A few years back, we used to get entangled in the wires of the printer while trying to take any print out. Thanks to the technological advancement, we are spared with the hassle of having to attach multiple cables for a simple print out. Wireless printers also go by the name WiFi printers and they are thriving the market these days. You don’t need to hard-wire or cable them into a network, you just need to connect all your devices – the computer, smartphone, tablet and WiFi printer to a single network and you are good to go. There are multiple pros associated with a wireless printer. You can place the printer anywhere, as long as it is within the range of the network, it will work smoothly. Its easy installation and simple processing make it convenient for all your family members or staff if installed in office premises. You won’t have to depend on that one person for your important printouts, nor do you have to move out of your room to get a printout. Just command your phone, tablet or laptop and get instant printouts. And if you are wondering that it will cost you a bomb, then you are in for a big surprise.
Without a doubt, printer technology has expanded exceptionally over the years. Before purchasing a printer, you must take into consideration various factors like:
- Why do you need to install a printer?
- How much is your budget?
- Do you need a compact-sized printer for home or a moderate-sized printer for the office?
- What are your expectations?
- What features are you looking for?
Here are some top picks which will suit your various requirements and will be a budget-friendly purchase too.
Canon is a trusted and widely known brand in the printing market. It keeps on upgrading itself with the more advanced featured model. Canon Pixma is one such model with all the features one could find in a printer. It comes under the category of a 4-in-1 colour inkjet printer. The four features include fax, 20-sheet automatic document feeder, printing and scanning. It connects incredibly well with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, so you can swiftly connect a mobile or tablet and print or scan using any companion app. With canon’s five-cartridge system, you will get a high-quality print out of photos. It has two separate paper trays front and rear and a 20-sheet ADF on top. Its compact design with all the flaps and extending plates folded away, and 4.3-inch touchscreen gives it a classy beautiful look. The ease with which you can print or scan in this device is something you must have never experienced before.
This printer will not only serve all your requirements of the home but is also well equipped for a small business. It comes under the category of a 4-in-1 colour inkjet printer. The four features include fax, 20-sheet automatic document feeder, printing and scanning. An exciting feature is that it can print on A3 papers too, given its footprint is only of A4-size. It comes with built-in WiFi which, along with Brother’s companion iOS/Android app makes wireless printing an easy job, and it will also notify you how much ink is left. Not only it produces vibrant colour photos, its monochrome quality is top-notch too. It has a wide range of features for office use – 250-page capacity paper tray, rapid duplex print speeds, the inclusion of a fax facility and a 50-page ADF. Although it doesn’t come with an SD card slot or NFC for hooking up the mobile device, it offers Ethernet and WiFi connectivity along with a square USB port.
This printer comes under the category of a 4-in-1 mono laser printer with a printing speed of up to 28ppm. This multifunction device can efficiently serve small businesses. It comes with a range of features – crisp print quality, useful 35-sheet automatic document feeder and mechanical photocopying skills. If you have an HP mobile app, then your mobile printing will become conveniently accessible as it comes with built-in WiFi and NFC connectivity. This printer will maximise your productivity with its 250-sheet paper capacity and 30ppm print speed. It comes with splendid features like scanning to email, duplex printing and wireless connectivity for up to five users making it easier to use and share. It occupies extra space compared to other compact printers as it comes with a scanner bed and a top-loading document feeder. Overall it is a professional MFP with remarkable precision.
It might come off as the world’s smallest A3 laser printer, but this revolutionary device comes with a range of features including WiFi and NFC wireless connectivity. It can hold 300 sheets of A3 paper in its main paper tray, and no, you don’t need to find extra space for this as it can be easily put on a desk. Interestingly, it can also accept rolls of banner paper 1.3 meters long via a rear input slot. It might appear a little expensive while buying but being a laser printer with LED technology, its economical in the long run. The print speed is 36ppm for mono and colour pages and a monthly duty cycle of 75,000 pages. This small built machine comes with all the features including duplex printing, NFC connectivity and security features such as Private Print and an optional security card reader attachment. Overall it has everything a business user could ask for.
