All-in-one printers save money and space by combining printing, copying, scanning, and sometimes faxing capabilities into one machine. Compare a price tag of less than $80 to the cost of buying separate devices, or the money you might otherwise spend at a FedEx Office or university copy shop over the course of several years.
Of course, the true cost emerges when you replace ink cartridges. Sometimes referred to as "the other black gold," printer ink is maddeningly expensive, but there are steps consumers can take to save money. For starters, look for a printer with more than one inkwell for color. This way, you can replace specific colors when they run dry, instead of having to toss an entire multi-color cartridge because only part of it is empty.
The latest multifunction printers -- even the inexpensive ones -- come with snazzy features such as wireless connectivity and the ability to print via mobile apps. Some include a touchscreen display or automatic duplexing, which saves paper by printing on both sides (without user interference). In the slideshow below, you'll find four multifunction printers chosen by Cheapism.com reviewers. They're recommended for convenient features, high ratings from consumers and experts, and low prices.
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