Most units have good print quality. Their
quality will rival a standard inkjet printer.
You must consider how much printing you will
be doing and if you need it in color. Some
units are only available in black print models.
Most offer inkjet color but these can also
be quite expensive per page. If you will print
a lot, you may want to consider a laser printer
type all-in-one. If you will not be printing
that much or need color then inkjet is a great
option. You can always use an inkjet refill
kit which can save you lots of money.
The scanner section is used to scan documents
into files and for sending faxes. The scanner
should have an ADF or auto document feeder.
Don't waste your money on any unit that does
not have an ADF. Even if you have never used
one, you will quickly find out how useful it
is. When sending a multiple page fax it is
indespensible. If you have a 20 page book to
scan you can actually scan it into a multipage
PDF file if the software for your unit supports
this. Most will allow you to scan multiple
pages into a single multipage TIF file or PDF
document. This is great for archiving manuals
or making backup copies.
Fax machines have become a thing of the
past with fax modems. All modern units are
full speed fax. They have various features
but the basics are the same. Select Fax mode,
put a document in, enter the number, and press
send. It is amazingly simple and much easier
than using the fax modem on your computer.
Most of these units are meant for home offices.
If you have a large office and print lots of
documents, send lots of faxes, it may not last
very long. You will need something more heavy