Having a multifunction printer frees you from using separate devices to print, copy, scan and fax. But even these printers still have cables and wires because you still have to connect them to your network. Wireless all-in-one printers free you from the tangled rat's nest of cables that comes with hooking up your printer to your computer and a network device. The only thing these all-in-one wireless printers need is power, and you can complete all your printing needs on your computer without even having to be in the same room as your printer.
The term wireless refers to more than just internet connectivity. Many of the printers we tested let you print directly from your mobile device and are Google Cloud ready, which is a cloud storage service tailored to fit businesses' needs. The best wireless all-in-one printers, such as the HP Officejet Pro, HP Photosmart and Epson WorkForce Pro are not only great for work documents, but they also excel at printing great-looking photos from your computer or even a memory card. For more information about these devices, check out our articles on wireless printers.
You want to find a printer that can quickly print, scan, copy and fax your items without sacrificing resolution. We looked for printers that are easy to set up with your mobile devices and network, and which have designs that won't strain your back due to the weight. These standalone printers are designed to fuse with the ever-changing mobile lifestyle.
Print Quality & Speed
The technology behind modern-day printers allows you to print documents and even photos in just seconds while preserving the original quality of the item you are printing. Printer manufacturers measure print speeds in pages per minute, or PPM. There are a maximum number of pages these devices can print when you lower the resolution of the project you want to print. There is also an ISO standard. The International Organization for Standardization measures printers' out-of-the-box default speeds. This is an apples-to-apple speed comparison, such as MPG for cars.
The best printers also have a machine noise in the range of 30 to 40 decibels and give you the ability to resize scanned documents. If you are a photographer, we looked at many devices that can print a high quality 4 x 6 images in less than a minute.
The all-in-one inkjet printers we evaluated serve three main functions: they print, copy and scan. Although faxing is quickly fading out of the business world, many printers also act as fax machines, though it shouldn't be a deal breaker if a printer is missing the faxing feature.
The best printers have the ability to print on both sides of the paper. And with everyday life becoming more mobile, you should look for a printer that works with your mobile phone or tablet. Some manufacturers include apps you can download to your tablet or smartphone to print photos directly from the mobile device. Many printers are also Google Cloud ready, and work with the cloud service that is becoming increasingly popular in many corporate business settings.
While the technology behind multifunction printers is profound, many printers still have bulky designs. The best printers weigh around 20 pounds and don't take up a lot of space in the corner of the room or on your desk. All the printers we looked at are for homes or small business settings, so you can expect them to have a small, compact design.
You also want to find a printer with a touchscreen menu. Not because it seems cool, but the technology makes it leagues easier to navigate the menus than pressing a bunch of large buttons. Most of the printers we looked at have 3.3-inch screens, with some going up to 4.5 inches.
Help & Support
Help options should go beyond traditional phone and email contacts. Look for printers and manufacturers that include a user manual, a quick start guide and even extra documentation on how to install the printer. Over the years, printers have developed a reputation for not working properly or going through ink too fast. Many manufacturers include ways to buy replacement parts and toner.
Wireless all-in-one inkjet printers help consolidate space in your home or small office by combining a printer, copier, scanner and fax machine into one unit. The wireless capabilities let you cut the extra cords and place the printer anywhere you want. With the added mobile printing capabilities, these printers are truly wireless.