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Multifunction Machines

Shopping for multifunctional devices.

This story appears in the January 1998 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

Need the latest in office technology but don't have room in your office--or your budget--for all those different machines? Take advantage of the new streamlining trend by purchasing one of the latest multifunction office machines.

Dubbed MFDs (multifunctional devices), these marvels of modern technology enable you to print, scan, copy and send faxes directly from your computer using one compact unit. Though MFDs are popping up in offices everywhere, the midpriced models are ideal for small- and home-office use. They save space, cut down on clutter and allow homebased and small-business owners to acquire all the accoutrements of a large corporate office--for a fraction of the price. Some MFDs even come with extras such as software packages, color printing and telephone answering machines that can make doing business considerably more convenient.

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