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Best Multi-Function Printers Under $500
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Below is a list of the best multi-function printers you can buy for under $500. All offer highly impressive diversity of printing, scanning, fax facilities and speed. With outstanding flexibility and control of output media, they also include extensive features for all-in-one office printer functionality.
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Canon Pixma MX7600Rating
- A great looking glossy printer. Build structure is solid but not detracting from the sleek elegance of the unit.
- Simple to handle, setup and configure for network use. Easy diagnostics, control panel and multi-tasking device.
- Best in class for speed of ‘alternative' functions, i.e. faxing, scanning.
- Best in class for photo quality and a very high standard of print for all output.
- Printing of all media is faster than most multi-functions, even during duplex printing.
- Scanner is outstanding, crystal clear quality of both documents and photos and extremely fast.
- Auto document feeder and paper trays are very reliable and transitions media quickly.
- Auto-duplexing is a very impressive feature saving time and cost of consumables.
- Prints direct from digital hardware and media cards with brilliant results.
- Colors can sometimes appear over saturated, and take a big hit on ink usage.
- Not the equal of a pure photo printer, and certainly not photo lab quality but the best in this range.
- Large design for an all-in-one which creates a rather large footprint (for length, not height)
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- Simple, cleanly designed printer, solid and resilient. A true workhorse multi-function printer.
- Intuitive control panel with additional configurability of input trays and media types.
- Best in class for speed of printing. Fax and scanning speeds are also better than any in this range.
- Flatbed scanner and feeder system are flawless (note it only takes up to A4 sized media).
- Best color LaserJet multifunction for print quality. Not on a par with the color inkjets reviewed but superior to all lasers.
- Toner cartridges are not expensive and last a considerable amount of time.
- Cost per page is up there with any color laser, stand-alone or multifunction.
- A multifunction printer which offers a considerable range of features, speed and quality for the small business or workgroup setting (maybe even the home office).
- Requires extra configuration/patches to run the scanner with Windows Vista.
- A bulky unit which needs a solid base and has a considerable footprint.
- Is noisy in power save/off mode as the internal fan constantly spins.
- Doesn't support scanning across a Mac network.
- The fax facility is superb but it is worth mentioning there is no group dial facility which some users may require, as is provided on other multifunctions in this range.
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- Solid multifunction printer, highly reliable and durable. Excellent heavy duty unit.
- Simple installation and setup, all delivered via software install or LCD display which provides easy navigation.
- Memory slots offer printing direct from card, which is seamless and quick to action.
- Print quality is professional, with minimal loss of clarity or graininess.
- Another super performer for the small office or workgroup environment
- Much quieter than its more expensive siblings and quicker to calibrate.
- No great differential between cost of consumables and those of others.
- Duplexing as advertised is only manual, hence it doesn't really have duplex capabilities!
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- Impressive design build but the mix of glossy and matt finishing's in various tones of grey does look somewhat dated.
- Robust workhorse multifunction printer, delivering excellent results and a smaller footprint than others reviewed here.
- Very impressive software bundle to help the novice user get the most from the printer and aid the intermediate/advanced user through advanced configuration/editing.
- Excellent print speed, good scanning quality and speed, if nothing to write home about.
- Clean, sharp print quality, both text based and graphics. Smooth image projection to multiple types of media.
- Photo print quality lacks the depth of some printers reviewed here. Isn't up to the standard of photo labs.
- No fax facility which will be a major turnoff for some potential buyers.
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HP OfficeJet Pro L7780Rating
- An impressive, professional looking all-in-one printer. Solid build and extremely robust.
- Reliable in all departments of output delivery, printing, scanning and faxing.
- Highly intuitive control panel, with an excellent navigational setup.
- Simple to install and an abundance of advanced features for superior print management.
- Wired and wireless very easy to setup, very smooth during job processing and transition.
- Print quality is almost photo lab in standard, sharp and vivid. An all round superb performer.
- Customer support is one of the best of any manufacturer, on a par with Canon and Xerox and better than Dell and Brother.
- Duplex printing is best in class for speed and quality as a combination aim.
- For wireless (or wired) network printing, with reliable speed and excellent print quality this is a supreme all-in-one printer for the home, small office or workgroup.
- Some of the software bundled with this printer may prove difficult to install on lower spec PC's.
- Some reports of paper mis-feeding and paper jams. Can take some time to initialize/calibrate following malfunction.
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