What is the best cheap printer I can buy?
Need a printer that doesn't do much more than put ink on paper? We feature the overall best cheap printer based on durability, ink costs, and, of course, price.
Best cheap inkjet printer
HP Envy 4520
The HP Envy 4520 is a cheap inkjet printer that has several things going for it. First, it's not only a printer — it's also a scanner and copier, so you're basically getting three devices in one, and the Envy 5420 performs well at each task. Enjoy 1200dpi scan resolution and lab-quality photo prints that go right to the edge of the paper. The Envy 4520 can print on both sides of the page to help you conserve paper, and its 100-sheet tray means you won't have to refill it all the time. The 2.2-inch LCD display on the printer's front also lets you keep tabs on the print progress and make settings changes.
Thanks to its wireless printing capabilities, you can print from your smartphone, tablet, or any other device hooked up to your Wi-Fi. And when your ink levels inevitably run low, HP's Instant Ink service will automatically order you the new cartridges you need. Their HP 63 ink cartridge replacements are also cheap on Amazon (starting at about $30 for a black and tricolor combo pack) and will supposedly yield about 165 color prints.
The HP Envy 4520's durability and longevity tipped the scales. Users report it works, and works for a long time. It doesn't hurt that it also starts at around $55.
Best cheap laser printer
The Brother HL-L2300D laser printer is highly reviewed, with most users citing high durability, low jam rates, and cheap toner replacement. It is very easy to set up and devices can be connected with a USB 2.0 connection. Its tray holds up to 250 sheets, and duplex printing technology allows for double-sided printing.
Worry not about toner as you print 27 sheets per minute at 600dpi resolution, as this printer is compatible with Amazon Dash replenishment service — sign up and choose which cartridges you'd like sent to you anytime your toner dips below a certain point. E-Z Ink offers replacement toner cartridges starting at about $13 that you'll get 2600 prints out of.
For a cheap (well under $100!) and durable monochrome printer that won't break the bank with refill costs, check out the Brother HL-L2300D.
Brother HL-L2340DW monochrome printer
This laser printer is essentially the exact same printer as the Brother HL-L2300D except for one feature: Wi-Fi printing, and that jacks up the price a bit. This is the monochrome printer for anyone who absolutely requires a wireless connection — it prints 27 sheets per minute at 600dpi, and is capable of double-sided printing. Replacement toner cartridges from E-Z Ink start at about $13 and you'll get about 2600 prints out of them.
Epson Expression XP-320 color printer
The Epson XP-320 is designed for ease of use; you can print using Wi-Fi from your phone, tablet, or PC, and scans can be uploaded straight to Facebook. That's right — you're buying a printer but also getting a copier and a 1200dpi resolution scanner. For those of you who want to avoid a PC entirely, there is a built-in SD card slot and the ability to retouch photos from the 1.4-inch color display.
It nearly made the top of the list because of a low initial price (starting at about $64) and because of the low price of replacement ink cartridges, but was edged out due to durability concerns and quantity of ink used. Some users claim this printer likes to alert paper jams when there are none, and other users claim it drinks ink like water.
A new set of color ink cartridges and a black cartridge from Miroo will set you back about $34, really not a bad price considering you'll get about 450 prints per color cartridge, and 500 prints per black cartridge. This number is only what the manufacturer says, though — many users claim otherwise. Consider the XP-320 if you're looking for a printer with an SD card slot and some social media features, and don't mind the durability risk.
Your cheap printer?
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