The 8 Best All-In-One Printers to Buy in 2016

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, 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 eight printers to buy in 2016.

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Best Overall: Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4630 All-in-One

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Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4630 All-in-One. Epson

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4630 is a great AIO high-volume printer, and it's been around long enough that it's usually on sale for less than $200. Print quality is excellent, including near-laser quality text, NFC touch-to-print and WiFi Direct support for network-free printing are supported. And, like just about every printer available nowadays, you can easily print from your iPhone, iPad or Android devices.

The Epson WorkForce WF-4630 has a 330-sheet paper capacity, split between a 250-sheet main drawer and an 80-sheet multipurpose tray. It can perform two-sided printing, copying, scanning, and faxing, and it has a 35-page automatic document feeder for copying, scanning, and faxing 2-sided multipage documents. Its intuitive touchscreen control panel makes it easy to use, and it's rated at 20 pages per minute (ppm) for black-and-white prints or 7.3ppm for color pages. This four-color inkjet printer has a maximum resolution of 4800 x 2400 dpi for vibrant hi-res business documents. If you use this printer's high-yield cartridges, it will provide with you an excellent cost per page.

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Best Budget: HP Envy 5660 Wireless e-All-in-One

HP Envy 5660 e-All-in-One Printer
Decent print quality and good value with HP's Instant Ink program. Photo courtesy of HP

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.

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Best Photo Printer: Canon Pixma MG7720 Photo All-in-One Printer

Canon's six-ink Pixma MG7720 Photo Inkjet Printer
Canon's six-ink Pixma MG7720 Photo Inkjet Printer. Photo courtesy of Canon

Canon's six-ink Pixma MG7720 Photo All-in-One Printer churns out some of the best-looking photos among consumer-grade photo printers. As long as you start with quality originals, this AIO should deliver premium images.

In addition to printing great-looking photos and documents, you can also scan and copy, as well as print from numerous cloud sites and mobile devices. Canon rates it at 15 pages per minute (ppm) for black-and-white pages and 10ppm for color. It supports automatic double-sided printing and borderless photos. The 3.5-inch color touch screen is intuitive and easy to navigate. You can print from and scan to USB flash drives and memory cards. And you can print on pre-surfaced CD, DVD, and Blu-ray discs, too.

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Best for Ease of Use: Epson XP-830 Small-in-One

Epson XP-830
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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.

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Best Value: Brother MFC-J985DW XL + 2 Years of Ink Supply

Brother MFC-J985DW XL
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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 direct 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.

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Best for a Small Business: Canon Laser ImageCLASS MF414dw

Canon Laser ImageCLASS MF414dw
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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 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.

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Best for Versatility: WorkForce Pro WF-6590 Network Multifunction Color Printer

Epson's super high-volume WorkForce Pro WF-6590 multifunction printer
Epson's super high-volume WorkForce Pro WF-6590 multifunction printer. Photograph courtesy of Epson

If you're looking for speed, volume, and a relatively low per-page cost of operation, or cost per page, look no further than Epson's WorkForce Pro WF-6590. 

You get a 500-sheet paper cassette up front and an 80-sheet multipurpose tray for envelopes and such on the back. It supports WiFi, Ethernet, and USB, as well as WiFi Direct and Near-Field Communication (NFC) for making peer-to-peer connections with your mobile devices. You can add two 500-sheet paper drawers, for a total of 1,580 sheets altogether. Ink comes in huge cartridges capable of thousands of pages.

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Runner-Up, Best Budget: Canon PIXMA MG2920

Canon PIXMA MG2920
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The Canon PIXMA MG2920 Wireless Inkjet deserves an honorable mention here as a remarkably affordable all-in-one. It's rated at 8 pages per minute (ppm) for black-and-white pages, and 4ppm for color pages, which is relatively slow.

The included My Image Garden software is unfortunately not too intuitive, but you can print from any software, including apps from the Apple Store and Google's Play Store. The maximum color resolution of 4800 x 600 dpi renders a clear, crisp image, and advanced features like auto power-on via wireless and support for Google Cloud Print are great to have at this price point. One ink cartridge is included with this printer, and it’ll last you about 300 pages. This is a good deal, but it only makes sense to buy it if you plan to print occasionally, as the printer uses a lot of ink and the price of replacement ink is on the high side.

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