The office equipment market is evolving and developing. This is especially true for devices for copying and scanning. We tell you how to choose the best printer in 2022 and not regret the money spent
Today’s printers are packed full of features that make printing easier than ever before while delivering outstanding copy speeds. You might be wondering what features to invest in and what specs to look out for when choosing the perfect device. We are ready to help you! KP compared various products from brands such as HP, Epson, Canon and Brother to choose the best office printer, photo printer and laser printer.
Large format printing is not the easiest thing to do. If you need to print A3 pages, a large home printer can be a great solution. Epson’s device allows you to print documents up to A3 size, which is suitable for business use or for home users who want a little more than usual. Operating instructions are available, control is intuitive. The printer has plenty of connectivity options — we especially like the NFC print option, which will print files from a supported device.
2. Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000 (from 48 thousand rubles)
A balanced device if you want a printer that can print physical versions of photos and do it well. Photo printing Epson Expression Premium XP-830, allows you to make high-quality prints of pictures. Naturally, photo paper is expensive paper. But it does not require a lot of ink to work. While it takes some time to set up, switching between modes and sources is quick and easy. You don’t even need a PC or Mac to do it — plug in your phone or camera, or insert an SD card and you can print directly from there. All in all, a good home photo printer.
Color printing, automatic two-sided printing, A3+, 5760×1440 dpi, 9.2 ppm (A4), USB type B, Ethernet (RJ45)
Easy paper handling, easy to use
3. Canon PIXMA iP110 (from 16 thousand rubles)
Some of us don’t need to scan or photocopy. If you don’t need advanced features, then Canon’s base model is a good fit for a much lower cost. The Canon Pixma IP7250 printer looks stylish and can get the job done to a high standard. It has two trays, which makes this task easier, and there is a wireless printing function. We warn you that this printer is worth buying for occasional use: the ink for it is expensive.
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4. HP OfficeJet Pro 8210 (from 5000 rubles)
The HP printer is surprisingly easy to set up and use, offering speed, print quality and reliability that few other devices can match. The nice design helps it stand out from clunky competitors, which is almost enough to make us forgive its tiny touchscreen and fragile output tray. The printer is fast enough for anyone who will be using it at home or in the office. HP rates it up to 22 ppm with black and white documents and 18 ppm with color.
5. HP Color LaserJet Pro M255dw (from 18 thousand rubles)
The HP Color LaserJet Pro M255dw is one of the best laser printers because it’s easy to use, produces acceptable results, and has superior laser technology reliability. The print speed is fast and the cost per page is reasonable. This model’s smartphone-style color touchscreen makes it easy to change settings, while HP’s PC and mobile software is the best in business models. Unlike most other printers, the M255dw can connect to a 5GHz wireless network, which should speed up large print jobs and help ensure the printer doesn’t lose connection over time.
Epson SureColor is capable of printing almost perfect quality photos. It can also print on a wide variety of media, including CDs (does anyone else need this in 2022?). Printed photos last longer: UltraChrome HD P600 pigment inks are among the most durable. The touchscreen interface is a cut above most of the competition. Ink costs are reasonable, so you’ll have to buy less often. In addition to Wi-Fi, this printer has USB and Ethernet connections for faster printing.
Color printing, A3+, 5760×1440 dpi, 20 ppm (A4), USB
Excellent print quality, economical use
7. Brother HL-L2340DWR (from 9000 rubles)
The creators of the Brother HL-L2340DWR took into account the requirements for modern printers and integrated 32 MB of RAM and a high-frequency ARM9 central processor into the device. This allowed us to reduce the processing time of transactions. The printer also has a duplex printing function to reduce paper consumption. The installed Wi-Fi network support system allows you to use the device remotely, without a direct cable connection to a desktop PC.
Canon i‑SENSYS LBP6030 is a laser printer for home use made by a large and reliable manufacturer from Japan. The discreet design of the model is designed in black and will harmoniously fit into any home interior. Unpretentious users will definitely appreciate the ease of interaction between the model and the computer, thanks to the ability to connect using a wired USB connection.
