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13 best multifunction printers you can buy in the UK in 2014/2015; best printer, scanner, copiers; the best printer for your home or business

2014/2015's 13 best multifunction printers you can buy in the UK: best printers for value and quality

Best multifunction printer

PC Advisor reviews the best multifunction printers you can buy. The 13 best multifunction printers of 2014/2015. Reviews of the best printer/scanner/copiers you can buy in the UK. Best printers for value- and quality, and best printers for home- and business. (For more overall printer buying advice, see what's the best printer?)

Multifunction printers - also known as MFPs or mutifunctional printers - incorporate the functionality of multiple devices, typically a printer, photocopier and scanner. Some of the multifunction printers reviewed here also offer fax machines or email capabilities.

The benefits of such versatility are several. For one thing you will need less space, because all of those functions will be incorporated into a single device no larger than a standard printer. In an office it is also useful to have one single hub for document management, distribution and production. Typically, there is a cost saving, too. Almost always your MFP will cost less than would buying individual devices. Just be sure to check out running costs: in all printer technology you get what you pay for, and the very cheap-to-buy printer will often cost a lot more to run over the ensuing months and weeks. We address running costs in all of the reviews of our 12 best multifunction printers. (See also: The 5 best budget printers.)

Key features to look out for include the underlying print technology. Inkjet is usually cheaper, but can be slower and less accurate. Most modern inkjet printers are perfectly fit for all but the most detailed copy printing, however. Do you need colour or mono? Unless you regularly print photos a mono-laser or -inkjet may suffice, and will save you money up front and in the longer term.

For the more business-orientated user features such as duplex printing (in which both sides of the page can be printed) are useful. And look out for paper management: if you are looking for a multifunction printer for your office the chances are you will want it to have a large capacity paper tray. You don't want to be consistently having to put in new stocks of paper.

All of these issues and more are addressed in our reviews of the 12 best multifunction printers of 2014. (See also: 11 best mono laser printers of 2014.)

 13 best multifunction printers of 2014/2015 UK

13. Brother DCP-1510

Although Brother may target this budget MFP at small businesses, the heavily restricted features might suggest it's more likely to end up in home or student studies, despite its rapid print speed.

12. Xerox ColorQube 8700

Running costs are competitive with some laser printers. If environmental concerns, bulk printing and good quality documents that can be accessed from multiple locations are your priorities, then the Xerox ColorQube 8700 is a worthwhile purchase.

11. Canon PIXMA MX525 review

Canon's PIXMA MX525 is a stylish, undemanding multifunction printer for home and small businesses not looking for more than a good set of features and modest print quality and speed.

10. Epson Expression Photo XP-950

This is a very fully-featured device. However, it is pretty costly, and while the results are good for photo work, the model doesn't have the overall quality that we'd like to see on such an expensive MFD. Even with the addition of A3, this needs to be quite a bit cheaper before we could truly recommend it.

9. Kyocera Ecosys M2030dn

Although externally little has altered, the revamped Kyocera Ecosys M2030dn has shown a slight increase in speed and efficiency, even if print quality is more inconsistent.

8. Canon Pixma MG5550

The MG5550 isn't perhaps the best featured or best designed MFD we've seen. However, once you strip away the rarely-used fastest mode, the Pixma offers excellent speed and quality. As performance goes, this is the #1 sub-£100 model on the market. As such, it's perilously close to a gold award.

7. Samsung Xpress M2022W

Samsung's smallest mono laser printer punches out rapid, good-quality pages well above its modest weight and its host of connectivity options as well as eco savings should appeal to the expanding SME market. It will be an expensive printer to run though, each page costing 5p in ink when other models run at 2p or less per page.

6. Samsung Xpress M2875FW

In a crowded mono MFP market for SMEs where much is promised but not always delivered, the Samsung Xpress M2875FW does a good job of combining multiple features, fast speeds, decent quality and cost savings.

5. Dell C2665dnf

The Dell C2665dnf multifunction printer shows significant improvements over its predecessor with the addition of Document Hub access and NFC compatibility and is only let down by lacklustre photo quality.

4. Samsung Xpress M2070W

The M2070W doesn't look as polished as we'd like, and the absence of auto duplexing is surprising. Running costs are also a little high. In almost all other respects, though, the M2070W is excellent. The NFC facilities are the cherry on top of a rather delicious cake of specifications and features. Despite the cost per page, this is arguably the most complete mono MFD on the market.

3. Canon Pixma MX535

Canon's MFD are ever-reliable, and the MX535 is very much a device that aims at excellence in all of its facilities, rather than merely concentrating on the printing. The latter isn't bad, though, and businesses and home offices alike should find it a very likeable addition. If you want just printing, the Photosmart 7520 perhaps offers a little more speed. As an MFD, though, the Canon is another highly functional model.

2. Brother MFC-J870DW review

There's no question that the Brother MFC-J870DW has a host of excellent features including optical-disc direct printing and touchscreen controls. While it showcases NFC capability this will be of limited appeal. Wireless photo print speeds are very disappointing.

1. Canon i-SENSYS MF6180dw

We're trying to find fault with this model, but it really is beautifully conceived and configured. We might perhaps wish for gigabit networking rather than older 10/100, and the standard memory of 256 MB (the Kyocera has double this) is a little skimpy. In general, though, it's a fantastically versatile model that covers all bases in impeccable style.

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