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Let’s get straight to the point here: a small printer isn’t the most exciting thing to spend money on, but it will definitely save you a lot of time. Whether it’s for use at home, on your desk, or in your dorm, when it comes to printing memories, your last college essay, or even some important paperwork, you won’t even need to leave your home. Talk about convenience.

Even better? Though they’re not the most ~stylish~ thing on your desk, the printers we’ve found are small, so you can easily nestle them away or pop them into a drawer. These printers are wireless and Bluetooth-connected, lightweight and some of them can actually fit in your pocket, allowing you to print photos on-the-go.

Keep scrolling for the small printers we really rate, and read the reviews of the four we’ve personally tested for the full verdict.

 The best small printers — 7 buys tried and tested by us

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1. Canon Selphy CP1300

Our #1 favorite small printer you can buy

Specifications

Type: Photo

Technology: Zink

Connectivity: Wi-Fi

Size (in): h3.5 x W7.1 x D5.4

Weight: 1.9 lbs

Today’s Best Deals

Reasons to buy

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Easy to set up and use

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Prints larger than other dedicated small photo printers

Reasons to avoid

Can’t be carried around like other tiny models

Larger than some ultra-compact photo printers on this list but smaller than a typical small desktop printer, the Canon Selphy CP1300 is the perfect middle ground. Portable by design, the CP1300 wouldn’t look out of place in a home office, either. Printing size is 148×100 (postcard size) and smaller, so it’s best for photos, but the results will be more of a standard picture size than the smaller printouts from the Sprocket, Instax, and others.

A digital display on the top flips up to make keeping track of your pictures more efficient, and because the printer offers a choice of sizes, creating a collage couldn’t be simpler (manifestation moodboard, anyone?). In addition, Canon promises “lab quality results,” so if you’re someone who still takes semi-regular trips to develop your photos, it’s time to treat yourself.

Read our full Canon SELPHY CP1300 review.

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2. Canon Pixma TR150

The best small printer for home offices

Specifications

Technology: Inkjet

Connectivity: Wi-Fi

Print resolution: 4800×1200 DPI

Size (in): h3. 6 x W7.3 x L12.7

Weight: 8.3 lbs

Today’s Best Deals

Reasons to buy

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Hi-res prints 

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Cloud printing technology 

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Very compact

Reasons to avoid

Can’t scan

The Canon Pixma TR150 is perfect for those whose printing needs don’t always arise at home. With its super-portable design and high quality, it has earned our second-best spot. Thanks to its small size and decent 4,800 DPI, you can print easily from a phone or tablet as long as it’s hooked up to Wi-Fi. Oh, and Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print compatibility make it super easy to print on the go, too.

At just 12 inches long by 2 inches tall, this small compact printer will easily fit into a backpack or carry-on for travel. There’s the option to purchase a rechargeable battery, so you can print out your pictures even when traveling between destinations. 

Read our full Canon Pixma TR150 review.

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Canon Selphy Square QX10

The best mini printer for photos

Specifications

Technology: Dye sublimation

Connectivity: Bluetooth

Print resolution: 287 x 287 DPI

Size (in): H5.6 x W4

Weight: 1 lb

Today’s Best Deals

Reasons to buy

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Good price

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Small and portable

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Dye sublimation creates slightly better results than zero ink (zink) printers

Reasons to avoid

Lower DPI

Can only be used for photos

Our top choice for the best mini printer to buy, the Canon Selphy Square QX10 is designed more for fun. Rather than heading to a store to get your selfies and candids printed, this model produces cute Polaroid-style snaps using dye sublimation technology right at your fingertips. In addition, the Selphy app lets you customize your photos with frames, text, and more, and the printer is completely portable.

When testing, we had a little trouble with the ink cartridge getting jammed, but otherwise, we were impressed by the quality of the printouts compared to those produced by some zink printers. The paper also has an optional sticky back if you feel like making a photo wall above your bed or going old-fashioned and popping them in an album.

Read our full Canon Selphy Square QX10 review.

