Comparative Test: Eleven multifunction printers

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In this test DC evaluates eleven AIO´s in a price range from 90 to 300 Euros. Differences in layout, speed of print, and, most of all, cost of print are huge. DC assists in choosing the appropriate AIO.

Erschienen am 27. November 2009 bei Druckerchannel.de, 19 Seite(n)

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Eleven AIO´s: An overview

Brother DCP-165C und MFC-790CW

The Japanese manufacturer Brother sent us two AIO´s for this test: Brother DCP-165C without fax and Brother MFC-790CW with fax. AIO´s without fax are called "DCP-"*1, with fax "MFC-"*2.

Brother´s DCP-165C is available for about 120 Euros. It´s a plain AIO with memory card reader, but without LCD (liquid crystal display), automatic document feeder (ADF), fax, and duplexer. Interface is USB only.

A MFC-790CW will cost you about 220 Euros, but you get a lot for your money. Handling via a big LCD touchscreen is quite simple. A fax, an automatic document feeder (ADF) for faxes and scans, a memory card reader, and even a telephone receiver are included. We missed a duplexer for automatic double-sided printing, however.

Brother-AIO´s
Brother DCP-165CBrother MFC-790CW
Price (MSRP, appr.)120 Euros220 Euros
Single ink tanksyesyes
Duplex-printmanually onlymanually only
ADFnoyes
Faxnoyes (Super G3)
Memory card readeryes (no CF)yes
LCDnoyes, 4.2 inches
touchscreen
InterfacesUSBUSB, Ethernet, Wlan
Paper tray100 sheets100 sheets
CD/DVD-printnono
ExtrasTelephone receiver
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Canon Pixma MP490, MP560, and MP640

Canon introduced their new models in August 2009. Three of them DC incorporated in this test: Canon Pixma MP490, Pixma MP560, and Pixma MP640. All of them have a fairly unique feature: Whenever they receive a print job, their output tray opens automatically.

Canon´s Pixma MP490 is a bargain for about 100 Euros. It has no fax, no ADF, and no duplexer, thus being not the best companion in an office. But contrary to other AIO´s in this price range (Brother DCP-165C and Lexmark Impact S305) this Canon sports a LCD (liquid crystal display).

Canon´s Pixma MP560 will cost you 70 Euros more (170 Euros). This will get you single ink cartridges, a duplexer for automatic double-sided prints, Wlan, and two papertrays. Fax and automatic document feeder (ADF) are missing, however.

Canon´s flagship among their office-qualified AIO´s is Pixma MP640, for about 200 Euros. Compared to the slightly cheaper MP560 it has an additional Ethernet connection (cable). And CDs/DVDs can be printed on. This works via scanner: Put the original CD/DVD onto the scanner and you get a label copy. But we miss an automatic document feeder (ADF) and a fax.

Canon-Multifunktionsgeräte
Canon Pixma MP490Canon Pixma MP560Canon Pixma MP640
Price (MSRP, appr.)100 Euros170 Euros200 Euros
Single ink tanksnoyes (5)yes (5)
Duplex-printmanually onlyyesyes
ADFnonono
Faxnonono
Memory card readeryesyesyes
LCDyes, 1.8 inchesyes, 2.0 inchesyes, 2.0 inches
InterfacesUSBUSB, WlanUSB, Ethernet, Wlan
Paper tray100 sheets300 sheets
(2 trays)
300 sheets
(2 trays)
CD/DVD-printnonoyes
ExtrasPaper-tray opens automaticallyCD-label-copy,
paper-tray opens automatically
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Epson Stylus SX510W and Office BX610FW

Epson fields two Wlan-AIO´s in elegant black: Epson Stylus SX510W and Office BX610FW.

For a moderate 130 Euros the Stylus SX510W is fairly well equipped: Single ink-tanks, Wlan, and LC-display. Essentials for an office like duplex-unit, automatic document feeder (ADF), and fax are not supplied, however.

