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Today's network laser printers offer many special features. For one thing, they're approaching crossover status with copiers. "Copier features, such as duplexing, stapling, collating, offsetting and sorting, are finding their way onto laser printers," says Jocelyn Eisenberg, a product marketing manager for Xerox, whose Docuprint N40 model has menu options for edge-to-edge, watermark or fit-to-size printing. Another recent innovation saves time by placing a blank sheet of paper between sets of transparencies to keep them separate.

Other handy features include the ability to send printing job commands via the Internet while on the road (allowing documents to be printed on your office printer) and "walk-up wireless" printing via infrared receivers. To print from a peripheral with an infrared beam, such as from a PDA, simply point the device at the printer's infrared receiver and start printing.

Paper-handling features are more versatile than ever on today's laser printers. Now you can print labels, envelopes, ledger-sized documents and transparencies on a wide variety of stock thicknesses. Once you determine the kinds of media and paper sizes you and your staff will use, plus your monthly volume, you can find the right network laser printer to meet those needs.

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This article was originally published in the March 2000 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: All For One, One For All.

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