Multifunctional devices, like all-in-one printers, are usually chosen because they offer a great deal of functionality in a single box. This means that you can expect a lot of features to be included in any all-in-one printer which could save money, compared with buying lots different and specialised devices. However, as there are so many functions to compare, it can soon become confusing. We have tested the best all-in-one printers on the market and laid out a comparison table, below, making it easy to assess which is the best for your purposes, with the main features being set out side by side.
|All-in-One-Printer||Canon Pixma MG3250||Canon Pixma MG5250||HP Officejet 6600 e||Epson WF-3520D||HP DeskJet 3055||HP Officejet Pro 8600||Epson EH XP-312||Canon Pixma MX375||Canon Pixma MG5350|
|Score||6 / 10||6 / 10||8 / 10||10 / 10||8 / 10||9 / 10||8 / 10||9 / 10||9 / 10|
|Weight||5.5 kg||8.1 kg||7.8 kg||11.2 kg||3.6 kg||12.7 kg||4.2 kg||8.4 kg||8.3 kg|
|Printresolution||4800 x 1200||9600 x 2400||4800 x 1200||5760 x 1440||4800 x 1200||4800 x 1200||5760 x 1440||4800 x 1200||9600 x 2400|
|Scanresolution||2400 x 1200||4800 x 2400||1200 x 1200||2400 x 1200||1200 x 2400||4800 x 4800||2400 x 1200||2400 x 1200||4800 x 2400|
|Speed b/w||9.2 s/min||11.0 s/min||14.0 s/min||38.0 s/min||5.5 s/min||18.0 s/min||33.0 s/min||8.7 s/min||12.5 s/min|
|Speed colour||5.0 s/min||9.3 s/min||8.0 s/min||38.0 s/min||4.0 s/min||13.0 s/min||15.0 s/min||5.0 s/min||9.3 s/min|
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Last Update: March 2016
Use the table to check which features each device has and the relative quality of each.
Print resolution has to be one of the key features for any all-in-one device. This is because these sorts of printers are usually used in home and small office environments where good quality printing is required regularly. The print resolution of any printing device has a direct effect on the quality of the printed output. For really professional printing – in both black and white as well as colour – you should select an all-in-one device which has the highest resolution possible. Once you are happy with the print resolution of the printer you are considering, it is a good idea to check on the print speed, too. This is measured in the number of sheets of paper that can be produced per minute.
Another good tip, when comparing from the table, is to check out the scan resolution of the device in question. If you need to scan documents, so that you can store them electronically or have the ability to email them, then the scan resolution will be important. We have assessed each of the scan functions and laid out the respective resolutions for you to compare.
Most all-in-one devices offer a built in facsimile machine, but not all do. If you need to send and receive faxes from time to time then this will be a key feature to check out before purchasing. This, again, is something that you can use the table to confirm.