The holiday sale season is now in full swing after a ton of fresh Cyber Week deals landed today (with more still rolling in) on home office essentials like laptops and printers, but with the second day of Cyber Week already over with, the clock is ticking fast. These Cyber Week blowouts are your best and final chance of the year to score the hottest deals on all sorts of tech and office appliances, so if you’ve been looking to buy a new printer for running off documents, personal photos, shipping labels, and anything else, then now’s the time to grab one before the biggest online shopping week of the year is done.
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Whether it’s for your own home office or for someone you know who could really use a new one, there’s sure to be a printer here with your name on it. We’ve put together a roundup of the year’s best still-available Cyber Week printer deals and extended Cyber Week sales you can still take advantage of right now along with a buying guide to help you make the right purchase. Our guide covers all kinds of printers, too, from inkjet to laser and even photo printers. Now’s also the time to check out deals on other gadgets, such as these Cyber Week webcam deals and Cyber Week monitor deals, that will help you work from home more efficiently.
Best Cyber Week printer deals
If you’re looking for a multifunctional printing machine, you’re going to want to get yourself a laser printer or a color laser printer. Lucky for you, there are some great deals happening right now on brands like HP, Canon, and Xerox.
If you need a low-volume printer for your home, inkjet printers offer everything you need at a low price. The best deals we’ve found are on an Epson and Canon printer, but we expect more to arrive soon.
If you’re someone who likes to print out your own photos, then you should look into buying one of the best photo printers. So far, the two best photo printer sales are on HP and Canon models.
How to choose a printer
Choosing a printer might sound like a relatively simple task, but with today’s best printers sporting some modern features, things can get confusing if you haven’t shopped for one in a while. First, you need to set a budget and determine what your needs are. Do you only need a printer for handling a few tasks or so per week, or is your printer going to be in an office setting where you’ll be running off hundreds or even thousands of prints on a weekly basis? Perhaps you’re looking for a portable photo printer to carry with you? Are you planning to print black and white documents, or would you like one of the best photo printers or best wide-format photo printers for sharing all your favorite digital photographs? You can even print directly from your iPhone or print from a Chromebook to share your favorite photographs quickly and easily.
If you’re after something basic and affordable, you can check out our recommendations for the best cheap printers. And if you want something for your living room that won’t be an eyesore, we recommend the handsome HP Tango X.
Printers can generally be broken down into two categories: Inkjet and laser printers. Inkjets are fine for most people who only need a printer for basic, low-volume printing. They’re slower and less efficient per-page than laser printers, but inkjets are typically much cheaper and use smaller ink cartridges that are more affordable than the larger toner cartridges that laser printers require. Even inexpensive inkjet printers typically come with value-added features such as scanning and copying capabilities, and there are plenty of great inkjets like the HP DeskJet 9670 that offer modern conveniences such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity for remote printing.
For high-volume printing, however, laser printers offer a lot of advantages. This is the type of printer you’ll most often find in offices and other professional settings. They are more costly up-front than inkjets and require more expensive toner cartridges, but they deliver fast, clean prints, and those toner cartridges — while admittedly pricier than inkjet cartridges — are made to put out thousands of pages before needing to be replaced. This makes laser models the clear choice for high-volume printing, although they may be overkill for average users. Note that many laser printers also only print in black and white, with consumer-grade color laser printers being a relatively new thing.
That said, the price of laser printers has dropped in recent years, and many on the market are perfect for smaller home offices, dorm rooms, and similar environments where you might want something more efficient than an inkjet printer but don’t need the sort of large, duty-grade laser printer you’d find in a large office. There are also quite a few color laser printers on the market today that aren’t as expensive as you might think, so when choosing a printer, you’ve got many more options in 2020 than you had even five or 10 years ago.
How much should you pay for a printer?
Printers do not have to cost much, and that is especially true if you only want one for simple home use. You can easily get away with paying $30 to $60 for a basic home printer that suits your needs down to the ground. Extra features like wireless connectivity and label printers can push prices over $100. Most home printers are inkjets (rather than laser printers), and these excel at printing color documents and photos. For home use, you can probably stick to an all-in-one inkjet.
Laser printers, on the other hand, are more common in office settings thanks to their longevity and efficiency. Though you will pay more up front for a laser printer, it will save you money in the long run if you do a lot of high-volume printing. Office printers, however, are usually more expensive than the home variety because they bundle in extra features like large paper trays and duplex (two-sided) printing. Prices can range from several hundred dollars to over $1,000, but you are unlikely to need one unless you print a serious amount of documents every day.
Are any printer deals too good to be true?
Cyber Week is always chock-full of excellent printer deals, but some may not be as good as they first appear. Retailers often use Cyber Week sales as a chance to offload old and outdated hardware, and if you are not careful, you could end up getting a printer that doesn’t do what you want. Before you buy, make sure you read reviews and check the specs to ensure it is the right deal for you. If it’s not, move on — there will be plenty of others.
You also need to be aware of some of the high-pressure tactics some shops use to coax you into a rushed sale. You might see things like a countdown timer or warnings that other shoppers have your item in their baskets. Don’t panic — if a deal is not right for you, it’s irrelevant how many other people are looking at it. Take your time and do your research (viewing this page is a great start and will help you find a great deal), and you will have a much better experience.
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