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Best Printer With Cheapest Ink 2018-2019-2020

Best Printer With Cheapest Ink 2018-2019-2020

Best Printer With Cheapest Ink 2018-2019-Looking for the best printer to buy in 2018? You’ve come to the right place, as we’ve listed the top printers for home and office use.

Because there are so many decent multi-purpose printers at very competitive prices, you’re spoilt for choice when looking for a new printer. We’re here to make thins easier, so here’s our pick of the best printers on the market right now.

Best All-In-One Printers 2018-In choosing the best printer your first decision is whether to go for a standard printer, or a multi-function device which includes a scanner and which can also work as a standalone copier.These aren’t much larger than regular printers, but they’re a whole lot more versatile, especially when you need to keep a copy of a letter, a bill or any other important document, so our first list includes the best inkjet printers and best multi-function devices.

Also Read: Top 10 Best All In One Printer List

You should also think carefully about whether to invest in an inkjet or a laser. Lasers are usually associated with office environments, where they produce sharp, smudge-free printouts quickly, quietly and economically, but this can be just as useful at home or in a home office.

We’ve listed the best laser and inkjet printers in this guide, so no matter which type of printer you’d like, we have the best choice – with the best prices – for your needs.

Check out what printers made it into our top 10 best business printer roundup

Best Printer With Cheapest Ink 2018-2019

1.HP Envy 4520 Wireless All-in-One Photo Printer

With Mobile Printing, Instant Ink ready

Small, affordable and smartly designed

Cheap to buy
Ink can be expensive
Basic paper handling

The HP Envy 4520 Wireless Color PhotoPrinter is a very reasonable printer/scanner combination. Best  for the price, offering reasonable print speeds and the ability to connect to mobile devices without breaking the bank.

SETUP: Very simple, very easy. From only having to remove two pieces of tape, to the very intuitive on screen wireless setup… well done. The ink is easy to install and the “Start Here” documentation was easy to read. Connecting to my wireless network was as simple as finding it on a list from the touch screen interface and typing in my password.. no laptop or ethernet cable required.

Just be wary as its ink cartridges can be priced when picked up from shops. It doesn’t quite have the build quality of HP’s more expensive Envy models, but if you’re looking for an initially cheap model that catches the eye when sat on a shelf, the Deskjet 3630 is a great option.

 

  • Main functions of this HP color inkjet photo printer: copy, scan, wireless printing, AirPrint, two-sided duplex printing, touchscreen, Instant Ink ready so you’ll never run out of ink, and more
  • Mobile printing: print from anywhere using your smartphone or tablet with the free HP ePrint app, easily print from your iPhone or iPad with AirPrint, print even without a network using Wireless Direct printing
  • 2-sided printing: Allows you to print on both sides of the page, cutting your paper use by up to 50%
  • Borderless photos are printed right to the edge of the paper. You get beautiful photo prints with no trimming!
  • Save up to 50% on Ink with HP Instant Ink: ordered by your printer and delivered to your door before you run out (optional subscription required). Use Original HP 63 Ink cartridges to print up to 2x the pages as refilled cartridges
  • Print, scan, or copy quickly and easily with the 2.2-inch (5.5 cm) display—simply touch and go
  • – Borderless printing: Print borderless 4 x 6-inch photos and documents up to 8.5 x 11 inches.

 

2. Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4630 review

Economical print costs for volume printing

Print speed: ISO 20 ppm in black or colour | Print resolution: 4,800 x 1,200 | Paper sizes: A4, A5, A6, B5, C4 (Envelope), C6 (Envelope), DL (Envelope), No. 10 (Envelope), 9 x 13 cm, 10 x 15 cm, 13 x 18 cm, 13 x 20 cm, 20 x 25 cm, 100 x 148 mm, 16:9, LT, HLT, LGL, User defined | Paper capacity: 330 sheets | Dimensions: 461‎ x 422 x 342 mm (Width x Depth x Height) | Weight: 14.35 kg

$324
Fast print speeds
Cloud-connected
Loud
Uninspiring design

The WorkForce Pro WF-4630 is a solid printer for small businesses and workgroups given its fast print speeds, solid print qualities and remote printing and scanning capabilities. Using the larger XL print cartridges, the WF-4630 delivers economical print costs that rival laser printers.

3. HP OfficeJet Pro 6830 e-All-in-One

Cheap colour all-in-one for the small business

HP

Print speed: ISO 18ppm black, 10ppm colour | Print resolution: 4,800 x 1,200 | Paper sizes: A4, A5, A6, B5(JIS), 13 x 18cm, 10 x 15cm, Envelope C5, Envelope C6, Envelope DL | Paper capacity: 225 sheets | Dimensions: 461.85 x 387.65 x 224mm (Width x Depth x Height) | Weight: 8kg

Robust inkjet engine
Instant Ink service
Single paper tray
Single-sided scanning

A very quick colour all-in-one bristling with print, copy, scan and mobile printing options the Officejet Pro 6830 is also very affordable, especially if you opt for the pay-per-page Instant Ink service.

