Melissa RiofrioExecutive Editor, Macworld

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Melissa Riofrio spent her formative journalistic years reviewing some of the biggest iron at PCWorld--desktops, laptops, storage, printers--and she continued to focus on hardware testing during stints at Computer Currents and CNET. Currently, in addition to leading PCWorld’s content direction, she covers productivity laptops and Chromebooks, and car tech.

HP Officejet 100 Mobile Printer

Designed for mobile-printing convenience, the Officejet 100 provides impressive print quality. It’s slow, however, and inks are expensive.

Epson WorkForce 635

Small office users get perks aplenty with this unit: Speedy text printing, automatic duplexing, and budget-friendly inks.

Dell V313w

Wireless capabilities come at the low purchase price; but expensive inks, nagging page alignment issues, exorbitant ink costs, and cheap construction make this MFP one to avoid.

Dell 1355cnw color MFP

Best suited for small, low-volume offices, this multifunction printer offers versatile connectivity, but provides limited features and uses expensive toner.

HP LaserJet Pro CM1415fnw

High toner costs and slow performance make this low-priced model a dubious bargain, even with wireless and Web capabilities.

Xerox Phaser 6010

Small, simple, and easy to use, this color printer produces nice-looking pages--for a dear price.

Xerox Phaser 6500DN

This workgroup-level printer imposes budget-breaking toner costs, making it unsuitable for high-volume use.

Canon Selphy CP800

The nice photos that the CP800 produces are overshadowed by the pricey, wasteful consumables it uses to create them.

Canon's Selphy CP800 Gives You a Photo-Printing Preview

The nice photos that the CP800 produces are overshadowed by the pricey, wasteful consumables it uses to create them.


Epson Stylus NX625

Unlike most basic small- or home-office MFPs, the NX625 offers mostly cheap inks and some impressive performance.

Brother HL-4570CDW

Competitive in speed and features, but not photo quality, the HL-4570CDW small-business laser printer is best for mainstream use.

Best bargain printers

Lexmark Genesis

The 'wow' factor of the Genesis's vertical profile and its camera-based scanner compensates somewhat for the pricey inks.

HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus

Touch-sensitive controls, inexpensive inks, and a legal-size scanner raise this MFP above the competition.

HP Envy100 e-All-in-One

Built for style rather than efficiency, this multifunction printer operates adequately but expensively.