It slices! It dices! Well...no. But the latest home office machines do just about everything--for well under $1,000. Space-saving multifunction products (MFPs) appeared about three years ago as fax/printers, and computer makers keep adding features: copying, scanning, etc. In July, Brother International launched the first color machine, the $999 MFC-7000FC, which can print from a digital camera or a videocassette recorder with a standard video jack. Of course, MFPs aren't for everybody. Graphic artists, for example, may not be happy with the scanners' low resolution, and print speeds are low. Even so, Dataquest estimates MFP sales will rise 51%, to 1.4 million units, in 1997 and will hit 2.2 million in 1998.

EDITED BY EDITH HILL UPDIKE

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