How to Shop for Multifunction Printers

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Whether you’re replacing, adding, or upgrading, shopping for a multifunction printer can be overwhelming at times. There are so many different brands and options; it’s difficult to know what exactly you need without doing a little prep work. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your multifunction printer shopping experience.

What is a Multifunction Printer?

A multifunction printer (MFP) is also known as an all-in-one printer. That’s because it does the work of several machines. You can print, copy, fax, and scan, all from your MFP.

This all in one capability means that you can reduce the number of devices needed for those tasks. But it also means that you’ll need to pay attention to the features and specs of the functions that matter most.

Laser or Inkjet?

Many businesses choose laser because it can handle a large number of copies. However, inkjet printers are better for smaller businesses. Inkjet also offers better quality for things like photo printing.


Speed matters if you print or scan frequently or in large quantities. Speed is rated in “page per minute,” and obviously the higher, the better.


Scan quality and print quality are important concerns to some. If you need great scans or if you will be printing important documents, pay attention to the quality of those features. Additionally, you may want to consider the quality of color prints or scans – that level may be different.


Make sure the MFP you select is compatible with your network before you buy. Additionally, the method of connection (USB, wireless, Ethernet) might be of concern to you.

Additional Features

Some MFPs have useful extra features ranging from duplex printing to finishing features like stapling. If those are important to your office, choose a model that has them. It may cost extra, but it will likely make up for the cost in time savings.

These are just a few of the key components of your MFP search. Having as much info as possible will make your search easier. For even more assistance, or to find the best MFP for you, contact Bay Copy.