Laser Fax Machine

The laser fax machine is still an essential piece of office equipment even in the age of computers, mobile phones, and the internet. It has many advantages over both thermal and inkjet fax machines, such as faster printing speeds and lower running costs. Multifunction models can also be used as a computer printer and photocopier. There are hundreds of models to choose from but that only makes the task of choosing the right one all the more difficult. It really helps to know the important features to avoid buying an expensive machine that falls short of what you need.

The fax machine revolutionized business by making it possible to instantly send copies of letters, invoices, and other documents. Instead of waiting days or even weeks for the originals to arrive by mail, a fax machine can send copies at any time to any place in the world. Of course, there has to be a fax machine at the other end to receive the copies, but practically every business has one or more machines so this is rarely a problem. The era of the fax machine may be coming to a close as other devices take over its roles, but it will be many years before the last one is finally retired.

A fax machine is defined by the type of printer it uses to makes copies of a fax. The three main types of printer are thermal, inkjet, and laser. A laser fax machine is very similar to an office photocopier. It uses a laser to draw the image of a fax onto a statically-charged drum. The drum picks up toner particles and deposits them onto a sheet of paper that is rolled over it. The paper is then heated slightly which melts the toner particles and bonds them to the paper. This process is more economical than either thermal or inkjet printing. It also avoids the curling problem that occurs when the special paper used in thermal printing is heated.

The speed of a laser fax machine is critically important, especially when you need to send many pages late on a Friday afternoon just before the close of business. The amount of memory available to store incoming faxes also matters because it is the only place faxes can be stored when the paper runs out. Other useful features to look for include speed dialing, group dialing, and the ability to transfer faxes between the fax machine and a computer. Some models have a telephone handset on the side which is pretty convenient, especially when you need to check that a fax made it through.

The printer inside a laser fax machine is essentially the same as a regular laser printer. Check the speed at which it prints pages in monochrome (black and white). Also, check the speed of color printing if the model has that capability. Make sure that the resolution is very high, otherwise the faxes will look bad and may even be unreadable in parts that are highly detailed. To avoid having to change the paper tray too often, look for a machine that can hold hundreds of pages. If possible, get a machine that has an automatic document feeder so you do not have to stand over the machine feeding pages into it one at a time.

The dry toner particles are stored in a long container, called a toner cartridge. Some cartridges have a drum built into them which saves having to replace the drum and toner separately. Toner cartridges are very expensive compared to inkjet cartridges but they print far more pages. Their high page yield makes them far more economical. This is one reason why a laser fax machine is better than an inkjet when you need to print lots of faxes. Toner cartridges can even be refilled with a special kit which makes them even more economical. However, refilling can get pretty messy if the toner is split, and the cleanup bill could easily be greater than the cost of several new cartridges.

This Laser Fax Machine Review is Written/Updated on Oct 15th, 2010 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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