Top 5 Laser All-In-Ones
Now that laser printers have come down in price
and size, there are a number of affordable, efficient, and fast
laser all-in-ones (i.e. multifunctions) on the market. These
useful devices offer printing (sometimes in color), copying,
scanning, and occasionally faxing for home and small offices.
Here are the top five according to some of the
best reviewers in the business.
1) Brother MFC-8840DN
If you're serious about getting a good,
solid multifunction device, and want to offer a direct
hint to your family, then you might want to drop the
name of the Brother MFC-8840DN. The reviewers were in
total agreement about the value of this unit: PC World
gave it an Editor's Pick tag, and PC Magazine was
enthusiastic about the number of features it offered and
the above-par output quality.
2) Lexmark X422 MFP
If you don't need color, but want a fast,
efficient laser multifunction for your office, you
probably want to take a look at this one. The
network-ready Lexmark X422 MFP was lauded by reviewers
for its fast printing and scanning, quality text, and
range of features, including fax and duplex printing.
3) Samsung SCX-4100
The Samsung SCX-4100 is a solid, basic
monochrome laser printer that costs as much -- or less
-- than an inkjet. While the reviewers noted that it
lacked some of the amenities of its more expensive peers
-- such as independent faxing or an automatic document
feeder -- it does offer good-quality printing and
scanning in a compact form, which may be just the thing
for home offices looking for text printing.
4) Canon imageClass MF8170c
Canon's all-in-one color laser includes
built-in fax and high-quality color and black printing
-- for an extremely reasonable price. All the reviewers
agreed that the color printing is excellent for this
5) Canon imageClass MF3110
Although the Canon imageClass MF3110 is a
multifunction, reviewers felt that it excelled in its
main function: printing. The device's text print quality
and speed was praised as being more than worth the price
of admission. However, its lack of an automatic document
feeder and independent faxing means that it may not be
suitable for offices where those features are important.