Don't-Miss Printer Stories

HP Officejet Pro K5400 color printer

The HP Officejet Pro K5400’s affordability, speed, and ability to print decent-quality documents and very good photos make it a solid choice. However, businesses will likely be more attracted to this printer line’s midrange model.

HP Photosmart D5160 photo printer

Whether you’re looking to produce some attractive CDs or DVDs, print some photos to pin on your wall, or print essays every now and then, the low-cost, versatile Photosmart D5160 will do the trick.

Xerox Phaser 6115MFP/N printer

The decent quality of the Phaser 6115MFP/N’s color-print, copy, and text-document output makes this machine a welcome addition to the multifunction market. However, this MFP’s weak scanning capability may drive you away.

How to buy: Multifunction printers

Today's MFPs perform better than ever, and they're becoming more acceptable for people who want a graceful, versatile, and integrated printer, scanner, copier, and fax machine but who don't have the money and space for separate single-function machines.

Canon Pixma MP960 multifunction printer

The Canon Pixma MP960 is a multifunction printer that all levels of users will appreciate. Its convenient software, sturdy, well-thought-out design, and very good print quality make this printer a real contender for the photographically inclined.

HP Photosmart C7180 multifunction printer

Although we ran into a few software quirks, the HP Photosmart C7180’s features, connection options, and solid print and scan quality make it a fine fit for those looking for a good all-around, fully featured, color inkjet MFP.

Brother MFC-665CW multifunction printer

Though the features and connection options for this reasonably priced inkjet all-in-one are impressive, its slow print speeds and frustrating design quirks make it hard to recommend over other, more polished, competitors.

Lexmark X5470 multifunction printer

The Lexmark X5470 is an easy-to-use printer made for budget conscious users. But its lack of advanced controls, low-resolution scans, and sluggish print speeds will have the wealthier, pickier printer shopper looking elsewhere.

Brother MFC-9420CN multifunction printer

The Brother MFC-9420CN offers most of the functions you’d want in an all-in-one, but its design often gets in the way. We’d trade some of its admirable speed for better print quality and ease of use.

HP Color LaserJet CM1017 MFP multifunction printer

While the HP Color LaserJet CM1017 MFP is well designed and easy to use, its slow speed makes it a tough sell.

Epson Stylus Photo RX580 multifunction printer

The Epson Stylus Photo RX580 may not have all of the features that some multifunction printers offer, but if you’re looking for a great photo printer that happens to have a good quality copier and scanner built in, then consider the RX580.

Lexmark P350 portable photo printer

The inexpensive P350 marks a number of firsts for Lexmark—it’s the company’s first portable photo printer to work with a Mac and its first to use water- and smudge-resistant pigment inks.

Canon PIXMA mini260 photo inkjet printer

The Canon Pixma mini260 produced the best four-by-six borderless photos of all the portable printers we tested. Though it lacks a few desirable features, this straightforward printer does its job well.