What is the Best All-in-One Printer for Home Use?
Today’s computer user is busier than ever, and printing is no longer a luxury, it’s a need. Ninety-seven million printers were used in homes in 2017, and with so many people using their home office for work, school, and entertainment needs, it’s no wonder that they need a printer that can handle more than just the occasional document.
In fact, most consumers need a powerhouse, all-in-one (AiO) product that can manage copying, fax, scanning, and photos with ease. And they don’t want to deal with paperjams, costly ink mistakes, and other headaches associated with inferior printers.
There’s no perfect printer for everyone, and your own best match will depend on your needs:
• Are you a creative?
• Do you only print legal documents?
• Do you need spectacular photos to share with your friends and family?
By knowing exactly how you’ll print, it’s much easier to know where to start.
Once you’ve established your printer personality, there are many options in each category to get you started. Find out which one suits you in this guide to the top HP printers for each of life’s needs.
All-in-one printers defined
While it’s been over a decade since anyone had separate machines for fax, scanning, and printing, the all-in-one (AiO) has come a long way in just the past few years. Most experts agree that this multifunctional machine is the go-to solution for both day-to-day and special occasion print jobs.
Because they are designed to fit within a typical home office, use standard printer paper, and handle their own maintenance tasks, they offer both incredible convenience and exceptional value. If a printer can fax, scan, copy, and print, it’s considered to be an AiO printer. Also, note that due to changing use and technology, not every AiO printer will have fax capabilities.
What are the benefits of an all-in-one printer?
In a nutshell, they’re truly convenient, because you don’t have to buy a separate device for each task. They are also considerably more compact than you’d imagine and often take up the same or less space than a standard printer.
Today’s all-in-ones are also typically wireless, which means you no longer have to deal with cords or difficult network configurations. Most will run on a combination of wireless and Bluetooth® technologies and can be easily protected from intruders as part of your secured home network.
Economic all-in-one inkjet printers
When choosing between inkjet and laser printers, there are some important factors to consider.
For regular home printing jobs, inkjet printers are a go-to option. While you can find both inkjet and laser all-in-one printers for less than $200, budget laser printers tend to only offer black ink printing. When you want to make copies of full-color documents, print photos, and scan legal documents - and do it at a bargain price - HP inkjet printers will be your best bet.
HP OfficeJet Pro 8720 All-In-One Printer
With amazing inkjet resolution and fast print speeds of up to 37 pages per minute for black-and-white copies, the OfficeJet Pro 8720 All-in-One Printer may very well be the best AiO printer on the market. This inkjet model does it all, including producing up to 99 copies of a document and churning out double-sided prints.
For those who need enterprise-level faxing capabilities, the 8720’s 100-page storage function makes it easy to broadcast to up to 20 locations at four pages per minute. An intuitive color touchscreen panel and access to the Instant Ink program make it a hands-off solution for those who want printing power without the hassle of complicated maintenance schedules.
HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 Wide Format All-In-One Printer
Need to really impress clients and coworkers with your next business presentation? A wide-format printer may be the key. The HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 Wide Format All-in-One Printer delivers crisp, colorful printouts in sizes up to 11 x 17 inches (A3), and is significantly more affordable per page than laser printers in the same category. It faxes, scans, and copies, too, making it a wise choice for the innovative home office that wants to say it loud with bold print projects.
HP DeskJet 3755 All-in-One Printer
If space is at a premium, consider the world’s smallest AiO printer, the HP DeskJet 3755. This small-but-mighty model can print, copy, and scan, and takes up very little space on your desk at less than 16 inches wide.
Wireless printing capabilities allow you to share and print photos through popular print programs, including HP ePrint, Apple AirPrint™, and Wireless Direct Printing. Affordable inkjet printing can be yours for all your photo, marketing brochure, school paper, and daily document needs.
Best all-in-one laser printers
While inkjet is one of the most popular options for home printing, a strong case can be made for the professionalism and quality of laser printers. They are generally better at creating intricate font patterns and handling tiny details, which they usually deliver incredible speeds.
For those who need thousands of copies fast, there’s no replacement for the sheer production power of a laser printer. Before you dismiss laser printing as expensive or difficult, consider these options for laser printers that provide a variety of tasks for your personal use or home office with the same convenient size as popular inkjet printers.
HP LaserJet Pro MFP M130fn
The HP LaserJet Pro MFP M130fn could very well be the best AiO laser printer for home use, coming in at a price point of just $179.99. The printer can scan, copy, and fax in amazing quality, and uses only black toner for a budget-friendly way to achieve the efficiency of an enterprise printing machine.
