Multifunction printers have been talked about to a great extent in the last couple of years. So what’s the hype all about or rather why are they so great? The very fact that they have printer, copier and scanner all enclosed in the same unit offers a powerful combination of functionality and compactness. These especially are great for small businesses or home-based offices that cannot afford to buy separate printers, copiers and scanners for their daily requirements.
The top 5 in the market
When it comes to multifunction printers for home offices, one needs to look at several aspects – the first being the cost – though of course cost isn’t the only driver. Here we look at the top 5 picks in the best multifunctional printers and also state why they’re so good.
1. Brother MFC- 7820N Printer
This one’s a winner all the way. All of Brother’s multifunctional printers come with easy installation and set up. However, what sets this one apart from its siblings are compactness, high speed and affordability. It has sharp and crisp laser quality printing, has a scanning resolution of around 1200×1200 dpi. It has good quality fax as well. The layout and design is one of the most note-worthy aspects of this multifunction printer. The feeder in the printer is especially designed for even envelop printing, which makes this even more versatile. With an average speed of 20 ppm and a surprisingly quick warm-up speed of 10 seconds, this printer is much better when it comes to its other counterparts.
2. Canon Pixma MP600
Canon Pixma MP600 has a high quality print output, with sharp and crisp text and photos. With a mono speed of 30 ppm and color of 24 ppm and a color resolution of 9600×2400 dpi, it provides high quality color prints. However it lacks a film scanner or an automatic document feeder.
3. HP Officejet 9120 multifunction printer
This multifunction printer is great for an office workgroup for a home based business. It has an Ethernet print server and good multitasking ability with scanning, copying and fax abilities inbuilt. With a relatively good mono speed of 25 ppm and color of 22 ppm, and two sided copying, this printer suffices for home office use.
4. Samsung SCX 4200
This one’s a laser multifunction printer and has a 600×600 dpi resolution, a mono speed of 18 ppm. Being a laser printer, it is much better than the ink cartridges. It provides good quality prints and a reasonably good speed. All in all, the Samsung SCX 4200 multifunction printer comes at an affordable price which makes it good for home office use.
5. Epson AcuLaser CX11NF
This one’s a color laser multifunction printer and hence isn’t really great at printing color photos. However its good for text and graphics in general. The Epson AcuLaser CX11NF multifunction printer has an average speed of 18 ppm for text and 4 ppm for graphics (which can be quite slow). The tray input capacity is just 180 pages.