The alarm clock radio, the camera phone, the calculator watch, and . . . the multifunction printer. If they built a hall of fame for combo devices, they would all be charter members. When it comes to the multifunction printer, the integration of three of the most heavily used office appliances has allowed people to save precious desk space and provided the time-saving convenience of dealing with one centralized machine. Years ago, workers were wasting loads of time by walking over to a printer to grab a hard copy, going over to the other side of the office to make a photo copy, then walking back over to the fax machine to send it off. The multifunction printer changed all that, allowing people to accomplish their tasks without having to make multiple journeys across the office.
At the hall of fame induction ceremony, we imagine the multifunction printer would give an emotional, heartfelt speech about his happy childhood spent in the R&D labs of Silicon Valley, the timid early days with early adopters, and his eventual ascendency to office icon. At the end of his speech, his voice would quiver and his left eye would tear-up as he thanks SuperMediaStore and their 100% satisfaction guarantee for supporting him and other multifunction printers like him.