Thanks to its slim dimensions (16.34 x 11.34 x 11 in), this printer earns the mark for HP’s smallest LaserJet multifunction printer, but you’ll still get up to 23 laser-crisp pages per minute at a price that’s competitive with today’s inkjet models. Looking for the same great performance in a model that provides color printing? Upgrade to the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw for less than $400.
HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fnw
If speed is a top priority, consider the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fnw that typically sells for less than $550. It has one of the fastest first-page-out-from-sleep-mode times in the industry, and its amazing duplex ability gets you two-sided copies of any document without jams or slips.
The M477fnw also has a user-friendly touch-screen control panel, which lets you scan any document direct to email, a network folder, your choice of cloud provider, or a USB port. To top it off, this AiO provides stunning color copies via HP High-Yield Color Toner cartridges with JetIntelligence.
Exceptional all-in-one photo printers
There’s no doubt that most of us have embraced all the tech tools that let us take and share photos, whether we’re snuggled at home with the kids or embarking on an outdoor adventure. Still, it’s a shame that most of our photos remain unseen and only get transformed into physical mementos when we remember to stop by the print shop or order some from an online vendor.
If you’re looking to print and share these life events at home, it makes sense to look at picking the best AiO photo printer for your lifestyle. Photo printers have made incredible advances, giving you no excuse to leave your memories only stored on a camera card, smartphone, or computer.
You may notice that the best AiO photo printer for home use is almost always an inkjet printer. That’s because they have the amazing ability to blend gradual color changes on the page, whereas laser printers may have more trouble creating these life-like images. If you do a lot of color printing - and you probably will because most photos are in color - you can’t do better than an affordable and intuitive all-in-one printer designed specifically or photos.
HP ENVY Photo 7155 All-In-One Printer
A strong choice for photo printing is the HP ENVY Photo 7155 All-in-One Printer. While the modest price of this model may be one of the most attractive features, it also sports an impressive lab-quality photo-printing mode that rivals your local print shop.
The quick wireless setup can take place in minutes, putting you well on your way to getting those photos off your phone and onto paper. You can also insert your camera’s SD card directly into the printer so you can to view, edit, and print without having to transfer to a PC first.
Copy and scan features come standard on the HP ENVY Photo 7155, too. Also, because it has a dedicated photo paper tray, you won’t need to switch out your regular paper for photo paper each time you want to create stunning color prints.
HP ENVY Photo 6255 All-In-One Printer
For an even more affordable option, check out the HP ENVY Photo 6255 All-in-One Printer. You can print up to 1,000 pages a month in 4800 x 1200 optimized DPI color on selected photo paper in Print in Max mode.
You can also print, copy, and scan rich and vibrant photos for around $.05 a print when you use HP Instant Ink service with this printer.
Other printers to consider
All-in-one printers are ideal for most home and home office situations, but there are times when you may want to complement your printing with something special. The printers that fit those situations have unique perks that shouldn’t be overlooked.
HP Sprocket Photo Printer
For a fun way to print on the go, the HP Sprocket Photo Printer can’t be beat. This truly portable printer is no larger than your cell phone and can be taken anywhere you go for instant photo printing. Just connect it to your smartphone or tablet using Bluetooth®, and produce beautiful 2x3-inch photos or stickers in seconds.
There is a Sprocket printer to match your personality, too. Choose from red, black, white, and gold. All models use patented ZINK™ (Zero Ink) technology, so there are no expensive ink cartridges or ribbons to replace.
The Sprocket is a popular choice for college students in addition to photogs who want to bring it to social events such as weddings and class reunions.
HP LaserJet Pro M203dw Printer
If you’re looking for efficient laser printing in black and white and don’t need the extras of an all-in-one, check out the HP LaserJet Pro M203dw Printer. Priced at below $100, it may be the most economical option for laser printing in the home office.
It has speeds of up to 30 ppm and direct connection to your local wi-fi network, and it holds 250-sheets of paper to handle all of your quality document tasks.
Once you discover the freedom and productivity that an AiO printer provides, you won’t ever want to go back to a standard printer. That’s because there are so many ways to get value from these versatile machines.
Use it to print your latest college paper, send photos to grandma, or copy all of your important legal documents for when you need them most. With the variety of maintenance-free HP all-in-one printers available now, it’s just a matter of time before you find and buy the one you’re meant to fall in love with.
About the Author: Linsey Knerl is a contributing writer for HP® Tech Takes. Linsey is a Midwest-based author, public speaker, and member of the ASJA. She has a passion for helping consumers and small business owners do more with their resources via the latest tech solutions.