All-In-One Printer Review

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Why Buy an All-in-One Printer?

There are people who believe a "paperless" office exists – even at home – but let's face facts. Most Americans routinely need printing capabilities with their computers and many find scanning, faxing and copying abilities essential as well.

If you use your printer for general purposes at home or run a home-based business, getting the best all-in-one inkjet printer can make a world of difference. With all these tasks bundled neatly into one reasonably sized machine, you can save space, time and money. Read our reviews of the HP Officejet Pro 8600 Premium N911n, Brother MFC-J6910DW and Canon Pixma MX922 to see what we consider the best multifunction inkjet printers available. For more information, check our articles regarding all-in-one printers.

With these versatile devices, you need only a single cable to connect to your PC or Mac. In addition, you can send documents to multifunctional printers wirelessly or with a memory card. With some brands, you can manage paperwork from afar using mobile devices such as a smartphone or tablet.

All-in-One Printers: What to Look For

Multifunction printers do such a variety of tasks, it is essential that you find the right machine for you. Do you print documents often? Do you create written materials to promote a home-based business? Is high resolution for crisp, clear photos important for you? There are a number of factors to consider, so we have chosen these characteristics to help you select the best all-in-one inkjet printer.

Printing
Clearly, a printer is meant to print – and that means that it should work efficiently and effectively. That translates into speedy printing that creates a high-quality document. Whether you are preparing a legal brief, a photo or a letter to your great aunt who prefers snail mail, the quicker the device works and the better the quality of the result, the happier you will be with your purchase. Another key consideration is the monthly duty cycle, which means the printing workload a printer can handle in a given month.

Scanning & Copying
Quality and speed also are important when it comes to scanning and copying with an all-in-one printer. The best devices offer high-resolution scanning, which lets you create documents and particularly pictures that are crisp and clear. The resolution and color depth also should be great quality. Since we all live busy lives, a multifunction inkjet printer that scans and copies quickly is a boon to any home office.

Features
This is a broad category that contains several important elements. Among other things, we looked for the types of PC connectivity and the highly useful wireless capabilities that are available, memory card slots that let you print from your camera's memory card, how much plain paper a standard input tray holds, the device's overall size and its warranty.

Help & Support
There are few things more frustrating than preparing a document or photo for others to see and then not being able to produce it. Paper jams, leaky ink and other technical difficulties can turn otherwise rewarding work into a real headache. Solid help and support is important for multifunction printers since, like all machines, glitches do occur either because of the machine or because you need to know more about how to operate it. The best manufacturers offer a user guide and troubleshooting information and a frequently asked questions section. It also is great if they provide responsive email and phone support and, if possible, live chat.

There are many things to consider before buying an all-in-one printer since some are better for photos while others print documents faster. Whether you are creating documents for personal use, letting your teenager prepare an appealing brochure for a class or making eye-popping materials to market your home business, equipping your home office with the best multifunctional printer for your needs is a smart move.

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Printing
B/W Print Speed (pages per minute)
18
12
15
16
20
16
14
15
12.5
12
Color Print Speed (pages per minute)
13
10
10
11
18
11
10
9.3
9.3
11
Max Resolution (B/W) (dots per inch)
1200 x 600
6000 x 1200
600 x 600
N/A
6000 x 1200
N/A
600 x 600
N/A
600 x 600
N/A
Max Resolution (Color) (dots per inch)
4800 x 1200
6000 x 1200
9600 x 2400
4800 x 1200
6000 x 1200
4800 x 1200
9600 x 2400
5760 x 1440
9600 x 2400
5760 x 1440
Monthly Duty Cycle (pages)
25,000
12,000
9,999
25,000
13,000
20,000
1250
12,000
N/A
N/A
Print from Mobile Devices
Borderless Printing
Print from USB Devices
Scanning and Copying
Optical Scanning Resolution (dots per inch)
4800 x 4800
2400 x 2400
2400 x 4800
2400
2400 x 2400
2400
1200
2400
4800 x 9600
4800
Interpolated Scanning Resolution (dots per inch)
9600 x 9600
19,200 x 19,200
19,200 x 19,200
9600 x 9600
19,200 x 19,200
9600 x 9600
19,200
9600
19,200 x 19,200
9600 x 9600
Scan Element
CIS
CIS
CIS
CIS
CIS
CIS
CIS
CIS
CCD
CIS
Color Depth (bits)
24
48
48
48
48
48
48
48
48
48
Black and White Copy Speed (copies per minute)
32
12
N/A
N/A
12
13
7.5
13
12.5
8.1
Color Copy Speed (copies per minute)
32
9
8.4
N/A
9
8
7
7
14
8.1
Large Size Copy Capability
Document Resizing
25% - 400%
25% - 400%
25% - 400%
25% - 400%
25% - 400%
25% - 400%
25% - 400%
25% - 400%
25% - 400%
25% - 400%
Auto Feeder
Scan/Route Fax
Extra Paper Tray
Standard Input Pages
500
500
250
330
150
580
125
250
300
100
Features
Printer Technology
Inkjet
Inkjet
Inkjet
Inkjet
Inkjet
Inkjet
Inkjet
Inkjet
Inkjet
Inkjet
Color
4-Ink
4-Ink
5-Ink
4-Ink
4-Ink
4-Ink
5-Ink
4-Ink
6-Ink
6-Ink
Status Display Panel
4.3-inch CGD
3.7-inch LCD
3-inch LCD
2.5-inch LCD
3.7-inch LCD
3.5-inch LCD
4.3-inch CGD
2.5-inch LCD
3.5-inch LCD
3.5-inch LCD
Fax Speed (seconds per page)
4
3
3
3
3
3
4
3
N/A
3
Total Fax Memory Capacity (pages)
100
400
250
180
200
180
101
180
N/A
180
Automatic Duplexing
Height (inches)
15.6
10
9.1
11.2
7.3
16.5
8.68
9.6
7.9
7.5
Width (inches)
19.4
18.9
19.4
18.1
18.9
18.1
17.9
17.7
18.5
15.4
Depth (inches)
18.1
11.4
15.6
16.5
11.4
16.5
17.9
22
15.6
13.3
Weight (pounds)
33.9
25.4
25.7
24
20.5
36.4
19.0
19.8
23.6
21.5
Help & Support
Warranty
1-year
3-years
1-year
3-years
2-years
3-years
1-year
1-year
1-year
1-year
Drivers and Software Downloads
User Guide
Quick Setup Guide
FAQs/Knowledge Base
Tutorials
Troubleshooting Guide
Email
Telephone
Live Chat