April 3rd, 2012
HP is not new the the printer market, but that does not meant that they still cannot find new features and supplements for their printers that make them appealing to customers. Their Officejet 7500 Wide Format e-All-in-One E910a is an affordable printer that was made for a low to medium workload. On top of the affordability, the Officejet 7500 also offers a few unique features that make it a good choice for homes or small businesses.
The physical layout of this device is akin to nearly every other one of HP’s printers. The input bin and scanning bed cover the top of the machine while the output bin sits directly in front. All controls, from faxing to basic copy functions, are carried out in a color touchscreen on the right side of the machine. This printer also includes HP’s ePrint CD. This program allows for a remote access to the printer by any device on the network.
The speed and quality of prints for the Officejet 7500 rivals that of any other all-in-one inkjet printer in this range. The manufacturers specs state a maximum speed of 33 prints per minute, but most basic black and white copies will come in at around 20 to 22 pages per minute. All of the functions are easy to carry out via the ePrint program or the touchscreen itself. Like most HP printers, it takes only a few taps of the screen to navigate to any feature or setting imaginable and the original setup can be done in less than 45 minutes.
With all of the basics out of the way, there are a few key points that set this printer apart from the competition. The first is the ability to wirelessly control this printer through almost any smartphone, tablet PC, or other mobile device. While this is a common feature for high-end printers, many companies simply overlook such a useful system for remote printing. The hardware that makes this printer standout is the extra-large bins that allow for printing on unusually sized paper. The largest settings allow for prints up to 13″ x 19″.
Performing well in the page per minute speeds, quality of the prints, and price per page, the Officejet 7500 Wide Format e-All-in-One E910a is a good choice for any home office or small business. Along with wireless connection and extra-large printing capabilities, this printer does house features that very few other devices in this price range or size can offer.
April 2nd, 2012
The name Epson has become synonymous with home office and small business printers. For over 30 years, this Japanese company has been maintaining the watermark that all other printers have been compared to. One of their most recent additions, the Epson WorkForce 1100 Color Inkjet Wide Format 11×17 Printer, is now offering a handful of features that once again makes Epson a respectable choice for most small offices.
If nothing else, Epson continues to prove that printers do not require a steep learning curve when users are attempting to operate them. Right out of the box, the WorkForce 1100 can be setup and printing pages in as little as a few minutes. The included software offers very little in the way of frills, but all of the options are straightforward and can be downloaded onto Apple, Windows, or Linux devices. As with most Epsons, the Workforce 1100 conveniently situates the input bin at the top and rear of the printer while the output bin sits on the face of the machine. Most, but not all of the basic controls can be carried out on the printer itself with a handful navigational buttons. They have also included a front-facing USB port for easier access in tight spaces.
For an inkjet printer, the Workforce 1100 produces very high quality prints that are comparable to laser prints. The manufacturer sets the print speed at upward of 30 pages per minute, but most users will experience closer to 25 for black and white copies and 15 for color prints. Operators can opt for top quality color prints through the included software, and this will slow speeds down to just under 10 pages per minute.
There are two features that make this inkjet printer stand out from the competition. The first is the wide format hardware that can handle pages up to 13″ wide. This makes it one of the very few affordable inkjet options for larger flyers and brochures. The second useful feature is the convenient dual-sided printing option that can reduce paper costs by 50% in certain circumstances.
Overall, the Epson WorkForce 1100 Color Inkjet Wide Format Printer has shaped up to be a very solid choice for an entry level to mid-range printer. Between the affordable costs of Epson ink and the quality that this printer produces, those looking for a device that can handle two-sided printing, large brochures, and keep within budget will not be disappointed.