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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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 the Visioneer Patriot P15 portable document scanner at PCMag

  • PROS

    Good OCR accuracy. Reasonably fast overall scanning. Robust software bundle. High duty cycle.

  • CONS

    Slower than competitors at saving to searchable PDF. Documents are rearranged during output. Slightly overpriced based on feature set.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Visioneer Patriot P15 scans quickly and accurately overall, and it has a huge daily duty cycle for a portable scanner, but comparable models offer better value.

The Visioneer Patriot P15 ($339.99) is designed for business professionals who need to scan multipage documents on the road. It’s light and compact, accurate, and reasonably fast, but comes up short against the Editors’ Choice Epson WorkForce ES-300W’s higher-end feature set, which includes support for wireless networking and a battery for cable-free operation. The P15 is a bit overpriced compared with the ES-300W and its additional perks, but it’s still a fine little portable scanner, especially if you can find it on sale or Visioneer drops the price.
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Editors' Choice

  • PROS

    Fast scanning. High daily duty cycle. Robust software. Built-in tablet control panel, keyboard, and hard disk.

  • CONS

    Costly. Big and heavy.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The HP Digital Sender Flow 8500, with its tablet control panel and built-in keyboard and hard disk, is a powerful, if expensive, network document scanner for midsize to large offices.

High-end network document scanners continue getting slicker and more self-contained. The HP Digital Sender Flow 8500 fn2 Document Capture Workstation ($2,999.99) has sophisticated features including a built-in scanner interface and onboard hard disk for saving files. It may cost an eye-watering $1,000 more than the Editors’ Choice Canon imageFormula ScanFront 400, but it’s faster and richer in features, making it our top pick for high-volume scanning in a midsize to large office or enterprise setting.
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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).

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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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