multifunction with WiFi ??

AeroBar

macrumors 6502a
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Jan 21, 2009
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Hi,

I've googled this but I can't find an answer.

If a "multifunction" printer has built-in WiFi does that mean the printer, copier AND scanner are WiFi OR is just the printer WiFi ??

Are all units different ??

Thanks.
 

AeroBar

macrumors 6502a
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Jan 21, 2009
699
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I hadn't settled on a model until I'm sure what models completely WiFi.

thanks for the answer.
 

AeroBar

macrumors 6502a
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Jan 21, 2009
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thanks, but that's way too expensive... and more importantly way too big.:eek:


okay, after further thought I think I know what I need :-

wireless printing AND scanning
colour printing
double sided printing
CD/DVD printing
Also, I'll be scanning in old photographs so I need a good scanner (but nothing to pricey)

I'd like to keep it under €150 or there abouts and as small as possible.
I'd also prefer a mainly white unit (to with the rest of the room)

anybody got suggestions?

thanks.
 

cube

macrumors P6
May 10, 2004
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The most complete inkjet is the HP Photosmart Premium All In One With FAX C309.
 

AeroBar

macrumors 6502a
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Jan 21, 2009
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It's a bit on the large size, but thanks for the info... can it scan wirelessly? I don't see it - but I'd like know what info I need to be looking for!!
 

cube

macrumors P6
May 10, 2004
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I use it wired, but I see in the HP support forums that it can also scan wirelessly.

I would have really wanted a duplex color laser multifunction, but those really are HUGE.
The size of this printer is good for the functionality. It is not heavy.

It's £149 direct from hp.co.uk

Every printer was missing something before this one came out.
 

Thorbjorn

macrumors regular
Jan 14, 2008
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Another vote here for the Canon MX860. Does all you require except (I think) the CD/DVD printing, and all of it wirelessly. I doubt it comes in any other color than its basic silver and black. Great printer, though.
 

Thorbjorn

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Jan 14, 2008
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Oh, and I want to add that Amazon offers the MX860 at $149. That's where I got mine--and there are a lot of user reviews to read there, too.
 

AeroBar

macrumors 6502a
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Jan 21, 2009
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the colour isn't a dealbreaker (just a preference) but size is definately an issue:(
 

cube

macrumors P6
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Another vote here for the Canon MX860. Does all you require except (I think) the CD/DVD printing, and all of it wirelessly. I doubt it comes in any other color than its basic silver and black. Great printer, though.
The MX860 does not print discs. The previous MX850 does, but it's not wireless.

The Canons also can't FAX from OSX (they can from Windows).
They also don't do dual-sided FAXing (only scan and print).

But the Canons are suppossedly the most reliable inkjets.
 

AeroBar

macrumors 6502a
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Jan 21, 2009
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the MX860 seems like a good size - is the scanning wireless?

about double sided scanning and printing - what is the difference with doing it "manually"?
 

cube

macrumors P6
May 10, 2004
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The C309a weighs 10.4 Kg. The MX860 weighs 11.8 Kg. Check the bulk.

Manual duplex print: You print all the front sides, take the pages, put them back in the feeder reversed, and print the back sides.

Manual duplex scanning: You put each page side on the glass or feeder manually (maybe there is some printer that allows to automatically feed all the front sides, and then the back sides).
 

AeroBar

macrumors 6502a
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Jan 21, 2009
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would you guys say that duplex printing is nothing major - pretty much the same just doing it manually?
 

cube

macrumors P6
May 10, 2004
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I don't like to baby sit my printer. Take into account that inkjets normally don't have a large feeder, so you'll have double the handling for large documents (although if you're usually going to print large documents you're better off with a laser, LED, or solid ink).

Beware many duplex printers do not duplex copy or scan. Many printers with "duplex copy" do not have a real duplex document feeder, but mean they combine two separately scanned sides into one printed page.
 

Thorbjorn

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Jan 14, 2008
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I haven't actually used duplex printing on the MX860 yet, and don't have the time right now to give it a whirl for you. The scanning, yes, is wireless, and it'll scan to print or to pdf or to jpeg on your computer. If you're on Snow Leopard, you have to make sure you have the updated drivers from Canon, though, and the first installation/set-up has to be done through physical connection (USB, if I remember correctly). I was pretty sure that the 860 can fax from a Mac, but, again, I haven't taken the time to double check or set it up for that. Some searching should bring up the answer to that.
 

cube

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May 10, 2004
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I was pretty sure that the 860 can fax from a Mac, but, again, I haven't taken the time to double check or set it up for that. Some searching should bring up the answer to that.
I did a thorough investigation of the MX850 and the MX860 when researching for my printer. They can't.

If the C309a had not come out, I would have bought the MX850 because of the disc printing, as I didn't care about wireless, shortcomings and all.
 

LAS.mac

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May 6, 2009
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Another importantant thing that you have to keep in mind is the price of consumibles such as cartdriges. Some are so expensive that you better buy a new printer each time you have to change them.
 

sine-nomine

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Jul 25, 2007
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Finer stores everywhere.
I've read that the C8180 has a terrific scanner, but from what I've read, it won't scan wirelessly. Otherwise, it looks like a really good printer. Does anyone knowhow the scan quality and speed of the C309a et al stack up against the 8180?
 

AeroBar

macrumors 6502a
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Jan 21, 2009
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hi,

after further research I've settled on two choices - both Canon.

The MP990 and the MP640 seem to suit my needs but it is unclear as to whether the scanning function is wireless.

I know the MP990 isn't due to be released until November, but the MP640 is a new release.

can anybody tell me if either of these two have wireless scanning?

thanks