MULTIFUNCTION PRINTERS DO IT ALL

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MULTIFUNCTION PRINTERS DO IT ALL

 user 2006-01-03 at 12:04:00 pm Views: 44
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    Multifunction Printers Do It All
    The Duo look at all-in-one print-fax-scan combo devices.
    So
    you’ve got everything tucked away on your computer–photos, videos,
    your great American screenplay. How do you get them off your hard drive
    and somewhere you can use? This week the Duo are talking
    aboutoutput–awful word, crucial computing function.
    We’ll start
    with printers. These days, many people simply use the printer that came
    free with their computer–buy a machine, get a printer, pay and pay and
    pay for ink. Steve feels that a lot of people will do fine with a free
    or cheap inkjet, but Angela’s a veteran of one of those deals and still
    feels that the company should have paid her to take that piece of junk
    off its hands. (The Duo contemplated staging a public execution of said
    inkjet on camera, but cooler heads prevailed and Angela was encouraged
    to dispose of the device in a manner both dignified and legal.)
    But
    there are better printers to be had: a special category of peripherals
    that will cost you money, but may be a better deal for a lot of people.
    That would be the category of so-called multifunction printers, or MFPs
    for short. Some companies call them AIOs, which sounds too much like
    “Old MacDonald” for Steve but means, of course, “all in one.” And
    Steve, always up for butchering a Romance language, likes to call
    thempluribus unums–”from many, one.” (Yes, we know he left out theEat
    the beginning.)
    Call them what you like, these gadgets not only
    print but do at least two other useful things, and sometimes three. You
    can use them as scanners to capture pages of text or photos to your
    computer (yes, that would be input, but work with the Duo here), or as
    copiers; some also toss in the ability to do faxing, which is getting
    to be less important in the age of digital documents, but sometimes
    it’s still handy.
    So: It prints! It copies! It scans! Maybe it
    faxes! Now, what would you expect to pay for one of these beauties? A
    million dollars? A thousand? How about a hundred? It’s true, and that’s
    an amazing deal.