 

4.Canon USA 1369C042 wireless Color Photo Printer

with Scanner & Copier 4.3 Red

 

High quality, all-in-one printer

Price:$179.99

Print speed: 15 ppm black, 10 ppm colour | Print resolution: 9,600 x 2,400 | Paper sizes: A4, A5, B5, DL (Envelope) | Paper capacity: 100 sheets | Dimensions: 372 x 324 x 139mm (Width x Depth x Height) | Weight: 6.5kg

sional or someone who needs a small printer for occasional use, printing photos or using the scanner function. It’s a bit pricey to buy – and to run – but the flexibility and quality of the printouts is excellent.

 

  • Seamlessly Print from your NFC smartphone with PIXMA touch & Print.
  • Stunning Print quality from a six individual ink system with a dedicated gray ink tank.
  • With the Canon Print app conveniently Print from your favorite mobile devices.
  • Versatile paper support with front and rear paper feeding ability.
  • Effortless control with the 4.3″ LCD touch screen & enhanced user interface.

 

5. Epson EcoTank ET-4750 All in one printer

A printer that comes with two years’ worth of ink

 

 

 

Print speed: 33ppm | Paper sizes: A4, A5, A6, B5, Envelopes (C4, C6, DL, No. 10), 9 x 13cm, 10 x 15cm, 13 x 18cm, 13 x 20cm, 20 x 25cm, 10 x 14.8cm | Paper capacity: 150 sheets | Dimensions: 515‎ x 360 x 241mm (Width x Depth x Height) | Weight: 7.4kg

Money saving EcoTank ink system
Three-year warranty
Not the fastest printer
Small paper tray

Consumables are usually expensive when it comes to printers. So it is quite surprising that one vendor, Epson, single-handedly decided to challenge that status quo by allowing users to refill their printer using ink bottles. What’s even more surprising is that Epson includes two years of ink with the package; no more expensive cartridges and instead, you have enough material to deliver 11,000 pages worth of black and colour inks (that’s 700ml worth of liquid). Oh and there’s even a three-year warranty making this a great choice for bean counters fixing the TCO of their printers. The ET-4550 lacks the features found on cheaper competitors – it is relatively slower (although it has a higher printing resolution) and has a small paper input tray.

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6. Canon PIXMA TS9120 All in one Printer

Amazing print quality – for a price

 

Print speed: ISO 15ppm black, 10ppm colour | Print resolution: 4,800 x 1,200 | Paper sizes: A4, A5, B5, LTR, LGL, 20x25cm, 13x18cm, 10x15cm, 13×13, Envelopes(DL,COM10) | Paper capacity: 120 sheets | Dimensions: 372 x 324 x 140 mm (Width x Depth x Height) | Weight: 6.7g

Lovely design
Expensive
Slow to print

If you’re looking for a great all-round printer which doesn’t skimp on print quality for your photographs, then we don’t think you will be disappointed by what the PIXMA TS9120, Canon’s flagship printer, has to offer.

While it’s certainly more expensive than some of the cheap two in one printers you can pick up, it’s not a bad price for something which produces high quality prints, especially if you only need to print at A4 or below.

Best of all, the print quality here is stunning, and it also has an attractive design. While the looks of your printer may not seem that important, it does mean you don’t feel the need to try and hide it away out of sight if you’re using it at home.

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7. Brother MFC-J6530DW All in one Printer

Brother’s versatile printer can handle A4 and A3 sizes

Brother DCP J4120DW

Print speed: Up to 35ppm black, 27ppm colour | Print resolution: 4,800 x 1,200 | Paper sizes: A4, LTR, EXE, A5, A6, Photo, Indexcard, Photo-2L, Com-10, DL Envelope, Monarch | Paper capacity: 250 sheets | Dimensions: 681 x 568 x 430mm (Width x Depth x Height) | Weight: 23.9kg

Very good print quality
Inexpensive to run
Expensive
Bulky design

This is a big and bulky printer, that would look more at home in an office than a house – but it’s a fantastic performer that can handle both A4 and the larger A3 sizes. It’s cheap to run, and most importantly, the print quality is very good, making this a worthwhile investment if you’re looking for a fast and flexible printer.

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8. HP Envy 5540 All-in-One printer

A cheap and cheerful colour inkjet for low volume printing

HP Envy 5540 All in One printer

Print speed: ISO 12ppm black, 8ppm colour | Print resolution: 4,800 x 1,200 | Paper sizes: A4, A5, B5, DL, C6, A6 | Paper capacity: 125 sheets | Dimensions: 454 x 503 x 156mm (Width x Depth x Height) | Weight: 6.82kg

Smartphone support
Easy to install
A bit slow
Expensive for mono printing

We’ve come to expect simple setup and operation from Envy printers, and this one is no exception. It’s quiet, packs in a lot of features and delivers excellent print quality, especially on photo paper. We particularly like the ability to use smartphones as well as computers, and to connect wirelessly without a router.

9. Epson PictureMate PM-400

The easiest printer to use. Ever.

