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Epson WorkForce WF-7610 as tested

Hands-On Test Report, Photos, and Video: Epson’s WorkForce WF-7610 ‘True’ Large-Format All-in-One

The Epson WorkForce WF-7610’s claim to fame is that it’s a “true” large-format color inkjet All-in-One (AiO) as it: has an A3/11″x17″-size flatbed platen; document feeder that can automatically duplex-scan originals as large as A3/11″x17″; can automatically duplex print media as large as A3/11″x17″; and can produce (border-less) prints as large as A3+/Super B/13″x19″. Other […]

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The Brother ImageCenter ADS-2500We as tested and shown with card and damaged/fragile original sleeves.

Hands-On Test: Brother’s ImageCenter ADS-2500We Document Scanner

We recently completed Hands-On Testing of Brother’s ImageCenter ADS-2500We digital scanner ($699.99), which is the replacement model for the ADS 2500W that we tested back in 2012. Aside from a price reduction down from $799.99, key upgrades to the ADS-2500We include: KOFAX VRS compatibility; scan to Microsoft OneNote; integration with Brother Solutions Interface (BSI), which […]

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MAXIFY vs. OJP (2)

Hands-On Competitive Test Report and Videos: Canon MAXIFY vs. HP Officejet Pro Inkjet AiO’s — Which Brand is Best for Your Business?

March 11, 2015 – With their rich feature sets and low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and energy consumption, we’ve always maintained that in many way, business-inkjet printers represent the cutting edge in a sea of change. More recently, inkjet printers have attained a level of performance and manageability to the point where they can […]

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Review, Report, Photos & Video: Hands-On with Epson’s WorkForce Pro WF-5690 Business-Class MFP

Imaging Technology: PrecisionCore MicroPiezo electric Ink-Jet Technology. Functions: Print/Copy/Scan/Fax. ISO Print Speed: 20/20 ppm (black/color). List Price:  $399.99 Availability: Epson direct, authorized Epson dealers and value-added resellers. Introduction Date: September 2014. Maximum Monthly Volume: 45,000 pages. Recommended Monthly Page Volume: Up to 2,500 pages. Strengths: Solid build quality; excellent touch screen; quiet operation; PCL and […]

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Holiday Gifts from Epson for the Connected Person in Your Life – from Smart Glasses to Mobile Printers

Epson has been on a tear lately, releasing a wave of new connected tech solutions, including everything from the littlest All-in-One ever, to a portable scanner, to ground-breaking smart glasses with augmented reality. Virtually all of these will be appreciated by any connected individual or household. Here are several current and recently=-ntroduced Epson products that […]

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OKI 5+Color

Hands-On Review and Videos: OKI’s C941dn Multimedia Color Printer – Pushing the Envelope of Image Quality with White and Clear Toner

The C941dn is a member of OKI Data’s C900 Multimedia Production Platform series that consists of a range of advanced digital-color printers that are intended for creative and commercial-print applications. These fast, toner-based printers have unusual media-throughput capabilities, and can handle a wide range of media sizes and types. Most noteworthy is that the C941dn […]

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2014 Gold Medal

Review: Retail Business-Class A4 Color MFPs – HP’s Officejet Pro X476dw is Best in Class

Any office or company whose core business entails paper-based transactions with customers must own a color All-in-One or MFP that can quickly, reliably, and economically produce high-quality color prints. While there are many candidates, Wirth Consulting narrows the field to Business-Class A4 Color MFPs available from the retail channel.  What is our definition of “Business-Class”? […]

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2014 Gold Medal

Review: Business-Class A3 Inkjet Printers and AiO’s – Brother’s MFC-J6920DW is Best in Class

Since we at Wirth Consulting estimate that the processing of A3 documents in the office is in the single-digit percentile, we have always thought that the ultimate mix of digital-imaging devices for small business was one or more fast B/W A4 printers coupled with an economical A3 MFP or All-in-One (AiO). The problem is that […]

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Top News for the Week of 8/11/2014 – Printer, MFP Shipments Up; Key Legal Rulings for MPHJ Technology, Kodak; More

