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John Koliopoulos of Rizer & Associates went looking for a color printer. But he got a lot more, thanks to the Document HomeCentre, a new multifunction machine from Xerox. Koliopoulos took the extra step for one main reason: adaptability. The HomeCentre ($499) performs a number of duties, including copying, scanning and color printing, for Koliopoulos' San Mateo, California-based product research and development company.

"I ask a lot of my resources," says Koliopoulos, 46. "The HomeCentre gives me the functionality of all these other pieces of equipment plus the versatility to produce a document in whatever form necessary."

HomeCentre's feature list is undoubtedly long. First, it boasts an 800 x 800 dpi color scanner that's detachable so you can place it on oversized documents for easier scanning. The HomeCentre is also a 300 x 300 dpi color inkjet printer. It prints text at up to 4 pages per minute (ppm) and color documents at up to 1 ppm. Plus, the HomeCentre offers color copying through your PC.

The HomeCentre's diminutive size (11 7/8-by-17 3/8-by-9 ΒΌ inches) is also a main attraction; it saves Koliopoulos considerable space by combining many functions into one compact unit. "It's important for me to use my square footage wisely, and the HomeCentre gives me accessibility to many machines in one drawer," he says.

The HomeCentre, available through CompUSA and other select retailers, comes with software, including Pagis Pro 97 for managing and editing scanned photos and text, and TextBridge Pro OCR for turning scanned pages into text. For more information, visit http://www.xerox.com/products/dhc/

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