Print speed: 36 seconds for 4 x 6-inch borderless photo | Print resolution: 5,760 x 1,440 | Paper sizes: 3.5 x 5-inch (8.89 x 12.70cm), 4 x 6-inch (10.16 x 15.24cm), 5 x 7-inch (12.70 x 17.78cm) | Paper capacity: 50 sheets | Dimensions: 249 x 384 x 200mm (Width x Depth x Height) | Weight: 1.81kg

Build quality
Lightweight
Slow print speed
Pricey

Once you’ve got the PM-400 up and running, you’ll have a ton of fun running off image after image. Although the print quality won’t win any awards for print quality, you’ll be proud to hang any of its prints on your wall or sit them on your desk.

The PM-400 is a delight to look at – not that this should heavily factor into which printer you should buy. It’s got a pretty bone white frame that tucks away neatly, and the 4-pound printer can be easily transported wherever you go.

10. HP DeskJet 1010

This printer is as cheap as the replacement ink

Print speed: ISO 7ppm black, 4ppm colour | Print resolution: 600 x 600 | Paper sizes: A4, A5, A6, B5, DL envelope | Paper capacity: 60 sheets | Dimensions: 423 x 509 x 254mm (Width x Depth x Height) | Weight: 2kg

Affordable price
Compact size
No scanning
No wireless

You won’t get fancy features like wireless printing, duplexing or scanning, but if you don’t need all the frills of an all-in-one printer, the HP DeskJet 1010 offers solid print performance and quality at an unbeatable price in a compact package.

Best laser printers 2018

Samsung M2885FW 4 in 1 Multifunction Xpress

1. Samsung M2885FW 4-in-1 Multifunction Xpress

Excellent image quality, connectivity and flexibility for a low price

Print speed: 28ppm | Print resolution: Effective 4,800 x 600 | Paper sizes: A4, A5, A6, Letter, Legal, Executive, Folio, Oficio, ISO B5, JIS B5 | Paper capacity: 250 sheets | Dimensions: 401 x 362 x 367mm (Width x Depth x Height) | Weight: 11.3kg

ter offers 28ppm printing at up to 4,800 x 600 dpi (effective, rather than optical, resolution). With wired (Ethernet/USB) and wireless (Wi-Fi/NFC) connectivity, duplex printing, decent eco settings and support for a wide range of media, the Samsung is an excellent all-rounder, although the multi-purpose tray can only handle one sheet of media at a time. The main cassette has a more useful capacity of 250 sheets.

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Samsung Xpress M2070W

2. Samsung Xpress M2070W

A wallet-friendly MFP with a smart Eco system

Print speed: 20ppm | Print resolution: Effective 1,200 x 1,200 | Paper sizes: A4, A5, Letter, Legal, Executive, Folio, Oficio, ISO B5, JIS B5, Envelope (Monarch, Com10, DL, C5), Custom | Paper capacity: 150 sheets | Dimensions: 406 x 359.6 x 253mm (Width x Depth x Height) | Weight: 7.4kg

Clever Eco mode
Reasonably quick
Duplexing is manual
No high yield cartridge option

The M2070W delivers a lot of bang for your business buck – there’s NFC printing from compatible smartphones, online document sharing, and a clever Eco system that supplements the usual toner saving mode with a feature to remove images from documents by replacing bitmaps with sketches.

Factor in claimed speeds of 20ppm, a clever scan to mobile feature and an effective print resolution of up to 1200dpi and you’ve got a multifunction printer that’s well worth considering.

Brother DCP 9020CDW

3. Brother DCP-9020CDW

An excellent all-rounder for mono and colour printing

Print speed: 18ppm | Print resolution: 600 x 600, Effective 600 x 2,400 | Paper sizes: A4, Letter, B5 (JIS), A5, A5 (Long Edge), A6, Executive, Legal, Folio | Paper capacity: 250 sheets | Dimensions: 410 x 483 x 410mm (Width x Depth x Height) | Weight: 23.2kg

The DCP-9020CDW is a baby Brother – it’s an entry-level all-in-one aimed at small offices, and with claimed speeds of 18ppm and a resolution of up to 2,400 dpi (effective) it has a decent spec for the price. It can upload to cloud services such as Dropbox and OneNote, it’s wireless with WPS authentication and wireless direct printing, and its running costs are competitive. It also offers automatic duplex printing and its colour screen makes it easy to install and operate. This device is a solid all-rounder for PCs and mobile devices alike.

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4. Dell C1760NW

A neat and simple colour laser printer

Print speed: 15ppm | Paper sizes: A4, A5, A6, ANSI A (Letter), Legal, Executive, Folio, Envelopes (Com-10, C5, Monarch) | Paper capacity: 150 sheets | Dimensions: 394 x 300 x 225mm (Width x Depth x Height) | Weight: 10.6kg

Surprisingly compact
Good workhorse for everyday printing
No USB host connectivity
Not the biggest paper capacity

This is a colour laser printer, plain and simple. It has a relatively small footprint on the desk thanks to a surprisingly compact design. The printer is fitted with a 150-sheet main paper tray and a 100-sheet output tray, with an integrated drum/fuser unit and manual duplexing capabilities. Controls are adequate, with a two-line LCD display and a number of buttons for basic menu navigation. The C1760NW also offers an Ethernet connector, 802.11n Wi-Fi and a USB 2.0 port; although there is no USB host connectivity. The printer is aimed at office or small workgroups and has a high-rated speed of 15ppm for black and colour. This is a good workhorse for everyday printing, where colour isn’t a major part of the mix.

