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Overview
Productive all-in-one with up to 40% less cost-per-page and energy use than lasers1. Features an automatic document feeder and Ethernet networking. HP Officejet 6500 Wireless All-in-One2 includes built-in wireless and two-sided printing.

Features
•     Print professional colour documents for up to 40% lower cost-per-page & energy use than lasers3. With economical individual inks, you'll only replace the inks that require it. Plus, get more printed pages with optional high-capacity cartridges.
•     Get fast speeds up to 32ppm black, 31ppm colour & connect to a network of up to 5 users with built-in Ethernet. For enhanced efficiency, HP Officejet 6500 Wireless All-in-One2 includes built-in wireless 802.11g4 & automatic two-sided printing
•     Print, Fax, Scan and copy from one device, plus work productively with the 35-page automatic document feeder and 250-sheet input paper tray.

HP Photosmart

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The good: Prints high-quality color photos and documents; impressive output speed; attractive design; added extras like Quick Forms, ADF, and an integrated CD drive for custom prints.

The bad: Higher than average cost for black ink cartridge; minor omissions include a hinged scanner hood and speed-dial fax buttons.

The bottom line: The HP Photosmart Premium Fax All-in-One printer makes it easy to increase productivity thanks to its streamlined user interface. The fax, copy, print, and scanning features boast helpful extras like double-sided printing, wireless connectivity, separate photo trays, and quick-access control panel buttons, all while maintaining lab-quality photos and a low cost to print. We highly recommend this printer to anyone who can benefit from its multifunctionality.

MFC-790CW

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Brother's $180 MFC-790CW color inkjet multifunction printer has a tempting array of goodies, but offers lackluster performance. Despite its aspirations, the MFC-790CW can't compete with other machines in its price range, such as the HP OfficeJet J4680.

Though the MFC-790CW is compact, it still provides some nice features for the price. Wi-Fi connectivity is standard. A 4.2-inch color LCD touch screen replaces many control-panel buttons and is easy to use, with a few exceptions: The on-screen ink-status button, for instance, looks more like an icon, so I didn't understand that I could press it to access ink-related features. Media slots, a PictBridge port, and a dedicated photo tray encourage you to print your favorite shots.

Although this model has versatile paper handling, the trays hold a minimal amount. The automatic document feeder (ADF) holds just 15 sheets. The main input tray takes only 100 sheets; the piggybacked photo tray, merely 20. The tray lid doubles as the 50-sheet output tray. With these three components crammed into such a small space, loading or adjusting media requires some tricky maneuvers.

The ink cartridges nestle conveniently behind a small door in the machine's front. The separate cyan, magenta, and yellow cartridges each cost $10 and last 325 pages (per industry-standard ISO measurements), or 3.1 cents per color, per page. That's pretty good. Black is the exception: At $23.50 for 450 pages, it's a pricey 5.2 cents per page.

But the real problem is the MFC-790CW's speed, or lack thereof. It printed plain-text pages at an abysmal rate of 3.9 pages per minute. It did better on graphics, managing 2.4 ppm. The print quality didn't make up for the long wait. Text samples looked a little light but crisp. Graphics printed on plain paper appeared dull, but on Brother's own photo paper they improved considerably. Scan samples seemed dark on occasion and sometimes yellowish, but acceptable; copy samples were also decent.

Given its low price and interesting features, the Brother MFC-790CW could have been a contender. But its plodding performance can't be ignored

Pixma MP490

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Canon's Pixma MP490 color inkjet multifunction printer (MFP) has a superlow price ($100 at this writing) and a simple-to-use design that should appeal to home and student users. If you print a lot, however, look elsewhere, as its ink costs are high.

I don't expect much from a machine this inexpensive, so to its credit, the Pixma MP490 has some thoughtfully designed features. A small, front swing-out door protects the three media slots. When you raise the flatbed scanner unit, a vertical support bar automatically props it up, and an animation appears on the color LCD showing you how to replace the ink cartridges nestled inside. Lifting a small top lid exposes the 1.8-inch color LCD and the control panel, which sports a compass-style navigation wheel and clearly labeled buttons.

Other design elements are less successful. The scanner lid is held in place by plastic connectors that are not firmly attached, so it clatters when lifted. The 100-sheet vertical input tray has a rickety plastic support panel that pops off too easily. The page-orientation label on the input tray is confusing. Not surprisingly for such an inexpensive machine, it doesn't have ethernet or automatic duplexing.

The Pixma MP490 produced mixed results on our performance tests. It pumped out plain-text pages at a rate of 8.7 pages per minute (ppm), and graphics at 2.3 ppm--both slightly below average. Text and landscape photos looked nice, but photos of people suffered from orangey skin tones. Scans happened very quickly, but the images showed muted colors and rough textures.

As with most low-priced MFPs, Canon makes its real money by charging more for the ink. The Pixma MP490 ships with standard-size cartridges. The 220-page replacement costs $16 or a costly 7.3 cents per page. The 401-page, high-yield black cartridge costs $22 or 5.5 cents per page--better, but still no bargain. Color inks are more reasonable: High-yield cyan, magenta, and yellow each cost $17 and last 750 pages (2.3 cents per color, per page), while the standard-size cartridges cost $10.49 and last 325 pages (3.2 cents per color, per page).

The $100 price range of this MFP means tradeoffs. The high ink costs are bearable if you print infrequently; otherwise, look for a model with lower-cost inks (and a higher purchase price), such as HP's OfficeJet 6500 Wireless ($199 as tested; $150 without Wi-Fi).

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