As an urbanite living in a tiny apartment, space to house all of the requisite equipment for my digital darkroom is at a premium. Given that my work space is a sliver of what many photographers I know have at their disposal, I'm forced to consider not only the price and performance benefits of a particular equipment purchase, but also its size and storability. In spite of this, however, I've tended to avoid space-saving multifunction devices after a bad experience from several years ago left me jaded: the printer didn't come close to the performance or flexibility of a true photo-res printer, the scanner was marginally useful at best, and for what I paid for that monstrosity I could have bought a better printer and a better scanner. Trying to save space by combining devices seemed to me like a losing proposition.
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Thankfully, the times have changed, and the Canon Pixma MP970 Photo All-In-One Printer is proof of just how far both consumer-level printing and scanning technology have come. Though it still makes some compromises, this is clearly a multi-function device with the printing and scanning power to keep even photo enthusiasts happy while successfully pulling double duty as a general home/home office print and copy solution.
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