Here's our Hardware Tip for.. March 31, 2000
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Multifunction Devices Go USB
Sharp has multifunction devices, which allow you to copy, fax, and print all with one unit, will come in a USB interface. Its AR-150 line of Imagers will offer both parallel port and USB connections. However, USB mode loads all the necessary driver software, whereas the dumber parallel port connection requires you to load the drivers yourself.
Before you buy any of the all-in-one boxes, always check the performance and price of separate printer and fax components. Never assume you're getting a deal just because these units do more than one job.