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4. Kodak Step Wireless Mobile Photo Mini Printer

The best affordable small printer

Specifications

Type: Photo

Technology: Zink

Connectivity: Bluetooth

Resolution: 313×400 DPI

Size (in): H0.8 x W2.9 x L4.5

Weight: 0.41 lb

Today’s Best Deals

Reasons to buy

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Pocket-sized 

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Can also print stickers

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Cheaper than HP Sprocket and Instax Link

Reasons to avoid

Can only be used for photos

Only prints 25 photos on single charge

Like other mini Bluetooth printers, this option from Kodak isn’t going to create wildly high-res award-winning pics, but rather cute photos you can print while you’re out. Peel the back off the paper, and you’ll have a batch of personalized stickers that you can plaster around your room.

You can edit pictures using the app and easily print them from your mobile devices via Bluetooth. However, the battery life is lacking compared to other tiny printers, so make sure you’re fully charged before leaving the house! The Kodak Step encourages you to print your photos instead of hiding them in your phone’s album. This means this printer can’t be used with PCs or laptops and will only work via Bluetooth from a mobile device.

Read our KODAK Step review.

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5. Epson WorkForce WF-110

The best small wireless printer

Specifications

Technology: Inkjet

Connectivity: Wi-Fi

Print resolution: 5760×1440 DPI

Size (in): H8.5 x W12.2

Weight: 4.6 lbs

Today’s Best Deals

Reasons to buy

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Small and lightweight 

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Rechargeable battery

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Compatible with Alexa and Google Home

Reasons to avoid

No photocopy/scanning capability

As long as you don’t need to scan or copy documents, the Epson Workforce is an ideal printer for working from home or on the go.  Whether it’s a last-minute boarding pass printout from the airport or you can’t find a printer on campus before class, the trusty Epson Workforce is small enough to be kept by your side for instant use.

You can print wirelessly as long as there’s a Wi-Fi connection, and you can even charge the battery up via the USB car adapter. It also works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for voice control. The respectably high DPI promises excellent quality printouts, while the LCD screen allows for easy set-up and keeping an eye on ink levels.

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6. HP Sprocket 2×3″ Instant Photo Printer

The best HP mini printer

Specifications

Connectivity: Bluetooth

Technology: Zink

Size (in): D4.6 x W3.1 x H0.98

Weight: 0.38 lb

Today’s Best Deals

Reasons to buy

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Light and small enough to carry around

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Connects to your social media accounts and Bluetooth

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Photos can be customized

Reasons to avoid

Can’t really print anything other than photos

DPI isn’t amazing

Prints out small

The sweetest little printer we ever did see, the HP Sprocket is one of the best mini portable printers for your photos, allowing you to materialize those Insta and Facebook snaps that have existed online only until now. The HP Sprocket isn’t marketed toward the professional photography market. Though for taking on day trips or family holidays, it’s perfect. It prints snapshots and stickers using photo paper rather than ink cartridges, which means printing is instant.

You can use the HP Sprocket app to customize your photos with emojis, borders, and text, making each printout entirely personal. Connect the app to your Facebook account or connect the device to your phone via Bluetooth for easy, on-the-go printouts. The Sprocket also comes in four colors — black noir, blush pink (pictured), lilac, and luna pearl (white).

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7. Fujifilm instax Mini Link Photo Printer

The best thermal mini printer

Specifications

Type: Photo

Technology: Thermal sublimation

Connectivity: Bluetooth

Size (in): D4.7 x W3.5 x h2.3

Weight: 0.44 lb

Today’s Best Deals

Reasons to buy

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Prints from phone or tablet

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Small and portable

Reasons to avoid

Slightly more expensive than HP Sprocket

Only prints small

Simple but perfect for use as an instant photo printer, the Fujifilm Instax Link allows you to print anything from your camera roll using thermal printing technology.  Like other mini photo printers, the Instax offering is small and light enough to be carried in a pocket or purse and comes in many lovely colors. It works with Android and iOS operating systems, but anyone looking for something that will print from their laptop will need to look elsewhere.

The printer offers about 100 prints per single charge, so you’re extremely unlikely to run short on juice while you’re out. Our only note would be that thermal printing tends to be a little more expensive long-term. 

