All-in-one printers, also called multifunction printers, have been available on the market for some time now. These products, which may be used as printers, scanners, photocopiers, fax, or e-mail devices, are ideal for users who are able to maximize their features and for those who want easy access to different printer functions. These gadgets are made for commercial, commercial, or home use. There are several types of multifunction printers. All-in-one (AIO) devices are generally designed for scanning and printing, but they may also come with optical character recognition (OCR) and software that can be used to organize pictures. An office mid-sized freestanding (MFP) device, on the other hand, is often used as a central office system. These gadgets are used for printing, copying and scanning, and they come with a networked document storage function.
Another category is the production printing MFP, and it is generally used as a reprographic department device. This product does not have advanced network functionalities, but it has the advantage of being faster. It also has the ability to produce higher quality printouts. Users of multifunction printers can maximize the use of these devices by using printing software. These programs could provide functions such as document management, document imaging, device configuration, monitoring ink levels, and input mode selection.
However, it has been observed that many printer manufacturers design their products in such a way that other functions cannot be performed if users run out of printer ink. For example, some devices made by Canon, Hewlett Packard, and Epson do not work without an ink cartridge. Other brands such as Kodak and Brother present similar problems for customers. Some users believe that these defects have been intentionally made by printer manufacturers. For example, Kodak AiO printers cannot be used when their ink cartridges are empty, while some Brother printers do not let users print ‘black and white’ documents without color inks.
Some customers have found ways to continue to use their multifunction printers despite product defects. Some products also have the advantage of allowing users to scan documents even without ink. For example, Brother’s MFC-6890 is usable even without ink and even if more color cartridges are empty. Customers are able to print documents even with some missing colors. Some of Canon’s laser printers can also scan even without a toner cartridge. Other users have also mentioned that they were able to circumvent these intentional design flaws by using various tactics. For example, using Microsoft Windows’ scanner software instead of the program that comes with the device may be a good option for Epson users. Another tip: Canon users can still use their printers even with an empty cartridge by holding the gadget’s power button or stop / reset button for five seconds.
Consumers who want to bypass the flaws common in these all-in-one / multifunction gadgets might want to purchase individual printers, copiers, or scanners instead. Doing this may be a bit more costly, but it eliminates the problems associated with the new devices.