Shopping for a printer can be confusing. With so many choices, it’s easy to get distracted by the best deal of the week, instead of considering other equally important factors like total cost of operation and cartridge yield. Many assume that if the machine is offered at a reasonable price, the consumables, page yield and print quality must be too. To make a smart decision you have to do some research and a bit of personal reflection too. In this article we’ll go over some of the top home and business printers available for a decent price, so you can buy the best machine to get the job done.
Best Printers for Home Use
Small and inexpensive, the Brother MFC-J460DW is a nice all-in-one option for the average home user. Appreciated for its ability to print, scan and copy, all three functions are very useful features to have at your fingertips. The Brother MFC-J460DW’s ink cartridges are far less expensive than other similarly priced printers and its wireless connectivity option is nice to have when you are not close to the computer. The automatic duplex printing function will help you save paper and money, allowing you to conveniently print on both sides of the page.
Epson® Expression® XP-420
The Epson Expression XP-420 is a bit cheaper than the Brother but it makes up for its price tag on the slightly more expensive cartridges. But its other features, like its ability to print beautiful smudge-free photos, might make the price of the Epson 220 a more worthwhile value, depending on your needs. It is also an all-in-one functionality machine and a handy built-in card slot is a nice feature to have for photo printing from your camera.
Both machines require 4 ink cartridges (black, cyan, magenta and yellow). With a four color ink tank, you only need to replace the problem color which might save you a lot of money in the long term.
Best Printers for Business Use
Printing habits vary from business to business, so finding the right machine for your company, might take some extensive research. To figure out what works for you, make a calculated assessment of what your company’s habits are, take a look at our small business printer guide here. We’ve got two recommendations here that are relatively inexpensive and they may just be what your company needs.
The Brother HL-6180dw model is a reasonably priced monochrome printer that is ideal for heavy duty office printing. A compact machine, it fits neatly onto any desk or work surface. It features an easy to use control panel and it’s built in wireless function makes mobile printing a snap. The Brother HL series also offers competitively priced cartridges making it one of the least expensive printers in it class when breaking down total cost of ownership. A genuine TN780 Super High Yield Toner offers a yield of 12,000 pages and goes for $112.99, making the total cost around 1 cents per page. If you go with a reputable compatible TN780 alternative at $24.99, the total cost is a steal at .4 cents per page!
Canon® Maxify® iB4020
The Canon Maxify iB4020 is an inkjet printer that’s a great fit for any business. If your company prints in color regularly and you don’t want to spend a bundle on multiple color toner cartridges inkjet printers are a compelling alternative. The Maxify series is a good place to start due to its economical price tag and high capacity ink cartridges. Its color output for graphics and photographs is impressive, especially when compared to your typical color laser printer. The Canon Maxify is a nice go-between, you get the durability and workhorse capacity of a laserjet with the precision and color brilliance of an inkjet, all rolled into one very capable machine.
Printer shopping may be overwhelming at first glance, but it’s easy to make a great purchase once you’ve done your research. Keep in mind the total cost of the printer, not just the initial printer price, and you should be able to buy a machine that suits your needs.
*Savings based on price comparison between remanufactured/compatible cartridge prices and printer brand (OEM) cartridge prices effective as of January 4, 2017 on www.LDProducts.com. OEM names are registered trademarks of their respective owners and are not affiliated with, and do not endorse LD Products.