Brother MFC-J870DW
Brother MFC-J870DW

Best all-in-one printer

Inkjet printers are notorious for breaking down and wasting ink, but not the Brother MFC-J870DW. This all-in-one printer is a solid performer (at copying, scanning, faxing and wireless printing too), an ink miser, and owners say it's actually reliable. With a 100-sheet paper tray, this is an ideal multifunction printer for personal or home-office use.
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Brother MFC-7360N
Brother MFC-7360N

Best laser all-in-one printer

Laser all-in-one printers are faster and cheaper to run than inkjets -- and reviews say the Brother MFC-7360N is the best of the bunch. This black-and-white all-in-one laser printer is an absolute workhorse, speedily churning out text and graphics that look crisper than what you'll see from any inkjet printer or MFP.
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Canon Pixma MX922
Canon Pixma MX922

Best all-in-one printer for photos

If you plan to print a lot of photos -- and copy, scan and fax, too -- experts say the Canon Pixma MX922 is your best bet. Photos look beautifully detailed, better than prints from ordinary inkjets or the corner drugstore. Photos and text print quickly, although charts and graphics are painfully slow.
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HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus e-All-in-One
HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus e-All-in-One

Wireless all-in-one printer for a small office

In test after test, the HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus e-All-in-One printer delivers professional quality output at a fast speed, and it also prints good quality photos. Most users appreciate its nifty features (including auto duplexing and a legal paper-sized scanning bed) and easy wireless use.
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Finding the best all-in-one printer

All-in-one printers -- also called multifunction printers (MFPs) -- are inkjet or laser printers that, in addition to printing, can scan, copy and, in many cases, send and receive faxes. Some newer all-in-one printers can connect directly to the web, so they can print web pages, emailed documents or documents stored in the cloud without being hooked up to a computer. Prices of all-in-one printers have fallen in recent years, with many excellent models selling for $250 or less. As a result, all-in-ones now account for the majority of printers sold for home use.

However, while all-in-one printers might appear to be do-everything devices, reviews show that they are not necessarily equally adept at printing, scanning, copying and faxing. Often, a multifunction printer that excels in one aspect falls short in others. Still, if you only occasionally need to fax, copy or scan, an all-in-one printer can save you from having to buy two or three separate devices. On the other hand, if you don't think you really need to scan or fax, you can save a bit of money by going with a standard inkjet printer. You can also save desk space, since all-in-ones generally take up more room than a standard printer (although not nearly as much as a separate printer, scanner and copier). ConsumerSearch covers inkjet printers in a separate report.

All-in-one printers use either inkjet or laser technology. Inkjet all-in-one printers are cheaper and usually print photos well, but they are also slower. Laser all-in-one printers are faster and cost less to run, but their initial cost is higher -- especially for color models, and they don't do nearly as good a job with photos.

We evaluate all-in-one printers on a number of points, including how easy they are to use, their feature lineup, and, of course, how well they perform overall. Resources we consult include computer-specific publications such as PCMag.com, PC World and CNET. We found PCMag.com the most useful because it offers direct comparisons among printer models. We also look at ConsumerReports.org, which conducts thorough tests for printers, as it does for most products, but provides less discussion than the sites and publications listed above.

For information about how printers hold up under real-world conditions, we consulted user reviews at Amazon.com, Staples.com and BHPhotoVideo.com, as well as reader surveys from PCMag.com and Britain's Which? magazine that rate different printer brands in terms of reliability and customer satisfaction.

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