Canon Pixma MX360 or MX340
Canon got it right when they released their Pixma series. Both of these particular models retail for under $100 (the MX340 at $99 and the MX360 for about $20 less) and give users fax capabilities and excellent printing quality. Incredibly, if you can pay the extra $20 for the MX340 model, you’ll get a nicely upgraded printer that not only faxes, but has wireless capabilities, enabling you to print and scan – wirelessly! If you love having pictures off your phone, but hate all the steps usually associated with getting physical copies of them, the MX340 is a cool choice: send photos from your iPhone to the printer and voila! It’s that easy and it’s under $100.
HP Officejet 4620 with ePrint
Much like the Canon Pixma MX340, the HP Officejet 4620 e-All-In-One Printer gives users print, fax, scan and copy capabilities, with the convenient wireless feature that makes a $99 price tag a real deal. Hewlett Packard offers something it calls “ePrint,” which assigns your printer its own unique email address. To print wirelessly from virtually anywhere in the world, all you have to do is attach the document you want to be printed and send it to the printer’s address. The Officejet 4620 also features Apple AirPrint, which streamlines the printing process from Apple products like the ever-popular iPhone, iPad and iPod. If you’re environmentally savvy, the Officejet 4620 is Energy Star qualified and is also made of recyclable plastics.
Brother MFC-255CW All-In-One Printer
The skinny on the Brother MFC-255CW All-In-One Printer is that it’s low-cost, prints incredible photographs but when operating on a wireless network it is slow, slow, slow. One test showed the printer took almost three minutes to print the first page of a 20-page Word document (while doing the job over a wireless network), but when connected via USB the MFC-255CW did much better. Still, the highlight for most buyers might be the aforementioned photo quality, thanks to Brother’s Innobella ink, which makes text look crisp and clean even on the cheapest paper. For photo printing, this Brother model takes photos to the next level of richness, precision and detail – a must if you’re wild about photography and aren’t in a hurry to go anywhere.
Lexmark Interact S605
If you do your homework and work Google a bit, you can find this speed demon of a printer for less than $70 at a retailer near you. That’s $70 for a multifunctional printer that comes with Wi-Fi capabilities, a 4.3-inch touch screen and lightning-fast print speed. In fact, you might consider the Interact sort of the opposite end of the spectrum from the Brother model; swap out the advanced photo quality and get your documents in a flash. The paper tray holds 100 sheets and is also adjustable to a variety of different page and envelope sizes. Testers of the printer found that the bold LCD touch screen offered a multitude of customizable choices; one of the best of which was an eco-friendly option, which enables the printer to print on both sides of the paper with the least amount of ink necessary.
Epson Workforce 845 All-In-One Inkjet Printer
To be honest, this Epson Workforce model is about $40 over the $100 limit, but a keen shopper will keep his eye out for sales, rebates or even barely-used deals on Craigslist. The extra effort (or cash, if you’ve got it) is worth it. While it’s designed for medium-sized offices, it’s still priced low enough to appeal to home office users who have to do a lot of document printing. It offers most of the same amenities as the printers listed above (for instance, Wi-Fi, a unique email address for remote printing, and a touchscreen) in a package that is fast, robust and can handle bigger workloads. More bang for a little bit more buck
Guest article written by: This blog post was written by Peter Darner. Peter is a computer engineer and makes sure to always stay up to date with all the latest technology.