Back in the day when printers first went mainstream, many sold at extremely high prices. Today’s printers sell at a fraction of the cost, allowing you to print photos, documents, and everything in between without shelling out insane wads of cash. They even ditch the old tether for a wireless connection.
Anyone can now buy a cheap printer, but which is the best? Which provides the most bang for your buck? Keep reading to find out!
Canon Pixma iP8720
The Pixma iP8720 is an excellent, home-friendly printer that combines great features with an affordable price. The quality is good enough for photo printing, and it can accommodate 13×19 prints if you need wider formats. The paper tray holds 120 sheets, and our tests showed that printing speeds were around 13.3 pages per minute (ppm) for black and white, while Canon claims up to 10.4 ppm for color.
Overall, theis a remarkable printer and a great pick, especially for those who need to print flyers and other slightly larger materials. If you’re a professional photographer or earnest amateur, however, you may want a printer with higher image quality.
This printer supports both USB connections and Wi-Fi, with added support for Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print.
HP DeskJet 3755
One of the most affordable printers in this guide, the HP DeskJet 3755 might look less impressive and imposing than its contemporaries. However, its compact sizing and high print quality make it one of the best choices for a low-cost printer today. It’s fully Wi-Fi compatible for wireless printing and weighs just 5.13 pounds, making it easy to squeeze into pretty much any space.
With this kind of price tag, you do have to make some sacrifices, most notably in copier and scanning resolution limitations. The onboard display and button controls aren’t the most expansive either, but you don’t buy the DeskJet 3755 for its ability to do everything better than most. It can do what most others do and it does a passable job at all of it, but it’s far from class-leading.
When it comes to photo printing, though, we were impressed with its detail and color reproduction in our own testing. It’s not fast and it’s a little loud, but the is very affordable. If you need to save space, it’s a great choice for smaller desks.
Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3720
The WorkForce Pro WF-3720 is Epson’s take on the all-in-one printer in the sub-$100 bracket. This model packs a 35-page auto document feeder, automatic two-sided printing, and a 2.7-inch color touchscreen to easily navigate and change the printer’s settings It also includes a fax component in case you still need that old-fashioned document transport technology.
What makes this printer stand out is its support for NFC technology. That means if your mobile device packs an NFC component (and it probably does), all you need to do is touch that device to the printer’s surface for a direct connection. Otherwise, you can print to theusing a USB cable, through your wired/wireless network, or directly through Apple’s AirPrint or Wi-Fi Direct.
As we noted in our full review, this model offers plenty of great features at an affordable price. Its compact form makes it ideal for fitting under a desk or on a shelf — but at the slight cost of a smaller 20-sheet automatic document feeder and 100-sheet main paper drawer. Our tests found the printer achieved around 14ppm for the average Word document, but speeds drop with more complex content.
Connectivity options vary from USB and Wi-Fi, and like our Epson pick, this model also includes NFC tap-to-print. There’s also a telephone jack for more traditional fax setups and a USB port/SD port section for fast file exchanges.
Controls on theprinter provide an easy-to-use 2.7-inch LCD touchscreen. Printing speed is around 12ppm in monochrome and 10ppm in color.
Epson Expression Home XP-4100
Epson’s Expression printers are specifically designed for homes where printing isn’t common, but there are still some documents or photos that need to be printed. Thanks to extra-simple controls, anyone can use these printers.
Despite its overall simplistic design, the XP-4100 offers welcome premium features like automatic 2-sided printing and Wi-Fi Direct compatibility for mobile devices. Voice activation allows you to instantly print shopping lists, for example.
10mm isn’t a mind-blowing speed, but Epson didn’t design the Expression Home XP-4100 for hefty work orders. When buying replacement cartridges, keep in mind that it requires a special type of cartridge with instant-dry Clarian ink.
Kyocera ECOSYS P5026cdw
You might require the type of printer that’s able to efficiently print large jobs at lightning-fast speed if you operate a marketing firm, nonprofit organization, or similar business from your home. This printer by Kyocera is reasonably priced and will provide you a business-appropriate level of printing.
This Kyocera printer boasts speeds as high as 27ppm, comes with color and black ink, and supports several paper types. It’s compatible with Google Cloud Print, AirPrint, and the Mobile Print service by Kyocera. Users can print on the fly using its USB interface, wireless printing, and WIFI direct for massive files.
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