Conclusion: Epson's first U.S. color laser, the AcuLaser CX11NF, delivers fast performance, good-looking output, and most of the features you'll need in an all-in-one printer. But its network installation could be better.
Pros: High-quality output. Fast performance. Prints and scans over a network. Standalone copier and fax machine. Includes Ethernet connector and 50-page ADF.
Cons: Can't fax from a PC. Network installation isn't as smooth as it should be. Driver is more appropriate for an ink jet than a laser.
Summary: Epson's AcuLaser CX11NF rolls the functions of a scanner, copier, fax machine and printer into a single device. Good output quality and ease of use help make it attractive to small businesses, and make it easier to overlook the lack of memory card slot and limited paper tray.
Excerpt: Last month we reviewed HP's Color LaserJet 2820, which was the first affordable colour laser multifunction peripheral we'd seen. This similar Epson model has a fax facility and a faster printer than the HP, but it scans at a lower optical resolution. With its top-mounted scanner, the AcuLaser seems particularly tall and imposing. It's not as heavy as it looks, though, and setting it up didn't prove too taxing.