4 Test Center-Approved Multifunction Printers

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Today’s multifunction printers deliver printing, copying, scanning and sometimes faxing -- they are truly all-in-one machines. Whether you're looking for a laser or ink-jet printer, the CRN Test Center has insight into which printers will give your company the biggest bang for your buck.

Brother’s MFC J5620 has a wallet-happy price of $199, and its transverse design allows the printer to print up to tabloid size. It was able to scan and make color copies at 9 pages per minute, and black copies at 12. Brother also has developed a large range of printer-connected mobile apps for Android, BlackBerry and iOS.

VARs looking for a smarter printer should consider the HP OfficeJet Pro 8630E All-in-One printer, which accesses email and web-based services. The $399 printer will alert users when to purchase new ink well before it runs out. It can print up to 21 black pages per minute, and 16.5 in color.

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The Lexmark CX510 offers accurate, high-resolution color output at 32 ppm when printing or copying -- in color or monochrome. It can hold up to 450 pages, with options. Pricing starts at $1,399, including Ethernet.

The Xerox WorkCentre 3225DNI Monochrome Laser MFP can copy, email, fax, print and scan in a relatively small footprint. A starting list price of $319 includes double-sided printing, fast Ethernet and USB interfaces. The printer’s special features include booklet printing and the ability to handle special page sizes.