Brother HL 3140CW

5. Brother HL-3140CW

A budget bargain if you don’t need Ethernet or duplexing

Print speed: ISO 18ppm | Print resolution: 600 x 600, Effective 600 x 2,400 | Paper sizes: A4, Letter, B5 (JIS), A5, A5 (Long Edge), A6, Executive, Legal, Folio | Paper capacity: 250 sheets | Dimensions: 410 x 465 x 240mm (Width x Depth x Height) | Weight: 17.4kg

Good mono and colour printing
Cheap to buy, fairly cheap to run
No duplexing
No Ethernet

At the time of writing (January 2016), this Brother was Amazon’s best-selling laser, and with good reason – for very little cash you’re getting a superb wireless colour laser. However, at this price don’t expect rock-bottom running costs – it’s a printer for livening up documents with the occasional flash of colour, not constant photo printing.

It doesn’t have automatic duplexing or an Ethernet port, but the HL-3140CW delivers superb print quality, reasonable mono running costs and good wireless features for a very low price.

Most people are now aware that it’s not just the price tag of the printer you should be looking at when printer shopping.

 

After printing for a year, you’ll find that the total cost of printer cartridges you bought has surpassed the price of your printer. In most cases, it doesn’t take long until you’ve spent $100 on ink for a printer you only paid $50 for. Printer manufacturers are famously known for selling their printers for cheap because they expect to make their money back in ink and toner sales.

So if it’s not just the printer price, what makes a printer truly budget-friendly? The short answer: cost per page. But let’s touch on the other things that can also affect the running cost of your printer. We elaborate on cost per page as we go along.

#1 – Printer Price. Okay, yes, obviously the price of the printer itself is still a factor to consider when shopping. Prices go up the more features a printer has. If you’re a home user, chances are you won’t need the high speed, high capacity printing of a business printer. If you do print a lot, spending a bit more on a unit designed for your workload makes more sense. Home printers are generally more affordable than business printers. But that’s not to say that any cheap printer will be great for home printing as even home printers also vary in their features and capabilities.

#2 – Ink Efficiency (Cost per page). Your printer’s cost per page is the most important factor to consider when determining the true cost of your printer and how ink efficient it is. Different ink cartridges are designed to print a certain amount of pages before it needs to be replaced. The number of pages a cartridge can print is called its page yield. To get the cost per page, simply divide the cost of the cartridge with its page yield. Here’s an example: to get the cost per page of a Canon PGI-270XL, we take it’s price ($28.99) and divide it by 500 pages, which is the page yield of a Canon PGI-270XL. Your cost per page will be $0.057 or 5.7 cents per page. Ideally, the smaller your cost per page, the more ink efficient your printer is.

Printer price and cost per page are the two most important factors when shopping for a printer. However, there are a few more things worth considering as these can also dramatically affect your total printer operating costs.

#3 – Cartridge Sizes. Ink cartridges usually come in standard and high yield (XL) sizes. The main difference is that high yield cartridges can print about twice the number of pages a standard cartridge can so they’re slightly more expensive. When you print regularly, buying an ink cartridge that produces several hundred more pages between replacements can save you considerable money, even if the higher-yield cartridge costs a few dollars more. Popular high-yield XL cartridges are the perfect example of this dynamic—you pay a bit more per cartridge, but end up getting a lot more print for your penny. When choosing a new printer, selecting a printer that pairs with an efficient cartridge can save you bundles over time. Some printers even have XXL cartridges that print even more pages. Knowing which printers offer this option can come in handy if you need to accommodate high print volumes.

#4 – Compatibles. Most original brand cartridges are not cheap. Today, there are other options available through several retailers. Third-party consumables in the form of compatible and remanufactured ink cartridges offer customers a way to cut their print costs by as much as 50-percent or more. Remanufactured cartridges use recycled component pieces, each individually inspected and refilled using the same quality controls as brand name manufacturers. Compatible cartridges are built from scratch to adhere to these same standards, but for a whole lot less. When you’re shopping for a new printer, double check to make sure that you can find cheap compatibles to fit your model from a reputable retailer.

#5 – Monthly load. Each and every printer comes with a rating for how many pages it can reasonably print per month. This pages-per-month estimate is of particular importance for businesses selecting a workload printer, but it also comes in handy for students and families as well. Sure, you’re probably not printing six-thousand pages per month (though it may seem like it sometimes!) However, you very likely are producing several hundred pages, maybe up to a thousand. Going over your monthly print load overtaxes the mechanics in your printer, and can cause it to break down quicker, which means costly repairs and premature replacement. Monthly load is also a great, low-key metric you can use to suss out how rugged your unit is over time.


