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Ink Jet and Page Printers | Multifunction Devices


Alps MD-4000
The Alps MD-4000, a color printer/scanner combo, produces quality color that's as pretty as a picture. The MD-4000 has four ribbons--black, cyan, yellow and magenta. If you mostly print black, Alps supplies a multicolor ribbon that uses three slots for black and only one for color. You can also use metallic inks. You can choose between 300x300dpi and 600x600dpi output for color and 1200x600dpi output for plain black text and gray-scale images. To use the single-pass scanner, fold down the 100-sheet paper tray and insert one of two supplied document holders. One holder accommodates 4-by-6-inch photos, the other 8.5-by-11-inch originals. Scanning can take 2 to 6 minutes with settings for 75dpi, 150dpi, 300dpi or 600dpi, and a choice of black and white, gray scale, 256 colors and full color. $699 Alps Electric, 800-852-ALPS, 408-432-6000. Winfo #710. Go To Full Review

Canon MultiPASS C2500
The MultiPASS C2500 Bubble Jet is a high-quality color printer with a 720x360dpi resolution. It's also a scanner, copier and fax machine. In fact, the attractive unit looks like a plain-paper fax machine, measuring 14 by 15.6 by 19 inches and tipping the scales at 16.7 pounds. Incoming faxes can be set to print upon receipt or stored in memory. The MultiPASS can store up to 42 pages, with a one-hour backup battery to protect pages in memory. With the copier function, you can make up to 99 copies per pass. The Canon unit arrives with both a black ink cartridge and a four-color cartridge that includes black. $599 Canon Computer Systems, 800-848-4123, 714-438-3000. Winfo #711. Go To Full Review

HP OfficeJet Model 350
HP's OfficeJet Model 350 ink jet won't leap tall buildings, but it's a super office machine that can print, fax, copy and scan. The ink jet printing function offers 600x300dpi quality using HP's Color Resolution Enhancement technology. The overall output quality is good, and it's far and away better than standalone fax machines that use thermal paper for faxing. The copier function is limited to 300dpi output, and you can print up to 99 copies in a single pass and reduce them up to 70 percent. The unit has a high-speed, bidirectional parallel interface and will print on plain paper, envelopes or transparencies in letter, legal and A4 sizes. The paper tray holds 100 sheets. $599 Hewlett-Packard Co., 800-752-0900, 408-725-8900. Winfo #712. Go To Full Review

Sharp F-2700M
Sharp's F-2700M multifunction device is packed with features. The F-2700M combines a printer, copier, fax machine and phone in a 15-pound unit that measures 6.7 by 14.2 by 16.5 inches. The F-2700M uses the Windows Printing System, so printing starts almost immediately upon command. The printer is a 4ppm, 300dpi laser. The fax function has 512KB of RAM (upgradable to 1MB) and can hold 39 pages in memory. You can store up to 50 numbers for automatic dialing. $1,249 Sharp Electronics Corp., 800-BE-SHARP, 201-529-8200. Winfo #713. Go To Full Review

Toshiba TF-601
The Toshiba TF-601 has the requisite components for a multifunction device--printer, fax machine, scanner and copier--but it handles these chores with its 300dpi laser printer, an unusual amenity for such a small multifunction device. Toshiba's ImageVision gives you the feedback and control normally found only in laser printers using the Windows Printing System, plus control of fax and scanning functions. The TF-601 shows its origin as a fax machine by having a telephone handset on the left side. It includes a full-function 9600Kb-per-second fax modem. Standard RAM holds 20 pages in fax memory; add the easy-to-install optional 2MB memory module, and fax memory increases to about 144 pages. $1,799 Toshiba America Information Systems, 800-GO-TOSHIBA, 714-583-3000. Winfo #714. Go To Full Review

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