Fax machines provide a method of immediate communication between two locations; transmit physical documents like receipts, invoices, proposals, printed, or copied information.
Fax machines combine a low-resolution image scanner with a printer. When sending a fax, the document passes over a sensor that converting the image into digital format. Data transmits over phone lines to the recipient fax machine, then converts it back to an image and prints it out.
A multifunction machine provides additional features, like a computer printer combination.
Fax-only machines are less expensive. If you already own a high-quality printer, a multifunction device probably isn’t necessary.
Do you need to send and receive faxes? Then consider a model that has a deep paper-tray, an inkjet or laser printer, a high memory capacity, and speed dial.
Broadcasting - A fax machine feature allowing users to send a fax to multiple numbers simultaneously.
Kilobits per Second (kbps) - A measurment of transmission speed where 1kbp is equal to 1,000 bits of data.
One-touch dialing - A programmable feature for storing commonly used fax numbers.
Plain paper - A type of fax machine that prints on common, flat printer paper.
Resolution - The measure of the sharpness of the printed image, dots per inch (dpi).
Thermal paper - A fax machine that prints on rolls of paper through heat transfer.
Multi Function - In addition to faxing, this type of machine can scan or copy documents as well as miscellaneous functions.