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Epson's low-cost MFP impresses

Epson's low-cost MFP impresses

For the price, you can't beat the printing, copying, and scanning speeds of Epson's AcuLaser CX11NF. The least expensive multifunction colour laser printer we've seen, this unit not only outshone two other low-cost colour laser MFP models but also proved faster on most tasks than the Xerox WorkCentre C2424, which was more than three times as expensive.

Our shipping test unit printed text at a quick 17.6 pages per minute (ppm), much faster than other colour laser MFPs we've tested: The Xerox WorkCentre printed text at 11.2ppm; the Canon ImageClass MF8170C at 10.6ppm; and the HP Colour LaserJet 2840 at 7.0ppm.

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 4x5-inch photo (11 seconds, versus 29 and 38 seconds for the Canon and the HP, respectively); and copying (4.9ppm, compared with 3.3ppm for the HP and 2.8ppm 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 colours, 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; a 500-sheet paper tray is optional.

If frequently refilling the paper tray won't irritate you, the speedy AcuLaser CX11NF should deliver plenty of productivity for the money.

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Epson AcuLaser CX11NF
This peppy MFP delivers fast speeds and high image quality at an especially low price, but lacks features for busy offices.

The product is distributed by Ingram Micro, Synnex, BMS, HiTech, Dicker Data, Compu Wholesale, RDT, Cellnet, Alloys and Johnson Tech.

RRP: $1799


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