Posts Tagged ‘Printer’

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.

Belkin F1UP001 wireless print server

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Belkin F1UP001 is the product of Belkin corporations and is basically a print server. It is an impressive and handsome device which offers a consistent as well as wireless performance. This print server can function as far as 160 feet and offers a great working range. Belkin F1UP001 has two USB ports and it all comes at a very nice price which makes it a great purchase. All the print servers in the market generally have only one USB port so you are at advantage by buying the all new Belkin F1UP001 since it comes with dual USB ports. It allows you to connect as well as share with two other printers. Belkin F1UP001 comes with an integrated wire Ethernet port which helps you to wire the printer directly with a network while you are using the port. The wireless facility of the server will be disabled automatically.

The setup process of Belkin F1UP001 is a little bit sophisticated and there are too many steps as compared other products out in the market. Installation Wizard of Belkin F1UP001 will instruct you to connect with the printer which is attached to all computers which are sharing it. Then, you will have to install the manufacture driver before continuing with the Wizard installation. The wizard will then direct you to setup a redirector for the Belkin port. Lastly, you will have to run another program which you will find on the installation CD which will search for the print server and will launch a management interface which is web based. Overall if you look at Belkin F1UP001 then it is a great choice and comes at a very decent price. The product works efficiently and you can get all your printing done easy and fast. The tech support is said to be inadequate but it is up to the user and on a general basis it offers good and adequate technical support. Belkin F1UP001 has a print compatibility list which offers the compatibility of the print server with other computers. Some claim that the list is outdated and offers very limited options. Belkin F1UP001 communicates with other print servers and you can get your printing done efficiently.

The main highlight of the Belkin F1UP001 print server is that it offers a consistent performance and offers great range for its wireless network. It can run for long durations and offer great durability to the user which is a strong point of Belkin F1UP001. It is one of the best models out in the market and is a great purchase for anyone. It is a good choice even though other models like Hawking HWPS12UG also comes in the same price range. The fact that you can connect two USB is a huge advantage as other products in the market come with a single USB port. Even though Belkin F1UP001 has some drawbacks like an obsolete compatibility list you can have great print utilities and good technical support. If you are looking for a print server at a good price, then you can go for the Belkin F1UP001 which is good value for money.

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’.