Searching for a printer that’s cheap AND ink efficient (with a low cost per page) proved to be quite the challenge. If anything, it only proved that most cheap printers usually have a higher cost per page (aka expensive ink that need to be replaced often). Fortunately, we’ve found some printers, most of them below $100, that have a cost per page of 4 cents and lower. Without further ado, here are some affordable printers that use ink efficiently.

*We indicate the prices of compatible ink cartridges by LD Products to illustrate how much you can save.

Brother® MFC-J480DW Inkjet All-in-One Printer

Cartridge used: Brother LC203 cartridge series

How many pages can you print with each cartridge?

  • A black cartridge (LC203BK) prints 550 pages;
  • A magenta (LC203M), cyan (LC203C), and yellow (LC203Y) print 550 pages each cartridge.

This printer has been around since 2015 but is still a popular choice among consumers because of its low printer price tag and low cost per page (1.18 cents!). You can get this compact all-in-one Brother MFC-J480dw inkjet printer for just $69.99 at Staples. It has all the features you need for home or home office use. WiFi capabilities are included too!

Monthly Duty CycleUp to 2,500 pages
Print SpeedUp to 12 ppm (black), 6 ppm (color)
ConnectivityWireless (802.11 b/g/n), Wi-Fi Direct®, Hi-speed USB 2.0
Paper SizeA4, Letter, Legal, Executive, A5, A6, 4″x6″ Photo, 5″x8″ Indexcard, 5″x7″ Photo C5 Envelope, Com-10, DL Envelope, Monarch
Warranty1-Year Limited Warranty
Cartridge NameLC203BK (black), LC203C (cyan), LC203M (magenta), LC203Y (yellow) – high yield cartridges
Page Yield550 pages
Price Comparison of Brother LC203BK vs Compatible Cartridges
Original Canon Price$24.49
Original Canon Cost Per Page4.4 cents per page
LD Brand Compatible Price$6.49 -Find out more!
LD Brand Compatible Cost Per Page1.18 cents per page
Price Comparison of Brother LC203C vs Compatible Cartridges
Original Canon Price$10.99
Original Canon Cost Per Page1.9 cents per page
LD Brand Compatible Price$6.49 – Find out more!
LD Brand Compatible Cost Per Page1.18 cents per page
Price Comparison of Brother LC203M vs Compatible Cartridges
Original Canon Price$10.99
Original Canon Cost Per Page1.9 cents per page
LD Brand Compatible Price$6.49 – Find out more!
LD Brand Compatible Cost Per Page1.18 cents per page
Price Comparison of Brother LC203Y vs Compatible Cartridges
Original Canon Price$10.99
Original Canon Cost Per Page1.9 cents per page
LD Brand Compatible Price$6.49 – Find out more!
LD Brand Compatible Cost Per Page1.18 cents per page

Canon® PIXMA® MG5720 Wireless Inkjet Printer

Cartridges Used: Canon CLI-271 and PGI-270 cartridges. Available in larger sizes, CLI-271XL and PGI-270XL.

How many can you print with each cartridge?

  • A standard CLI-271 black cartridge can print 376 pages. A larger CLI-271XL prints up to 810 pages.
  • A standard PGI-270 prints 300 pages and a larger PGI-270XL can print up to 500 pages.

A top pick for printers in 2017 by PC Mag, the PIXMA MG5720 is a no frills, no nonsense budget printer perfect for home use. It features all-in-one printer scanner technology and high quality output at a speed unmatched by other budget printers. Rated 4 out of 5 stars by PC Mag  you can get this printer for $99.99 at the Canon website.

Print SpeedUp to 12.6 ppm (pages per minute) for black; 9 images per minute f0r color
ConnectivityHi-Speed USB 2.0, PictBridge (Wireless LAN), AirPrint
Paper Size4″ x 6″, 5″ x 7″, 8″ x 10″, Letter, Legal, U.S. #10 Envelopes
WarrantyLimited warranty offered by Canon
Cartridge NamePGI-270 Pigment Black XL (high yield)
Page Yield500 Pages
Cartridge NameCLI-271 XL Black, CLI-271 XL Cyan, CLI-271 XL Magenta, CLI-271 XL Yellow (high yield)
Page Yield500 Pages (each cartridge)
Price Comparison of Original Canon PGI-270 XL Black vs Compatible Cartridges
Original Canon Price$24.99
Original Canon Cost Per Page4.9 cents per page
LD Brand Compatible Price$9.49 – Find out more!
LD Brand Compatible Cost Per Page1.8 cents per page
Price Comparison of Original Canon CLI-271 XL Black vs Compatible Cartridges
Original Canon Price$19.99
Original Canon Cost Per Page3.9 cents per page
LD Brand Compatible Price$9.49 – Find out more!
LD Brand Compatible Cost Per Page1.8 cents per page
Price Comparison of Original Canon CLI-271 XL Cyan vs Compatible Cartridges
Original Canon Price$19.99
Original Canon Cost Per Page3.9 cents per page
LD Brand Compatible Price$9.49 – Find out more!
LD Brand Compatible Cost Per Page1.8 cents per page
Price Comparison of Original Canon CLI-271 XL Magenta vs Cartridges
Original Canon Price$19.99
Original Canon Cost Per Page3.9 cents per page
LD Brand Compatible Price$9.49 – Find out more!
LD Brand Compatible Cost Per Page1.8 cents per page
Price Comparison of Original Canon CLI-271 XL Yellow vs Cartridges
Original Canon Price$19.99
Original Canon Cost Per Page3.9 cents per page
LD Brand Compatible Price$9.49 – Find out more!
LD Brand Compatible Cost Per Page1.8 cents per page

