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Lexmark printer C910dn

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Lexmark C910dn has until today been the most costly printer which is almost 50 percent more compared to the second expensive model. However what you receive from this high price is the lowest cost per colour page since claimed and also a lot heavier duty handling capabilities when studied with both the primary unit and the options available. The Lexmark C910dn has the standard paper capacity of about 1,200 sheets which is nearly twice more than other colour printers. It comes with a maximum input capacity of nearly 5,300 sheets and it also includes an additional finisher which offers features like hole-punching, stapling and offset-stacking. In case you need a huge level of paper handling capabilities then odds are right that you would print enough for a lower cost per page to make a huge difference. This means that you might save nearly 1 cent over per colour paper and if you would be printing around 6,000 colour a month then you can save nearly $720 a year.

There is also an additional physical setup but you might probably not have to handle the 237 pound device. The included IPP setup, network setup and administrative tools are almost the same like the monochrome Lexmark T620dn but are considerably less automated than any Xerox or HP tools. It is up to you to get its IP address and enter the numbers and also decide whether you need to install Lexmark ports along with the driver installation or install them later from the driver properties option.

The Lexmark C910dn falls second regarding its speed tests in colour printers as it was around 5 ppm less than its higher speed mode. This printer took around 10.7 ppm on the tests which was much closer to that of HP colour LaserJet which is rated at around 21 ppm and is clocked at nearly 10.1 on average. However the print quality of Lexmark C910dn ranged average on the tests but the pictures or photos delivered from the device seemed very film quality while the text also seemed easily readable. Regarding its graphics the colours were rightfully saturated and were brilliant. You will face no problems with its registration like those in some previous LED engines. This device can be placed third among all the colour printers which are available as the tests showed some scatter and background problems but the output delivered was an outstanding solid area uniformity as there was a measure of difference in its overall amount of toner used for the solid areas.

However, the bottom line is that the Lexmark C910dn itself makes a classis device. if you might not be printing much pages to take advantages from this heavy duty paper capacity and from its cost per paper savings then there is no reason you should opt for it. However if you have a lot of printing requirements then the aforementioned two mentioned features are perfectly combined to offer you an great looking output with acceptable performance which is just good enough to justify its high price.

Epson Stylus CX4800 inkjet printer

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Epson Stylus CX4800 makes a perfect alternative as an ink jet all in one printer for college or home dorm room. The device can print, copy and scan from the computer or even from your memory card or PictBridge cameras. Although there is not scan to fax option available the system comes with Twain driver which means you can install its drivers to fax and scan from the fax program. The output quality for graphics and text is acceptable but they were a bit disappointing regarding photos. However even being retailed at $130 you will still find the price of CX4800 to be expensive when you face its slow performance.

The CX4800 measures 7.1 x 13.9 x 16.9 inches and weights about 18.7 pounds which is small enough to easily fit on your desk. The setup for the system is standard for this ink jet cartridge which connects through a USB cable and uses a different ink cartridge for each ink colour. You just have to plug in the its power cord and load the paper, load paper and ink cartridges, power the automatic installation program and finally plug in its USB cable when the machine prompts. The performance of CX4800 regarding graphics and text was fairly good but the photo quality was a bit unacceptable. With most of the tests conducted with different text fonts, they resulted easily readable. However with the ink jets some of the highly stylized fonts were readable at only 12 or 10 points. Graphics on the other hand was fairly good enough for printing at home, school work or small business needs. The graphics were also marginally good enough to forward them to important clients but if you avoid the thin lines which usually tend to appear.

However the photo quality offered by CX4800 seemed very disappointing. Some of the photos during the test had a great quality while others did not make up for it. The tests in photo quality showed dithering in most photos that revealed an obvious graininess. Epson seems to point that the CX4800′s DuraBrite ink system prints reasonably good quality photos on a plain paper. Although this is true enough, it is also the same with other such ink jet printers. Additionally the result on photo paper can be excellent for snapshots but would generally not be enough to frame them as memories in an album.

Therefore according to the reviews and tests conducted over the CX4800 ink jet printer it remains as a slow performer. This was proved by its 33 minutes and 29 seconds total for the business applications suite which is the slowest that time taken by an ink jet all in one printer during the last year. Additionally the photo speed was also comparatively slow as the test showed that CX4800 averaged around 3:11 for every 4 x 6 picture. However this does not mean that the printer is not acceptable, but rather it can actually make a great AIO printer for home use which is available for an affordable price.