Real Homes review process — How we test small printers

Canon Selphy Square QX10 in review

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We always try to ensure that everything we feature in our buying guides has been reviewed by a member of the Real Homes team or by a trusted freelancer. In the case of these small printers, our previous smart home editor has reviewed two from our list above and a freelancer reviewed the other two. Both reviews were carried out in real-life situations, which means they were tested at home in day-to-day life, instead of in a lab.

Previous smart home editor

As someone who has spent a good chunk of her working life in her own home office set-up, Caroline knows the value of smaller devices that perform as well as their larger counterparts. As the previous smart home editor at Real Homes, she puts that experience to good use having tested the Canon Selphy Square QX10 and the Kodak Step Wireless Mobile Photo Mini Printer.

Freelancer

Anete has reviewed two small printers for us, the Canon Selphy CP1300 and the Canon Pixma TR150 inkjet printer.

Inkjet vs zink vs thermal — which one is best?

Throughout this guide, you will have seen mention of various print technologies, including inkjet, zink, and thermal. Each has its pros and cons.

Inkjet
Inkjet is the most popular printing technology and probably the one you’re most familiar with. It works by putting tiny drops of ink onto the page at a rate indicated by the DPI.

Zink
Zink is short for “zero ink” and refers to a type of printing that requires no ink cartridges whatsoever. Instead, all color required is embedded in the paper, making it popular for instant mobile printers. This means it’s potentially better for the environment, too.

Thermal
Thermal printing, like zink, uses specialized paper rather than ink cartridges to deliver its results. A thermal printer will heat the paper according to the desired image, causing the picture to show up.

What DPI should I look for in a small printer?

The DPI refers to “dots per inch” and indicates the quality of an image produced by an inkjet printer. In short, the higher the DPI, the better your printout will look, especially if you want color photos. That being said, a lower DPI means you’ll spend less on replacement ink cartridges (which can get pricey). The DPI you require will depend on what you plan to use your printer for.

What is the best small printer?

The best small printer (in our opinion) is the Canon Pixma TR150, which offers wireless printing and a compact design that can be easily transported from home to office or class without compromising print quality.

For photos, the Canon Selphy CP1300 is an excellent choice for postcard-sized prints, while the Canon Selphy Square QX10 gets our vote for smaller pictures.

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KODAK Step

£69.99

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Epson WorkForce WF-110

£184.99

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HP Sprocket 2×3″ Instant Photo Printer

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Best Printer for 2023 – CNET

With tons of people now working from home, we’ve seen a renaissance for home printers. If you’re one of the many folks who find themselves in need of their own printer, CNET is here to help you find the right one. We’ve roamed over the changing landscape of printers to bring you the best models available in 2023, so you can print photos, documents, college essays and more whenever you need to.  

Every printer profiled below can manage basic printing needs. For example, they can handle mobile printing and wireless printing from a phone or any PC, Mac or Chromebook, which is a must when it comes to office printers. They can also print over a cabled connection and via wireless printer connectivity. (Note that some, but not all, printers support Apple’s AirPrint and Google’s Cloud Print protocols, which are usually less onerous than the printer vendors’ proprietary systems.) 

Which is the best overall printer?

For a home office that has just one or two people using it, the HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e is the best overall choice. The print speed is excellent and all the printed words were crisp and clear. This isn’t a photo printer, and it shows but it works well enough for daily imagery tasks. If you are using it to print brochures or word documents this is an almost perfect printer for you.

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Factors to consider when buying a printer

What you intend to print will determine which is the best printer for you. If you’re mostly working with shopping lists, concert tickets or travel itineraries, having excellent print quality is arguably less important than print speed and price. If you’re using your printer for professional materials or photo printing, then color accuracy, printing quality and the inclusion of features like borderless printing will be primary considerations when you’re looking for the right printer.

Another factor to consider is the cost of ink and ensuring you have enough ink to print everything you need. (There’s nothing more frustrating than having a printer but no ink in the ink tank.) Inkjet printers use liquid ink to print, whereas laser printers use toner cartridges containing powder. So even if you’re getting a great printer deal, just be sure to do some research into how you’ll refill the ink, so you can choose the best printer for your overall budget. Some new printers include an ink subscription in their original price tag, so that may be something to consider as well.