A slightly upgraded version of this printer is the Canon PIXMA MG6821 Wireless All-in-One printer which also uses the same cartridges so you still get the same ink efficiency as the MG5720. You can get the Canon MG6821 from Amazon for as low as $47.76 each. Other colors are priced differently.

HP OfficeJet Pro 6968 Wireless All-in-One

Cartridges Used: HP 902 and HP 902XL

How many pages can you print with each cartridge?

  • An HP 902 cartridge prints up to 300 pages.
  • The bigger HP 902XL prints 825 pages.

This printer is priced at $89.99 in Amazon and has a slim cost per page of 4.4 cents. It’s no wonder consumers love this printer. And it gets even better! This printer uses HP 902 ink cartridges which print at least 300 pages with a standard HP 902 and 825 pages if you get the 902XL cartridge. but you can save even more when you switch to compatible HP 902 cartridges. Our compatible HP 902s have been flying off the shelves since they came out. The original HP 902XL cartridge (which is just like a bigger HP 902) is priced at $48.99 at the time of this article but you can get a LD compatible HP 902XL for only $16.99–that’s 65% less! Scroll down to see more stats.

Monthly Duty Cycle20,000 pages
Print Speed30 ppm (black), 26 ppm (color)
ConnectivityEthernet, Hi-Speed USB 2.0, WiFi
Paper SizeA4, A5, A6, B5(JIS), 6 x 8 in,

Executive Index card 3.5 x 5 in, Index card 4 x 6 in, Index card 5 x 8 in, Index card A4, Index Card Letter 3.5 x 5 in,

4 x 6 in, 5 x 7 in, 13 x 18 cm, 8 x 10 in, 10 x 15 cm, L, Photo 2L, 8.5 x 13 in, Legal, Letter,

Statement Envelope #10, Envelope C5, Envelope C6, Envelope DL; Envelope Monarch, Card Envelope 4.4 x 6 in

WarrantyLimited warranty offered by HP
Cartridge NameHP 902XL High Yield Black Ink
Page Yield825 Pages
Cartridge NameHP 902XL High Yield Cyan / Magenta / Yellow
Page Yield825 Pages each color cartridge
Price Comparison of Original HP 902XL Black vs Compatible Cartridges
Original HP Price$36.99
Original HP Cost Per Page4.4 cents per page
LD Brand Compatible Price$16.99 – Find out more!
LD Brand Compatible Cost Per Page 2 cents per page
Price Comparison of Original HP 902XL Cyan vs Compatible Cartridges
Original HP Price$19.99
Original HP Cost Per Page2.4 cents per page
LD Brand Compatible Price $9.99 – Find out more!
LD Brand Compatible Cost Per Page 1.2 cents per page
Price Comparison of Original HP 902XL Magenta vs Compatible Cartridges
Original HP Price$19.99
Original HP Cost Per Page2.4 cents per page
LD Brand Compatible Price $9.99 – Find out more!
LD Brand Compatible Cost Per Page 1.2 cents per page
Price Comparison of Original HP 902XL Yellow vs Compatible Cartridges
Original HP Price$19.99
Original HP Cost Per Page2.4 cents per page
LD Brand Compatible Price $9.99 – Find out more!
LD Brand Compatible Cost Per Page 1.2 cents per page

HP OfficeJet Pro 8710 All-in-One Printer

Cartridges Used: HP 952 and HP 952XL (high yield cartridge)

How many pages can you print with each cartridge?

  • A standard HP 952 can print up to 1,000 pages;
  • A larger high yield HP 952XL can print 2,000 pages.

Far and above the most efficient inkjet below $150 is the OfficeJet Pro 8710. HP OfficeJet Pro printers are the fastest color inkjet according to the Guinness Book of World Records.  This model uses four different HP 952 ink cartridges: black, cyan, magenta and yellow. HP offers the cartridges in a standard yield and high yield size.  High yield, or XL cartridges are a better buy for customers that print frequently.  Original HP brand high yield 952XL black cartridges are sold for $34.99 a piece and each individual color cartridge is sold for $31.99.  To keep costs down, consider buying LD brand HP 952 compatible replacement cartridges, just $17.99 for the XL black cartridge and $18.99 for each color!  Amazon sells this printer for $109.99.

