Gone are the days of a separate fax machine, flatbed scanner, copier and printer. The multifunction device serves all of your small business needs now.
Sure, there may be reasons to have separate or a more robust device, but a quality inkjet multifunction device most likely meets the needs of your farm office.
Better still, there are some available for less than $200. Here are a few for your consideration:
Epson Workforce Series. Printers of the Epson Workforce Series are recognized by several major consumer publications as best in class. The WF-3520 prints, copies, scans and faxes, and boasts the "World's Fastest 2-sided print speeds." The printer holds up to 250 pages, and Epson claims printings costs are up to 40 percent less than color laser printers. The series of devices also supports printing over wireless and from smartphones.
HP Officejet Pro Series. The HP Officejet Pro Series proves that a professional printer does not have to be a clunky, expensive laser printer. The HP Officejet Pro 8600 prints, copies, faxes and scans, and can hold up to a ream of paper! The devices also have ports for a variety of memory cards, and ePrint via email or smartphone is available.
Brother Professional Series. The printers in the Brother Professional Series may help ease the transition to an all-in-one because they include buttons and the devices rely less on the LCD screen than all-in-one competitors. The MFC-J5910DW not only provides duplex prints and wireless networking, it can print to 11" x 17" paper.
The printer you decide to use really depends upon your needs and preferences; here are some tips to help you in your search:
1. Know your printing and copying needs – how often and how much do you print?
2. Compare machines and read reviews.
3. Try a machine before you buy it at a local retailer.
4. Ensure that the device is compatible with your computer or smartphone operating system.
5. Know whether or not you can use refillable ink cartridges—it will save you money over time.
The opinions of Jessica Michael are not necessarily those of Farm Futures or the Penton Farm Progress Group.