Canon PIXMA MX7600 printer

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Canon has come up with their best all in one printer for the offices called the Canon PIXMA MX7600 printer. However there are questions rose that does calling it an office printer make it the same, but Canon’s marketing potential have answered it yes. Therefore if you want to find out what exactly highlights this printer then they are its photos and graphics performance. The PIXMA MX7600 is basically an AIO printer which might not fit for the dual task of home and office printer.

This MX7600 functions as a standalone copier and fax machine and has the ability to fax, scan and print. The device can also scan to email according to the email program of your computer. Some of its office specific features apart from faxing are the in built duplexer to print on both sides of a page with duplexing ADF or automatic document feeder of nearly 35 pages, it can scan two sided pages and it can also easily connect to the network. Additionally some of its photocentric features are that it can print from PictBridge camera or from a memory card and it includes an excellent 1.8 inch colour LCD to preview images before printing.

Similar to other AIOs and Canon printers this MX7600 also offers a pair of paper trays. However unlike most this printer does not let you fill both the trays with the same quantity of papers. When you set the driver for plain paper the device would persist on using only a 150 sheet front tray. Again, if you set if for photo paper and the device would want to use the back tray, which is suitable for 10 letter sized photo sheets. However the office users would find its capacity of 150 sheets insufficient. However for the office and home users this 150 sheets capacity would last long enough. Additionally there are two trays which let you keep both loaded with photo and plain paper which means you don’t have to swap the papers when you switch between printing photos and documents.

Additionally this PIXMA MX7600 inkjet printer is relatively big compared to other AIOs with similar price range as it measures 10.1 x 19.7 by 21 inches which means you cannot share your desk with it. It is also a bit heavy but 36.6 pounds is still light enough for a person to move it around the office. However unlike other network setup programs the programs of Canon require you to place this printer near the system during installation so that you can connect it with a USB cable and also connect the printer to your desired network. When you have finished the installation you can disconnect the USB cable and move the printer to your desired place. The ink system of the printer is also different but in a good way. Apart from the usual cyan, magenta and yellow cartridges the printer also included two black inks with matte black for text and photo black for photos. The other or sixth cartridge is the clear ink cartridge.

How long will your printer live?

Friday, February 13th, 2009

If you just dig around the web you might come across several complaints about printers becoming outdated very soon after the purchase. There are several good reasons why your printer did not show up great performance in its durability and one reason can be the user asked for more than it could handle. If you pick a very lightweight tool for a tough job at hand then you cannot be blaming the tool. You should rather question the manufacturer for not advertising clear and loud of how many pages the printer is capable of printing.

The most important specification that you should find in the specification sheet for most of the laser printers is the monthly duty cycle. Through this you will know how many pages you can print in the given month thereby not risking your printer. However the spec sheets of most of the inkjet printers do not offer this bit of necessary information and it is also not that useful even if you know the number. It would not say anything about the number of pages to be printed in a month if you need to protect your printer for several months.

However there are two printers for instance, with significantly different number of duty cycles of about 5,000 to 20,000 but with the same design lifetime of 50,000 pages. When you hit the maximum duty cycle then they might not last longer. Most of the printers fall in the range of 3 to 10 months of life of their maximum duty cycle, but you will have to understand the maximum duty cycle and its design lifetime to know where the printer falls in this range.

However apart from knowing the maximum duty cycle number it is also important you know the recommended maximum number of pages that can be printed on an average during any given month. It is often wise that you pick the printer that has the maximum duty cycle which can last at least three times more in the number of pages you can print in any given month. This would basically increase the lifetime of your printer. However in case of first printer, when printing even one third of the rated duty cycle every month the life expectancy would be still less than 12 months.

Therefore the most important thing you need to know is the three numbers of which the first is the maximum monthly duty cycle number. This number tells you if the printer can survive your busy printing schedules. The second number is the recommended maximum to print every month. This would let you know if the printer can survive long term after knowing the number of pages to be printed. The last number is the design lifetime in pages number, which would tell you how long the printer can last according to the number of pages you print every month. Therefore when purchasing a printer make sure to ask all three numbers in order to get your moneys worth while also continue printing with the same printer.

Kensington wireless USB docking station

Friday, February 13th, 2009

In order to make business laptops more compact and lighter, manufacturers should start thinking of some really creative ideas. If the systems become really small the basic features like multiple USB ports and optical drives might even fall aside. This does not mean that business users don’t need these features but they often have to resort to a USB hub to operate it. The New Kensington wireless USB docking station is however a more elegant and creative solution to these issues which provides flawless connectivity with your external display, speakers, printers and other peripheral devices. Unhappily the USB is still not that extensive on the laptops. The Kensington’s wireless USB docking station is mostly seem on business notebooks like Toshiba Portege R400 and Lenovo ThinkPad X200 or even as an option with computer systems like Dell Inspiron 1525.

