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Budget multifunction printers can print, scan, and copy, and a handful of low-cost models also include fax support. Wireless capability is pretty much standard in the budget multifunction printer market, meaning all the computers in your household should be able to access the machine. Still, insist on a USB 2.0 port, as well -- it comes in handy if there's a glitch in the wireless connection. Most budget multifunction printers feature a flatbed design that only copies or scans one item at a time, but a few boast auto document feed, which can handle multiple items for scanning or copying without your involvement. The footprint of these devices is relatively compact, so you should be able to find an unobtrusive home for whichever model you choose.

Features Connectivity Design Size
Epson Stylus NX430 estimated price $70
Print/Copy/Scan 802.11b/g/n; USB 2.0 Flatbed; 100- sheet input tray 15.4 x 12 x 5.7; 9.3lbs
Brother MFC-J430W estimated price $60
Print/Copy/Scan/Fax 802.11b/g/n; USB 2.0 Sheet-fed (auto document feed); 100- sheet input tray 16 x 15 x 7; 19.8lbs
Canon Pixma MG5320 estimated price $100
Print/Copy/Scan 802.11b/g/n; USB 2.0 Flatbed; 2 x 150 sheet input trays 17.8 x 14.5 x 6.6; 18.3lbs
HP PhotoSmart 5510 estimated price $80
Print/Copy/Scan 802.11b/g/n; USB 2.0 Flatbed; 80- sheet input tray 17 x 12.8 x 5.75; 11lbs
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