This 3-in-one inkjet printer will offer everything you need in your home or at the office. It uses five inkjet cartridges to print and scan at a high resolution to provide crisp and high-quality colour photocopies. Its extra cartridge is pigment black for long-lasting monoprints. Apart from having WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, it comes with a touchscreen interface too. It can hold up to 300 A3-sized pages and has a print speed of 36ppm. Because of its relatively high weight, you will have to find a permanent place for this. Unlike other inkjets, TS6250 uses less ink to reduce bleed-through and prevent ink smearing too. Overall this is highly recommended for homes and offices, especially when you are involved in creative work such as scanning and printing photos.
This lightweight inkjet printer comes with a range of features which many affordable inkjet printers are incapable of providing. Apart from giving duplex A3 printing, it can hold a whole ram of paper in its dual paper tray. You can also print via your smartphone as it comes with both Wi-Fi Direct and NFC connectivity for quick wireless connection. Although the Epson Durabrite startup ink cartridges are somewhat limiting, if you switch to XL capacity replacements, it will become more economical to run. With a print speed of 18ppm, it has a high capacity for paper with room for a whole team on board. Due to its relatively large size, you will have to find a perfect desk for it. Overall it is an excellent value for money printer functional connectivity, low running costs and duplex printing.
Brother brand has always upgraded their devices with the latest features. Here also, Brother has equipped their laser printer with all the features an office might need. With the printing speed of 31 ppm for both mono or colour pages, it can hold up to 300 sheets of paper. The supplied black toner cartridges are suitable for approx 3,000 monoprints. It also comes with a fax facility and automatic document feed for automated tasks. With its built-in WiFi and slick iOS/Android companion app, you can easily make wireless printing from your smartphone or scan documents to the cloud. It covers both Google Cloud and AirPrint. Also, it has 9.3cm LCD touchscreen, duplex printing and Direct WiFi control through a companion app. It will be ideal to buy its stand as its quite heavy. Overall it will suit perfectly in your busy office.
You might wonder by seeing its size if it is a laserjet or an inkjet. But thanks to HP, who has reduced the size and increased the capabilities. You can easily connect it via WiFi, or WiFi Direct for wireless printing via AirPrint, or Google Cloud Print with the help of the iOS/ Android app of HP. Although it can print only single-side mono pages, it can do more swiftly and reasonably than other inkjet printers, plus its compact size makes it easily portable. It has built-in WiFi supported by a smartphone app which makes installation easy and adds features such as printing and scanning from the cloud. With a sleek design, its footprint is only a little larger than a sheet of the A4 size and the two trays fold away cleanly. So if you have converted your home into your office, you won’t find anything more efficient and economical than this.
If you are looking for a budget printer, then this 3-in-1 printer is a steal deal. And if you take HP’s Instant Ink subscription, the cost drops even more. It comes with built-in Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct for secure wireless access with the help of HP companion app. With 20 ppm of print speed, it gives a decent quality and speed. This 3-in-1 colour inkjet printer has a paper capacity of 500 pages. With its compact size and 12 kg of lightweight, you can easily place it on your study table, and if required, you can easily carry it around too.
This compact 3-in-1 printer comes with useful features like an SD card slot, duplex printing and Wi-Fi Direct and that too, at a reasonable price. You can use it for home as its costly cartridges make it infeasible for office use. With a print speed of 33 ppm, it can print black and white ages surprisingly quickly. Apart from printing both sides of black and white pages, it can also scan and copy. The larger colour display makes it much easier to get this printer online and faster to alter paper settings and monitor ink levels etc. So if you are new with using wireless printers, then you must buy this as it is easy to install too. Printer, these days have become an important device not just for offices but at home too. Not only is it useful to us, but our children can also engage in creative activities with the help of a printer. So choose your brand carefully after considering all your requirements.