Best all-in-one printer that works with Mac?

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  1. applefan289 macrumors 68000

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    I have two old HP all-in-one printers (2005). The scanner just broke on one of them, and the other does not scan because a driver is not available for Lion. So, I want to start fresh and buy a new all-in-one printer.

    Wi-Fi would be nice, but I'm mainly looking for simplicity and compatibility with Mac. It is also very important that it allows me to scan text documents to PDF (which one of my HP printers did with my Mac).

    Thanks.
     
  2. Peloton macrumors newbie

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    I came here today looking for an answer to exactly this question.
     
  3. angusmcfisher macrumors member

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    Almost any of the major brands work with Mac. I have used Canon and Epson (both bought around 2010) with Mac and they've always been fine. I don't think any major printer manufacturer would let an all-in-one not function well with Mac these days.

    As for saving to PDF, Image Capture which is built in to Mac allows you to save to PDF.
     
  4. TonsOfFun420 macrumors member

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    I can't recommend the "best" printer, but since no one else has posted suggestions I will chime in. I got the HP deskjet 3054 for free with the purchase of my iMac (think it was like $100-$150 normally), and I like it a lot. It prints, scans, copies, and it is wireless.
     
  5. forty2j macrumors 68030

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    I LOVE my HP Photosmart 6510. Bonjour, AirPrint, & email compatible (yes, my printer has an email address, and yes, I use it).
     
  6. JustMartin macrumors 6502a

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    I have a HP Photosmart B210 (UK model, US may be slightly different) and hate it. Takes an apparent age to start printing, extremely unreliable Wi-Fi, poor scanner software, little to no Mac support and quality problems with large documents containing a mix of black text and pictures.

    It's a shame, I used to think that HP could do nothing wrong, now I'm not sure I'll ever buy another.
     
  7. radicalcentrist macrumors member

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    I had the same one, which I loved, and I upgraded to an Officejet 8500A Plus, which has been fantastic (and a big step up, honestly). I was less impressed with the Epson I purchased in February (the HPs just seem much more solid).
     
  8. fastlanephil macrumors 6502a

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    I also have a HP 6510. Yes, it does scan to PDF format. I just tried it and it works.
     
  9. Roller macrumors 68020

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    I've had Epson, HP, Kodak, and Lexmark inkjet printers. When my Kodak printer stopped working reliably I decided to get a Brother DCP-7065DN AIO laser, my first since my old LaserWriter. I got tired of constantly replacing expensive ink cartridges and decided that I could get along fine without color. (I do have access to a high-end color printer at work.)

    It was less than $200 and it's been the best printer I've owned. It's fast, prints single or double-sided, and does multiple-page copies, as well as scans to multiple file formats, including PDF.
     
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  11. 12dylan34 macrumors 6502a

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    I worked at OfficeMax my first year of college (which happened to be last year) and one that seemed to be durable and didn't get many returns was the HP 8600 series. I think that's like 4 printers (8600 premium, plus, etc.), but just look to decide which one would work the best for you. The ink is also reasonably priced for those as well. DON'T get a Dell or Lexmark printer. Epson Workforce series is also good.

    Edit: The HP's work with AirPrint for your iPhone and iPad too.
     
  12. Shrink macrumors G3

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  13. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    After owning so many HPs that just eat ink, and dealing with their crappy drivers, I switched to Canon, and can't recommend the MX892 enough. Great printer (I bought a second, in fact). My wife and I both use ours wirelessly, and it has built-in duplex printing. Yay!
     
  14. Giuly, May 8, 2013
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    The Epson Expression Home XP-400 (which would be the successor to Shrink's printer) and the Canon PIXMA MG3220 are the two least expensive printers with AirPrint (which means that you can print from your iPhone over WiFi, too).
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    If you want to up that, the Epson Expression XP-600 offers auto-duplexing (prints both side of the page automagically), prints faster than the XP-400 overall and does photos in higher quality.
    Above that you have the Epson Expression XP-800 with an automatic feed, Ethernet and a build-in fax.
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    Apple sells you these Epson printers along new Macs, so you known that they're decent and well supported.
     
  15. Dirtyharry50 macrumors 68000

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    I'm very happy with my Epson WorkForce 545 which prints, scans, faxes and copies. It cost around $100. and comes with Mac support. It's a great printer that is fast, creates quality documents and is inexpensive. So I'd recommend this one where I've had good experience with it for a year now.
     
  16. toddzrx macrumors 6502a

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    I have an Epson NX430 which has AirPrint, and I use it frequently for printing out stuff for grad school. Works great for me. Got it pretty cheap ($60 or $70), and I've used it for printing and scanning (no fax capability, but I don't have a land line anyway).
     
  17. bryan85 macrumors regular

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    EPSON ARTISAN 730 is awesome! Doesn't fax, but will do pretty much everything else. You can control the scanner from the Mac which is very useful!
     
  18. iRetired macrumors 6502a

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    Best all-in-one printer that works with Mac?

    I have a Brother MFC 7360N laser at work. Fax, copier, scanner, and printer all work well. Small footprint helps, too.
     
  19. imac275 macrumors member

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    I have got the previous HP to the 6510 and it has worked flawlessly for the 2+ years I have had it. It works well with iPad/iPhone printing as well as from my Mac.
     
  20. nizmoz macrumors 65816

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    I have had multiple Epson printers and won't buy another. Too many issues. I now have a HP Officejet 8500A premium and its a few years old now and been flawless. Works great with the Mac.
     
  21. slatyford macrumors newbie

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    I use an Epson Photo Stylus PX 730 WD all in one duplex wifi, no fax though and works great
     
  22. talmy macrumors 601

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    Seems to be an old revived thread, so I'll speak fairly generically. I've owned HP, Epson, and Canon and, frankly, they are all bad in some way or another. For me the HP has been the cheapest to run but seems to have the worst driver. Canon has worked the best, and Epsons had clogging problems. YMMV, but there doesn't really seem to be any real winner.

    HOWEVER, I've certainly found Nirvana for scanning. Fujitsu ScanSnap ix500. 50 pages per minute, double-sided, (25 for full color scans) with OCR capability that barely slows it down. It is more expensive than a garbage All-In-One though, but then you can buy a better single purpose printer. My next printer will certainly be a laser printer.
     
  23. nizmoz macrumors 65816

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    Just an FYI. Canon actually makes many of hp printers. :)
     
  24. talmy macrumors 601

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    Funny since there seems to be no similarity at all between the ones I've got beyond the general mediocrity. Somehow I'd expect everyone's printers to be made by Foxconn.
     
  25. joe-h2o macrumors 6502a

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    I would buy separate devices.

    A scanner and a colour laser printer. I got off the inkjet gravy train a long time and have never looked back. When I can buy a bottle of rhenium carbonyl for less per gram than printer ink, you know you're being ripped off.
     

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