The wireless USB docking station of Kensington is quite inconspicuous and it measures about 6.25 by 11.25 inches apart form the 3 inch antenna which should e flipped up when using the device. However according to its wireless capabilities the USB docking station actually seems to be more router like than a laptop dock. There is a power light on its front which turn on after plugging the station, but when connected to the laptop it shines to yellow while orange if disconnected. It also includes a USB port on its front while there are another four at the back including audio and DVI outputs. The Docking system is also designed with mini-USB cable so that you can directly connect it to a laptop.

Throughout the testing the Wireless USB docking system from Kensington proved perfect with most devices like printers, flash drives and monitors. Although the website of Kensington promises you a range of nearly 15 feet it was actually 10 to 13 when tested as the docking station should also be in line of sight to the laptop without any equipments of blocking in the way. However, when testing its data transfer speed a flash drive with 1 GB data was loaded. After directly connecting it to the laptop the docking station was able to transfer all the data in around 1 minute and 40 seconds, but after testing the docking station placing it right besides the laptop the data transfer speed was just 3:11.

One of its features that most users would like is the ability to connect the docking system wirelessly to external monitor. These features come more useful at meeting and presentation rooms where you need the freedom to present from different parts of the room. However, Kensington has readily admitted that this docking station is not designed for multimedia, and it can perfectly handle low quality videos and documents but it is not the right device to stream anything at very high resolutions. However as this wireless USB is still not much common on most laptops, but if you have an UWB-enabled laptop then its expanded features set would be of great importance to you.

Lexmark T650n laster printer for SOHO

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Most workgroups and small offices that have heavy duty printing needs, the monochrome laser printer from Lexmark T650n is the perfect option. Lexmark printers are among the best printer manufacturers in today’s market and their T650n is no exception. Designed with fast speed and being combined with several papers, handling capabilities makes it a worthy replacement for anyone.

The Lexmark T650n is from the three T650 printer models and all are built with the same 45 page per minute engine. However the T650n includes 350 sheet standard input capacities which are divided into 250 sheet drawer with 100 sheet multipurpose tray. The other T650dn adds duplexer while the T650dtn builds over the T650dn while also updating its input capabilities to 900 sheets. All the comments in the review about output quality and print speed would apply to all the three models as they are built with the same engine design. You can even start with the T650n printer and later add options to turn it into any of the other models. Additionally you also have the option to add even more options to the models which include trays which increase the input capability to around 4,000 sheets.

Apart from this duplexer the paper handling options also include a 2,000 sheet drawer, 550 sheet drawer, 250 sheet drawer, an output expander offering additional 550 sheet output, a five bin mailbox, an 1,850 sheet output stacker and a stapler finisher. If you need to reach the 4,000 maximum sheet capacity mark you should add 2,200 sheets along with the 550 sheet drawers. You will also be surprised to find the small to medium size workgroup or office in an enterprise for this matter which require heavier duty printers that what T650n and its plus options can handle. Additionally it is also worth knowing that the T650 printer series also include a variety of T654 and T652 models with faster and similar engines. They basically provide the same paper handling features like that of T650 models but have faster speed.

The Lexmark T650n is typically a monochrome laser printer which is small enough to find place on your desk. The printer is built on around 45 ppm engine and is appropriately faster for speed printing. When compared to other printers the results you get is a much faster printer which makes it a perfect choice for offices that printer mainly text files. The output quality of Lexmark T650n is typically clear for a monochrome laser printer for photos and graphics. It is a touch below par for the text yet it is more than good enough for office use. The tests conducted with most of the fonts and sizes, they were petty readable and well formed. The graphics are also good enough for standard internal business user. However Lexmark T650n did a good job compared to most printers in retaining thin lines. The picture quality was also good enough for printing familiar images from the web pages with photos which was what you can expect form a monochrome laser.

Special printers for special needs

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Just imagine a market inclusive of warehouses, trucking delivery services; department of emergency services being a big customer base. These are the offerings of TallyGenicom, Chantilly, Va. Let some light be thrown on printers offered by it.

MIP480 mobile printer has been designed for usage in various trucks. Moreover, industries that have changed to this printer deal in fuel delivery, construction trades, and beverage distribution. Such a comparatively lightweight printer, i.e. 13 pounds, 9 ounces can be mounted vertically in a truck’s cab. It’s, in fact, designed keeping convenience of harried driver in mind. This printer involves simple ‘paper loading’ which doesn’t need backlit control panel and opening covers. The ribbon used has a long life. Hence, printer can go on operating non-stop, i.e. without any problems pertaining to ribbon. The average life of the ribbon is 3-4 months.

