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Multifunction printer reviews

They save on space, but ongoing ink costs mean an all-in-one can be a costly choice.
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Our latest reviews of Multifunction printers and Standard printers include inkjets and both colour and mono laser printers.

Test results for 18 multifunction printers priced from $79 to $599

Suited for the home office or photo enthusiast, these all-in-ones combine inkjet printing (including colour photo prints), copying and scanning functions (some have fax) into one device.

We’ve added 10 more multifunction printers (MFPs) to those surviving on retail shelves from the last roundup, testing the new models exactly the same way as the last batch. Once again, we looked closely at how much they cost to run and that cost is still, in many cases, shockingly high.

As with most technology, their sophistication and quality is improving with each generation and the purchase price is also well below what you would pay for separate units for these functions. Paying more up front may give you more features, not necessarily higher quality, but buying cheaply won't always guarantee you a lower cost in the long run. 

Printing costs

Do you have to pay through the nozzle for new, original ink cartridges every time, or can you save yourself a bundle by buying non-genuine ink alternatives? See our review of inkjet refill alternatives.

Printer models tested

  • Brother DCP-6690CW
  • Brother MFC3360C
  • Brother MFC-6890CW
  • Canon MP990
  • Canon MX340
  • Canon MX870
  • Dell V313w
  • Dell V715w
  • Epson Stylus TX110
  • Epson Stylus Office TX610FW
  • Epson Stylus Photo TX810FW
  • Epson Stylus Office TX510FN
  • HP Officejet 4500 Desktop
  • HP Officejet Pro 8500
  • Lexmark Intuition S505
  • Lexmark Platinum Pro905
  • Lexmark Interact S605
  • Lexmark Impact S305

Our test looks at:

  • Print quality and speed
  • Copy performance
  • Scanning performance
  • Ease of use
  • Versatility
  • Energy use  
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