9. HP LaserJet Pro M404dn (from 18 thousand rubles)
If you’re one of those people who never really needs color printing, then the HP LaserJet Pro M404dn is your choice. This is another laser printer and probably the fastest on this list. You can print any data by connecting it to your computer, or use AirPrint or CloudPrint. In addition, it has a USB connection option.
Color printing, automatic two-sided printing, A4, 1200×1200 dpi, 38 ppm (A4), USB 2.0, USB host, Ethernet (RJ-45)
Fast printing, good resolution
10. Brother HL-1110R (from 7000 rubles)
This printer is well suited for office use, as it is capable of delivering more than a thousand pages per month. At the same time, the resolution of the final image is not the smallest — 2400 × 600 dpi, so you will get great pictures. Printing with the printer is feasible on glossy or matte paper, envelopes, cards, labels and transparencies. It connects to the main device as standard — via a USB cable. The model package includes: drum, cartridge, disk with software and necessary documents.
About choosing the best printer will help us figure it out Dmitry Meleshin, head of the computer salon “Status”.
Single function or universal printer
For general purpose printing, the option means choosing a universal printer, also known as a multifunction printer (MFP). These other features include a combination of scanning, copying and faxing from your computer, offline faxing, and scanning to email.
Office printers also typically add an automatic document feeder to scan, copy and/or fax multipage documents. Some MFPs can handle double-sided documents by either scanning one side, turning the page over and scanning the other side, or using two sensors to scan both sides of a page in one pass.
laser or inkjet
In the process of determining when you will do it during the selection, the issue of printing technology will be resolved: inkjet or laser. Inkjet printers print with ink. As a rule, they can print color photographs. But keep in mind that if you’re serious about printing photos, then printers aren’t always the best option. Manufacturers do not include top features there, however, there are interesting devices on the amateur plan. Inkjet machines have one significant drawback — they need to be printed periodically so that the ink does not dry out in the printer system. If you forget about it for the summer, then by the fall you can safely say goodbye to it. When choosing, consider this fact.
A laser printer is usually monochrome. Prints by transferring toner (powder) to paper by heating. There are laser color printers, but they are bulky for the home. The price of a color machine is quite high, and to print photos on a laser printer, you will need special paper, which you still need to look for. For photo printing, we recommend an inkjet printer. If the main task is abstracts and reports for study, then you can pay attention to a monochrome laser device. Its advantages are that it does not dry out like an inkjet printer. Much easier to drive. In general, laser printers are unpretentious in maintenance. The only downside is its monochrome printing.
And one more thing that must be taken into account is the cost of cartridges. When buying a device from a low price category, the cost of cartridges for it can be an unpleasant surprise. Sometimes the cost of a kit is comparable to the cost of the printer itself. Compare the cost of a print on a particular device. Almost everyone in the characteristics indicates the capacity of the cartridge in the number of conditional pages.
If you need to print something for work, then be careful with the amount of printing. Often the number of prints fades into the background and you do not notice how much you print. Remember how many reams of paper you use. One pack contains 500 sheets. If you are an accountant, then the question of the cost of the cartridge and the possibility of refilling it will be relevant.
Color or black and white copying?
For a home printer, you probably need color, but for an office model, there may be no reason to spend money on color output and the cost of maintaining four color toner cartridges versus one black. Keep in mind that many color lasers can print at high enough quality to make quality promotional handouts and brochures, which can save you money compared to printing small quantities at your local print shop.
Be sure to look at the size of the printer and appreciate how big some of them can be, especially with extra long trays. Even some home models can be uncomfortably large to share a table with. Please note that some printers with a small size may be quite tall. On the other hand, we are seeing a growing number of compact versions that can fit into tight spaces in apartments, home offices and dorms.
What about communication?
In addition to a USB port, most office printers and a growing number of home printers include Ethernet ports, so you can easily use the printer on a network. Wi-Fi Direct-enabled printers can connect directly to most Wi-Fi-enabled devices, even if your computer or laptop is not designed to support Wi-Fi Direct. There are also printers that can connect and print from a mobile device using NFC wireless communication.
If almost everything you print is a page or two, you probably don’t need to worry too much about how fast the printer is. If you’re outputting a lot of long documents, speed is more important, which means you’ll probably need a laser printer. Typically, laser printers will be close to advertised speeds for simple text documents that don’t require much processing time.