This week, some of the most interesting news came from market-research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) with its Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker (which covers printers, MFPs, and copiers that print on and/or scan A2- to A4-size media). According to IDC, the Western Europe market for printers/MFPs/copiers enjoyed its fifth consecutive quarter of growth, with shipments […]

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2014 Gold Medal

Review: Enterprise-Ready A4 B/W Printers – OKI’s B721dn is Best in Class

The B/W or monochrome printer is the basic building block for digital printing in any office. This group of printers is considered “enterprise-ready” because they offer the following features: 1) automatic duplex printing; 2) expandable standard media capacity of at least 251 sheets; 2) PCL and/or PostScript printer-language support; and 4) remote-management, deployment and security […]

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WorkForce WF-3520

Review: Small and Home Office Inkjet AiOs – Epson’s WorkForce WF-3520 is Best in Class

At the very least, virtually every home or office of any size needs a basic All-in-One (AiO or MFP) in order to handle PC printing and document scanning, copying, and faxing. In this latest Head2Head Comparison, we chose the least expensive devices that meet our basic criteria for Inkjet SOHO (Small or Home Office) AiOs: […]

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HP Officejet Pro X Series 2

Review: Enterprise-Ready A4 Color MFPs – HP’s Officejet Pro 476dw is Best in Class

There was quite a selection of quality “Enterprise-Ready” A4 MFPs in the group of devices that comply with our conditions below, are priced from $399.99 to $9,400.00, and in color print speed from 15 to 40 ppm. Determining a Best in Class winner from this group was a difficult proposition, with 16 MFPs from Brother […]

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Lenovo C440

Lenovo’s C440 All-in-One PC Proves That PCs ‘Ain’t What They Used to Be’

We use a “clean” and standardized PC for all of our performance testing–“standardized” meaning that all that is installed is the most appropriate operating system (e.g.: we skipped over Vista) and the latest versions of Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat Reader. After we finish testing a product, the test PC is returned to its clean […]

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LENOVO LI2721s W Monitor

Lenovo’s L12721s W, the Ideal Monitor that I Always Wanted but Couldn’t Afford — Until Now

My first color monitor was a Commodore 13″ VGA 1084S (“S” for built-in stereo sound) CRT monitor for my Amiga 1000 and it cost around $750. Along the way I have also splurged as much as $900 for a 17″ ViewSonic CRT and $900 for a 19″ ViewSonic LCD monitor. In the meantime, I discovered […]

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Microsoft Office 365 Revisited – We ‘Rent’ Office 2013 Pro via Office 365 Home Premium

Love it or not, the Microsoft Office software suite is de rigueur for a majority of users, business users and students in particular. Some time ago, we analyzed Microsoft Office 365 and its integration with Office 2013 and questioned “should you upgrade?” For us, it turned out to be a no-brainer. Consider that we needed […]

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Windows 8 Start Button

Windows 8.1 Update is Welcome Refinement but Microsoft Sucker-Punches Start-Button Whiners

I visited the Windows Store last night and attempted to update our three Windows 8 PCs: Lenovo IdeaPad Lynx Tablet Lenovo C440 All-in-One Gateway GT5082 Desktop A Few Hiccups The 8.1 upgrade process took a bit of time, as Microsoft’s download servers were working hard. The two Lenovo PCs upgraded successfully, but the upgrade was […]

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Top News for the Week of October 14, 2013

We take some time to round-up the top posts of the week for you to enjoy at your leisure: We were forced to reckon with Windows 8 Pro on a Lenovo tablet computer and found it was an interesting and revelatory experience. Be sure to check out why we feel that Windows 8 gets a […]

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Windows 8 Gets a Raw Deal and Lenovo (and Others) by Extension

This post has two parts: 1) why Microsoft Windows 8 is being unfairly tarred; and 2) why PC vendors (particularly tablet makers) are being unfairly affected by extension–particularly Lenovo, because we have experience with one of its Windows 8 tablets that we can use as a foundation for our arguments. Before we begin, a little […]

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