The days when you needed a separate device for scanning, copying and printing are long gone. Today, the latest multi-function printers perform it all just as well as separate devices did in the past.
What’s more, today, multifunction printers come with additional features such as slots for memory cards, fax capabilities and wireless connectivity, so they could help you be much more productive.
These five models should give you a taster for some of the features available now that could benefit your work, pastime or lifestyle.
5. HP Officejet Pro 8500
If you need prints fast, they don’t come much faster than the HP Officejet Pro 8500. It’s not the cheapest multi-function printer by any stretch of the imagination but if Hewlett Packard is to be believed, at up to 35 pages per minute, few come faster. The company also claim that the Officejet Pro 8500 can cut your energy usage by up to 50%. Other features include wireless and a colour 3.4-inch touchscreen.
4. Canon Pixma MP270
If you want to spend (a lot) less, take a look over the Canon Pixma MP270. For less than £50, you can have a fully featured multi-function printer. Canon even manages to throw in a Pictbridge socket to allow you to print direct from camera.
3. HP Photosmart Premium Fax All-In-One
Want to add fax functionality to high quality scanning, as well as lab quality printing and copying, then the HP Photosmart Premium Fax All-In-One will let you do just that. The downside is expensive ink cartridges, but with integrated wireless and superb prints, this could be the ideal model for an amateur photo enthusiast.
2. Epson Stylus Office BX610FW
The Epson Stylus Office BX610FW Multifunction Printer is ideal for a small home office. Despite integrating a fully featured fax machine, as well as Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity options, it’s remarkably compact and should fit into the smallest home office set up.
1. HP Envy 100 E-All-In-One
We’ve all seen that message at the bottom of emails that asks us to do our bit for the planet by not printing out the email. Printers have never been seen as eco-friendly. But all that might be about to change with Hewlett Packard’s latest multi-function device, the Envy 100 E-All-In-One. It’s the world’s first PVC-free printer and comes with automatic double-sided printing, reducing paper conumption by 50%. In addition, cartridges are made from 70% recycled plastic. However, what makes it worth the hefty price tag is the fact that, thanks to HP’s cloud technology, you can print from the net without even switching your PC on – handy if you want to print out a airline boarding card from your online webmail, for example.