Do you need the ability to fax, scan, print and photocopy? If so then you will need an all in one printer. As the name suggests all these functions are available with this type of printer and tend to appeal to those with limited home or office space.
Printers produce documents with varying amounts of detail known as resolution measure in dpi (dots per inches), therefore the greater the resolution the higher quality of print.
If you need a printer for your colour photos, Price Inspector recommends searching for a printer that uses inkjet technology. Inkjets produce more realistic images and are well suited to printing on photo paper.
Some printers are capable of producing borderless photos but it is often cheaper to have these professionally developed.
Many all-in-ones and printers let you print directly from a camera via either a PictBridge connection or directly from a memory card, check to see the compatibility of your printer and camera as well as your memory card as some printers use the Xd format not found in all cameras.
All-in-ones have a flatbed scanner which will also serve as the unit's photocopier and generally have some sort of software which can interpet the scanned text to be saved for editing.
Faxing is generally less popular nowadays, however, some all in one units still have this function. Look out for all in one's with auto document feeders a these can be useful when copying long documents.
Another funtion of newer all in ones is the ability to connect them to your home network, either wirelessly by WiFi or by ethernet cable, so everybody in th household can share the same printer.
Popular all in one printers include the Epson Stylus SX600FW, the Epson Stylus PX700W and the Lexmark X4650. But check out other brands such as Canon and Hewlett Packard when searching on Price Inspector.