The main benefit of all-in-one printers is that they can be used for printing, scanning and copying – and the best part is that they won’t set you back much more money than buying each one individually. So for great value for money and a good all-rounder, you can’t really go wrong with an all-in-one. Many also come with Wi-Fi connectivity which allows you to print from multiple devices – handy if you’re working on a desktop while your partner wants to print from a laptop and your kids are doing homework that needs printing from their tablets. Here’s what to look for when buying an all-in-one printer.
What To Consider
When you’re buying a printer, scanner, copier, you’ll need to consider more than just the speed and quality of prints.
- Print Speed
Look for a minimum print speed of 10 pages per minute to ensure productivity remains high and to save time waiting for prints.
- Print Quality
Measured in dots per inch, you should look for a machine that prints black-and-white resolutions of 2400 x 1200 and colour resolutions of 4800 x 2400 for the optimum quality.
- Laser Versus Inkjet
Laser printers generally produce better quality prints than inkjets and are more cost-effective. That’s because although the toner cartridges for a laser printer are more expensive, they last a lot longer.
- Duty Cycle
If you intend to print often and in large volume then duty cycle is an important consideration. For example, large offices require a printer with a duty cycle of around 25,000 pages per month while for home printing, a duty cycle of 5,000 pages per month should suffice.
- Scanner Resolution
To reproduce high-quality images, you should look for an all-in-one with a scanner resolution of 4800 x 4800.
- Copy Speed
Save time waiting for photocopies to print by investing in a machine with a minimum copy speed of 25 pages per minute.
- Wi-Fi Connectivity
Choose a printer that is Wi-Fi compatible for fast, easy printing across your wireless network. That means that if you have multiple devices in the same house, you can print from all of them – which is handy if you’d rather curl up with your laptop than sit at the desktop computer.
Our Top Picks
So now you know what to look for, here are some of our popular all-in-one printers.
- HP Deskjet 1510
Ideal for: Students
With the HP Deskjet 1510, you get a lot of printing value for your money. Boasting low running costs, it’s an ideal printer for students needing to complete assignments every couple of weeks. Compact, it’ll fit easily into a student bedroom, whether on top of the desk or neatly tucked underneath. Simply plug and play with the intuitive set up. And if you’re printing off an all-important assignment at the last minute, you’ll be pleased to know that it can print up to seven pages per minute.
- Epson Workforce WF-7610DWF
Ideal for: Business people
The Epson Workforce WF-7610DWF offers four services in one: print, scan, copy and fax. With touchscreen controls, its sleek design is ideal for a home office. Enjoy fast printing with speeds of 18 pages per minute, while the rear speciality paper path allows you to print using thicker paper as well as labels and envelopes – so all your business needs are accounted for and you can maintain professional-standard prints at all times. Take advantage of the mobile printing feature which allows you to print direct from your smartphone or tablet, while Wi-Fi Direct means you can print from wireless devices even if you’re not connected to a router.
- Brother DCP-L2500D
Ideal for: Home and small office use
For a good all-rounder, you can’t beat the Brother DCP-L2500D. Cheap to run, it boasts high-speed printing (up to 23 pages per minute) and can handle a printing load of up to 10,000 pages a month. You can use it for printing on plain paper, labels, recycled paper, envelopes and thick paper – so whether you’re printing out wedding stationery and birthday invites or business invoices for your clients, you are guaranteed professional quality every time.
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