Our all-in-one Epson inkjet printer just gave up the ghost, almost immediately after I bought a couple of bloody expensive ink cartridges. what a rip off!

In the past 15 years I reckon I could have bought one hundred new printers for the total cost wasted buying ridiculously expensive ink cartridges for the two inkjet printers we have had so far.

Ink cartridges

Have you ever tried scanning multiple pages of a document on a flatbed scanner?

Recently our tax advisor asked us to send them all our expenses for the year. This comprised of a bunch of paperwork, made up of multiple double-sided A4 pages and smaller receipts. Scanning each page on a flatbed scanner is a major pain and not something I ever want to do again. It was made even more frustrating by our printer not supporting scan to email or pdf.

Cue weeks of printer research

For the past few weeks I have spent every spare hour researching All-In-One, multifunctional, colour inkjet printers. I have read all the manufacturers technical specs, viewed all the silly two minute brand videos, watched hundreds of YouTube videos on my mobile, PC and TV and read quite a few individual bloggers reviews.

I have two main criteria for my next printer. It must have an Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) and it must support inexpensive ink cartridges or ink tanks. Let’s face it over time the ink cartridge replacement adds up big time and makes the whole printing experience very expensive.

Research observations

I have come to realize that …

YouTube printer unboxing videos are a waste of time

Every Tom, Dick and Harry who has a YouTube channel does an unboxing video. As an example they spend three quarters of the video cutting open the box with their silly blades. No one cares about the unboxing or the ink cartridge setup.

Real world features and functions are scarce on YouTube

I have literally seen a handful of good YouTube videos, that are not sponsored by the printer manufacturer, describing real world features and functions. Most viewers like me want to know how…

  • the printer functions?
  • well it prints on standard paper versus photo paper?
  • fast it copies or scans in real time using the ADF?
  • it handles multiples documents to the cloud, to a PDF or to standard paper?
  • much ink the printer uses per page or over a period of time?

There are far too many printer models available

The Printer manufacturers seem to release a new printer every couple of months, flooding the market with loads of models with ridiculous names and each with slightly different features. There are over a hundred all-in-one printers making it a nightmare to choose from.

Cheap ink cartridges work just fine

There are lots of horror stories about using alternative ink cartridges in your inkjet printers.

I recently saved myself over ¬£50 by buying a cheap ink replacement for our Canon PIXMA MG7150 from INKcredible.co.uk and I couldn’t tell any difference in the print quality for both documents and photography printing.

My Google Sheet – Which All-In-One Multifunctional Inkjet Printer?

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Right from the beginning of my research I created a Google Sheet and listed the printers that met my two criterias along with all their other features and functions.

I have created a simple matrix focusing on the printer manufacturers namely Brother, Canon, Epson and Hewlett Packard. In addition I have included the following printer features in columns:

  • Automatic Document Feeder (ADF)
  • Ink tank / Eco tank / Refillable tank – no more ink cartridges
  • Duplex (two sided) printing and scanning
  • Print resolutions (dots per inch)
  • Scanning resolutions (dots per inch)
  • Scan to Email, Images, Files, USB flash drive, Web services
  • Trays and sheet capacity
  • WIFI, WIFI Direct, Ethernet, NFC, USB, SD card connectivity
  • Smart device friendly
  • Multiple paper trays
  • Supported paper, envelopes and labels
  • Maximum paper sizes
  • Fast print and scan speeds
  • Control panel features
  • Dimensions
  • Price
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Looking at the sheet I have a really good idea what is good value for money versus the features one is getting and what will cost an arm and a leg. ūüėČ

Which All-in-One, Multi-Functional Printer Google sheet?

It has taken a lot of time and effort to research which All-in-One, Multifunctional Printer is the one for us. Perhaps you are in the same boat wanting such a printer, but don’t have the time to do the research.

The Buy Now button below is a small amount of £3.99 or the equivalent currency. You can save yourself weeks of research by buying me a bottle of beer or a Salted Caramel Mocha.

I will publish my final All-In-One, multifunctional colour inkjet printer here when I make the final decision in the coming days or weeks. In the meantime the spreadsheet will update further as I discover new printers.