Whether you own a business or frequently use your computer at home, there are many advantages to having your own printer and scanner. All-in-one printer/scanners combine properties of both office supplies and typically are cheaper than buying each machine separately.
Here, I bring you my top five picks for the best printer-scanners on the market today, including specific benefits of each
- HP Officejet 4500 All-in-One Printer
The HP Officejet 4500 is a color, ink-jet printer that also includes a scanner, copier and fax machine.
It offers manual duplex printing, built-in wireless networking, a monthly duty cycle of 3000 pages, a 100 sheet input tray, 20 sheet output tray, a 20-sheet automatic document feeder and up to 4800 x 1200 DPI print resolution.
I happen to own this printer and can tell you that it’s perfect for those who frequently print out photos. The picture quality when printed is flawless, and the wireless networking is simple enough to set up for those who aren’t the best with technology.
The only downsides to this machine is it having no memory card options, and some text documents tend to bleed through when printing multiple pages (but you could always print a couple pages at a time.)
You can find this machine online at retailers like Overstock.com or Tigerdirect.com for as low as $129.99.
- Epson Artisan 810 All-in-One Inkjet Printer
The best quality of the Epson Artisan 810 is you can use it with multiple computers in your home or office. It includes easy-to-install, built-in wireless, automatic duplexing, a scanner, printer, memory card compatibility, two automatic paper trays, an automatic document feeder, easy-to-use touchscreen and built-in, two sided printing.
This is also a great buy for someone who frequently prints pictures. The photo quality, especially in color, is extremely rich and vivid, and the printing speed is very quick.
While many sites sell this for at least $300, you can purchase it for as low as $224 on websites like Newegg.com or Tigerdirect.com. Keep in mind that with the two-sided printing capability, you will save money by not having to purchase as much paper.
- Canon PIXMA MX860 All-In-One Printer
The Canon PIXMA MX860 is a great machine for those who constantly print documents or pictures.
It’s features include a 2.5 inch LCD, built-in two sided copying and printing, 9600 x 2400 color DPI, 5 individual ink tank system, built-in 35-sheet auto document feeder, built-in auto duplex printing, G3 high-speed fax, memory card compatibility, Pictbridge an optional Bluetooth on the LCD screen.
While it can cost more money to replace the 5 tanks, it’s worth the photo quality if you tend to print in color. The machine also allows you to print from any room in your home, and is fully capable to work with any PC or Mac.
This machine copies and scans extremely quickly, allowing for you to tend to other duties rather than sit by the printer and wait for it to finish. You also don’t have to flip the pages by hand when they print out, and the wireless is easy to configure.
You can purchase this product for as low as $160 on Amazon.com
- Dell 968 All-in-One Printer
The Dell 968 is an easy-to-use printer, copier, fax and scanner that delivers excellent picture quality.
I used this machine when I worked as a receptionist at an office, and they had had the machine for about 3 years with no problem. While computers are required to have wireless or Ethernet (as most do,) this machine has an automatic document feeder, an easy-to-use scanner and is great for printing finance records, school work, manuals, website orders, medical information and more.
I also recommend this product for those who have to print out numerous, long WORD documents, as it does so speedily and never jammed on me once.
You can purchase this for as low as $220 on Amazon.com
- Brother MFC-255CW All-in-One Inkjet Printer
The Brother MFC-255CW is a printer, copier, scanner and fax machine with wireless pre-installed. It prints quick at up to 30PPM in black and 25PPM in color.
This is a great machine to use to print vivid color pictures, and has features to print borderless pictures, with or without media cards, with high resolutions up to 6000 x 1200 DPI.
The best aspect of this printer is its price. You can purchase it as low as $100 from Best Buy, making it an excellent buy for students, those who work from home or small home offices.