CHEAP TAX TIME PRINT­ERS:

ALL-IN-ONES THAT PRINT, SCAN AND PLAY MU­SIC FOR LESS THAN $200

TechLife Australia - - FRONT PAGE - [ PAUL TAY­LOR ]

SCAN THE SHELVES at your lo­cal re­tailer or browse on­line and you’ll see a lot of big box-shaped print­ers that pro­fess to be ideal for both home of­fices and small busi­nesses. If you haven’t up­dated your printer in a while, you’ll be sur­prised by how evolved they’ve be­come. In fact, these days, you’ll have to try hard to find one that’s sim­ply just a printer.

The vast ma­jor­ity can scan and print di­rectly to and from your smart­phone now, and even ac­cept print­ing tasks re­motely over the in­ter­net so your doc­u­ment is ready for you by the time you get home. (This does mean you will have to leave the printer in a stand-by power mode.) Tra­di­tion­ally, you might (rightly) won­der why you’d need a scan­ner since the in­evitable di­men­sions of the plate glass re­quires a far big­ger foot­print on your desk, but the sim­ple fact is: if a printer doesn’t have a scan­ner at­tached to it now, then it feels like you’re get­ting half a prod­uct.

For this roundup, we col­lected six inkjet print­ers, some with mul­ti­ple colour ink tanks, some with just one. All but one of them in­cludes a scan­ner — that one in­stead has a Blue­tooth speaker... All will con­nect to your Win­dows or Mac com­puter and An­droid smart­phone or iOS de­vice wire­lessly.

We’ve picked out print­ers that (with a bit of shop­ping around) cost less than $200. One even costs about $50! If you’re look­ing for a de­vice that will knock a bit off your tax bill and can also print doc­u­ments and pho­tos, keep read­ing. We in­vited Brother to sub­mit mod­els for this roundup, but the com­pany was un­able to sup­ply be­fore our dead­line.

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