MIP480 Mobile Printer is a tiny printer. However, it has been constructed tough, and can easily withstand various temperatures ranging between 4 degrees F and 140 degrees F. Quality of print is surprisingly good. 24-wire ‘print head’ goes on to produce a crisp and clear image. Print-speed time has been peppy, particularly for dot-matrix printer. The speeds of printer can go upto 480 cpi, based on settings.

Connection options for this printer are: RS-232, Bluetooth, USB 2.0, and ‘802.11 b/g’. This device has been powered by vehicle. However, there is power converter present which runs the device from wall outlet of 100V.

Vertical mount kits have been made available for locating the device with driver within the cab. The best part of this printer is the fact that TallyGenicom would custom-design the hardware with regards to customers. The starting price is $2290. Reseller price has started at $1374.

Thermal printers have been regarded as a standard with respect to industries such as casinos, hospitals, gas stations, and industries whose operations need bar codes. The latest version of TallyGenicom’s thermal printers is 700x series. The ‘7006 model’ can be referred to as one amongst the industrial midrange desktop thermal printers. Print-speeds are upto 6″/second. It can easily handle eight-inch huge rolls apart from standard size. The above-mentioned model doesn’t have Liquid Crystal display. However, a 7008 model does have.

Connectivity options include parallel and serial centronics, Ethernet, and USB. Indexing capability is the most interesting feature of this thermal printer. 7006 version goes on to house censor which is capable of detecting gaps between die-cuts, labels, holes, notches, and black-marts. This helps in ‘fool-proof printing’, which is a must, as far as print-volume-heavy environments are concerned.

7006 version comes in 2 models: two-inch for smaller labels and four-inch for broader ones. 700x series goes on to support both, thermal-transfer and direct-thermal printing methods. The latter one doesn’t need a ribbon. Ink gets burned on paper itself. It is usually preferred by industries wherein printing images are not required to last long. The former method is preferred by the industries requiring long-lasting printing images. Here, wax and ink get transferred to paper.

Brother MFC-9840CDW

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

MFPs, i.e. multi-function printers have continued to dominate the market due to a wide spectrum of reasons. One of these reasons is that IT and system consolidation have continued unabated. These printers are known as all-in-ones. They present midsize and small offices features pertaining to multiple devices. The price is, however, low and footprints are smaller. SMBs can be let to attain identical consolidation advantages, in several cases, due to bigger enterprises. This is, of course, applicable only on the smaller scale.

Off late, CRN test Center had a look at Brother International Corp. MFC-9840CDW that goes on to combine functions of fax machine, scanner, copier, and printer- all in ‘color’. Having measured 20.9″ by 21″ by 20.5″ and having weighed just above 83 pounds, having unboxed and installed the unit isn’t the job of a person. However, once having seated in setup, location, and configuration, they’re pretty intuitive.

Connections are inclusive of Ethernet and USB ports, along with RJ-11 jacks with respect to fax usage. 9840 also goes on to support 802.11 b/g wirelesses. Reviewers turned unit on after having loaded 4 toner cartridges, followed by having connected network and power cables. This resulted in having configured the network connections by making use of DHCP.

Drivers as well as the other included utilities can easily get installed on Mac computers and Windows with wizard launching from CD. The applications included within install

are Brother’s Control Center 3 and Nuance’s ScanSoft PaperPort 11.

Getting connected to ‘wireless network’ is a bit trickier. This software goes on to suggest having connected to a computer on the direct basis, that too, temporarily to device through Ethernet to configure. However, if such a thing isn’t possible, it would take you via every individual step. Moreover, anyone who is confident enough for having configured their router mustn’t have trouble in making it work. ‘SecureEasySetup’ has also been supported for the ones with ‘capable routers’.

Reviewers have found quality of print ‘above average’, with various text documents well-defined. Even though not as vibrant and bright as certain color lasers tested so far, images and photos were found to be quite sharp. The colors were also found to be accurate. A thing noticed, although was that if one of the documents gets placed on the direct basis on glass to scan or copy, the centering should take place along left edge. Such a thing would make it a bit more time-consuming. However, a document feeder operating on the automatic basis completely eliminates this issue.

Brother’s ‘Control Center 2′ can be referred to as an exceptionally handy program which permits the users to have remotely customized and launched device’s every function. With the help of such an easy-to-use interface, scanning to an OCR-generated file, a file, an e-mail, or an image can be done. Options are also available with regards to configuration and utilization of PC-fax and copy features, along with 4 programmable ‘copy’ buttons relating to special configurations. Besides, simpler faxing can be facilitated by introduction of an ‘address book’.

