Magazine article USA TODAY

Versatility Par Excellence. (What's New?)

Magazine article USA TODAY

Versatility Par Excellence. (What's New?)

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Bringing a computer into the home, dorm room, or small office is often like allowing the proverbial camel to get its nose under the corner of the tent. Next thing you know, it's taking over all available space. Before long, a plethora of peripheries have moved in to keep your PC company. The printer is a given, but then come add-ons you "must" have--a scanner, copier, fax machine, and all the attendant supplies it takes to keep them happy and purring along.

Before the technology glut squeezes you out of the last bit of room, you can turn to the Hewlett-Packard Company, Palo Alto, Calif., for relief. Like a superhero speeding to the rescue, the HP Officejet d145 eliminates a myriad of machines and replaces them with a single unit that does everything but wash the dishes and put out the cat at bedtime. This modern-day miracle prints up to 19 pages a minute in black ink or 16 pages in color, each crisply sharp, in letter or legal size on both sides of the paper; churns out faxes in either black and white or color at three seconds per page, with an automatic feeder than can accommodate up to 50 pages at a time; a legal-size flatbed scanner with amazing fidelity; and a copier that can spit out about 18 copies a minute and up to 99 from a single original document. …

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