The Best Printer for Home and Office Use of 2015

Need a printer for your home? Here’s what to look for…

When looking to buy a printer for your home the choices may seem a little overwhelming. There are several factors that need to be considered while considering your budget. So how do you go about finding the best home printer?

First you need to decide exactly what your printer will be used for. If it’s mainly to print text documents then a monochrome printer may be the simplest and most cost effective choice. However, if you need a printer that can print your recent holiday pictures and handle a few documents at the same time, then you will certainly need to consider a few additional factors. The first decision you will need to make is whether you want a laser or inkjet printer.

The Best Home Printer Guide for Buyers

ImagePrinterPriceRating
Brother HL-L2340DW Compact Laser Printer with Duplex Printing and Wireless Networking
$$$$4.9
Brother HL-L2300D Monochrome Laser Printer
$$$$4.7
HP LaserJet Pro P1102w Wireless Monochrome Printer (CE658A#BGJ)
$$$$4.9
Epson WorkForce WF-2650 All-In-One Wireless Color Printer with Scanner, Copier and Fax
$$$4.8

Laser or Inkjet? That is the question.

Laser printers used to be primarily reserved for office environments while inkjet printers were the norm for home users. But with the change in technology home users look for the same print quality that businesses have, and as a result laser printers are becoming a regular in many homes. But the real difference comes in how each printer will administer ink to the page.

  • Inkjet printers – Spray ink onto pages through tiny nozzles in turn creating microscopic dots. This may cause bleeding or blurring of edges and may not be suited for those wanting high quality text printing.
  • Laser printers – Use heat to fuse powdered ink onto paper and do not have the same “bleeding” as inkjet printers. Most prints will be smudge proof and don’t need drying time; although it gives very crisp lines and edges it may not be ideal for those looking to do large amounts of photo prints.

Another option that you may want to consider is how versatile you want your printer to be. “All-in-one” printers come in both laser and inkjet, and may help you vastly when you need the occasional scan or fax. If you run a home based office then this would definitely be a “must have” item however, if you are merely doing school projects or basic tasks then a printer that only prints will do just fine.

One thing that is clear is that each has its benefits and will depend on the individual user which one they prefer. So if you want to print large amount of color documents at a high speed then a color laser printer will be best; while an inkjet will be ideal for those wanting to print pics directly from their camera.

I highly recommend making sure your printer has wireless capabilities. Most printers now a days will have this standard, but being able to print on the go is a neccessity in this day and age. Wireless is certainly the best way to go if you want to have several users or devices able to print at a moments notice. You can check out more on the best wireless printers here.

Our top picks broken down

Brother HL-L2340DW Compact Laser Printer with Duplex Printing and Wireless Networking

Brother printers are well known for being extremely user friendly and simple to manage. It has intricate features such as a 16 character (LCD) display that enables step by step configuration. This printer is recommended for it’s high working speeds and reliability.

 

Brother HL-L2300D Monochrome Laser Printer

User friendly and one of the fastest printers out there. This printer can only print in black and white which can be a “no go” for certain buyers. However, with Brother’s ease of use, i highly recommend it. This printer is inexpensive and highly effective for document printing; with automatic double sided printing.

 

HP LaserJet Pro P1102w Wireless Monochrome Printer

Of course laser printing is considered to be a lot cheaper than ink, so it is cost efficient to run. The design of this printer makes it perfect for those small tight spaces and sets up relatively easily. The toner also seems to last a lot longer. I personally have this printer in my home office, and it has been a life saver for me time and time again. HP is (in my opinion) hands down the best printer manufacturer in the market.

 

Epson Workforce WF-2650 All-In-One Wireless Color Printer with Scanner, Copier and Fax

This all-in-one printer gives the best of everything and is not only affordable but also offers high performance. The fact that you are getting a 3 in one deal means that your printer will be a scanner and fax machine at the same time which is perfect for your home office.

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