If you’re a student, a small business owner, or a contractor, there’s a very special day quickly approaching. It’s called Amazon Prime Day. Scheduled for October 13 and 14, it’s a two-day sale offered by Amazon that can rival Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or really any sale, anywhere. And with Prime Day deals, you’re looking at some of the best discounts on the best tech available — even before the actual Prime Day hits. Some of the most exciting discounts take place with the Prime Day printer deals, where you’ll see opportunities to land some of the fastest, most reliable laser and ink-jet printers on the market. Of course, printers aren’t just printers these days; they’re smart, remote, and offer services like scanning, faxing, and more. They can be just what’s needed for your small business, home, or schoolwork. We’re expecting some extraordinary deals on Canon, Epson, and HP printers that you can take advantage of even before Prime Day hits.
Today’s best Prime Day printer deals
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While Prime Day sales aren’t happening quite yet, you can still get ahead of the game and discover some amazing deals being offered on printers at Amazon. Back-to-school (as well as back to work) is happening now, and printers are essential parts of that transition. They can absolutely transform your approach to your work or small business, especially if you’re in a paper-heavy business. It could be that now, more than ever, you need to increase efficiency, or perhaps your printers just need an upgrade, or your business is evolving and requires more printing, scanning, and the like. Whatever the reason, there might be good cause not to wait for Prime Day. In fact, there are a huge number of super attractive printer deals you can take advantage of right now. Amazon does a slightly tricky, but very helpful thing wherein it will tease us with deals shortly before Prime Day — like right now — to give us a hint, or more than a hint, of what’s to come. So keep your eyes open for it.
When are the best Prime Day printer deals?
The very best discounts and deals tend to arrive with Prime Day, but Amazon knows the power of temptation, and it likes to get its sales going early — and get old merchandise off its shelves — by whetting our appetites in the run-up (typically starting the week before). What’s novel is that these deals can actually compete with those offered on Prime Day. If there is a printer, or accessories for your printer, that you’ve had your eye on, and you see it come up on sale, we recommend you go for it. Firstly, it might not be as cheap on Prime Day, or even on sale at all. Secondly, if the price does drop, it’s not a problem; you can always buy the printer again and return your first purchase. Amazon is generous with returns; it’s baked into their business model.
What Prime Day printer deals to expect
Let’s pretend you’re looking to upgrade your printer, or you’re buying your first one for school or your business. Ask yourself: Does it need to be the very newest one? Brands come out with new models each year, and while they are guaranteed to have a slightly different look, and occasionally different inner builds or bells and whistles, newer does not always mean better. We tend to see last-generation tech get big discounts when retailers offer big sales like Prime Day, and that’s to your advantage. The printers from 2019, and even early 2020, will probably be up for grabs. The last generation can be a better product with better guts, as sometimes the investment in the new bells and whistles takes away from older, better features. Also, with last year’s model, you know what you are getting. You can find out everything you’d ever want to know about older versions through online reviews — here on Digital Trends — and other discussions. The newest tech can be a gamble. It can pay to go with what you know.
Once Prime Day arrives, you should also keep your eyes peeled for Lightning Deals. These are some of the deepest discounts on the newest tech, like printers, that we’ve ever seen. If you know what you’re looking for — keeping in mind things like inkjet or laser, pages printed per minute, remote access, and features like scanning ability — and so will other shoppers. If one of these Lightning Sales pops up, you need to jump on it really quickly, because this tech tends to get swept up right away. If a printer matches what you’re looking for, or is even really close, add it to your cart. As we’ve noted, Amazon has your back with its return policy. So even if you make an error and shop a little too quickly, you can always return it. And you’ll have fun printing out the return label.
Should I shop on Prime Day or wait until Black Friday?
If you’re looking for a printer for your home office needs we recommend shopping on Prime Day rather than waiting until Black Friday. With massive shipping delays and increased demand, there’s a good chance that the product you want won’t be available during Black Friday or even Cyber Monday. There’s also a possibility that Amazon fails to restock most of these printers before Black Friday since the two events are stacked so closely to each other. Jump on these Prime Day printer deals as early as you can and upgrade your home office performance.
Are any Prime Day printer deals too good to be true?
There are a lot of printers out there and most of them will be seeing Prime Day discounts. Before you make an investment in a new printer be sure to do a little bit of research ahead of time. If you see a great deal on an off-brand printer you might be tempted to purchase it — but don’t. Stick to the brands you know like Canon, HP, and Brother. Also, be sure to check the reviews of your chosen printer before buying it to avoid any kind of disappointment when your new printer arrives.
How to choose a printer
Follow these tips to help you decide on which printer to invest in from these Prime Day printer deals.
Inkjet or Laser: These are the two types of printers available on the market. Inkjet printers — like the name implies– use wet ink applied to paper, which then dries rapidly. Laser printers use toner which bonds to the paper for a more efficient and quick result. Laser printers are great if you do a lot of printing daily because it’s faster but it’s only cost-efficient if you print in monochrome. Laser color printers tend to be expensive, and expensive to operate. Inkjet color printers often dominate the market as you can use them to print anything from detailed charts to simple pictures. They’re also pretty fast and more cost-effective than laser color printers.
All-in-one printers: These printers do everything from printing to scanning to faxing. They’re also space-saving since you can get more out of one device. If you’re looking for a home printer, go for a multifunctional, all-in-one model. They’re usually not pricey and will get the job done easily.
Connectivity: Some printers, especially from companies like HP or Canon can be connected over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi for easy printing. This saves you the time of connecting a USB cable to your printer making printing on a daily basis more efficient for you.
Additional specs: A few specifications to keep in mind are your printer’s duty cycle and pages printed per minute. Duty cycle is the number of pages your printer can bang out in a month, make sure your expected number of printed pages is less than this to avoid wear and tear. An average PPM for monochrome printing is about 15-20 pages per minute, so try to get a printer that matches or rivals this number.
Compact printers: For those of you running a paperless home, go for a smaller, portable printer. Portable printers we recommend are the Canon Pixma iP110 and the HP Tango X. Both are extremely compact and can get a quick print job done when you need it. They also connect wirelessly to your phone or laptop.
For additional buying tips check out our printer buying guide.
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