Multifunction devices for the holidays

Need a printer, scanner, and copier for your home office or small business? Here's a look at the MFPs we've reviewed in 2009.

Printer, scanner, copier—all in one

With office desk space at a premium, a multifunction device (also called a multifunction printers [MFP] or all-in-one device) is ideal, combining a printer, scanner, copier, and sometimes even a fax machine. Use our multifunction device buying guide for tips on making the right buying decision. Here's a recap of MFPs we've reviewed this year.

Brother MFC-790CW

This is a solid MFP (3.5 mice), especially if you need fax, which isn’t a standard feature anymore. It also has a built-in answering machine. Businesses that need to print color documents like manuals and guidebooks will enjoy the relative speed and affordability. Read the full review. [$180 (Compare latest prices); Brother]—CHRIS HOLT

Brother MFC-6890CDW

For those looking for a tabloid-sized multifunction printer, the MFC-6890CDW (3 mice) is a decent option. It does a good job of printing and scanning business documents as large as 11-by-17 inches, and it has a ton of features. Read the full review. [$350 (Compare latest prices); Brother]—JAMES GALBRAITH

HP Color LaserJet CM1312nfi

With its color laser printer and built-in ethernet, the CM1312nfi (4 mice) is a good fit for cost-conscious small-to-medium work environments. It features a 150-sheet paper tray and a 20-page automatic document feeder-handy for multi-page faxes, copies, and scans. Read the full review. [$500 (Compare latest prices); HP]—JAMES GALBRAITH

HP LaserJet M1319f

The M1319f (4 mice) is ideal for producing monochrome text documents quickly and can affordably perform many duties necessary for a business that doesn’t need color printing. In addition to being fast, the M1319f produced text suitable for professional-looking documents. Read the full review. [$299 (Compare latest prices); HP]—CHRIS HOLT

HP Photosmart C6380

The C6380 (3.5 mice) is for the photo enthusiast. The C6380 prints documents up to 8.5 by 11 inches and includes a dedicated 20-sheet photo tray. The 4000 dpi, 48-bit color scanner also serves as a copier. And there's a memory card reader. Read the full review. [$200 (Compare latest prices); HP]—DERRICK STORY

Kodak ESP 9

The ESP 9 (3 mice) is a multifunction inkjet that prints color well and does a decent job with color scans. Thanks to its nifty black design, it’ll look real cool in your living room. Replacing the color ink costs only $15, while a black ink cartridge only costs $10. Read the full review. [$300 (Compare latest prices); Kodak]—CHRIS HOLT

Konica Minolta magicolor 1690MF

The compact 1690MF (3.5 mice) has a color laser printer, flatbed scanner, and fax. With very good printed output, handy features like the automatic document feeder and built-in fax, and ethernet networking, the 1690MF is a good fit for small or home offices. Read the full review. [$449 (Compare latest prices); Konica Minolta]—JAMES GALBRAITH

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