All-In-One Printers Offer Varying Results

2009-08-27 08:49:34

Published on 2009-08-27 08:49:34

When it comes to all-in-one printers, speed, ink cartridge quality and price can vary immensely.

That is according to the Boston Globe, which suggested that all-in-one devices are generally more efficient than purchasing individual scanners, copiers and printers because they use one set of ink or toner cartridges.

Testing the Brother MFC-9450CDN, the Oki Data MC560n and the Xerox Phaser 8860MFP, it came to the conclusion that there is a great degree of discrepancy between different devices.

While the former two presented the newspaper with a mixed bag of pros and cons, it suggested that the Xerox Phaser 8860MFP made a much better impression, partially because of its use of solid ink.

"Solid ink is still a fresh technology. It’s cartridge-free. All you do is plop in actual sticks of colored or black ink, and there’s no trash to throw out when the ink is gone," the Boston Globe reported.

"One of the only drawbacks we found was that while the ink sticks are cheaper than toner cartridges, the printing capacity of a single stick is lower."

In other news, Epson has released its new Stylus SX610FW which, while it doesn't use solid ink, does utilise a Micro Piezo print head and DURABrite Ultra Ink for high-quality results.

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