If you’re a college student, business owner, or freelance worker, then Amazon Prime Day is a very special time of the year. Amazon’s 48-hour blowout is matched only by Black Friday and Cyber Monday when it comes to tech bargains, and while Prime Day is officially behind us, these leftover Prime Day deals are still offering up some of the hottest discounts you’ll see on high-end electronics before 2021 arrives — but right now, you’ve only got a few hours left before the sale is over for good.
Some of the most slept-on discounts this year have been Prime Day printer deals, and you have a short time left to score excellent discounts on the fastest, most reliable laser and ink-jet printers on the market. Printers aren’t just printers in 2020 — today’s models are smart and internet-connected, with value-added features like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth networking, mobile printing, and more. They’re just what any small business, home office, dorm room, or remote workstation needs, and there are some juicy deals still available on printers from top brands like Canon, Brother, and Epson if you move quickly.
Today’s best Prime Day printer deals
- Kodak Dock Plus Portable Instant Photo Printer — $117, was $150
- Canon ImageCLASS MF113w Wireless Laser All-In-One Monochrome Printer — $130, was $180
- Canon ImageCLASS MF267dw All in One, Mobile Ready Laser Printer — $174, was $239
- ROLLO Label Printer — $190, was $300
- Lexmark MC3224dwe Multifunction Color Duplex Laser Printer — $290, was $380
- Canon imageCLASS D1650 Laser Printer — $425, was $600
- Xerox VersaLink C500 Laser Printer — $600, was $770
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 for its Amazon deals. 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 are on sale this Prime Day. Before you invest 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 daily printing 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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