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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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01 .Introduction

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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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These models may still be available in retail outlets or in the second-hand market.


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Price ($)Running cost / year ($)Photo cost per page ($)Text ink cost per page ($)Cost per pack photo paper ($)Black ink usedCost per black ink cartridge ($)Colour inks usedCost per full complement of colour ($)Standby energy costs ($)Standby Watthours for 1 hour (Wh/h; W)In use watthours for 1 hour (Wh/h; W)Energy use when idle (Wh/h; W)Overall scorePrinting (50%)Ease of use (30%)Scanning (10%)Copying (10%)Print speed 50% (Mono)Print speed 20% (Colour)Print speed 20% (PDF)Print Quality setting (mono, colour and PDF)Print speed 10% (Photo)Print Quality setting (Photo)Print quality (Mono)Print quality (Colour)Print quality (Photo)Scan speed score (Mono text)Scan speed settings (Mono text)Scan speed score (Colour magazine)Scan speed settings (Colour magazine)Scan speed score (Colour photo)Scan speed settings (Colour photo)Maximum scan setting possibleScan quality score (Monochrome)Scan quality score (Colour magazine)Scan quality score (Colour photo)Copy speed score (Magazine mono)Copy speed settings (Magazine mono)Copy speed score (Magazine colour)Copy speed settings (Magazine colour)Copy speed score (Colour photo)Copy speed settings (Colour photo)Copy quality score (Magazine mono)Copy quality score (Magazine colour)Copy quality score (Colour photo)Functions availableClaimed PPM, Colour text and graphicPrint quality mode for claim at left, eg: DraftMeasured PPM, Colour text and graphicClaimed PPM, monochrome textPrint quality mode for claim at left, eg: Draft1Measured PPM, Monochrome textHighest claimed optical scanning resolution colorColor depth (bits)Claimed scan speed (sec, color)Claimed scan speed (sec, mono)Claimed copy speed ppm colorClaimed copy speed ppm monoFax without PCFax through PCPaper traysPaper capacityDuplexFaxPrints from cardTypes of memory cardPrint heads on cartridgeSeparate colour cartridgesLCD type (Colour, Tilt, Touch, Mono)LCD size (W x H, cm)ConnectionsWin7 compatibleWeight (kg)Dimensions (H x W x D, cm)GuaranteesGood pointsBad pointsBrand
PIXMA MP56022913416658737572Canon
PIXMA MP2707915406457707573Canon
ESP 71997686554787669Kodak
ESP 31497556355707667Kodak
ESP 5797346353747663Kodak
Photosmart Premium C309a39911067165797373HP
PIXMA MX32012915206354717368Canon
Photosmart Plus B2092199317169786666HP
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