Scanner and printer or a multifunctional printer with scan function?

Multifunction printers became very popular because they have integrated the scanner and offer a Xerox function.

The classic combination was between Scanners and printers. We will analyze the benefits of each product.

Multifunction printers


The majority of multifunction printers can be used for work and play and offer a 5 in one functions:

  • You’ll produce life-like photos with resolution up to 4800 x 1200 color dpi and quickly, too: A borderless 4" x 6" photo takes only about 46 seconds.
  • You can also print photos directly from a camera DV camcorder or camera phone, without a computer.
  • Your documents will feature bold, laser-quality text, and copies will be remarkably true to your originals.
  • You can produce 600-dpi scans with vibrant 48-bit color depth. Plus, it achieves Super G3 fax speed in color and B&W, and its memory can store 20 speed dial codes and receive 50 incoming pages.

The features of a multifunction printer

  • Color Inkjet Printer:
    Max Resolution (Black): 600 x 600 dpi, Color: 4800 x 1200 dpi
  • Color Flatbed Scanner:
    2400 x 4800 dpi
  • Color Copier:
    Max Speed: 22 ppm black, 17 ppm color
  • Fax Transmission Speed:
    Black: Approx, 3sec per page, Color: Approx, 1min
  • Speed Dialing:
    20 Locations

So a multifunction printer save you:

  • space – it is smaller than having all the equipment (printer, fax, scanner etc )
  • money – it is cheaper to get all in one printer than buying all equipment separately.

The minus is if your scanner is broken the whole machine must be taken to a service so if the scanner is broken you will remain without printer and fax and Xerox also.

Scanner + Printer 


You can buy a printer separately especially if you want a portable one. Also if you are forced by the budget you can get Lexmark Printers – they have good prices and performances.

Printer Toner has the same price for multifunction and regular one.



Solo Scanners have better performances than the ones incorporated in multifunction printers. Just see the price of feature of a regular scanner.


  • Document Handling: Automatic Document Feeder, 100-120 Sheets
  • Resolution: 600 dpi Optical
  • Maximum Scan Size: 8.5 x 25"
  • Bit Depth: 24-bit Color, 4/8-bit Grayscale
  • Scanning Speed: 41 ppm @ 200 dpi


Buying a multifunction printer or a scanner and a printer is up to ou and your needs. If you need to save space and money go for a multifunction printer. If you want portability get yourself a portable printer. If you need professional scanning the solo scanner is the right choice.

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  1. I like the multifunctional printers, they can save space on your desktop. They usually get the job done.

  2. Me too. But I would also look for a multifunctional scanner that can scan both, photo and slides/film.


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