Written by Rosalie

What is an all-in-one printer?

Want to buy an all-in-one printer, but you don't know which one or you want more information about these printers? An all-in-one printer is a multifunctional printer. In addition to printing, you can use it to scan, copy, and fax. This way, you only need one device on your desk. We're happy to explain what an all-in-one printer can do, so you'll make the best choice.

What is an all-in-one printer?

printer to scan, copy, and fax

An all-in-one printer is a printer that allows you to print, scan, and sometimes even fax. Do you copy and scan a lot? It's worth considering an all-in-one printer so that you only have a printer on your desk. We're happy to explain what an all-in-one printer can do.

Duplex printing

printer duplex printing

Duplex printing is easy thanks to automatic duplex printing. With this function, you can print on both sides of a paper sheet without having to turn the paper yourself. Most all-in-one printers have this function.

Photo tray and borderless printing

photo from printer

Does the printer have a separate photo tray? It stores regular paper and photo paper separately and automatically uses the right kind of paper. You'll never print a report on expensive photo paper or a photo on regular paper. If your printer supports borderless printing, photos are printed without a white border. You can put these in your photo album right away.

NFC and Bluetooth

NFC printer

If you have a printer with NFC, you can easily print from your phone. Simply turn on NCF on your smartphone and hold it against the printer. Your print will be ready shortly. Does your printer also have Bluetooth? You can connect it to to your smartphone via Bluetooth on your smartphone. As a result, you can easily print via Bluetooth. This is useful if you don't have a stable WiFi network or if WiFi isn't available.



With an Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), you can automatically scan or copy several sheets in a row. If you place multiple sheets in the ADF, every paper sheet is printed or scanned automatically. Does the printer of your choice have a DADF (Duplex Automatic Document Feeder)? The printer scans and copies both sides. This means you don't have to turn the paper yourself, which saves you time.

Memory card reader

memory card reader in printer

An all-in-one printer with a memory card reader prints directly from an SD card. If the printer doesn't have a slot for a memory card, you have to import the files to your PC first.

Optical character recognition (OCR)


Optical character recognition indicates that the scanner of your all-in-one printer can recognize the text in an image through pattern recognition. The printer sends the scan to your computer as a text document you can edit.


An all-in-one printer is a complete solution if you want to scan, copy, and fax. In addition, an all-in-one printer can print via NFC or Bluetooth as well as from the memory card reader. You can scan a pile of documents automatically with the ADF. Thanks to DADF, this printer scans the sheets on both sides. The OCR allows you to scan your document as a text file, so you can edit it on your laptop/PC right away. An all-in-one printer with a separate photo tray separates photo paper from regular paper and automatically uses the right sheets. Does the printer also support borderless printing? You can put the photos directly in a photo album.

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