No printer combines all-around excellence with rock-bottom printing costs, our latest tests found. But a pair of all-in-ones, the Dell V715w and the Lexmark Prospect Pro205, offer speed, economy, and very good printing at very good prices. Like any all-in-one, each saves space and money compared with a separate printer, scanner, and copier. We also found some fine choices in regular printers. Here are more details:
Every inkjet printed photos that we rated at least Good; most produced very good ones. And most produced text that was at least good. In choosing between printers, then, use lower cost and speedy operation to distinguish the best performers.
Quite a few all-in-one inkjets excelled in one task or another. Seventeen printed excellent photos, six printed excellent text, and seven cranked out a page of text for 3 cents or less. But many were either slow or costly to use. For example, the Brother MFC-255CW produced excellent photos. But it printed those photos relatively slowly, and it was expensive for printing text. If excellent photos are important, you might consider that printer. But most people should consider the recommended models, which better balance quality, speed, and convenience.
Most of the all-in-ones can be connected to a home network, either wirelessly or via Ethernet cable, so that you can print from any computer in the home. Models without such networking were usually priced lower. A wireless Bluetooth connection lets you print photos wirelessly from some cell phones and cameras. Four all-in-ones have Bluetooth built in: the recommended HP Photosmart Premium C309g, as well as the HP Photosmart Premium Touchsmart Web C309n, the HP Photosmart Premium Fax C309a, and the Brother MFC-6890CDW.