I have testing this latest crop of printers for over a year now, with dozens of printers running at the same time. It gets a little noisy but each printer I test narrows down the best overall. Those are the ones we are listing here. That list of course will change over the 

Best printers of 2023

How we test

For a long time, CNET’s methodology for testing printers didn’t change. Our original testing was designed in the days when Wi-Fi printers were rare, and faxing was an important consideration when choosing a device. These days, Wi-Fi is standard, app-controlled printers are everywhere, and what and how we print have changed considerably. I designed a new set of printing parameters in 2022 that I hope will mesh with how we use printers nowadays.

Print and copy speed

The speed at which things print and copy is important in our daily lives. Printing a quick theater ticket, or copying a document needs to be done speedily and accurately. Testing this is easy; I simply used a stopwatch and printed 10 pages of text of varying sizes and typefaces. I used Fillerama to generate random text from Star Wars and Monty Python and changed the font size randomly across the page. I also used different fonts, like Arial and Times New Roman, to see how they’d print. I even added Comic Sans to the mix, because some people still think it’s a good idea to use it. Middle managers mostly.

Brochure and webpage test

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When asked, people told me they use their home printer for printing online tickets from webpages as well as their resumes for job interviews. With that in mind, I used the standard brochure template from Google Docs, which I changed a little — I made the font size smaller and larger and changed the font too — to give that modern resume look. I also saved my article about becoming a Star Wars action figure into a PDF — I needed to keep the ads the same on every test, so the live article wouldn’t do. Sometimes we’re in too much of a rush to select just the ticket, so printing the entire webpage is easier. This test simulates that.

Receipt test

Photodisc

When you work from home, you often have to submit your receipts for travel and incidentals. One of the most common ways to do that, if you aren’t lucky enough to have an app, is to tape receipts to a piece of paper and scan them into your computer. That way you can email them wherever they need to go quickly and easily. To re-create that, I taped my receipts from my food shopping to create a scan. I used a mixture of new receipts and ones that had faded in my wallet, then I checked the scan for legibility. Most scanners will enhance the image you’re scanning, and that certainly helps with receipts.

Picture quality test

As in previous CNET photo tests, I used the PhotoDisc Target file for my image tests. I printed images on the same Canon glossy paper and studied them according to the guidelines associated with this industry standard. I took special note of the skin tones at the bottom to make sure they were replicated correctly and I also checked for chromatic abrasion. Chromatic abrasion is a purple hue that often surrounds images and can make even the best picture look cheap and tacky. I also checked for stippling; an image error that occurs on poorly calibrated inkjet printers. 

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Best Portable Printers in 2022

Want to print paper photos for yourself or friends? Let’s take a look at the best mobile printers you can buy today.

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We live in the era of the digital world. What we used to store in albums is now stored on the phone (or on the server). Although it is much more convenient than printing and storing photos in albums, you still have to hold real photos in your hands.

Today, modern technology makes it possible to print photos on the go, which saves a lot of time. We’ve compiled a list of the best mobile printers you can find in stores.

Some models increase portability by introducing more exotic technologies such as thermal printing in black and white, or by transferring some functions (such as scanning and copying documents) to another device, such as a smartphone. But the end result is the same, allowing you to type on the go.

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  • Epson Workforce WF-100
  • Brother PJ-773
  • HP OfficeJet 202
  • Fujifilm Instax Link Wide
  • Review of today’s best deals
  • Editor’s note : We will regularly update this list of the best mobile printers as new devices are released.


    Fujifilm Instax Share SP-3

    Fujifilm Instax Share SP-3 Printer

    Fujifilm Instax Share SP-3 is the company’s latest mobile printer that prints in a 1×1 square format. These prints are larger than those of the SP-2, measuring 62×62 millimeters. Fuji says it used this format to make the printer ideal for printing Instagram photos, which have the same 1×1 aspect ratio by default. You can add filters and text to your photos through the app, and you can even search for tags to find photos to print.


