Scanning, Faxing and Resolution
Network Scanning Most MFPs (multi-function printers) can scan over a network, but not all network scanning is equal. Some MFPs will scan to a variety of destinations, including files on individual PCs, but others are limited to sending to an FTP server or sending a scan to a PC only as an e-mail attachment.For MFPs that list faxing as one of their talents, find out the choices for faxing. They will usually work as stand-alone fax machines, but there are still some MFPs that won't let you fax from a PC over a network, which is a lot quicker and easier than having to print something, and then fax it. Resolution: Lasers Resolution in dpi (dots per inch) used to be good guide to output quality for lasers. Today it's all but useless, both because many printers use various resolution enhancement techniques-which manufacturers often refuse to specify-and because more and more manufactures are using ratings like 1200 dpi quality, which doesn't actually tell you anything. Resolution: Ink Jets Resolutions for ink jets are even less meaningful than for lasers. Some printers use low resolutions plus enhancement techniques to get the same image quality that others get with high resolutions alone. In many cases, the top resolution, at thousands of dpi, looks good on a spec sheet, but the setting is hidden in an advanced option because it doesn't offer enough improvement in quality to justify how long it takes.