Sometimes the best cost-efficient printers are the printers that can do it all: print, scan, fax, and more. These all-in-one or multi-function printers have the ability to complete a wide array of tasks, making it easier for businesses and home offices to get work done.
Although the printing industry still heavily relies on the “razor blade method” of selling – cheap initial cost of printer, high consumable costs of ink, toner and paper – there are several good printers available for a fair price and fair maintenance costs.
These printers not only save you ink, toner, and paper, but also offer that extra that really make it worth your while to check out.
HP Officejet Pro 8600 All-in-One
Despite the large size of the HP Officejet Pro 8600, this workhorse of an all-in-one printer will exceed all expectations. The top-quality prints and rapid print speeds are suitable for all homes, offices, schools, and any photographers looking to upgrade. This is one of the more expensive printers on the list, but well worth the price tag.
Epson Workforce 845 All-in-One
At the high end of consumer printers, the Epson Workforce 845 is a major competitor for inkjet printers. You also get the ability for double-sided printing, wireless networking, wi-fi connections, cloud and mobile printing all in a sleek design. This printer is comparable to the HP Officejet Pro 8600, but for smaller environments.
Lexmark Interact S605
Built for small businesses and homeowners, the Lexmark Interact S605 is a multifunction device that prints, scans, copies, and faxes effortlessly. An easy-to-use touchscreen on front provides a great customer interface, with customizable widgets and shortcuts. You’ll get professional-looking graphic and text documents prints, at an affordable price.
Canon Pixma MX870
Like other Canon printers, the Pixma MX870 provides an all-around good, versatile printer. The sleek and stylish printer features a 2.5” LCD screen, fast output, built-in memory card readers (great for photos!), and scan/copy/fax capabilities. This do-it-all device will save you money and time bothering with other low-end printers.
If you are looking for a high-quality, low-cost laser printer, look no further than the Brother HL-2270DW. It’s reliable, easy-to-use, and prints at fast speeds. However, it is generally only acceptable for word documents – the graphic documents are still not on par with inkjet printers.
Don’t be surprised if the most cost-efficient printer costs slightly more than what you are used to – higher-priced products generally have a longer lifespan and cheaper consumables. You shouldn’t consider only the initial cost when buying a printer, but lifetime and maintenance costs. You would be surprised at what printers can costs you after two years!
Before you buy a printer, evaluate what your needs are. However cost-efficient or fantastic one seems, if it doesn’t work for you then it’s not worth the money. If you need only to print documents, laser printers are the best options. If you’re printing photographs daily, a high-quality inkjet printer would be best. You have options so make them work for you!
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