    Canon Selphy CP1300

    Canon Selphy CP1300

    The Canon Selphy CP1300 is a more serious mobile photo printer. It weighs only 0.86 kg and is a much more versatile printer as it can handle multiple sizes:

    • Postcards 148x100mm
    • Credit Cards 86x54mm
    • Square Stickers 50x50mm
    • Mini Stickers 22.0×17.3 mm

    The optional battery makes it completely portable. It is also unique in that dye sublimation technology is used for printing. This means that there is no need to wait for the ink to dry after printing, the photographs are waterproof, and the images can be stored for up to 100 years.

    See also: 10 best mirrorless cameras, which one do you have?


    Epson Workforce WF-100

    Epson Workforce WF-100

    Epson is another great mobile printer option for those who want to work and play. It comes with a built-in battery that can be charged via both USB and AC power. It weighs only 1.6 kg but can handle any documents and photos at a resolution of 5760×1440. You can manage printouts with a dedicated application.


    Brother PJ-773

    The Brother PocketJet PJ773 is the smallest portable printer capable of printing full size documents. Just look at this! You can throw it in your bag and take it with you wherever you go.

    This machine can print up to eight pages per minute, weighs only 480 grams, and can print at up to 300 dots per inch (dpi). The battery is not included and is sold separately, but it is an impressive capacity, allowing you to print up to 600 pages on a single charge.


    HP OfficeJet 202

    HP OfficeJet 202

    HP has succeeded in reducing the inkjet to the size of a cigar box, while adding a battery compartment. The result is a highly portable printer that can output crisp color documents at 10 per minute in mono or 7 per minute in color.

    The portable printer has a 50-sheet paper capacity that can hold up to 10 letter sheets and can print up to 300 pages per month. Not surprisingly, there is no duplex mode, but it can handle envelopes, photo paper, and photo paper of any size up to A4.

    With Wi-Fi Direct and an available USB port, you can really print from anywhere with this original device. However, the OfficeJet 200 does not come with a USB cable and you will need one if you plan to print using a USB connection.


    Fujifilm Instax Link Wide

    Fujifilm Instax Link Wide

    This pocket printer turns your smartphone into an instant camera with much higher print quality. Thanks to Kodak’s advanced instant film technology, prints are printed on special photo paper without the need for ink cartridges. This reduces ink costs and simplifies the printer so much that it is highly portable and battery operated.

    You’ll need to buy packs of Instax film, not paper, and it’s not cheap, but Fujifilm’s new wide-format camera is finally producing decent-sized photos and excellent full-color quality.

    The printer uses Bluetooth 4.2 to connect to other devices. There is a micro USB port, but it is only for charging. While you can connect the printer to your computer, you will need the Instax Link Wide app on iPhone or Android to run the printer.


    How to choose the best mobile printer?

    When choosing a portable printer, you should start by evaluating the size, weight, and printability of the device. Small size printers are not designed for heavy printing, so you should check how many pages per month the printer can produce.

    You will want to evaluate the connection options. If you want hassle-free printing, choose a mobile printer that offers wireless connectivity and protocols like Apple AirPrint.

    Be sure to consider whether you will be printing more text-based materials or image- and graphic-oriented files. Check the cost of ink to get a clear idea of ​​how much you could be spending each month. Some portable printers use thermal paper instead of regular ink, but despite the extra cost, they provide more portability.

    Finally, check the printer’s speed, multifunctionality, and control panel, among other things.

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    This is our take on the best mobile printers in the market right now. Whether you need to print full documents or beautiful photographs, there is something for everyone here.

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    Best of 2022: All-Purpose Printers | DGL.RU

    If you would like to buy a printer or upgrade an old one, but do not know which models are relevant in 2022, then pay attention to our list of the best.

    Universal printers typically use either inkjet or laser technology, with the addition of a copier/scanner on top. Some have fax capabilities, although they have mostly disappeared; instead, some new printers will include Wi-Fi capabilities and apps that allow you to send scanned documents wirelessly.

