Posted: 9:49 a.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013
By John Brandon
Sure, they're not as exciting as the latest iDevice, but printers are still the office workhorse. Here are four new models with fantastic features and great prices for smaller offices.
I know. They're printers... not exactly as exciting as the latest iDevice. But printers are still the office workhorse, so it pays to pick the right one. Check out these new models: They have fantastic features and they're priced for smaller offices, not corporate behemoths.--John Brandon
This print, scan, fax, and copy multifunction device is packed with extras. The most impressive feature: Dell Printer Easy WiFi Installer. You load a CD on your computer, search for the printer over your Wi-Fi connection, and click install. (Most printers force you to do the configuration on the printer itself, which is a pain.) The Dell C1765nf/nfw also comes with Nuance PaperPort v14 document management software, which normally costs $99. The software lets you share and print docs in the cloud and on Android and iOS devices. Print speed runs at 15 pages per minute in black, 12 in color.
Not every multifunction printer works directly with Evernote. Sure, the MX922 lets you print, scan, fax, and copy like the Dell C1765nf/nfw. But if you connect your smartphone to the USB port or to the same Wi-Fi network, you can scan documents on the MX922 and send them to the popular note-taking app. You can also print wirelessly from AirPlay devices like a Mac or iPhone, or print using Google Cloud Print from an Android device or Chrome. If you own a Canon PowerShot N or EOS 6D, you can print directly from those cameras. Print speed is 15 pages per minute for black and 10 for color.
Here's one of the most novel printing innovations I've seen. The Brother MFC-J4710dw, which retails for $250, doesn't print in portrait like almost every other printer I've used. Instead, new Landscape Printer Technology moves the sheet through sideways, which means a smaller footprint overall since sheets do not feed in from top to bottom. The print, scan, fax, and copy multifunction device pumps out sheets at a blazing 20 pages per minute for black and 18 for color. (In fast mode, you can print at 35 pages per minute.) You can also scan directly to Evernote and print from a mobile device.
One of the most eye-catching printers you'll find, the HP ENVY 120 is slim enough to pass for a small copy machine. Yet, it's also a printer and a scanner (but no fax). When you print a document, the front screen slides up to reveal the paper tray. The top portion is all glass and meant for laying a document face down for quick scans. Print speed is not exactly race-track worthy at seven pages per minute in black and four in color. Like the Canon MX922, the ENVY 120 lets you print wirelessly from a phone or tablet. Another cool perk: There's a USB port in the front for connecting (and charging) your phone. Read more:3 Secure Smartphones for Business