The Best Multi-Functional Printers To Look For In 2017

Life is full of stressors. What’s surprising is how some decisions put people in a panic. Buying an all-in-one or multifunctional printer is one of those decisions that pose such hazards. Why? Well, buying the right one means a plug and play experience, low-cost ink, and years of multifunctional reliability.

What Defines An All In One Printer?

The capabilities that go beyond printing make a printer all in one. If it can fax, receive calls, scan, as well as print, then it is considered an all in one printer.

These days, whether an AIO or MFP is for the home or an office, they are very affordable. Many are available well below the hundred-dollar range while being among the best that money can buy. The models available at such price points are workhorses that can keep on churning out thousands upon thousands of pages in a busy office or a few pages per month at home.

In today’s marketplace, inkjet and laser printing is still the standard. Almost all printers seem equipped to do it all, so how should consumers differentiate between great and good products?

Deciding Between Inkjet And Laser Printers

Most at-home users want the added power of full-color photo printing. That means that they need to focus on finding an all in one printer that is an inkjet. They do make specialized printers that have photo printing tools specifically built into them. They may scan slide or film and print photos with high quality in mind. Keep in mind, this is not standard for all multi-purpose functionality.

Most at-home users want the added power of full-color photo printing. That means that they need to focus on finding an all in one printer that is an inkjet. They do make specialized printers that have photo printing tools specifically built into them. They may scan slide or film and print photos with high quality in mind. Keep in mind, this is not standard for all multi-purpose functionality.

For the rest of the at-home users or anyone who cares more about the words on the paper than the photos, laser jets are primarily important. For most people who plan on handling documents with more than one page, be sure it comes equipped with a document feeder. Be sure to read product reviews to find out specifically about how well the models you are considering are at handling multi-page documents. For both home and office use, go with an inkjet.

What Do You Need It To Do Well?

Advanced Business Copier | Best Multi Functional Printer in HoustonSure, they all have a printer, can copy, scan, and even handle multiple pages. Most of them are able to fax as well. Though, as covered about the multiple-document handler, it matters how well it does the process. It depends on what you need and how well it does it.

Sure, they all have a printer, can copy, scan, and even handle multiple pages. Most of them are able to fax as well. Though, as covered about the multiple-document handler, it matters how well it does the process. It depends on what you need and how well it does it.

For instance, it turns out that some multifunctional printers are able to make photo copies even when you do not have it connected to a computer. That’s a newer feature, but one that everyone would love to enjoy. Be sure to find a printer that can work as a copier even when not connected to a computer.

Be sure that these days the fax machine will work with or without a landline or Voiceover IP phone. In other words, make sure that the fax function can fax to and from email.

There are two forms in which email features come. There is a direct-email function with which you are able to scan as well as send emails directly to your ISP (Internet service provider) as well as an in-house email server on our own network. When it comes to low-end MFPs, the most common choice is to on a PC, open an email message and as an attachment, add the scanned document. Either or both kinds of email can be offered by any given MFP. Keep In mind that there are certain direct-email features which do not work with every ISP, so make sure that you look into whether or not they will work with yours prior to purchasing.

Multi-functional printers will usually include flatbeds which are suitable for scanning single-sheet documents or photos. An ADF (automatic document feeder) will allow you to scan as well as email, copy, and fax multipage documents quite easily. If an MFP has a letter-sized flatbed, often times an ADF will allow you to also scan legal-size paper, however not all do so look into it first.

There are also ADFs which are able to duplex, this means to scan both sides of a page. If you have to scan a lot of two-sided documents, looking for this feature will be with your while. The way in which most multi-functional printers which support duplex scanning work is by scanning one side of your document, and then turning it over to scan the other side, there are however some that offer one-pass scanning, this means that both sides of the pages are scanned at the same time, this will go a lot faster. If a print duplex is included with the MFP, usually this combination will allow you to copy single as well as double sided originals and you can choose between single or double sided copies.

Color Printing

If printing in color is something that you never do, and then spending money on this feature is unnecessary. However, keep in mind that there are many color laser multi-functional printers which are able to print with a quality that is high enough for you to print your very own marketing materials; this option could be less expensive than having to print small amounts at the local print shop.

Printer Size

Usually, MFPs are larger than single-function printers are, there are even some home MFPs that are so tall you may feel as if they tower over you if placed on your desk. Make sure that you look into the size and weight of the MFP, although you probably will not be moving it around very often.

Connection Options

On top of including a USB port, a lot of MFPs also include Wi-Fi and/or Ethernet connection making it easy to share. If Wi-Fi is your preference, remember that if on your network you have a wireless access point; it is easy to print wirelessly to any MFP or printer on that network, regardless of whether the MFP printer does or does not offer Wi-Fi. There are now MFPs which include Direct Wi-Fi or its equivalent; this allows devices that are compatible to be able to connect to it without the need of a wireless access point. There are a few which also offer NFC (Near-Field Communication), this makes it possible for you to initiate printing from a mobile device that is compatible simply by using the phone or tablet to tap the printer.

Output Quality

On top of looking over the print output quality, it is also important to look at the scan quality. For offices, this is not an issue, because almost all scanners are able to scan documents at their highest quality that is sufficient. When it comes to photos, however, you want to look closer, especially for transparencies.

Print Quality

As you calculate the input capacity and duty cycle you want an MFP to be able to remember to add incoming faxes and copies to the total amount of pages being printed.

Cost Considerations

Last but not least, make sure you check the cost of ownership over the printer’s life. Compare every model which you are considering and their total cost to find the one which in the long run will be the most economical.

Whether what you are looking for is one for your home or an all-in-one, the best place to start searching is on our list of highest rated MFPs which is found below. For more, look into our top overall picks for printers, as well as the best portable and wireless printers, you can also look into our favorite laser and inkjet models. And please, feel free to call or contact us today with any questions you may have about multifunctional printers in Houston. One of our representatives at Advanced Business Copier is waiting to answer them.