    Many offices have them, but all-in-one printers are essential for working from home, especially if the bedroom in your small apartment doubles as your office. All-in-one printers can handle most office tasks, be it printing, scanning or copying. This makes them ideal for small offices and for students who print and scan frequently. They come in different sizes, prices, and features, so it can be difficult to know what you really need.

    When choosing the best all-round printers, we wanted to make sure we chose models that fit today’s high-tech lifestyles, as well as those that provide reliable features in a single device.

    Type: Different types of printers should be considered. We studied laser, inkjet, and photo printers, rating each on how well they perform their basic functions. We have focused on typing speed and ease of use.

    Eco-Friendly: Printers can be a source of waste, especially when it comes to ink cartridges that can be difficult to recycle. We’ve included cartridge-free and easily refillable options to help you reduce waste and provide a more practical way to refill printer ink.

    Smart technology: We looked for options with features such as Wi-Fi integration, the ability to scan documents and send them to the cloud, and voice control.

    • Best: Brother MFCL2750DW
    • Best Wireless: HP LaserJet Pro M203dw
    • Most durable: Epson EcoTank ET-4760
    • Best for photography: Canon PIXMA TS6320
    • Best for faxing: Canon PIXMA TR8620
    • Most portable: HP OfficeJet 250
    • Lowest cost: HP Envy Pro 6055

    This Brother printer is extremely cheap for a general purpose laser printer. It doesn’t skimp on features, providing Wi-Fi cloud printing in addition to standard copy, scan and print. This model is black and white, but do you really need to print a color picture often?

    Features:

    • Print speed: 36ppm
    • Paper capacity: 250 sheets
    • Print: Monochrome

    Pros:

    • Duplex copy, scan
    • Mobile printing capability
    • Direct connection to the cloud

    Cons:

    • Expensive

    This compact, all-in-one Brother laser printer is ideal for small spaces and users on the go. No cords required – you can print wirelessly from your phone, laptop or tablet. You can also directly scan documents to multiple cloud services including Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive. Plus, you can save even more time with two-sided copying and scanning. Laser printers have several advantages over inkjet printers. The ink comes in drums that are more expensive than ink cartridges but are unlikely to ever need to be replaced. Ink cartridges, if left unused for some time, can dry out and need to be replaced even if they are not empty, and this is not a problem with laser models. Also, considering how long laser drums last, your cost per printed page is often lower than with inkjet printers.

    The HP LaserJet Pro M203dw is designed with the needs of the small office in mind, is environmentally friendly and affordable.

    Features:

    • Print speed: Up to 30 ppm (black)
    • Paper capacity: 250 sheets
    • Print: Monochrome

    Pros:

    • Fast
    • Energy Star Certified
    • Economy

    Cons:

    • Image quality
    • Need to buy Echo Dot separately for voice commands

    If you’re looking for a printer that does it all, yet delivers speed for a small office, consider the HP Laser JetPro M203dw. The cordless monochrome model can output up to 30 pages per minute and print duplex. It comes with a 250-sheet tray and is 15 percent faster than its predecessor. This printer also uses Original HP toner cartridges with JetIntelligence, which are designed to print faster. It is Energy Star certified to meet performance standards set by the EPA.

    The HP Laser JetPro M203dw is equipped with an Ethernet port, and you can also use the HP Smart app to scan from your smartphone, print from the cloud, and order toner. It works with Amazon Dash Replenishment, which tracks toner usage and orders it when it runs out. You can also use the HP Smart app to scan from your smartphone, print from the cloud, and order toner. The printer is also Alexa compatible via Echo Dot and comes at an affordable price.

    This Epson inkjet printer offers voice commands, Wi-Fi integration and a large 2.4-inch screen to navigate through all its features.

    Features:

    • Print speed: 15ppm
    • Paper capacity: 250 sheets
    • Print: Color

    Pros:

    • Voice activated printing
    • Touch display
    • Without cartridges

    Cons:

    • No memory card slot

    Inkjet printers work by spraying black and color ink onto the page, which is a slower process than a laser printer’s heated drum but provides a bit more flexibility. Epson’s EcoTank range has an eco-friendly design that replaces a standard ink cartridge with an easy-to-refill bottle-based solution. Epson provides you with a number of different ink bottles to use as you need it: you simply squeeze the ink directly into the reservoirs. This reduces wasted ink, packaging and trips to the store.

