All in one Printer, scanner and fax Recommendations
Good day all,
A while back I posted for info on faxing with my Mac as my fax machine is dead. It is a good thing that I held off a bit as it turns out that my wife would like a scanner. So my question is does any one have any recommendations for a good inexpensive all in one printer, scanner and fax. We do not print pictures so it is not necessary to have great photo capabilities.
I am looking at Costco , they have an small HP for a little over a $100.00 bucks. What do you think?
Consider spending a bit more and getting a black & white laser all-in-one. I picked up a Brother unit for $299 and it has been absolutely fantastic. I have it connected over our network and can print and scan from all of our computers. I can also send a fax from my computer over the network using the printer as the controller. Doesn't get much better than that.
I have had the unit for about 8 months and am still on the first (smaller than standard) toner cartridge. When the cartridge goes, a replacement will cost about the same as a set of ink cartridges for any decent printer.
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I'll second the recommendation for Brother - they're pretty much bullet-proof, and the software actually works on the Mac. Unlike, say, H-friggin'-P, which can't be bothered to debug their own ^&*% drivers... my HP C4180 AIO will print... but I haven't been able to scan since upgrading to Leopard...
Unless you're absolutely strapped for space, consider getting separate printer and scanner. Every time there's an OS update you hear people crying about their all-in-ones not working with it, especially the scanner part. Sometimes updates are eventually forthcoming, sometimes not. Stand-alone components have a much better record in this respect, and seem to have more features generally than the modules in an all-in-one.
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I prefer a Fax machine that is separate from a Scanner; mostly because I take my scanner on the road and want the smallest unit possible. Plus, a problem with one part will render the whole thing useless. All In Ones can be kind of a hassle when it comes to drivers...
Brothers are pretty good units. They bought a Laser Fax at work, and the cool thing is that it has USB, so I could connect my iBook and print to it. (The model would not scan back to the computer, though I could Fax an image back at lower resolution than usual.)
I'm partial to Lexmark myself (4350 model I think we have), but there are tons of good models out there. I think I just saw something at Wal-Mart for about $70. Hard to go wrong, really. It probably costs more for the ink than it does for the whole machine. I also have the printer/copier/scanner combination with a fax machine in a separate room. No particular reason.
Costco had the Brother 8460N on sale recently for $299 and I grabbed it after HP let me down following an upgrade to Leopard. I'll never buy another HP product ever again.
This Brother machine is excellent. Instant on, no warm-up, scanning software is limited, but adequate, built-in networking, standard faxing, works great with Leopard and since it uses CUPS, should work with all subsequent OS releases. +1