The Office BX610FW has almost all you need for a busy office. Automatic document feeder, fax, and Wlan. There is also an additional interface for Ethernet. Only a duplexer is missing.

Epson-AIO´s
Epson Stylus SX510WEpson Stylus Office BX610FW
Price (MSRP, appr.)130 Euros220 Euros
Single ink tanksyes (4)yes (4)
Duplex-printmanually onlymanually only
ADFnoyes
Faxnoyes (Super G3)
Memory card readeryesyes
LCDyes, 2.5 inchesyes, 2.5 inches
InterfacesUSB, WlanUSB, Ethernet, Wlan
Paper tray120 sheets120 sheets
CD/DVD-printnono
Extrashigh-yield ink tanks in scope of supply
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HP Photosmart C4680 and Premium Fax C309a

Regrettably HP could allocate only the smallest of their five new Photosmart-models (see DC-news). Hence DC added the Photosmart Premium Fax C309a to this test.

The small Photosmart C4680 is the cheapest AIO in this test. It has a tiny 1.4-inch LCD for direct printing from memory-cards. Apart from that it features nothing spectacular. The paper tray can hold 80 sheets only, and there is no output paper tray. Printed pages simply drop down. Since this AIO has a multi-color ink cartridge, the print head goes down the drain even if only one of the three colors is used up.

HP´s Photosmart Premium Fax C309a is the only device in this test with the whole works: Five single ink cartridges, duplex-unit, automatic document feeder (ADF), fax, memory card reader, LC-display, CD/DVD-print, and network. The ADF is capable of both-sided scanning, so you get a both-sided copy. The only downers are costs: You have to pay about 300 Euros for this AIO, and cost of print is higher than of the winners of this test.

Hewlett-Packard-AIO´s
HP Photosmart C4680HP Photosmart Premium Fax C309a
Price (MSRP, appr.)90 Euros300 Euros
Single ink tanksnoyes (5)
Duplex-printmanually onlyyes
ADFnoyes (Duplex-ADF)
Faxnoyes (Super G3)
Memory card readeryesyes
LCDyes, 1.4 inchesyes, 2.4 inches
InterfacesUSBUSB, Ethernet, Wlan
Paper tray80 sheets125 sheets
CD/DVD-printnoyes
Extrasprints Sudokus at the press of a button
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Kodak ESP 5250

Kodak´s ESP 5250 has been launched only recently. Compared to it´s predecessors nothing has changed regarding print head/ink tanks. You get it for about 150 Euros, that´s a bit more expensive than for similar models made by Brother, Epson, and Canon. But low running costs make up for that.

Kodak´s AIO is for users, who do not require a wide range of options: You get a memory card reader, LC-display, and Wlan.

Kodak-AIO
Kodak ESP 5250
Price (MSRP, appr.)150 Euros
Single ink tanksno
Duplex-printmanually only
ADFno
Faxno
Memory card readeryes
LCDyes, 2.4 inches
InterfacesUSB, Wlan
Paper tray100 sheets
CD/DVD-printno
Extras
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Lexmark Impact S305

Lexmark recently introduced eight new AIO´s (see DC news). At the beginning of our test only a Lexmark Impact S305 was available, which is in the test. A stand-alone test of Lexmark´s Prestige Pro805 will follow.

That´s new: Lexmark´s Impact S305 has single ink tanks. But they have a chip (RFID, not visible from the outside). And Lexmark is still patronizing it´s customers with a return program for ink cartridges. By opening the package you agree to send used ink cartridges after use back to Lexmark. The cartridges cannot be refilled.

For about 100 Euros you get an AIO with a scanty outfit: No automatic document feeder (ADF), no fax, no LC-display. But handling is easy.

Lexmark-AIO
Lexmark Impact S305
Price (MSRP, appr.)100 Euros
Single ink tanksyes
Duplex-printmanually only
ADFno
Faxno
Memory card readeryes
LCDno
InterfacesUSB, Wlan
Paper tray100 sheets
CD/DVD-printno
Extras
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*1
DCP = digital copier and printer
*2
MFC = multifunction printer

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