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Epson photo all-in-one printer is worth a look

Epson all-in-one printers tend to print more slowly than other brands in tests, so experts don't recommend them as often. Customers report more problems with Epson's reliability and tech support than with Brother or Canon, too.

But experts and owners say the Epson Expression Premium XP-810 Small-in-One (Est. $165) is worth a look. This photo-centric all-in-one is a strong runner up to the top-rated Canon Pixma MX922 (Est. $165). And if you print only once in a while, the Epson inkjet MFP may actually suit you better than the Canon.

The Epson and Canon all-in-one printers use an average amount of ink -- if you print regularly. But most home users print intermittently, just a page or two every few days. That's OK, if you own the Epson. But the Canon runs extremely wasteful "cleaning cycles" if it sits idle, ConsumerReports.org finds, making it an ink guzzler for intermittent users.

The XP-810's print quality is just a notch below the Canon Pixma MX922, reports say. The Epson's photos still look better than what you'd print at a drugstore, PCMag.com says, but not quite as stellar as the Canon's. Text and graphics look fine, but not quite as sharp as the MX922's. The Canon all-in-one printer prints photos and text a bit faster, too.

Both all-in-one printers offer similar features: auto-duplexers (to print, copy and scan both sides of the page), automatic document feeders, PictBridge (to print directly from a camera or USB stick) and more. Unlike the Canon, the Epson XP-810 also has memory card slots. Both have dedicated 20-sheet photo paper trays. The Canon holds more regular paper (250 sheets versus 100 sheets). However, the Canon's knack for printing faster, prettier photos lifts it above the Epson in reviews.

Samsung mono laser printers are reliable, but quality and speed are just OK

Samsung's black-and-white laser printers are extremely reliable: Only 1 percent needed repair in the past year, PCMag.com's reader survey shows.

Unfortunately, Samsung's color laser printers break down a lot. Seven percent of them needed repair in the past year, PCMag.com says; "only Xerox had a larger percentage with problems."

Also unfortunately, Samsung has discontinued its best black-and-white laser all-in-one printer, the Samsung Multifunction Xpress SL-M2875FW (Est. $250). Experts (including PCMag.com) recommended the M2875FW as a great balance of speed, print quality and features.

Its replacement, the Samsung Multifunction ProXpress M3370FD (Est. $310), is much heavier-duty (50,000 pages per month, versus 12,000). But it's barely any faster, PCMag.com says, and text and graphics quality aren't keeping up with the competition. It doesn't have Wi-Fi or an auto-duplexer, either. The step-up Samsung Multifunction ProXpress M3870FW (Est. $385) all-in-one printer has both, but none of our sources has tested it.

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Canon PIXMA MX922 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner, Copier and Fax
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Epson C11CD29201 Expression Premium XP-810 Small Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner, Copier and Fax
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Samsung Multifunction Xpress SL-M2875FW Wireless Monochrome Printer with Scanner, Copier and Fax
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