Best All-In-One Printer Under $200

Which all-in-one printer delivers ‘excellent print quality for documents and photos, above average scanning and copying speeds and easy operation’ for under $200.–PC Pitstop.

Best All-In-One Printer Under $200

by Andrea Smith for Techlicious

A multifunction printer (MFP) or “all-in-one printer” is one of the cornerstones of a home office. These workhorses do everything – from printing documents and photos, to copying, scanning and even faxing (yes, some people still fax).

When searching for the best MFP, my pick had to do all those basic functions well. But there were other important criteria to add to the list. The best MFP had to support wireless printing from my mobile devices, have a relatively small footprint, an Auto Document Feeder and support duplex printing. And, the printer had to have strong reviews by both pro reviewers and the consumers who’ve purchased them.

And it had to do all that at an affordable price. I settled on a $200 limit as the amount most people would be willing to pay for a home office MFP.

Those criteria narrowed out the list to four contenders: the HP Photosmart 7520 ($149.00 on Amazon), the Epson Expression XP-810 ($149.99 on Amazon), Canon PIXMA MX922 ($99.99 on Amazon) and Brother MFC-J870DW ($130.59 on Amazon).

After setting up and testing all four models, I chose the HP Photosmart 7520 as the best multifunction printer under $200. It has excellent print quality for documents and photos, above average scanning and copying speeds and is very easy to use.

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3 thoughts on “Best All-In-One Printer Under $200

  1. Can’t say much about the Epson, Brother or Cannon Printers as I have never used one. I can say that HP 7520 is a great multipurpose printer, have one in the office. I have one question for you though? In all your research I have never seen you say anything about Lexmark. I have had Lexmark multipurpose printers since 1990s and have always been well pleased with them. I presently have a Lexmark Pro 900 that has not given me one once of problems in the past 5 years. I use it for everything, Fax, Copy, Printing and scanning and it has never failed me. I do use genuine Lexmark ink and am pleased with the quality and quantity of the cartridges. Maybe I have a fluke, but I have had such good luck with my Lx Pro 900 that IF this one ever dies I will buy another Lexmark.

  2. Note back to Suzanne Kantra –
    One function that is hard to find in a printer is that of printing on disk media, such as when you make DVDs or CDs and wish to have them labeled so you can identify the contents. The Epson XP-610, for some reason, did not make it into your study, yet that ideal $99 printer (occasionally a Staples special) performs that much needed function in addition to all the other functions you mentioned, and is also WiFi capable. I find that printing on white inkjet hub printable stock is a very helpful function, but it unfortunately is not a function available on the typical run-of-the-mill printers. For what it’s worth ….. Bob

    • @Bob Seeberger: An automatic document feeder was one the key criteria for our review, which the Epson XP-610 doesn’t have. Obviously, it’s a judgement call, but we believe an ADF is much more useful for a broad cross-section of consumers than the ability to print on optical disks. Printer manufacturers probably have harder data to back that up, and that is why so few printers come with optical printing ability.

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