Our favorite overall printer is the Canon Pixma TS6020, which offers fast print speeds and high-quality output for both text and graphics. For a printer that won't break the bank, Epson's WorkForce WF-2760 inkjet packs in features like an automatic document feeder and duplexing, while also turning in fast print and copy times.
It may be 2017, but the paperless future has not arrived, and you still need a printer to handle everything from printing out documents and photos to scanning and copying things. To help you sort through the multitude of multifunction printers, we spent more than 150 hours on in-depth testing to identify the top inkjet and laser printers you can buy.
What All-in-One Printers Cost
All-in-one printers sell for as little as $60 for inkjet models, and $150 for laser printers, with high-end models ranging up to the hundreds of dollars, but offering better print quality, durability and features. And don’t forget ink and toner, which can range from 1 to 5 cents per page.
Latest News and Updates (January 2018)
- New for 2018, Canon has announced the PIXMA G4210 MegaTank All-in-One Printer, the latest in its line of cartridge-free printers. The integrated refillable ink tanks hold as much ink as 30 traditional ink cartridges, and Canon claims page yields of of up to 6,000 pages of black text and 7,000 pages of color prints before needing a refill. Selling for $399, the printer comes with one full set of ink bottles and two bonus bottles of black ink.
- Brother has released a number of new laser printers for homes and offices. The new printers offer monochrome laser printing, automatic duplexing, wireless printing options and additional features. The new models include the HL-L2390DW, HL-L2395DW, and DCP-L2550DW, which offer print, scan and copy functionality, and the MFC-L2710DW and MFC-L2750DW which offer fax capability as well. A sixth new model, the MFC-L2750DW XL, is a multifunction laser printer (with fax) that includes a two year supply of toner in the box.
Printer Buying Tips: 7 Things You Need to Know
There are a few key details you want to pay attention to when shopping for a new printer. We obviously look at things like print quality and printing speed to determine which printers are best, but there are several other details to account for to find the one that best fits your needs.
- Inkjet or Laser? If you want the fullest range of color printing, with the ability to print photos at home, go inkjet. If you want to print mostly text documents, or at high volumes, laser printers are the way to go, with sharper text and a lower per-page cost.
- Home or Business? Some printers are built to offer great quality and value for the home user that prints a few pages a week, while others are built for busy offices where multiple users print dozens or hundreds of pages every day. Find the one that’s right for you to avoid paying for features you don’t need.
- Watch the Cost Per Page: Whether it’s using ink cartridges or toner, printers cost money over time. Check our reviews for a breakdown of the costs to print individual pages as a good measure of how expensive operating costs will be over the life of the printer.
- Consider the Brand: You should also pay attention to who makes the printer you’re considering. We recently compared the top printer makers to see which ones consistently stood out for print quality and speed.
- Automatic Duplexing: If you regularly need to print 2-sided documents, duplexing is a must, since it allows a printer to refeed a page through for printing on the other side. Skip this feature and you’ll need to manually flip every page to do the same.
- Photo-Specific Features: If you intend to do lots of photo printing, look for a printer that has a dedicated tray for photo paper, which makes it easier to get printing without fumbling with the paper tray and settings. Also look for printers that use more than 4 colors of ink. Those extra colors make for better blended colors and richer detail.
- Printing for School? For many college students a printer is still a must-have, so check out our guide to printing in college for all of our advice for students.
Best All-in-One Printers
How We Test All-in-One Printers
We put each all-in-one printer through a battery of home-grown tests to determine its performance and output quality. To test print speeds, we timed each device when printing a text document, a five-page mixed text/graphics project, and a color photo. We examined the output quality of both landscape and portrait images printed on each printer, and we recorded scan and copy times. To measure cost of ownership, we looked at the current street price of ink and the estimated number of pages that each cartridge can produce.
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