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Hewlett-Packard remains the leader in the printing space, which is a high-margin business courtesy of ink supplies. However, enterprises are increasingly knowledgeable about the costs of printing and looking to farm management of these devices out to companies like HP and Xerox. Other key players: Lexmark, Eastman Kodak and Ricoh.

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PlanOn PrintStik PS910

PlanOn PrintStik PS910

<p> One of the frustrations of working while travelling is trying to find a printer when you absolutely need one. Rather than suffer the inconvenience of setting up new printer profiles and installing drivers on the run, why not carry your own mobile printer? Such devices can be used with a variety of mobile gadgets, which increase their value and can make your life on the road much more productive. PlanOn's <a href="http://www.planon.com/printstik.php">Printstik PS910</a> has one big selling point: it is, claims PlanOn, the world’s smallest full A4-page monochrome printer. </p>

January 6, 2009 by in Printers

Epson Stylus D120

Epson Stylus D120

<p> Although multifunction devices seem to be all the rage these days, especially in the small office/home office (SOHO) market, there’s still room for low-cost single-function printers designed to do one thing well &mdash; print. Epson knows desktop printing as well as any company, and has produced many excellent personal printers, in particular, over the years. However, Epson is less prominent in the business space, which is dominated by the likes of HP and Lexmark. </p>

March 18, 2008 by in Printers

HP CM8060

HP CM8060

<p>Conventional wisdom tells us that although inkjets are fine for home use, when it comes to fast, high-volume, enterprise printing only a laser will do. However, HP's <a href=" http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/uk/en/sm/WF06b/5043-5527-13076152-13076152-13076204-13076256-78168689.html">CM8060</a> multifunction printer/copier turns that concept on its head, employing the company's Edgeline inkjet technology to print and copy in full colour at over 60 pages per minute. </p>

December 7, 2007 by in Printers

Brother MFC-845CW

Brother MFC-845CW

In response to the growing trend for working at home (either permanently or intermittently), Brother recently launched a new range of stylish multifunction devices. As well as the usual printing, scanning and copying, the <a href="http://www.brother.co.uk/g3.cfm/s_page/50670/s_level/31200/s_product/MFC845CWU1">MFC-845CW</a> offers fax functionality, integrated 802.11b/g wireless networking and a DECT handset.

March 26, 2007 by in Printers

Xerox WorkCentre C2424/ADP

Xerox WorkCentre C2424/ADP

The new WorkCentre C2424 from Xerox is the first multi-function device (MFD) to be based on the company's exclusive solid-ink technology. It’s a high quality yet cost-effective all-in-one unit that prints, copies and scans A4 pages in full colour while offering many of the features of far more costly products. Until now, the choice has been between budget A4 inkjets at a few hundred, and expensive A3 lasers costing many thousands of pounds. Designed for workgroups of around twenty people, the C2424 sits between both camps, offering a more robust, powerful and flexible solution than an inkjet with the duty-cycle and range of features you’d expect from high-end office equipment -- only in an A4 format.

May 16, 2005 by in Printers

Dell 5100cn

Dell 5100cn

Colour laser printers run the gamut in price, from the inexpensive <a href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/printers/0,39024000,39145387,00.htm">Samsung CLP-500</a> to the premium <a href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/printers/0,39024000,39175683,00.htm">Lexmark C762n</a>. Treading the middle ground is the Dell 5100cn, a sub-£500 (ex. VAT) colour laser printer with Ethernet capability, two-sided printing, solid paper handling and enough speed for an office workgroup. Although the Dell 5100cn doesn't have as many extras as Lexmark's C762n, such as usage tracking by account or trays for banner printing, the 5100cn's own stable of paper-handling extras cost much less. Except for its merely good black text, the Dell 5100cn's print quality is on a par with the Lexmark C762n's. So unless your office needs to print banners for corporate cake-cuttings or window dressing, the 5100cn should easily satisfy both your black-and-white and colour office-printing needs for less.

February 10, 2005 by in Printers

Brother HL-2700CN

Brother HL-2700CN

Brother’s latest colour laser printer is aimed at smaller networks. Offering a respectable balance of driver support, paper handling and performance, the HL-2700CN is worth considering if you need a colour laser printer that’s network-ready and is easy to operate. If print quality, speed and paper handling options are more important factors, there are better products available.

June 14, 2004 by in Printers

Xerox Phaser 6250DT

Xerox Phaser 6250DT

Xerox has pushed the speed limits of colour printing back even further with the launch of the 26 page per minute (ppm) Phaser 6250 range. This one-pass colour laser produces richly coloured, double-sided documents very quickly. The networked printing support is also excellent. However, some qualities of the printer's output make it more suitable for general office work than high-quality graphics printing, such as colour proofing.

November 10, 2003 by in Printers

HP Colour LaserJet 1500L

HP Colour LaserJet 1500L

The HP Colour LaserJet 1500L is the entry-level model in Hewlett-Packard's line of home and small-office colour laser printers. It has the same basic specs and solid performance quality as the LaserJet 2500 series, minus a large paper capacity and a few expansion options. Priced at £671 ex. VAT, it's one of the lowest cost colour lasers on the market. If you're a small-office or home user who needs to do inexpensive and low-volume colour printing, the 1500L is a great choice. However, if you have any plans to expand your office (or your family), the LaserJet 2500 is more expandable for around the same cost, but without the high-speed USB interface.

