I recently received a question on “Ask Craig” about how to shop for a multifunction printer.  These are very popular and useful machines that are available today in a multitude of shapes and sizes.  Around the turn of the century, “all-in-one” printers were available only as small, desktop machines.  If you needed something for more heavy office usage, you needed to buy separate machines for copying, printing, and faxing.  As printer manufacturers began noticing that offices of all sizes could use multifunction printers, they started to offer them in larger, more robust varieties.  Additionally, copy machine manufacturers added network printing and scanning capabilities to many of their products, making multifunction available for even enterprise and commercial use.   Whether your office is large, small, or at home, the idea of a machine with multiple uses may be appealing, but with so many to choose from it can be hard to know where to start.  Here are a few areas to consider before you shop: (more…)