volume homes and offices.


The Canon Pixma TS9520 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One Printer ($249.99) is a wide-format consumer-grade photo printer for family and home-based-office use. It’s the first in Canon’s TS series to have an automatic document feeder and the ability to print tabloid-size pages, and one of the first Pixmas with “smart” hands-free printing. Like Canon’s other five-ink all-in-one printers, the TS9520 produces excellent-looking text, photos, and graphics, but, like most consumer-grade photo printers in general, its high running costs relegate it to low-volume use. Despite, that, its rich feature set and excellent performance elevate it to our Editors’ Choice wide-format printer.

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Review of the Brother HL-L3230CDW at PCMag

  • PROS

    Excellent print quality. Wi-Fi Direct mobile device support. Deep 250-sheet paper tray. One-sheet override tray.

  • CONS

    High running costs. Lacks support for Brother’s cloud apps.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Brother HL-L3230CDW is a color laser-class LED printer that’s fast and churns out quality output for low-volume small offices that don’t rely on cloud printing.


The Brother HL-L3230CDW ($249.99) is an entry-level color laser-class LED printer designed for use in home-based or small offices and workgroups, or as a personal printer. It’s similar in many ways, including price, to our recent Editors’ Choice, the Brother HL-L3270CDW. Both machines offer the same high duty cycle and paper capacity, as well as, unfortunately, the same high running costs common to entry-level printers. Choosing between them comes down to a few very small differences: The HL-L3230CDW lacks the touchscreen onboard cloud apps, and NFC connectivity of the HL-L3270CDW, instead offering Wi-Fi Direct printing. Once you choose your preferred feature set, though, either model should serve as an excellent small office companion.

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