Best All-in-One Printers Under $100
All-in-one printers, also known as multifunction printers, offer lots of versatility for consumers and home office users. Budget printers are quite capable of producing professional-looking documents, even with full-color graphics, and the best ones can print photos that pop with vibrant color. Cheapism.com's picks for the best all-in-one printers under $100 may not pump out a pile of pages per minute, but reviewers are impressed with the print quality and performance for the price. These printers connect wirelessly to computers and mobile devices and come equipped with convenient features such as automatic double-sided printing (to save paper).
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For those more inclined to print photos than text, the Canon Pixma MG5720 (starting at $69) produces images with outstanding color, and more quickly than the competition -- less than a minute for a 4 x 6 photo. The MG5720 is a little slow to print documents, but the results are good quality. Users can print remotely from mobile devices using Apple's AirPrint and Google Cloud Print and directly from Canon wireless PictBridge cameras, as well. Five separate ink tanks help print better-looking photos and allow colors to be replaced individually. This is generally more economical than having to replace a cartridge with multiple colors when only one has run dry.
The Canon Pixma MG6820 (starting at $80) boasts more bells and whistles than the cheaper Pixma MG5720 and performs similarly well. On top of stellar photo printing, multiple ink cartridges for color accuracy, and myriad wireless connectivity options, the MG6820 offers a memory card slot and a larger, touchscreen display. No doubt the extra features will be worth the extra dollars for some consumers, given that the price difference is fairly small.
The Epson Expression Home XP-430 (starting at $60) is super compact and incredibly cheap. Its printing, copying, and scanning output is consistently good -- although it does not print double-sided pages automatically or accept multiple sheets at once for scanning or copying. Unlike many budget printers, though, the Epson XP-430 includes a memory card slot, so users can print directly from an SD card. They can also preview pictures on the 2.7-inch LCD screen and make basic edits, such as fixing red-eye or cropping the images.
Although the HP OfficeJet 4650 (starting at $61) is aimed at home office users, it's a good choice for any frugal consumer who wants a full-featured al-in-one under $100. This model includes a fax and a 35-page automatic document feeder, which makes scanning multiple pages much faster and easier than opening the printer's lid for each new page. The OfficeJet 4650 also includes templates for printing fax cover sheets, calendars, and more without a computer. The main drawback is that it's slower than other budget multifunction printers, but on the other hand, experts consider its output quality when it comes to photos better than many competing models. Text generally looks sharp, and color graphics are vibrant.
Home office users sometimes need more than a basic printer can provide, even if it means paying a bit more. Enter the Brother MFC-J885DW (starting at $100), an affordable printer that has just about everything: a host of connectivity options (including NFC touch printing and Ethernet), an SD card slot, a 2.7-inch touchscreen, a 20-sheet automatic document feeder, separate color ink cartridges, and a fax machine. It's output quality is better than average, and it's a pretty fast printer, churning out at least 10 pages of black text per minute in expert testing. One catch: slow copying speeds, which may be a deal breaker for some.
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