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Can anyone recommend a low-cost multifunction printer/scanner that can perform 2-sided scans (aka double-sided or duplex scans)?

  • Can include a laser or inkjet printer.
  • Sheet-fed scanner is preferred, but not required. Please specify in your answer if it has a sheet-fed scanner. I'm thinking the only way to have 2-sided scanning would be sheet-fed, but I'm happy to be proven wrong!
  • WiFi access is required.
  • Fax is not needed. Only printing and scanning functions are required.
  • Preferred cost should be under $150 (sale price is fine).
  • before we help, have you done any searches on your own through Newegg, or any of the major printer companies such as: Epson, Brother, HP? – NZKshatriya Mar 1 '17 at 20:06
  • @NZKshatriya Yes. So far, I have found the Brother MFC-J480DW as a possibility, but I am finding conflicting information on whether or not it can perform 2-sided scans from its sheet feeder. – RockPaperLz- Mask it or Casket Mar 1 '17 at 20:25
  • BTW, here is the manual for that Brother device. Maybe I'm just not seeing it, but it does not seem to specify whether or not it performs 2-sided scans from the sheet feeder: support.brother.com/g/s/id/htmldoc/mfc/cv_mfc880dw/uke/manual/… – RockPaperLz- Mask it or Casket Mar 1 '17 at 20:38
  • Your budget of under $150 is not going to cut it for two sided scanning in a printer, or even a stand alone scanner. The least expensive I can find is in the $500+ range via HP.com. – NZKshatriya Mar 1 '17 at 21:47
  • @NZKshatriya No offense, but you are completely wrong. There are quite a few multifunction devices for $250-$400 that offer two-sided scanning. Please move on; I don't think you can help for this question. – RockPaperLz- Mask it or Casket Mar 2 '17 at 10:11
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If you are willing to adjust your price slightly, I recommend the HP OfficeJet Pro 8720. It won The Wirecutter's best all in one printer recommendation in September 2016.

HP OfficeJet Pro 8720

Among the many features listed on Amazon:

Fast two-sided copying and scanning: Breeze through multipage documents with one-pass two-sided scanning and a 50-page automatic document feeder.

Now, the downside: Normally this is a $300 machine. It is currently on sale on Amazon for $165. It's slightly above budget, but I believe it's worth the extra $15.

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  • Thanks so much. Do you happen to have any experience with this device? I've read in several places that HP inkjets are known for making noises at random times (probably cleaning the heads or something like that). Any idea if this one has the same issue? BTW, aesthetically, HP did a great job on this device! :) – RockPaperLz- Mask it or Casket Mar 3 '17 at 22:29
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After further research using the correct search terms (and digging deeper on each device as neither Amazon or Newegg are that good at listing all relevant information, I have come up with this one.

Epson WorkForce WF-3620 WiFi Direct All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer, Copier, Scanner $83.07 @ Amazon.com

Has everything you asked for, and is under budget.

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