There is more to a good all-in-one printer than just the ability to print hard copies. An all-in-one printer integrates several document handling features into one device, whether it’s a multifunction inkjet printer or a laser printer with scanning, copying, and faxing capabilities built-in.
The best all-in-one printers can handle everything from printing photos to scanning assignments from textbooks to just printing off a few copies of a document.
Whether you choose an inkjet or laser printer, the best all-in-ones offer useful features, fast printing, and sharp prints with affordable ink. The following are our top picks right now, based on hundreds of hours of testing dozens of models.
|Canon TR8620 All-in-One Printer|
|HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e All-in-One Printer|
|Brother MFC-L3750CDW All-in-One Printer|
|Epson Expression Premium XP-7100|
|Brother MFC-J4335DW INKvestment Tank|
1. Canon TR8620 All-in-One Printer
Look at the Canon PIXMA TR8620 if you print and scan a lot of photos. We tested several all-in-one printers and found this model to be among the best.
Your photos always look excellent since they are detailed and have no banding. It is true that some colors do not look as accurate as their originals, but they are accurate enough that the image will not be ruined.
Besides printing on glossy photo paper, it can also print on glossy magnetic photo paper, so you can easily make customized magnets for your fridge, filing cabinet, or locker.
You can print a picture in under a minute, which is fine if you only need a few copies, but if you need 20 copies, it will take a while. Flatbed scanners are great for scanning photos so that you can upload them to a website, edit them, or send them to family.
Unless you print a large stack of photos, you will quickly run out of ink if the yield isn’t high. Due to its low cost of cartridges, it is able to maintain a low cost per print. Therefore, you won’t have to spend too much each time you replace your cartridge, especially if you only need one or two. In other words, if you need a photo printer with a scanner, this could be a good choice.
2. HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e All-in-One Printer
All-in-one printers like the HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e are designed to provide small businesses (or home offices) with a one-stop-shop for productivity.
HP’s intuitive technology and integrated ink management are designed to save you time. HP also nails a few other nifty features – automatic two-sided scanning, easy mobile printing, and best-in-class security – and we highly recommend it.
HP Instant Ink (included with HP+, once activated) is one of the most attractive features of the HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e printer: it delivers new ink and toner cartridges straight to your home before you have a chance to run out.
HP+ Print Plans give you a free six-month supply of ink or toner when you sign up. Plans are based on how many pages you print every month. The service may well be worth the cost if you have weekly administrative tasks and a short attention span.
3. Brother MFC-L3750CDW All-in-One Printer
Despite being more expensive to buy and maintain than inkjet printers, color laser printers produce documents at a much faster speed and with higher quality. It’s important to remember that color laser printers aren’t designed to produce framed prints from digital files.
The toner cartridge that comes with this printer can print approximately 1,000 pages. Thereafter, you must replace the black and color toner cartridges separately. This printer’s drum unit will last for approximately 18,000 pages before it needs replacing.
A 2.7-inch touchscreen integrated into the printer makes using it convenient and straightforward. Not only does the printer offer wireless printing, double-sided printing, scanning, and photocopying, it also offers double-sided printing and double-sided copying.
Inkjet printers that are less expensive but also can print digital photos are available for a family, such as the Brother MFC-L3750CDW Digital Color Multi-Function printer.
4. Epson Expression Premium XP-7100
This printer, as the name implies, is ideal for small offices and families. The auto-duplexing automatic document feeder (ADF) makes copying, scanning, and printing color photos a breeze.
Despite its compact size, you can only hold 30 pages at a time thanks to the 23.5 x 17.2 x 8.1-inch footprint, but it’s a worthwhile compromise for an increased workspace at your fingertips. In addition to viewing, editing, and printing photos directly from the SD card slot, you can also print photos and documents directly from your tablet or smartphone.
Epson Expression Premium XP-7100 Small-in-One is an ideal solution for anyone with a creative family who enjoys arts and crafts.
5. Brother MFC-J4335DW INKvestment Tank
One of the best budget all-in-one printers we’ve tested is the Brother MFC-J4335DW, which uses a hybrid technology called the INKvestment Tank system. It produces a high number of pages per set of cartridges. Its reasonable price and low cost per print mean it won’t put a big dent in your wallet, even if you print a lot.
There are a number of attractive features on this scanner, including a flatbed with a high scan resolution, an ADF that scans very quickly, and even built-in fax functionality. In addition, it includes an OCR that makes scanned documents searchable, making it convenient for digitizing important documents.
As a result, you won’t have to wait too long until your print job is finished. The printer offers Wi-Fi Direct to let you print from a variety of devices, and it also has an Ethernet port and Wi-Fi connectivity to let you connect to a network.
There are better options for printing photos, but this inkjet printer prints only okay-looking photos with plenty of grain and visible banding, fair color accuracy, and a modest color range. Printing a typical 4″ x 6″ photo takes much longer than a minute.
In the end, we found it one of the best all-in-one printers for college students, and it’s also a good budget choice.
Things to Consider Before Buying
When shopping for a new printer, there are several factors to consider. We always look at a printer’s output quality and speed in our reviews, but an all-in-one printer does more than just print documents.
Inkjet or Laser
It is important to determine the type of printer you need next. Printing Graphics and photos are made easier by inkjet printers’ ability to produce a wide range of colors. Alternatively, laser printers produce high-quality text documents quickly and at a much lower cost per page than inkjet printers.
Home or Office
When it comes to handling large print volumes, home and office printers differ greatly. There are printers to suit the needs of home users who print a few pages a week, as well as those designed for busy offices with multiple users printing dozens or hundreds of pages every day. Consider all the options before choosing one to avoid paying for features you don’t need.
Additionally, in every printer review we do, we talk about specific features in addition to the use-cases we listed above. Choosing the right printer for portable printing is another area where a big difference can be made.
Lastly, take into account the cost per page. Printers cost money over time, regardless of whether they use ink cartridges or toner. You can see how much it will cost you to print each page on our reviews as an indication of how expensive operating costs will be over the lifetime of the printer.
There are even companies that offer subscription services that save you money while sending you ink when your cartridge runs out.
For inkjet printers, you can buy them for as little as $60 (£45/AU$90) or $150 (£170/AU$200) while laser printers sell for hundreds of dollars, but offer better print quality, more features, and more durability. Besides ink, toner costs between 1 and 5 cents per page for basic documents (photos are more expensive).