August 14, 2003 by in Printers

HP LaserJet 2300dtn

HP LaserJet 2300dtn

Hewlett-Packard's LaserJet 2300dtn (along with the rest of the LaserJet 2300 monochrome laser product line) gives offices a useful mid-range option between desktop lasers for individuals and 'big box' models for business. The most basic LaserJet 2300L, with its 20 page per minute (ppm) engine and a single stacked input tray (plus a multipurpose tray), is a step up in speed, paper capacity and print volume from the HP LaserJet 1300. It could serve one or two people who print a lot of documents, or it could be networked for an office. The LaserJet 2300dtn shows how the product line can grow to fit your needs. It has a faster engine, loads of paper capacity and a higher monthly print volume, plus a 10/100 Ethernet interface and automatic duplexing. Compared to its higher-end cousins, the LaserJet 4200 series, it offers many of the same features -- but at a lower cost. And as our tests show, the LaserJet 2300dtn fills its role with aplomb.

July 21, 2003 by in Printers

Canon i950

Canon i950

As successor to the popular but discontinued Canon S900 photo printer, the Canon i950 doubles the S900's resolution and halves its dot size. The result: this photo printer is quick, compact and attractively priced. Most importantly, however, it delivers high-quality pictures for photographers on a budget.

March 31, 2003 by in Printers

Xerox Phaser 4400N

Xerox Phaser 4400N

As monochrome laser printers go, the 1,200dpi Xerox Phaser 4400 is a heavy-duty, networkable printing machine. It churns out professional-quality text and graphics at lightning speeds, and it requires little or no knowledge to use -- its high-capacity toner cartridge is particularly easy to replace. Also, ample drivers and clear documentation allow companies, with or without IT support, to set up and operate this printer across a multitude of PC and network platforms. This printer can handle large, busy corporate environments, yet it doesn't take a network administrator to master its simple menu-driven user controls. This simplicity makes it ideal for small, networked businesses -- as long as they can swing the expense.

March 5, 2003 by in Printers

Brother m-PRINT

Brother m-PRINT

Would you want to print from your Pocket PC handheld when you’re on the road? That’s the main point of Brother’s tiny new m-PRINT portable printer. Although it’s got a USB port as well as an infrared connection, so you can connect up a notebook, the small A7 paper size makes it a better fit for a handheld because you get a screen’s worth of information on a page.

November 14, 2002 by in Printers

HP DeskJet 450

HP DeskJet 450

HP thinks you need to be able to print on the move, and has produced the DeskJet 450 to meet this need. This compact colour inkjet is not only small enough to carry around, but it can also be powered from a battery. Although it's admirably suited to mobile professionals, the DeskJet 450 should satisfy home users equally well.

November 13, 2002 by in Printers

HP PSC 2210

HP PSC 2210

By definition, all multifunction devices (MFDs) print, copy and scan, and they often fax too. But only a handful, such as HP’s PSC 2210, also read memory cards from digital cameras, and very few manage to cram these abilities into a compact, easy-to-maintain unit. The PSC 2210 does all of the above, with performance that rivals that of standalone printers, both in speed and output quality. For a small office or a home requiring a convenient, space-saving unit, this is an excellent choice -- unless you intend to send a lot of faxes. In that case, you'd be better off with Canon's MultiPass F50, which has a sheet feeder that allows for speedy, multi-page faxes.

October 9, 2002 by in Printers

Canon i950

Canon i950

Canon's i950 photo inkjet is a sure winner for amateur digital photographers with a restricted budget.

March 31, 2003 by in Printers

Brother m-PRINT

Brother m-PRINT

If you need a printed record of information on your Pocket PC handheld, this is a lightweight and portable way to get one wherever you are.

November 14, 2002 by in Printers

HP DeskJet 450

HP DeskJet 450

The DeskJet 450 is compact, and battery power allows you to use it in unlikely places. However, despite its good print quality, it's neither a budget printer, nor the fastest way of printing photos.

November 13, 2002 by in Printers

HP PSC 2210

HP PSC 2210

The multifunction PSC 2210 excels at basic tasks, such as printing and reading digital media, but it’s not suitable for offices with heavy fax traffic.

October 9, 2002 by in Printers

HP Photosmart 130

HP Photosmart 130

If you use a digital camera and want to print photos on the road, you’ll love this little printer. But if you're looking to print large sheets, consider a more versatile photo-capable inkjet.

September 19, 2002 by in Printers

Epson Stylus Photo 2100

Epson Stylus Photo 2100

When your photographs graduate from snapshots to art, reward yourself with the Epson Stylus Photo 2100. Its long-lived prints, first-rate output quality and ability to handle a broad selection of paper types are worth the high price.

September 10, 2002 by in Printers

HP LaserJet 4600hdn

HP LaserJet 4600hdn

If your organisation produces many colour documents that include photos, this is a fast and good quality way of doing it. You'd have to make good use of it to justify the above-average cost, but you do get a good printer for your money.

August 9, 2002 by in Printers

Xerox Phaser 6200DP

Xerox Phaser 6200DP

The Phaser 6200DP's fast colour print speeds and useful features would appeal to any busy office, but its print quality falters at anything more complex than presentation graphics.

May 20, 2002 by in Printers

HP DeskJet 995C

HP DeskJet 995C

For those who must have leading-edge kit, this is the first Bluetooth printer we've seen. However, if you just want a printer and can live with wires, you can get the same print quality for less money.

January 8, 2002 by in Printers

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