The 8 Best All-In-One Printers to Buy in 2017

Buy a machine that can do it all (print, scan, copy, and fax)

We haven't realized the paperless office yet. Most people still need a good printer now and then, and a good all-in-one, or AIO, a printer that can also copy, scan, and sometimes, depending on the type of machine, fax, can come in handy. Like everything tech, printers are less-expensive than ever before, and now most all-in-one printers work wirelessly through WiFi, and many support mobile connectivity through WiFi Direct, Near-Field Communication (NFC), and numerous cloud sites, such as Google Cloud Print. Nowadays, the convenience and productivity options seem endless; to help you pick out which AIO is best for you, here's a list of the best printers to buy in 2017.

The Brother MFC-J985DW XL all-in-one inkjet printer is a good choice, thanks to its low running costs, and it comes with a huge supply of ink that should last the average user two years (based on monthly printing volumes of 300 pages at 70 percent black and 30 percent color). Operating costs are less than 1 cent per black and white page, and less than 5 cents per color page.

It also has great features for the office, including duplex (two-sided) printing, and wireless printing from devices via AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Mopria, Brother iPrint&Scan and WiFi Direct. Networking is enabled via WiFi, Ethernet, WiFi Direct, or you can print directly from USB. Paper capacity is 100 pages, and this printer can handle up to legal sized paper (8.5” x 14”). You can print up to 12 black-and-white pages or 10 color pages per minute.

This all-in-one color inkjet printer from HP boasts impressive connectivity options and borderless photo printing, making it an ideal option for standard tasks, copying, faxing and photography. You can manage your printing jobs via a 4.3-inch color touch screen, which has an intuitive tap and swipe feature. Wireless printing is facilitated by AirPrint for Apple devices and NFC touch-to-print for other smart devices. Some users have commented they have had difficulty setting up wireless functionality, but once up and running it offers a seamless and convenient way to bring your documents to life.

Impressive print management options are buoyed by high speeds, with ultra-fast automatic two-sided printing and a 50-page automatic document printer and 250-sheet paper tray. HP claims the specs are 24 pages per minute for black and white printing and 20 pages per minute for color. The high volume trays and efficient ink model result in up to 50 percent lower cost per page compared to laser printers. Documents scan at 1200 dpi resolution, while borderless photos print in standard 4 x 6-inch size.

There are just enough under-$100 printers in the world to make choosing one difficult. I like the HP Envy 5660 e-All-in-One because it performs all of its main features, print, copy, and scan, well. It prints photos better than many equally priced AIOs. This is, however, a low-volume, entry-level printer; hence the paper input drawer is somewhat small (125-sheets), as are the ink cartridges, although the larger black cartridge is good for about 600 prints, are small too. Choose this printer is you have a relatively low print volume.

Powered by a proprietary tech called PrecisionCore algorithm that optimizes the laser jet tech to give you print shop-quality papers with laser sharp text. Epson claims the printer operates with the fastest print speed of its class (20 ppm for both black & white and color printing jobs) and it features a 500-page capacity so you’ll be sure it can handle any volume of job. There’s a 35-paper, page-feeding source tray for larger copies and scans, and they claim it operates at 50% more efficiency than an ink jet printer so you’ll spend less on ink and save money (adding to that better value label). There’s also Wi-Fi connectivity and ethernet connection ability so you can print via computers or smartphones on network—perfect for larger workgroups and seamless workflow. And if you’d prefer to control the printer right on board, there’s a 2.7-inch LCD touchscreen that provides a great user interface.

The Epson XP-830 all-in-one is versatile, wireless and offers excellent photo quality printing. You can print, copy, scan or fax from this compact AIO, and the automatic document feeder is capable of holding 30 pages. Two-sided printing is available, and print speeds are rated at 9.5 pages per minute (ppm) for black-and-white pages, and 9ppm for color pages, making for a rather slow printer, but photo printers aren't usually fast. The XP-830 has the additional ability to print on pre-surfaced optical discs.

This Small-in-One is a great option for someone who doesn’t have heavy usage demands and wants an inexpensive all-in-one with superior print quality. Mobile printing options, such as printing directly from your phone or tablet, are a snap thanks to Epson Connect software and other mobile printing options. A 4.3-inch touchscreen makes it easy to use. And it’s small, at 15.4” x 13.3” x 7.5”, so it’ll fit just about anywhere.

The Canon MF414dw is a mono laser multifunction all-in-one printer suitable for personal use, or a home office or business setting. It delivers excellent text output quality and has a solid set of features. WiFi Direct allows you to connect to mobile devices without a router, and you can print and scan on-the-go with Canon Print, Apple AirPrint, Mopria and Google Cloud Print. You can use USB Direct to print to and scan from a USB connected device. Secure Print ensures the privacy of your printed documents, and you can set up password protection for up to 300 users.

The MF414dw is rated by Canon for speeds of up to 35 pages per minute, and the first print at a quick 6.3 seconds. An intuitive 3.5-inch touch LCD display makes menu navigation simple. You can load this printer with up to 250 sheets of paper, and there’s a 50-sheet auto-duplexing ADF for scanning, as well as a 50-sheet multi-purpose tray and an optional 500-sheet paper cassette. The printer purchase includes one cartridge and it's good for about 2,400 pages.

The HP OfficeJet 4650 is part of the OfficeJet line up in our best Budget printer, so it makes sense that this one would be the runner-up—HP has affordable all-in-ones kind of down to a science. The unit prints, scans, copies, and faxes, and it does it all via wireless technology. That means you can initiate a job through your smartphone or a network computer. There’s two-sided printing and a 2.2-inch mono touchscreen for on-board control. The printer is Instant Ink ready which means it is connected directly to the HP store and notifies the Internet automatically so that HP sends you a new cartridge at a 50% discount of normal cartridge price, all without ever ordering manually. The tray holds 60 sheets and there’s a 35-sheet feeder for large packet copying. And there’s an 8.5 ppm speed for black and white jobs. So, it isn’t the fastest printer in the world, but the capacity will make sure you won’t be running back and forth between jobs. 

With fast printing speeds (28ppm), good quality outputs and a plethora of connectivity options, the MF247dw is one our favorite versatile printers on the market. Measuring 14.2 x 15.4 x 14.7 inches and weighing 26.9 pounds, this space-saving machine is compact enough to be carried by one person alone and can comfortably share a desk or table with your computer in a home office. It can handle most users’ needs, thanks to its front-loading 250-sheet paper cassette, 35-sheet automatic document feeder and one-sheet multipurpose tray.

It’s stacked with connection options, including USB, Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct and allows you to print on-the-go due to compatibility with Apple AirPrint, Mopria Print Service and Google Cloud Print. Alternatively, you can scan hard copies using Canon’s PRINT Business app.

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