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Which Specs Deserve Your Respect?

When it comes to buying a new computer, printer, camera, HDTV, phone, tablet, or storage drive, there are some specs you can safely neglect. Here are the features to ignore, pay attention to in some contexts and actively seek out.

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Brother HL-2280DW Review: Basic Laser Printer With Bonus Scanner

The included color scanning feature distinguishes this basic small-office monochrome laser, but its toner costs are higher than average.

Oki B710dn Review: Fast Printer With Plenty of Paper Capacity

A sturdy, no-nonsense paper-pusher for a busy office, the B710dn prints quickly and has very affordable toner.

Brother MFC-J6710DW Review: It Does Wide-Format Everything

Everything needed for wide-format work is here (even cheap inks), helping to offset the dreary default print quality and flimsy-feeling trays.

Canon Pixma MX360 Inkjet Multifunction: Fax, but Few Frills

Fax is nice on such a basic MFP, but pricey black ink makes the MX360 fit for only low-volume use.

Canon Pixma MX420 Offers Fax, but Not Black Ink, on the Cheap

Fax capabilities come cheaply in the MX420, but meager paper handling and costly black ink limit this model to low-volume use.

Canon Pixma MX882: Speed, Features, and Shiny-Black Style

You needn't sacrifice performance for style: This MFP gives you full print/copy/scan/fax capabilities in a glossy package.

HP Officejet 100 Mobile Printer: Inkjet on the Go

Designed for mobile-printing convenience, the Officejet 100 provides impressive print quality. It’s slow, however, and inks are expensive.

Epson WorkForce 635: Fast, Capable, and Affordable Small-Office Multifunction Inkjet

Small office users get perks aplenty with this unit: Speedy text printing, automatic duplexing, and budget-friendly inks.

Dell 2150cdn

A low price tag and good performance make this printer appealing, but its standard-size toner is pricey.

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Dell V313w Inkjet MFP Offers Low-Cost Wireless, Pricey Inks

Wireless capabilities come at the low purchase price; but expensive inks, nagging page alignment issues, exorbitant ink costs, and cheap construction make this MFP one to avoid.

Canon Color ImageClass MF9220Cdn Delivers Speed and Features, but Not Photo Quality

This is a big MFP with many small problems, including an overly complex control panel, minimal Mac support, and mediocre photo quality. Toner costs appear low.

Dell 2150cdn Color Laser Printer Performs Well, but Toner Can Be Expensive

A low price tag and good performance make this printer appealing, but its standard-size toner is pricey.