    This model is also technologically advanced – the 2.4-inch color screen makes it easy to navigate and can be synced with Alexa and Google Assistant for voice typing. It is compatible with Mac and Windows and you can print directly from your smartphone or tablet.

    Image quality is excellent and there are even cloud options so you can print photos directly from your phone (both Android and iOS).

    Features:

    • Print speed: 15 pages per minute
    • Paper capacity: 100 sheets of plain paper; 20 sheets of 4″ x 6″ photo paper 10 sheets of 5″ x 7″ photo paper.
    • Print: Color

    Pros:

    • Compatible with Alexa
    • Printing from smartphones and tablets
    • 5 individual ink systems

    Cons:

    • No memory card support

    The Canon PIXMA series is designed primarily for photo printing, and this model is no different. It uses inkjet printing technology, which is ideal not only for its color palette, but also for the sharpest and highest resolution photos. This printer’s system uses five separate ink reservoirs (as opposed to the standard tri-color cartridge). This allows you to get the most out of your ink—you only need to replace one specific reservoir when it runs out, instead of the entire cartridge.

    You can print from your Android or iOS device using the Canon PRINT app, Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Mopria Print Service for Android, or the Message In Print app. The OLED display and LED status bar make it easy to navigate the printer, while the dual paper feed allows you to use both plain and photo paper.

    It features a huge 4.3-inch touchscreen for easy navigation, has both wired and wireless Internet connectivity, and even has an automatic document print feature so you can easily print two-sided documents – great for saving paper.

    Features:

    • Print speed: 15 ipm black and 10 ipm color
    • Paper chute: Rear paper tray holds 100 sheets of plain paper, 20 sheets of 4″ x 6″ photo paper, or 10 sheets of 5″ x 7″ photo paper; The front paper cassette holds 100 sheets of plain paper.
    • Print: Color

    Pros:

    • Smartphone or tablet printing
    • Free layout editor
    • Connect via Bluetooth, USB, Wi-Fi or Ethernet

    Cons:

    • Slower color print speed

    Its compact design makes it ideal for home offices. It is also easy to set up for smartphone and computer. You can use several applications, including the Canon PRINT app and Apple AirPrint, to print from your mobile device, as well as print photos directly from an SD memory card. It also features a five separate ink system. All types of businesses, especially those dealing with governments, continue to use fax regularly. Even though it’s kind of old technology, it still makes it fast, secure, and easy to send documents back and forth. And if you need to print, scan, copy and fax, then a Canon printer is perfect for you.

    The HP OfficeJet 250 offers all the features you need—print, copy, scan—and you can take it with you wherever you go.

    Features:

    • Print speed: 20 ppm black, 19 ppm color
    • Paper capacity: 50 sheets
    • Print: Color

    Pros:

    • Portable
    • Long life battery
    • Energy Star Certified

    Cons:

    • Expensive

    How about an all-in-one printer that you can put in your backpack? Despite its name, the HP OfficeJet 250 has it all – for just £6.50 you can easily print anywhere outside of the office: from the car, the train, the coffee shop. This portable wireless option connects via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi directly and is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for voice commands. It is also equipped with a touch screen.

    In terms of the performance of this inkjet printer, the HP OfficeJet 250 prints a variety of paper sizes at up to 20 ppm black and 19 ppm color. Take photos of documents and scan them using the HP Smart app. The printer scans at an incredibly high resolution of 600 dpi. It also features a lithium-ion battery that fully charges in 90 minutes. After all, the HP OfficeJet 250 is ENERGY Star certified for energy efficiency and EPEAT Silver certified for reduced environmental impact. However, the printer is too big to be portable and it costs more than other options.

    This model features a compact design and excellent image quality.

