In spite of the fact that laser printers have become affordable over the years, they won’t force out matrix printers from the market. Jet printers – another popular family of printers – won’t make it either. The reason lies in the printing technology: while laser and jet printers are so-called nonimpact printers (they don’t interfere with paper), the pins of matrix printers strike ink directly in the paper. To leave prints of letters on the paper is the function of impact printers, and it is necessary or desirable in many areas (for example, while preparing the documents or missives). One more reason of success of matrix printers hides undoubtedly in lower cost of consumables. Flexibility of matrix printers is also important. Quite often one device combines availability to print on the rolled paper and single sheets, in black-and-white or color mode – and only few preparatory operations are needed. Moreover, the matrix printing technology has stood the test of time, and such printouts could be of rather high quality. That’s why this market is still full of offers. Meet the short reviews of the popular dot matrix printers of the famous brands. (more…)
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Today nobody can imagine a workflow without MFP. One such device is replaced, at least, a printer, scanner and copier, helping to save space and money. Manufacturing companies offer a huge choice in the market MFP different categories, and customers often are looking for the perfect price / quality ratio. Panasonic offers a new affordable multifunction device KX-MB1900 for use at home and working groups.
Released in July 2010 device provides sophisticated software and features to ensure fast and efficient workflow. KX-MB1900 combines printer, scanner and copier, which features did not yield individual devices. Print speed MFP is the highest for this class of devices and is 24 ppm. Scanner resolution is up to 9600×9600 dpi.
In addition to the cost of the device, each buyer worries the price of consumables, and how much they have enough for daily use. Multifunction KX-MB1900 is compatible with the KX-FAT411A7 toner cartridge, which is enough for 2,000 pages, and the 6,000-page KX-FAD412A7 drum. Thus, the ordinary user printing an average of 500 to 1,000 pages per year, the drum will last for 6 years.
A set of functions KX-MB1900 make the work with the device easier. For example, the ability of MFP to scan both sides of cards or a few pages of the document and quickly propagate them in a format 2-in-1, 4-in-1 or 8-in-1. Reduce consumption of consumables and paper helps the program Easy Print Utility for easy printing. It allows you to combine into one document files created with various Microsoft applications and print on one sheet.
Panasonic launched two new multifunction devices into market: the KX-MB271 and the KX-MB781.
Panasonic KX-MB271 as a decent multifunction device can scan, copy and print. It is built around a monochrome laser printer engine that can print 18 ppm at a resolution of up to 600 by 600 dpi, with a claimed warm-up time of 15 seconds. The scanner scans at up to 600 by 1200 dpi and can automatically crop scans to the size of the scanned document.
The printer has a built-in document feeder that handles up to 20 sheets of paper. The KX-MB271 comes with the text recognition software that can convert scanned documents into text. As for paper capacity, there is only one paper tray for up to 250 sheets of paper. The KX-MB271 uses a USB port to connect to a PC, but there is no networking option available, so the device cannot be shared over a network.
Panasonic KXMB781 is no different from the KXMB271 in terms of basic characteristics, but it supports sending and receiving faxes, and has an Ethernet adapter for networking. This enables users to send faxes straight from the desktop over the network. Scanned documents and received faxes can be sent over the network as well.
Both printers support Windows from 98 to Vista, and don’t support Apple Macs.
Panasonic KX-MB271 and the KX-MB781 are priced $149.99 and $199.99 respectively.