Epson's Low-Cost MFP Impresses
At a Glance
Epson AcuLaser CX11NF
This peppy MFP delivers fast speeds and high image quality at a low price, but lacks office-friendly features.
For the price, you can't beat the printing, copying, and scanning speeds of Epson's $799 AcuLaser CX11NF, the least expensive multifunction color laser printer we've seen. This unit not only outshone two other low-cost color laser MFP models but also proved faster on most tasks than the $2999 Xerox WorkCentre C2424.
Our shipping test unit printed text at a quick 17.6 pages per minute, much faster than other color laser MFPs we've tested: The Xerox WorkCentre printed text at 11.2 ppm; the Canon ImageClass MF8170C, at 10.6 ppm; and the HP Color LaserJet 2840, at 7.0 ppm. The latter two models cost $999 each in our July roundup.
The Epson was faster than both the Canon and the HP at printing a three-page PowerPoint presentation (44 seconds, versus 83 seconds for the Canon and 189 seconds for the HP); scanning a 4-by-5-inch photo (11 seconds, versus 29 and 38 seconds for the Canon and the HP, respectively); and copying (4.9 ppm, compared with 3.3 ppm for the HP and 2.8 ppm for the Canon).
The MFP's image quality was almost as impressive. Dark text printed with sharp edges, though the letterforms were not as sleek as those printed by the Canon or HP models. Scans exhibited natural-looking colors, but skin tones were slightly reddish, and the Epson failed to reproduce details that the Canon captured.
Although it performs well, the Epson AcuLaser has just a single 180-sheet paper tray; an optional 500-sheet paper tray is available for $322.
If frequently refilling the paper tray won't irritate you, the speedy AcuLaser CX11NF should deliver plenty of productivity for the money.
Epson America AcuLaser CX11NF
This peppy MFP delivers fast speeds and high image quality at an especially low price, but lacks features for busy offices.
Price when reviewed: $799
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