MFPs vs Standalone Copiers


By now, you've probably heard some part of the debate over multifunction printers versus standalone copiers. Both types of machines have their devoted fans--but what's the truth when it comes to the most important comparisons? Today, we'll take a closer look.

The Real Debate

MFPs, or multifunction printers, are one of the most powerful and efficient tools that your office could ever want. They're easy on your budget and the environment, offering countless new possibilities to keep your company at the forefront of progress--but that's not to say that MFPs are the only option you have. Standalone copiers, too, have their benefits. The only real question is, what's best for you?

If you're still wondering how to tell whether you need an MFP or a standalone copier, here's a quick look at some of the most important ways these machines compare.


Standalone copiers have one function--copying. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, though, since standalone machines can be more efficient if you only have small or specific needs.

MFPs have just what you'd expect--multiple functions. They print, copy, fax, and scan, and if you need more than one of these features, then a multifunction printer is best for you.


Standalone copiers make faster copies than MFPs without sacrificing image quality, but they can't always handle high volumes or big jobs.

MFPs might be a little slower, but they provide unrivaled image quality and can handle bigger jobs without breaking a sweat.


Standalone copiers can be cheaper in certain situations--especially if you only need a few simple black-and-white copies--but it's important to consider how much they cost in energy usage, consumables usage, and overall efficiency.

MFPs were designed to save money on multiple fronts. They use consumables more efficiently, provide more functions for less energy, and are generally cheaper to maintain.

So, do you need a standalone copier or an MFP? We'd be happy to help you decide. Contact us today!