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Most budget multifunction printers, or all-in-ones, have three functions: printing, copying, and scanning. A handful include faxing, which is convenient for home-office users. All the printers we looked at support Wi-Fi, as well as connection via a USB port. Some users prefer a wired connection, but Ethernet ports are pretty scarce on budget all-in-ones. If you plan to print a lot of photos from a digital camera, you may want to invest in an all-in-one that can print directly from a memory card. We prefer multifunction printers that use at least four cartridges: one for black and one each for cyan, magenta, and yellow. A handful use special black and/or gray inks just for photos, which is a nice plus. Most printers support some form of automatic duplexing, or dual-sided printing, which can save a good bit of money on paper. A few feature an automatic document feeder for scanning and copying multiple pages. Budget wireless printers should let users print from all their devices remotely, either via a mobile app or through Apple's AirPrint or Google Cloud Print. A large color touchscreen makes it a snap to navigate a printer's interface and settings.

Cheapism Ranking Functions Connectivity Inkwells Automatic Paper Handling Mobile/Web Printing LCD
Canon Pixma MG6320 estimated price $70
Best Print, copy, scan Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB, memory card slots 6 Automatic duplexing AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Evernote 3.5-inch color touchscreen
Epson WF-2540 estimated price $75
Best Print, copy, scan, fax Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB 4 Automatic document feeder AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Epson Connect 2.5-inch display
Brother MFC-J450DW estimated price $80
Good Print, copy, scan, fax Wi-Fi, USB 4 Automatic duplexing, automatic document feeder AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Brother iPrint & Scan, Cortado Workplace, Facebook, Picasa, Flickr, Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, Microsoft OneDrive 1.8-inch color display
Canon Pixma MG5420 estimated price $79
Good Print, copy, scan Wi-Fi, USB, memory card slots 5 Automatic duplexing AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Evernote, Canon Print Service (Android) 3-inch color display
HP Deskjet 2540 estimated price $50
Don't Bother Print, copy, scan Wi-Fi, USB 2 None AirPrint Monochrome icon display
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