Mighty Machines

A Few Buzzwords To Learn Before You Hit The Stores:


  • Broadcasting means sending faxes to several recipients at one time. If you are PC faxing, broadcasting only takes one click of the mouse.


  • Fax storage keeps incoming faxes in memory if your machine runs out of paper or ink. Once paper or ink is replenished, the machine automatically prints the stored faxes.


  • Convenience copying means the machine is not equipped with a separate photocopier. Instead, you make copies by feeding sheets into the fax machine slot. Covenience copying rarely provides top-quality output because the dots-per-inch (dpi) resolution is usually low, around 200 x 200 (resolution for standard copiers is 300 x 300 to 400 x 400 dpi).


  • Multitasking means the machine can perform two or three jobs simultaneously, saving you time.


  • Automatic paper feeders are slots into which you insert faxes to be sent. Don't confuse them with paper trays, which hold sheets of paper for incoming faxes.

Before buying an MFM, ask for a detailed demonstration of all its functions, and remember that street prices can lop $200 to $500 off a manufacturer's list price.

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This article was originally published in the December 1996 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Mighty Machines.

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