What does one need when creating a home office that replace their standard cubicle? Office supplies, of course, like a great desk chair or cushion or new computer mouse, and maybe even a brand new standing desk! However, one of the greatest conveniences you can invest in to really step up your at-home work life is good printer.
There are plenty of factors to consider when choosing a printer, most of them based on what exactly you'll be using it for. We looked across the board at the most popular options on the market and while we did throw in one specific photo printer, most of the options below are multi-use tools that will help you achieve whatever it is you need to complete the daily grind from the comfort of your own home.
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You can copy, scan, and fax all in one place with this top-selling printer from Best Buy and with an average review rating of 4.9, they’ll complete those functions with utmost ease.
As one reviewer notes, “This is my first Brother printer, and I was so pleasantly surprised by the easiness of the setup process. Compared to some other brands that I used before, the instructions were simple and clear, and there were no hiccups in software installation.” They also hint that this a great option for those currently operating entirely from home, adding, “The printer itself has all the features that a small office would need for a very affordable price.”
This printer states clearly that its main functions are to “scan, copy, easy portable printing wherever you need it,” as hinted at in that handy word “portable” in the title. The compact size is ultra-convenient for those on the go, as this device fits just as well in a backpack as it does in your home office.
“I had no issues setting up this printer and I am basically a hapless Luddite,” one user claims, while others are impressed with the tech support, printing quality, and quick installation throughout the reviews.
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If your budget is a little smaller but you still want the versatility provided by the HP OfficeJet above, the Epson Expression might be the correct choice to bring home. Some standout features are the voice-activated printing that let you print out to-do lists and other documents hands-free, high-resolution printing that means incredibly detailed images and text show up on the finished product, and it prints up to 10 black and white or five color pages per minute.
Nearly a thousand reviews tally up at a 4.3 average rating, with pros mentioning the easy setup and user-friendly construction as their favorite aspects as mentioned here: “This is a great home printer for the casual user. Setup was quick and easy and its functions are very straightforward.” Plus, you’ll be hard-pressed to beat this price.
For the photography-focused consumer who will be using the printer for images, the Canon PIXMA shakes out to be a reliable unit that can handle a wide variety of color combinations and, according to satisfied buyers, is a heavy-duty, nicely built piece of machinery.
“This is a very large printer,” one such user praises, “I knew something was different by the weight of the printer. So well built. Easy to set up, and all 7 ink cartridges were small but light up so you know you have them in correctly. Great product and it came with a rebate.”
If the idea of a Canon appeals to you but you’ve got tasks that include printing things outside of pictures you’re commemorating in a physical format, the imageCLASS all-in-one is worth a look. While there aren’t many reviews to go on, they’re almost universally positive and forthcoming with the minor downsides that come with this affordable machine: “Does exactly what I need it to do - wireless, medium-duty B&W laser with letter scanner. I would give it five stars but Canon doesn't have the simplest software.”
Those looking for speed without the bells and whistles will appreciate the 19 pages per minute churned out by this HP LaserJet Pro model, as summed up tidily by one buyer: "Easy to use it. Excellent and fast. Reasonable price." It only prints in black and white, and its relatively low cost and small build make it one of the most basic options here, but if you just want something to get your documents printed quickly and efficiently, give this a shot.
If you work in graphic design, photography, or another business rooted in stunning visuals, this Epson is crafted to help you achieve the top-notch image quality you and your clients demand. Borderless prints can be created in various popular sizes, multiple images can print on a single page, and it does it all while maintaining Energy Star requirements for maxiumum eco-friendliness.
One experienced buyer suggests the unit for fledgling photographers who are just starting to invest in their equipment, explaining, "I have always loved EPSON and this Entry Level Wide-Format Printer has what it takes to give professional prints what they need. Eye-appealing satisfaction. I highly recommend this printer is price is a factor for the beginning photographer or those on a tight budget."