MFP’s:ALL-IN-ONE MACHINES !
MFP’s:ALL-IN-ONE MACHINES !
2006-04-04 at 1:33:00 pm #15061
Printers replaced by ‘all-in-one machines’
2006 – If you have a home computer the most important thing you can use
with it is the printer. If you have a digital camera, your choice of a
printer is crucial. Some of these machines can do so many tasks that
they’re not merely called “printers” anymore but “all-in-one” machines.
makes these machines “all-in-one” is that they not only print, but
they’re also copiers, scanners and, in many cases, fax machines.
you consider the power of these units and then think of four separate
devices that you’d have to make room for, or stack on top of each
other, they really are quite small for what they do,” said John
Wallace, Micro Center Computer Stores.
So the first question you need to ask yourself is: what do I want to do with this thing?
“I want good scan quality, good print quality, easy operation,” said Beverly Webb, shopper.
“I’m looking to take pictures, looking for clarity, I want something really, really clear,” said Colin Wallace, shopper.
Colin nor Beverly say they need a fax machine. So that’s a feature they
could live without and it’s the one feature you need to decide upon
up-front because some all-in-ones have it and some don’t.
for something you don’t need? And, if you don’t fax very often – you
can buy software for your computer that can accomplish the task.
you’re buying a printer for photographs, then print quality should be a
big issue for you. And this is a case where you get what you pay for.
you’re paying $50 for a printer, you’re not getting the best photo
quality. if you’re willing to put a bit more money into it, you’ll get
better photo quality out of it,” said Kirsten Hemmig, Micro Center
That doesn’t mean a $50 printer is bad. Some stores
are giving away printers when you buy a computer. It’s just that the
better photo-quality printers will cost you. At the micro center store,
they run between $150 and $300. Generally, the more you pay, the more
features you can get. This canon all-in-one allows you to crop and
improve your photographs right on the printer, without a computer.
“You can do red eye reduction, increase the sharpness of the photograph,” said Hemmig.
you’re into photographs, make sure your new all-in-one printer has
these memory card slots built-in so you can take the memory card with
pictures from your digital camera and put it right in the printer.
You can also hook-up your camera to the printer using a USB cable, but it’s a bit slower and drains your camera battery.
printer brands will use up to 6 ink cartridge tanks. Some only have 2.
With more cartridges, you only have to replace that one color when it
runs out. Regardless of which brand you choose – this may be the most
important advice from the salespeople here: use the brand of paper and
ink from that same manufacturer.
“It’s absolutely critical: using
inks from that manufacturer, using paper from that manufacturer is very
important to overall quality. stick with it, you’ll be very pleased
with the results,” said Hemmig.
Experts say if you have a home
business, where you’re printing a lot of black and white documents,
then you’re probably better off buying a laser printer. But if your
printing family photographs and you want quality that rivals a photo
lab, a good inkjet printer is the way to go.