Monthly Duty Cycle25,000 Pages
Print SpeedUp to 22 ppm (pages per minute)
ConnectivityEthernet, Hi-Speed USB 2.0
Paper SizeLetter and Legal Sizes
WarrantyLimited warranty offered by HP
Cartridge NameHP 952XL High Yield Black Ink
Page Yield2,000 Pages
Cartridge NameHP 952XL High Yield Cyan / Magenta / Yellow
Page Yield1,600 Pages each color cartridge
Price Comparison of Original HP 952XL Black vs Compatible Cartridges
Original HP Price$34.99
Original HP Cost Per Page1.7 cents per page
LD Brand Compatible Price$14.99 – Find out more!
LD Brand Compatible Cost Per Page.75 cents per page
Price Comparison of Original HP 952XL Cyan vs Compatible Cartridges
Original HP Price$31.99
Original HP Cost Per Page1.9 cents per page
LD Brand Compatible Price$13.99 – Find out more!
LD Brand Compatible Cost Per Page.87 cents per page
Price Comparison of Original HP 952XL Magenta vs Compatible Cartridges
Original HP Price$31.99
Original HP Cost Per Page1.9 cents per page
LD Brand Compatible Price$13.99 – Find out more!
LD Brand Compatible Cost Per Page.87 cents per page
Price Comparison of Original HP 952XL Yellow vs Compatible Cartridges
Original HP Price$31.99
Original HP Cost Per Page1.9 cents per page
LD Brand Compatible Price$13.99 – Find out more!
LD Brand Compatible Cost Per Page.87 cents per page

Once you’ve found the ink cartridge that best suits your budget, you can then choose from the range of printers that use that cartridge.

Buying the Right Printer

There are a few key details you want to pay attention to when shopping for a new printer. We obviously look at things like print quality and printing speed to determine which printers are best, but there are several other details to account for to find the one that best fits your needs.

  • Inkjet or Laser? If you want the fullest range of color printing, with the ability to print photos at home, go inkjet. If you want to print mostly text documents, or at high volumes, laser printers are the way to go, with sharper text and a lower per-page cost.
  • Home or Business? Some printers are built to offer great quality and value for the home user that prints a few pages a week, while others are built for busy offices where multiple users print dozens or hundreds of pages every day. Find the one that’s right for you to avoid paying for features you don’t need.
  • Watch the Cost Per Page: Whether it’s using ink cartridges or toner, printers cost money over time. Check our reviews for a breakdown of the costs to print individual pages as a good measure of how expensive operating costs will be over the life of the printer.
  • Consider the Brand: You should also pay attention to who makes the printer you’re considering. We recently compared the top printer makers to see which ones consistently stood out for print quality and speed.
  • Automatic Duplexing: If you regularly need to print 2-sided documents, duplexing is a must, since it allows a printer to refeed a page through for printing on the other side. Skip this feature and you’ll need to manually flip every page to do the same.
  • Photo-Specific Features: If you intend to do lots of photo printing, look for a printer that has a dedicated tray for photo paper, which makes it easier to get printing without fumbling with the paper tray and settings. Also look for printers that use more than 4 colors of ink. Those extra colors make for better blended colors and richer detail.
  • Printing for School? For many college students a printer is still a must-have, so check out our guide to printing in college for all of our advice for students.

Best Overall: Brother MFC-J985DW XL + 2 Years of Ink Supply

$300 $260

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The Brother MFC-J985DW XL all-in-one inkjet printer is a good choice, thanks to its low running costs, and it comes with a huge supply of ink that should last the average user two years (based on monthly printing volumes of 300 pages at 70 percent black and 30 percent color). Operating costs are less than 1 cent per black and white page, and less than 5 cents per color page.

It also has great features for the office, including duplex (two-sided) printing, and wireless printing from devices via AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Mopria, Brother iPrint&Scan and WiFi Direct. Networking is enabled via WiFi, Ethernet, WiFi Direct, or you can print directly from USB. Paper capacity is 100 pages, and this printer can handle up to legal sized paper (8.5” x 14”). You can print up to 12 black-and-white pages or 10 color pages per minute.

Best Photo Printer: HP OfficeJet Pro 8720 Wireless Printer

This all-in-one color inkjet printer from HP boasts impressive connectivity options and borderless photo printing, making it an ideal option for standard tasks, copying, faxing and photography. You can manage your printing jobs via a 4.3-inch color touch screen, which has an intuitive tap and swipe feature. Wireless printing is facilitated by AirPrint for Apple devices and NFC touch-to-print for other smart devices. Some users have commented they have had difficulty setting up wireless functionality, but once up and running it offers a seamless and convenient way to bring your documents to life.

Impressive print management options are buoyed by high speeds, with ultra-fast automatic two-sided printing and a 50-page automatic document printer and 250-sheet paper tray. HP claims the specs are 24 pages per minute for black and white printing and 20 pages per minute for color. The high volume trays and efficient ink model result in up to 50 percent lower cost per page compared to laser printers. Documents scan at 1200 dpi resolution, while borderless photos print in standard 4 x 6-inch size.

