All-in-One versus Separate for Scanner/Printing

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by werthan, Dec 15, 2012.

  1. werthan macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2012
    I have been shopping for an all-in-one printer, and had narrowed it down to the following:

    Canon Pixma MX895
    Brother MFC-J4510DW
    Epson WorkForce WF-3540

    However, my use of the device will be less for printing, and more for scanning. I currently have a Windows machine, a dell color laser, and a Xerox Documate 252, which has served me well over the years. I print maybe 50 pages a month.

    I was hoping to get an AIO in order to eliminate clutter? I really don't know whether just to get a dedicated color printer (laser or inkjet) or an AIO with some scanner. Finding good reviews has been pretty difficult.

  2. glenthompson macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2011
    I tried using a low end HP printer (came free with my wife's iMac) as a scanner and between the lousy HP software and the lack of a sheet feed, it was a disaster.

    I then got a Scansnap 1500m and couldn't be happier. Software works well and the scanner is small and fast. I have a LAN attached color Xerox printer in another room so an all in one wasn't needed.
  3. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    I use a Brother AIO laser (B&W) for my home network, its a 7840W and it works really well and its cheap to operate for printed pages...
  4. phoenixsan macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2012
    In my experience.....

    the best is a scanner and a printer. AIO machines/software too many times sucks, at least for me, being a HP consumer....

  5. RedCroissant Suspended

    Aug 13, 2011
    I have an HP C4480 model that came with my 2009 iMac that I have been using ever since and it has come with me from Maryland --->Texas--->Arizona and has not stopped working yet. I use it almost daily for printing and every so often for scanning. It does a great job and I am really glad that I got it. The only bad thing about the all in ones is the need to buy ink.

    As others have said, the HP software isn't the best, and sometimes(very rarely) it just doesn't work and needs to be restarted or unplugged and then restarted.

    That being said, my wife and I use ours daily and it has been great.
  6. werthan thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2012
    Thanks. After reading a lot on this forum, I ended up getting the scansnap. Just couldn't resist after reading reviews on Amazon. Appreciate the help.

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