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I've always preferred laser printers to inkjets. Typically they're faster, quieter, and cheaper to operate. Plus, unless you're printing photos, who needs color? And replacing four pricey ink or toner cartridges at a time?! No thank you.
Give me a monochrome laser any day. Like this one: Today only, and while supplies last, Dell has the B1165nfw multifunction laser printer for $99.99 shipped (plus sales tax in some states). It regularly sells for $199.99.
The B1165nfw is a workgroup printer that specializes in wireless (though it also offers USB and Ethernet connectivity). In addition to built-in Wi-Fi, which Dell leverages for its Easy WiFi Installer, the printer supports both AirPrint and Google Cloud Print. That means you can print from just about any mobile device and any remote location.
It also allows you to scan, copy, and fax, features assisted by a 40-page auto-document feeder (ADF). I especially like the advanced copier features, including "ID Copy," which copies both sides of one or more ID cards onto the same side of a sheet of paper. Another great perk: it comes bundled with Nuance's PaperPort 14 document manager, which would cost you $100 if purchased separately.
As a printer, the B1165nfw is rated for 20,000 pages per month and can crank out 21 pages per minute. It features a push-button Eco mode for saving toner and 600-dpi maximum output.
CNET reviewed this very new model just a couple months ago, awarding it four stars and praising its wireless printing capabilities. The big downside: its "starter" toner cartridge, which yields only 700 pages (according to Dell). For what it's worth, I found a compatible full-yield (1,500-page) cartridge at Meritline for $35.95, so at least you know replacement toner won't run you into the poorhouse.
It's not uncommon to see single-function laser printers selling at this price. So for under $100, a 4-in-1 MFP is a deal indeed. Who's in?
Bonus deal: Sync cables -- there's never one around when you need one. Except when you buy three extras and keep them in strategic locations, like your car, carry-on bag, etc. While supplies last, Ice Monkey has a three-pack of Lightning sync/charge cables for $7.99 shipped. These 3-foot cables are compatible with all current-gen iPhones, iPads, and iPods (those with Lightning connectors, natch). You supply the USB outlet(s).
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