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Multifunction printer reviews

Last updated: 09 March 2016

Multifunction printers (also known as AIOs or all-in-ones) work as printers, scanners and copiers. Our printer buying guide will help you decide which features you need, and how we test explains the rigour behind our results.

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Our test covers inkjets and laser multifunction printers, in both colour and mono. If you don't need to scan, copy or fax, check out our latest standard printer test.

Our expert testers give every printer a thorough workout to help find the models that:

  • deliver the best-quality prints
  • are fastest 
  • are cheapest to run.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which MFPs use less ink, and which can print via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Our CHOICE Buys will help you see quickly which models come out on top.

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Prices are recommended retail, as provided by the manufacturer. When this information is not available the price is taken from an average from major bricks and mortar retailers. In either case you should be able to do better by shopping around.

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Claimed printing speed color (ppm)
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Speed is the maximum print output speed of the printer's engine, in pages per minute (ppm). Look for this on the packaging, but don't make a purchase decision solely on this figure as there's no standard for measuring print speed and actual output speed can vary greatly. It can take four times as long to print a colour page as a black-only page as the internal print drum in laser has to revolve four times, once for each colour. Also note that figures quoted on marketing materials or packaging are often for the same page printed multiple times, not including the time it takes to print the first copy, which also includes the time it takes to process the digital file.

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Claimed printing speed mono (ppm)
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Speed is the maximum print output speed of the printer's engine, in pages per minute (ppm). Look for this on the packaging, but don't make a purchase decision solely on this figure as there's no standard for measuring print speed and actual output speed can vary greatly. It can take four times as long to print a colour page as a black-only page as the internal print drum in laser has to revolve four times, once for each colour. Also note that figures quoted on marketing materials or packaging are often for the same page printed multiple times, not including the time it takes to print the first copy, which also includes the time it takes to process the digital file.

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Features

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Print items emailed from the internet
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Internet printing is done by sending pictures to an email address configured through the manufacturer's website, the printer's own built-in web-page or Google's Cloud Print. Typically, this makes it possible to print from a phone or tablet without going through a computer just by emailing the file to the address given.

Wi-Fi
Near field communication (NFC)
AirPrint
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USB connection
Auto feeder for scan or copy
4x6 photo tray

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Printing score
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The printing score is made up of a printing quality score (65%) and a printing speed score (35%).

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Scanning score
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Scanning and copying are assessed by scanning and copying a magazine page, an 8x10-inch colour photo and scanning a 3D object.

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Scanning and copying are assessed by scanning and copying a magazine page, an 8x10-inch colour photo and scanning a 3D object.

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  • Toner cost per text page
  • Toner cost per graphics page
  • Toner cost per photo page
  • Annual ink/toner cost
  • Total cost first year (buy + ink/toner)
  • Excess ink usage for cleaning etc
  • Total cost (buy + ink/toner) over 3 years
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  • Text pages from set of cartridges
  • Graphics pages from set of cartridges
  • Photos from set of cartridges
  • Noise assessment
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  • Claimed printing speed mono (ppm)
  • Stated life of laser drum (pages)
  • Input paper capacity main tray/multipurpose tray (A4 sheets)
  • Max standard metric paper size
  • Min standard metric paper size
  • 4x6 photo tray
  • Borderless printing A4
  • Borderless printing 4x6 photo
  • Print on CD/DVD
  • Print on transparent film
  • Can print both sides
  • Auto feeder for scan or copy
  • Feeder for scan or copy can auto duplex
  • Scan for each copy
  • Fax without PC
  • Number of cartridges required to load printer
  • Cartridge format
  • Has individual colour in tanks
  • Cartridge has built-in printhead
  • Laser drum integrated with toner cartridge
  • Must swap cartridge for photo printing
  • Ethernet
  • Wi-Fi
  • USB connection
  • PictBridge
  • Near field communication (NFC)
  • Print from mobile devices over Wi-Fi
  • Print items emailed from the internet
  • AirPrint
  • Print through Google Cloud Print
  • Memory card support
  • Has memory card (DPP)
  • Windows 8 compatible
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