Cannon imageClass MF4370

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

The all new Cannon imageClass MF4370dn is one of the latest generations of reasonably priced monochrome laser all in one (AIO) printer. The small size, low price and its light weights makes it a perfect personal all in one printer to fit any office size. The best thing is that the printer features the new network connector feature and also the ability to scan, print and fax through the network. This means that it can serve perfectly even as a shared printer for small and large offices. Even better, the printer offers high quality output especially for text along with fast speed that makes it a greeting choice in almost any environment.

Features

Apart form scanning, faxing and printing through the network the new Canon imageClass MF4379dn also works as the standalone fax and copier machine. However, the all in one device lacks the ability to scan through the email but you it is designed with the PageManager version 7.15 through which you can easily scan your documents and also send them to your email program easily as you just have to click and drag.

Some of the office friendly features of this all in one printer include fax multi-page document easily, copy and 35 sheet ADF or automatic doc7ument feeder to scan and it can also scan legal size documents. The ADF scan feature however scans just the single side of the page but there is also the duplexer feature that prints on both the sides and the copies also provides an option to print double sided copies just from the single sided originals which you can activate by just pressing the button at the front panel.

However a small requirement of this personal AIO printer is that it must be small to comfortably fit the office desk without taking over the desktop. This Canon imageClass MF4370dn weights nearly about 27.6 pounds which means a person can easily move it. Setting up the AIO printer to the network is entirely standard as you just have to find a perfect spot for it to load the toner cartridge and the paper then to connect the power cord and cables and finally you can run the automated installation process from the provided disc.

The Cannon imageClass MF4370dn printer was also tested on the Windows XP operating system and according to Canon the printer is packed with all the drivers including the entire set of programs that might be required for Vista, Windows 2000 and for Windows Server 2003. additionally you can also download the fax and printer drivers from the website of Canon for Mac 10.2.8 and the later versions and can also download scan drivers for 3.9 and later versions. As mentioned, Cannon imageClass MF4370dn printer is truly fast as canon rates the printer engine at nearly 23 pages per minute. Additionally the AIO printer also stands out when it comes to printing quality text, whereas in case of photo and graphics quality they both are for monochrome laser and this printer shows good results.

Canon Pixma MX7600 Printer Review

Friday, November 28th, 2008

If you consider the high price tag of Canon Pixma MX7600 printer which is a colour inkjet multifunction device you will surely want an outstanding performance from it, and so it does. The printer slots in multiple features like vivid output and fast performance that makes it a great device for home offices and small businesses.

When being tested, Canon Pixma MX7600 printer printed black text at an above average rate which is nearly 9.8 pages per minute on a plain paper. The printer was also fast in generating graphics which managed 3.7 ppm rate, like for instance; it printed a small photo on a plain paper. The quality that you receive is constantly high regardless of the type of paper you are using like colour images or plain paper text print. The copies of the text will also closely resemble the original text. However the scan of photos and text seemed a bit fuzzy but you will get accurate results. The OfficeJet Pro L7680 of HP might be a bit faster but the output quality of it is not quite good.

The bulk of Canon Pixma MX7600 printer includes tones of exciting features. It offers two input trays among them is the 150 sheet cassette to be used only for plain paper which slides into the bottom of the device and also a rear vertical feeder which can hold about 20 pieces of picture paper including envelopes and other type of media. The other 50 sheet output tray of the printer flips out in front. There is an automatic duplexer that projects from the back of the device. Above there is the scanner that features 35 sheet automatic document feeders and it can scan two sided documents in just a single pass.

Canon Pixma MX7600 printer’s control panel includes an initially has a number of buttons with a small nearly 1.8 inch tiltable colour LCD but they function quite well together. You just have to press any one of the four primary function buttons which are for memory card, scan, fax and copy and the LCD based menus will show just the equivalent options. All the buttons have clear labels but the settings and Menu buttons seem quiet similar.

The cost oriented ink system of Canon Pixma MX7600 printer includes a permanent printhead and there are separate tanks for yellow, magenta, cyan and black ink. Every tank would cost around $15 and they even differ in yield from nearly 570 black pages to 1070 yellow pages or nearly up to 2.6 cents every colour per page. The other fifth ink which is a clear coating which sprays over the images that are printed on a plain paper would cost you about $18 but would last nearly 1600 pages.

Your money is definitely worth the capable and speedy Canon Pixma MX7600 printer. The better than average rating of Canon in the recent service and reliability survey will give you can idea about its excellent functionality as this Canon Pixma MX7600 printer proves to be a perfect device for home use and for small business owners.