    Features:

    • Print speed: 10 black and 7 color pages per minute
    • Paper capacity: 100 sheets
    • Print: Color

    Pros:

    • Compatible with Alexa
    • Made from recycled plastic
    • Borderless printing available

    Cons:

    • Requires HP Smart app
    • Slower print speed

    Despite its price, the HP Envy 6055 has excellent image quality, optional Instant Ink software that keeps ink running out of ink, and support for apps like Dropbox and Google Drive. Each family member can connect through the HP Smart app, which has dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

    Although you need to download the HP Smart app to print wirelessly and set up your device, it makes the process more convenient. This allows you to monitor printer ink levels, remotely scan and print photos from your phone’s photo library, social media platforms, and Google Photos. Save more money with the best cheap printers.

    Laser or inkjet

    Different types of printers are made to suit different needs. Laser printers can have a reputation for being extremely expensive, bulky industrial printers that are better suited to a farm than a home or small office. The downside is that laser printers cost more than inkjet printers, even if the gap isn’t as big as it used to be. But over the past few years, laser printers have gotten smaller, cheaper, and easier to use, and there are now plenty of laser printer options for everyone.

    Inkjet printers can deliver truly superior image quality on a wide variety of paper types, whether you’re printing labels, documents or photos. Color inkjet printers are much cheaper than color laser printers, and ink is also cheaper when you buy it.

    Photo printer cost

    Do you need a printer that can handle basic photo printing needs? Lucky for you, there are many versatile photo printers out there. These can be really handy devices to have at home or in the home office because they can print stylish glossy photos as well as handle your scanning and copying needs. If you do a lot of visual effects work – photographers, designers, architects, artists – a versatile photo printer is a great addition.

    Cheaper All-In-One Printers

    You don’t have to sacrifice thousands to get a great all-in-one printer. Today, for a price below $ 150, you can get a great option. Typically, people choose an inkjet printer that still has all the standard print/copy/scan features, and even previously advanced features such as Wi-Fi, app support, and automatic ink refilling. All of these features are available on models priced above.

    What you are likely to lose are features such as automatic document feeding, faster print speeds, and an on-device screen. But if you’re looking for basic features, our favorite budget option, the HP Envy Pro 6055, is fine.

    All-in-one printers may not be able to make you coffee or bring you a newspaper, but the term refers to their three main functions: printing, copying, and scanning. Some also have a fax machine.

    Q: What is the difference between inkjet and laser printers?

    The difference between an inkjet printer and a laser printer is that inkjet printers are more commonly used in the home, use ink, and typically print smaller volumes. Laser printers are more commonly used in offices, use toner cartridges, and can print high volumes.

    Question: Which printer is better for home use: inkjet or laser?

    For home use, both an inkjet printer and a laser printer have their pros and cons. If you print a lot in color, choose inkjet for its clarity and brightness. But laser models are cheaper to use for a long time, and they tend to have a longer lifespan.

    Q: Which printer has the longest lasting ink cartridges?

    Ideally, the longest lasting ink cartridge is… not a cartridge at all! Use a laser printer that uses a drum system that is unlikely to ever need replacing, or an EcoTank system that lets you refill a bottle whenever you run out.

    Question: Will my all-in-one printer work with PCs and Macs?

    Yes, the printers described in this guide can be used with a PC, Mac, Chromebook, iOS device, or Android device.

    Q: What can I do with my used ink cartridges?

    Office Depot will recycle up to 10 ink cartridges per month per person. You can either return your ink cartridges to one of the stores or request a free shipping label from UPS.

    Question: Can I use third party ink cartridges with my printer?

    In our experience, manufacturer specified ink cartridges work best. Some third party cartridges can damage your printer or result in lower quality prints.

    Q: How can I store the ink?

    If the page you want to print contains both text and an image, but you only want words, copy and paste them into a blank document. If you’re running low on color ink, consider using your printer’s black and white setting.

    Q: How can I use less paper?

    The new multifunction printers support the ability to print on both sides of a sheet of paper, instantly cutting your printing workload in half. Another often overlooked printer setting is the ability to print only selected pages from a specific document. If you need a hard copy of just a couple of pages, this is another free and easy paper saving solution.

    Universal printers are a great addition to any office equipment, whether you work from home or not. Despite our commitment to a paperless world, there are inevitably still many occasions when you will need to print, scan or copy something.