Best Budget: HP Envy 5660 Wireless e-All-in-One

$95

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There are just enough under-$100 printers in the world to make choosing one difficult. I like the HP Envy 5660 e-All-in-One because it performs all of its main features, print, copy, and scan, well. It prints photos better than many equally priced AIOs. This is, however, a low-volume, entry-level printer; hence the paper input drawer is somewhat small (125-sheets), as are the ink cartridges, although the larger black cartridge is good for about 600 prints, are small too. Choose this printer is you have a relatively low print volume.

Best Value: Epson 4730

$200 $130

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You save: 35%

Powered by a proprietary tech called PrecisionCore algorithm that optimizes the laser jet tech to give you print shop-quality papers with laser sharp text. Epson claims the printer operates with the fastest print speed of its class (20 ppm for both black & white and color printing jobs) and it features a 500-page capacity so you’ll be sure it can handle any volume of job. There’s a 35-paper, page-feeding source tray for larger copies and scans, and they claim it operates at 50% more efficiency than an ink jet printer so you’ll spend less on ink and save money (adding to that better value label). There’s also Wi-Fi connectivity and ethernet connection ability so you can print via computers or smartphones on network—perfect for larger workgroups and seamless workflow. And if you’d prefer to control the printer right on board, there’s a 2.7-inch LCD touchscreen that provides a great user interface.

Best for Ease of Use: Epson XP-830 Small-in-One

$200 $127

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The Epson XP-830 all-in-one is versatile, wireless and offers excellent photo quality printing. You can print, copy, scan or fax from this compact AIO, and the automatic document feeder is capable of holding 30 pages. Two-sided printing is available, and print speeds are rated at 9.5 pages per minute (ppm) for black-and-white pages, and 9ppm for color pages, making for a rather slow printer, but photo printers aren’t usually fast. The XP-830 has the additional ability to print on pre-surfaced optical discs.

This Small-in-One is a great option for someone who doesn’t have heavy usage demands and wants an inexpensive all-in-one with superior print quality. Mobile printing options, such as printing directly from your phone or tablet, are a snap thanks to Epson Connect software and other mobile printing options. A 4.3-inch touchscreen makes it easy to use. And it’s small, at 15.4” x 13.3” x 7.5”, so it’ll fit just about anywhere.

Best for a Small Business: Canon Laser ImageCLASS MF414dw

$300 $225 You save: 25%

The Canon MF414dw is a mono laser multifunction all-in-one printer suitable for personal use, or a home office or business setting. It delivers excellent text output quality and has a solid set of features. WiFi Direct allows you to connect to mobile devices without a router, and you can print and scan on-the-go with Canon Print, Apple AirPrint, Mopria and Google Cloud Print. You can use USB Direct to print to and scan from a USB connected device. Secure Print ensures the privacy of your printed documents, and you can set up password protection for up to 300 users.

The MF414dw is rated by Canon for speeds of up to 35 pages per minute, and the first print at a quick 6.3 seconds. An intuitive 3.5-inch touch LCD display makes menu navigation simple. You can load this printer with up to 250 sheets of paper, and there’s a 50-sheet auto-duplexing ADF for scanning, as well as a 50-sheet multi-purpose tray and an optional 500-sheet paper cassette. The printer purchase includes one cartridge and it’s good for about 2,400 pages.

Runner-Up, Best Budget: HP 4650

The HP OfficeJet 4650 is part of the OfficeJet line up in our best Budget printer, so it makes sense that this one would be the runner-up—HP has affordable all-in-ones kind of down to a science. The unit prints, scans, copies, and faxes, and it does it all via wireless technology. That means you can initiate a job through your smartphone or a network computer. There’s two-sided printing and a 2.2-inch mono touchscreen for on-board control. The printer is Instant Ink ready which means it is connected directly to the HP store and notifies the Internet automatically so that HP sends you a new cartridge at a 50% discount of normal cartridge price, all without ever ordering manually. The tray holds 60 sheets and there’s a 35-sheet feeder for large packet copying. And there’s an 8.5 ppm speed for black and white jobs. So, it isn’t the fastest printer in the world, but the capacity will make sure you won’t be running back and forth between jobs.

Best for Versatility: Canon imageCLASS MF247dw

$169 $160

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You save: 6%

With fast printing speeds (28ppm), good quality outputs and a plethora of connectivity options, the MF247dw is one our favorite versatile printers on the market. Measuring 14.2 x 15.4 x 14.7 inches and weighing 26.9 pounds, this space-saving machine is compact enough to be carried by one person alone and can comfortably share a desk or table with your computer in a home office. It can handle most users’ needs, thanks to its front-loading 250-sheet paper cassette, 35-sheet automatic document feeder and one-sheet multipurpose tray.

It’s stacked with connection options, including USB, Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct and allows you to print on-the-go due to compatibility with Apple AirPrint, Mopria Print Service and Google Cloud Print. Alternatively, you can scan hard copies using Canon’s PRINT Business app.

 

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