Best all-in-one printer fax combos

Printers have come a long way and picking up a unit can carry out more than a single task — simply printing on paper. It's now possible to fax, print, scan, copy, and do everything wirelessly. If you need to do more than just printing, you'll need what's known as an all-in-one printer. Here are a few choices to get you started.

Canon imageCLASS D1520

Canon imageCLASS D1520

The Canon imageCLASS D1520 ($360.99) can print two-sided documents up to 17 pages a minute, or up to 35 per minute if you're only applying ink to one side. This makes it quite the solution for scenarios where printing on two sides of a single page is more important.

The system has a compact footprint that makes this laser printer ideal for a small home office. Wireless connectivity happens with the Canon Mobile Printing app, free for download with purchase. It's a great unit overall, ideal for both home and small office use.

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Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3720

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3720

Epson's WorkForce WF-3720 ($89.99) prints in color at roughly 10 pages per minute, or in black and white at 19 pages per minute. This inkjet printer connects wirelessly to computers or mobile devices or with a USB connection to a single computer. The automatic document feeder has a capacity of 30 sheets of paper, and the total tray capacity is 250 sheets.

Epson's WorkForce Pro WF-3720 is a more affordable option when it comes to printing, scanning and faxing compared to other offerings, especially when you consider included features. Having two paper trays also makes it possible to print for longer.

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Brother MFC-J680DW

Brother MFC-J680DW

Brother is a brand with loyal followers, and the MFC-J680DW ($106.95) is a solid example of why. It can hold a healthy 100 sheets in its paper tray and has a 20-sheet automatic document feeder for scanning and copying — and it prints black and white pages at 12 per minute or color pages at 10 per minute. The smaller paper capacity means that this inkjet is better suited to a small home office that prints in smaller batches.

The Brother MFC-J680DW is great if you need an inexpensive, no-frills solution that gets the job done. Just keep the rest of the paper ream nearby. Much like its competitors, Brother's iPrint & Scan is a free app that enables mobile device printing.

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Canon Office and Business MX922

Canon PIXMA MX922

Canon's Office and Business MX922 ($69.99) inkjet all-in-one is perfect for small home or office spaces. The emphasis with this printer is on photo quality, so if your office documents generally include images or if you find yourself doing much of your own picture printing after a family vacation, it's a good overall investment. With a 250-sheet paper capacity and a 30-page automatic document feeder, you can print and fax for the whole work day.

Should you need to print out photos as well as documents, this is an ideal machine and there's even a separate photo paper tray, which holds 20 sheets for 6 x 4 photos. It's also only $70, making it a bargain.

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HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

HP Officejet Pro 8730

The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 (around $20) is a jack-of-all-trades in your office or at home, and it can handle heavy duty usage. That's great because the Instant Ink subscription is available with an HP purchase, and it's more affordable than buying individual cartridges. A 250-sheet paper capacity means you won't be constantly refilling the paper drawer to get your jobs done. It prints 24 pages per minute in black and white, 20 in color, and the auto-duplex function creates two-sided pages in batches of 20 pages.

The OfficeJet Pro 8730 is a solid workhorse when it comes to medium printing in the office or the home. This printer also supports NFC touch-to-print functionality, a handy feature to have in 2018 when everyone has a smartphone.

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Conclusion

While the Dell Color Cloud H625cdw took our No. 1 position for the best all-in-one printer, scanner, and fax machine, there are numerous solid choices available. You should shop around, see what capacities, print speeds, feature sets and prices suit your requirements.

Updated July 30, 2018: We double-checked our picks for best all-in-one printers and added a few new options.