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Old 10th March 2008, 04:23 PM   #1

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Default Advice On All-in-One Machine

Hi folks,

Could really use some pointers and direction here. I really need to buy a piece of office equipment for my small business. We need an all-in-one copier, fax, scanner machine. I know there are tons and tons of options available out there, but one that suits our needs, I'm stumped for options.

Let me tell you what we need, and then perhaps you could provide some advice. In time to come, perhaps we might need a machine for each individual task, but for now, I think an all-in-one machine is more prudent.

We do print quite a bit, so perhaps a machine that has a drum or toner cartridge (preferably color) is what we want. Those small ink cartridges are expensive (!!!) and don't last all that long. Must have fairly decent OCR rating - we do scan quite a bit too. We do fax quite a bit too. With regards to cutting down on paper, is there such a thing as a paperless fax? Is there software available that allows you to fax directly from the computer, and receiving as well?

Any thoughts/recommendations? Thank you kindly.

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Old 14th March 2008, 04:33 AM   #2

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You may or may not have expected to hear this, but from what you said I would suggest you not go with an All-In-One machine.
Especially if you're going to be doing critical, high-volume tasks on a regular basis. It may seem prudent now but it could cost you more in the long run.

Consider that:
- if one of these functions stops working, that means you need to replace the whole thing. That's only if the machine is still usable for it's other functions.

- While using the machine for one function, in most cases you will not be able to us it for others i.e. trying to send a fax while high-volume printing is taking place.

- Generally speaking I've never seen an all-in-one solution for ANYTHING that was better than having each individual device. I don't even really like 2-in-1 Shampoo! Everyone knows you don't condition until AFTER you shampoo your hair!

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