Top Picks in Cheap All-in-One Printers

Canon Pixma MX492
Initial cost: $60. Estimated cost over two years: $320.
If you want a bargain-priced all-in-one inkjet that remains a good value as you continue to own it, the Canon Pixma MX492 is one of the best.

It received high marks for text quality and speed, as well as graphics and photo reproduction. Like the rest of the models on this list, it will let you print, fax, copy, and scan to your heart’s content. We estimate that a year’s worth of use will cost roughly $130. That’s typical for inkjets, but because the up-front price is so low, this model is one of the best deals you can get on a printer.

On the downside, you have to replace the entire color ink cartridge each time a single hue runs out. But at least you can still print—a trait it shares with the other printers on this list.

Epson Expression Premium XP-830
Initial cost: $130. Estimated cost over two years: $350.
This Epson inkjet printer is a solid all-around pick, and one of the best printers in our ratings right now. According to our testers, it produces high-quality text, graphics, and photographs.

The Expression Premium XP-830 offers fax and auto-duplex printing, which is a fancy way of saying it uses both sides of the paper. And the device doesn’t waste too much ink to maintain the printheads.

When you factor in replacement ink cartridges, we estimate the annual upkeep to be $110, which is typical for this printer type.

HP Envy 5660
Initial cost: $100. Estimated cost over two years: $360.
This all-in-one HP inkjet printer provides decent overall performance, especially considering the rock-bottom price. The printer produces very good quality pages of text, and does it very quickly. It also churns out photos at a quick clip and includes an auto-duplexing feature. We estimate its yearly cost at $130, which is typical for this printer type.

However, the photo quality scores land slightly lower than those for most top-rated models. The HP also lacks some common features found on other all-in-ones, such as the ability to fax and Ethernet connectivity.

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