There are a lot of printers in the market that do a lot of different things. Unfortunately, most of these printers are doomed to be travelling wanderers for their lives; jacks of all trades but masters of none. Aww! Multifunction printers that do more than one thing well are difficult to come by, and often come with other drawbacks such as excessive laser cartridge or printer ink usage. So today we check out some top models of multifunction printer on the market that are more than one-trick ponies, and won’t cost the earth.
Epson Stylus Photo TX710W
The Epson Stylus TX710W is a fabulous photo printer, and produces excellent quality CD and DVD prints also, along with fairly standard quality text. The printer cartridges run to the expensive side for this multifunction printer, so if you don’t print often but want good quality when you do, this is the model for you.
Canon Pixma MP560
Another great little photo printer, this is an excellent multifunction mid-range offering. It prints, copies and scans (although doesn’t include fax capability), and has a very easy to setup wireless connection. The ink cartridges come in a set of five, so you don’t have to worry about constant waste from a tri-color cartridge if you do a lot of photo printing.
HP Photosmart Premium All-in-One C309g
HP make some fabulous printers … even if there aren’t too many other electronics that they do a good job of! It has an automatic duplexer, has fabulous black and white text quality, and connects via either wireless, Ethernet or Bluetooth. It’s a printer, copier and scanner, and while people have mixed reviews of its reliability, they do note that it uses printer ink quickly. If you want a good multifunction offering for infrequent printing, this is a good choice.
HP Officejet Pro 8500 Wireless
Another good HP offering … as long as you are using it with a very standard setup. The software and firmware can be a bit troublesome, but for those using the most ‘ordinary’ of operating systems and programs with this printer, it is a wonderful complete home office solution … even including a fax machine.
Lexmark Interact S605
This is not priced as an entry-level multifunction printer, and it doesn’t work very fast. That said, everything it does is fabulous quality. There is no compromise between text and photo quality. No fax machine, but it prints, copies and scans as well as handling a wide range of paper sizes.