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When shopping for the best printer for home use, you're likely looking for something versatile enough to satisfy everyone's needs. Your family might need to copy documents to sign, scan delicate old photos, or print long essays or reports at a moment's notice. Having good scanning features is important to ensure you can digitize your work quickly and efficiently, while a low cost-per-print is a must to help keep you within your budget. Having a variety of connectivity options is ideal if you want to print with ease from any device.

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We've tested over 120 printers, and below are our recommendations for the best home printers you can buy. You can also check our picks for the best all-in-one printers, the best photo printers, and the best office printers.

The best home printer we've tested is the Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8500, which is a cheaper variant of the Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550 we tested. The difference between the two is that the ET-8550 supports wide format paper up to 13" x 19" and is more expensive. Most people probably don't need wide-format printing, but if you do, you can just get the ET-8550. Now, let's talk about what this printer can do. It produces sharp, high-quality documents as well as incredibly detailed and colorful photos. Unlike printers with ink cartridges, it has an ink tank that you can refill as you go with bottles of ink. A full tank yields thousands of prints, and replacement ink is cheap, so you don't need to worry about high maintenance costs.

You can connect to the printer via Wi-Fi, USB, or Ethernet, and you can also print directly off an SD card. Its flatbed scanner performs incredibly well, as it can pick up even the tiniest details, so it's excellent for digitizing your old photos. However, there's no automatic document feeder, so you'll have to scan each page manually. Regardless of which variant you choose, remember that this is a photo printer first, so if you only plan on printing documents, you can easily find cheaper models suitable for that task, like the printers we recommend below.

If you only need a printer for document printing and general office tasks, get the Epson EcoTank ET-3850 instead. Like the Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550 above, it's also an all-in-one color inkjet model with a refillable ink tank, so it's a great choice for households that print a lot, as a full tank yields thousands of pages. It prints black and color documents well and does so at a decent speed, churning out 15 black or seven color pages per minute. Printed photos look good but aren't as detailed or color-accurate as the pictures the ET-8550 produces since it's more of a general-purpose printer.

If you want to save money with a more modest mid-range model, check out the Brother MFC-J4335DW. This all-in-one inkjet model yields around 2200 black and 800 color pages, and you can get XL cartridges that'll last even longer. Of course, it'll never match the page yield or cost-per-print of a supertank printer like the models we recommend above, but for a printer that uses ink cartridges, it's mighty impressive. It produces high-quality black and color documents, and although it doesn't have the best color accuracy or color range, printed photos still look very detailed.

Our pick for the best budget home printer is the Brother MFC-J1205W, also known as the Brother MFC-J1215W if you're shopping at Walmart. It's a good option if you print more than the occasional project. It produces sharp-looking documents, so you aren't compromising document print quality. For photo printing, it's excellent at reproducing very fine details but struggles with bright, saturated tones, so pictures tend to look a little flat. The ink cartridges are good for around 1100 black and 700 color pages, meaning you won't have to replace them all too often, and they're relatively cheap, which helps keep running costs low.

Unfortunately, this is a pretty slow printer. It takes longer than most inkjet printers to initialize and only prints up to nine black or three color pages per minute. It supports automatic duplex printing, so you don't need to flip the pages manually when printing double-sided. The Canon also has USB and Wi-Fi connectivity, supports Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service, and is compatible with Canon's mobile app. The scanner produces excellent scans where the colors look a little washed out, but there are a lot of fine details.

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here's the list of all our printer reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no printer is perfect for every use, most are good enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.

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All in all the two printers are very similar when comparing them feature to feature. The big differences are the initial purchase price, operating costs (toner, drum, and warranty), speed, and longevity of the product.

In the first year, after purchasing both printers, using the toner that came with the initial purchase of each device and replacing it throughout the year, then replacing the drum on the $100 printer vs. paying your monthly service contract for 12 months, the $300 printer would cost you about $90 less in overall operating costs.

Or will I need to cancel this deal and start a new one? And if the new printer requires a different type of cartridge, will HP automatically start sending that type of cartridge, or do I have to notify HP of the type?

Old, outdated printers can add hidden print costs. They typically require more maintenance and energy. Newer printers and copiers are more efficient in terms of energy use. Also, when print devices are around seven or eight years old, their manufacturers typically stop making replacement parts. This can make fixing an older printer an expensive pain.

At Marco, we often find that these conversations contain a bit of good news for our clients, even if new equipment is needed. Odds are that the cost of a new printer can be partially offset by eliminating the hidden costs of old equipment. And with our strategic partnerships, we are able to offer our clients the best possible price.

Speaking of displays, the 9015e has a much smaller one than those on the previous generation of HP printers. It still works fine, but the reduced real estate does make it harder to hit the smallest on-screen buttons, such as the gear icon that takes you to the settings menu. Be prepared for a few frustrating mis-taps.

Ben Keough is the supervising editor for Wirecutter's working from home, powering, cameras, and hobbies and games coverage. He previously spent more than a decade writing about cameras, printers, and other office equipment for Wirecutter, Reviewed, USA Today, and Digital Camera HQ. After four years testing printers, he definitively confirmed that they all suck, but some suck less than others.

It's common for the cheapest printers to have some of the most expensive ink; it's how the manufacturers make their money. So, before you go to the nearest Best Buy, do some research online. Make sure the price of the replacement cartridges is in line with other models at a similar price point.

It's also worth checking whether you can pick up third-party ink cartridges for your printer and whether you can refill the ink cartridges. Be aware that using unapproved ink cartridges might void your warranty.

Of the three, inkwells are comfortably the most economical in the long run. For example, the Epson Expression ET-3700 EcoTank can print 14,000 black pages or 11,200 color pages of a single refill. That's enough for two years of heavy usage (read our article about the best printers with cheap ink to learn more).

Which configuration is right for you depends on how you plan to use your printer. If you're going to print lots of text documents with few colors, a two-cartridge printer might suffice. People who need professional-grade color printouts should opt for a laser printer, and regular users can decide between CMYK and inkwell printers.

Several things affect the print quality, including the design of the printhead, the printer's driver, and the quality of the ink. However, the main spec to look out for is the printer's DPI (dots per inch). It indicates how accurately a printer can replicate the pixels of a source image.

Printer speed is measured in pages per minute (PPM). A printer will have different PPM speeds for pages of text and pages of images. However, when you look at a box in a store, you'll often only see one PPM rating. It refers to how many pages of black text the printer can produce in a single minute.

Printers come in many different shapes and sizes. If you're looking for a printer that fits in a small area, there are now many compact versions available. Sure, you might have to sacrifice the scanner and copier functionality, but it's a good option for occasional users.

There are too many variables to be able to name a single printer that's right for you. Instead, you need to weigh up the pros and cons of the models you're considering against the criteria we've discussed.

If you're not sure where to start, check out some of our guides. We've written about the best all-in-one printers for homes and small offices, a comparison of inkjet and laser printers, the best printers for Mac, and even the best 3D printers.

After buying a new HP 3512 wireless printer I retired two old printers. I would like to exchange several unused ink cartidges for ones that are compatible with the new printer #61. I have the following to exchange: #60 color and black and a black #21.

@toh90, you can contact HP Support (1800-474-6836). They will give you an some information that you can send your unopened ink cartridges too, and it will replace those cartridges with the same cartridges your new printer uses. 041b061a72


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