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  • Writer's pictureBurton Kelso, Tech Expert

4 Dependable Printers Your Home or Small Business

When it comes to picking the right technology for your home, home office or small business, it's often a challenge. The amount of brands and options available can be overwhelming. There is no end to the brands of printers and then there are technical terms that makes the process even harder. How do you pick the right printer for you? Well I've put together this guide that should make it much easier for you to find a printer that works for you. The first thing you need to know when it comes to purchasing a printer is what you want to print and how often you’ll print. If you want to be able to print a variety of documents, from glossy photos to longer documents, you’ll probably want a inkjet printer. If you’ll print less and are more interested in cost savings, you’ll want to get a laser printer. Ink jet printers are cheaper, but you can only expect to get less than 500 pages before you have to get new ink cartridges. Also, if you don't print often. you risk the cartridges drying up. If you print a lot of information, laser printer toner promises at least a couple of thousand pages printed. Also, toner is already dry which means you can go months without printing and not have to worry about dried up cartridges.

You can purchase a standalone printer, but you will get more bang for your buck if you get a a multifunction printer. Multifunction printers allow you to print and scan. All current models have wireless capabilities which means you can print wirelessly from your desktop and laptop computers, as well from smartphones and tablets. To cut down on the hassle of shifting through brands of printers, here are the ones that we think will work the best. 1. CANON PIXMA TS9120. One of the best things about the CANON PIXMA TS9120 is its easy-to-see 5-inch color touchscreen. The screen size makes it easy to move around the menu to choose different printing options. 2. Brother MFC-J470DW. The great thing about this printer is that you can get it at a low price compared to some of the other models out there. A bonus is that you can set it up for cloud printing and scanning. The MFC-J470DW also has low ink costs. 3. HP OfficeJet Pro 6978. The 6978 HP OfficeJet Pro is a solid printer that promises years of operation. You also can choose to use HP's ” Instant Ink” subscription service, which can help you keep your printer’s costs low. Based on how much you print each month, you can select one of HP’s four ink plans. 4. Samsung Xpress SL-M2885FW. Samsung's laser printer offers fast speed, low cost and superior text quality. If you have heavy day-to-day printing needs, this laser printer is your most logical choice. Although the paperless trend is in, there’s a reason that most businesses and homes still use some paper. At times, you need to print, send and upload paper-based documents, and when you do, you need the right printer. I hope this list helps.

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