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For photo printing, Canon's the best

If you plan to print a lot of photos, the Canon Pixma MX922 (Est. $165) is the best all-in-one you can buy. The MX922 can be slow at times and it can guzzle ink ... but boy, do the photos look fantastic.

It's "essentially an office printer capable of printing photo-printer-quality images -- the best of both worlds," says ComputerShopper.com. To get better-looking photos, PCMag.com says, you'd have to spring for an honest-to-goodness pro-level photo printer.

Photo-centric features include PictBridge (so you can print directly from a camera or USB stick) and a dedicated photo-paper cassette. The MX922 doesn't accept memory cards, though.

Unfortunately, for general office-type use, this printer is a mixed bag. Text and graphics look good -- on par with other good inkjet printers and all-in-ones -- and the MX922 comes loaded with useful features, including both Wi-Fi, Ethernet and USB hookups, an auto-duplexer (for two-sided printing, copying and scanning), Apple AirPrint compatibility (so you can print wirelessly from your iPhone or iPad) and Google Cloud Print compatibility.

Speed could be a problem, depending on the task at hand. Photos and text pages print fairly quickly, but business-type documents (charts, graphics, PowerPoint pages) grind out with excruciating slowness -- just over two pages per minute in two separate tests.

And expect to buy a lot of ink. The Canon Pixma MX922 uses more ink than a lot of printers do, even just to print text documents. And if you print intermittently, prepare to waste even more ink with cleaning and maintenance cycles, ConsumerReports.org says.

Still, the Pixma MX922's outstanding photo quality and features make up for those shortcomings, experts say. Top sources recommend it as the best photo-centric all-in-one printer around.

Another expert favorite, the Canon ImageClass MF6160dw (Est. $340), takes top honors from two leading sources as the best black-and-white laser-based all-in-one printer. Designed as an office workhorse, the bulky, 42-pound MF6160dw is speedy (20 text pages per minute, in one test) and crafts text that's sharp enough even for desktop publishing.

Business users like its auto-duplexer (for printing, scanning and faxing) and its low cost per page. Like most laser printers, the MF6160dw can't match inkjet printers when it comes to graphics, but even those look perfectly fine for day-to-day business use.

However, only a handful of owners have reviewed this new MFP -- and they give it mixed marks. Some have trouble setting it up, and others wish it would automatically recognize envelopes, like other Canon printers do. We found more consistently good reviews for the Brother MFC-7360N (Est. $165) monochrome laser all-in-one printer. It's cheaper to buy and to run than the Canon MF6160dw, too.

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Brother Printer MFC7360N Monochrome Printer with Scanner, Copier & Fax and built in Networking
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Canon PIXMA MX922 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner, Copier and Fax
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Canon Lasers imageCLASS MF6160dw Wireless Monochrome Printer with Scanner, Copier & Fax
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