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

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

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

PC Advisor reviews the best multifunction printers you can buy. The 14 best multifunction printers of 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, all-in-ones or mutifunction 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 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 offer lower-quality text printing than lasers. However, inkjet is much better suited to printing photos.  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 home use, you'll want the option of printing wirelessly from your laptop so buy one with built-in Wi-Fi, but if you have an iPhone or iPad, look for AirPrint support. Most all-in-one printers designed for home use also allow you to insert a memory card and print photos directly.

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 best multifunction printers you can buy in 2015. (See also: 11 best mono laser printers of 2015.)

 14 best multifunction printers of 2015 UK

14. 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.

13. HP OfficeJet Pro 6830

Any attempt to reduce the cost of running a printer is obviously welcome, but you need to think carefully about your printing needs before signing up for the Instant Ink service. If you have light printing needs then you may well find that you're better off simply buying replacement cartridges just as you would for any other printer. In that case, the OfficeJet Pro 6830 is good value for people who regularly need high-quality colour printing for brochures and other marketing documents, but less competitive on routine mono printing for letters and other text-heavy documents.

12. 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.

11. HP Envy 5640 e-All-in-One

The 5640 looks brilliant, and has some very nice features. Its performance, though, doesn't quite match up to the exterior. Compared to the cheaper Canons, its output isn't quite as glorious, and its running costs marginally higher. It's a beautifully turned-out device, but it falls short of inspiring true envy.

10. 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.

9. 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.

8. 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.

7. 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.

6. HP Colour LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw

If you're looking for a high-quality photo printer then inkjet printers still have the edge there. However, the M277dw provides excellent text quality and business graphics, and will make a good workhorse printer for smaller offices that need to produce high quality business documents.

5. 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.

4. 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.

3. Epson Ecotank L555

If you just need a personal printer for occasional use then you may still be better off buying a conventional low-cost inkjet printer. However, the Ecotank printers offer big savings for businesses that need to print text and graphics documents on a daily basis. There are a few rough edges, but Epson's Ecotank printers represent a real breakthrough in the cost of printing.

2. 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.

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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