While laser printers still lead the way in terms of print speed and throughput, today’s inkjets are no slouches either. Volume of print notwithstanding, nothing quite beats an inkjet when it comes to printing photos and graphics. And when you add more functions like scanning, copying and faxing, an all-in-one (AIO) inkjet printer can be a very useful addition to home and small businesses. We put two such inkjet multi-taskers to the test, basing them on specific criteria: besides print, copy, and scan, they must also do fax, and cost no more than S$650.
A modest upgrade from last year’s MB5370, the Canon Maxify MB5470 has ISO print speeds of 24 ipm for mono and 15.5 ipm for color. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 prints at 24 ppm for mono too, but faster for color at 20 ppm. Both have similar mono copy speed (22 cpm) but HP is faster in color copy (16 vs. 11.5 cpm). Print quality between both is comparable.
Feature-wise, both printes have built-in wired and wireless networking (including Wi-Fi Direct), and support mobile printing via AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Mopria; and each company’s has its own apps. Both have a USB port for direct print to/scan from USB flash memory and a 50-sheet duplex ADF for 1-pass scanning, too.
That being said, HP's model also supports NFC, has a bigger touch control panel (4.3 vs. 3.5 inches), and works better with enterprise management and security solutions like HP's Web Jetadmin and JetAdvantage On Demand solutions. In a nutshell, both are excellent printers, so it's a narrow win for HP at the end of the day.
|Criteria/Model||Canon Maxify MB5470||HP OfficeJet Pro 8730|
For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed at the References section at the end.