5 Cost-Effective Printers for Your Office

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Going the route of a paperless office is a move that’s both environmentally friendly and economical. Proponents of the paperless office present several advantages. It saves money and space, makes documentation and information sharing easier, and keeps personal information more secure with the help of passwords. It also helps reduce negative environmental impacts.

However, there are times when physical documents and other files can’t be avoided. There are those who like the “form factor” of hard copies, and there are may also be documentary requirements for things like job applications, competitions, and government work. Your office might also need to produce sample collaterals for a client or photos for your company profile. Whatever you might need printed materials for, these five cost-effective printers will definitely give you more bang for your buck.

Epson WorkForce WF-7110DTW

Need a printer that can handle your big-paper printing needs? The Epson WorkForce WF-7110DTW can be your go-to budget A3+ printer. This model boasts of up to 18 pages per minute printing speed, and is very user-friendly with its simple, easy-to-use control panel. The more tech-savvy can also take advantage of the wireless direct and remote printing features.

The big advantage of this model is it can support high-yield ink cartridges. Take for instance, its XXL cartridge. You can get it in either black or tri-color ink blend. The former can handle up to 2,200 pages while the latter can offer up to 1,100 pages. You don’t need to pay more for these consumables when you get high-quality remanufactured ink cartridges.

Epson’s PrecisionCore print head also ensures crisp, black text, which can pass as laser-print at first glance. For those who work in color, Epson’s specialty delivers in the 7110DTW—color graphics are smooth with no evidence of banding, and photo prints are well-defined in both muted and vibrant shades.

Canon Pixma MG7150

The Canon MG7150 printer is part of the brand’s popular PIXMA series. This model comes with six individual ink cartridges so you can conveniently replace only the color you’ve consumed. Once your ink dries out, you can opt to purchase XL cartridges for more pages.

The six-ink system is also an appealing feature for photo enthusiasts and marketing professionals, as there’s a gray cartridge for monochrome pictures. You can also produce up to 9600×2400 dpi resolutions prints from this printer. The accompanying 2400×4800 dpi scanner can also produce direct copies, or save scanned documents and images to a memory card or sent through email.

The dedicated memory card slots for SD, Memory Stick Duo, and Compact Flash are also an advantage for those who just need to print. The Pixma MG7150 is also equipped with AirPrint for Apple devices, while Android users may download an app from the Playstore.

Brother MFC-J470DW

This Brother model is an easy-to-use multi-function device. You can use it as a fax machine, copier, scanner, and printer. It also comes with its very own software suite that allows cable-free,cloud printing and scanning0. vbgfIt also has an auto-duplexer function for printing those pesky back-to-back forms.

Ink costs are also lower than most name-brand printers in its price range. Additionally, you can also use remanufactured ink cartridges or compatible ink cartridges as replacement for your OEM (original equipment manufacturer) cartridges. The four separate ink tanks also add to more savings, as you can replace per color cartridge.

This model is billed as a “Work Smart” printer, which explains the lack of some photo-centric features such as a memory card reader and a USB port. However, you can still print the occasional photo and color graphics on this machine, which can accommodate the usual photo paper sizes, envelopes, and index cards, apart from the standard paper sizes.

Dell S2810dn

This mono-laser, no-nonsense, speedy printer won’t win any awards for design and size, but will definitely make up for performance as an office workhorse. Its top billing is its printing speed—Dell claims up to 35 pages per minute, with crisp and polished letters when printing in black and white. It’s slightly slower when printing in color, but it produces relatively good quality photos, with plenty of detail.

The drum can last up to 85,000 pages, and the main paper tray holds up to 250 for a more efficient printing experience, especially for a small office. The default printing quality is 600 dpi, but it can be increased up to 1,200 for images.

HP Color LaserJet Pro M252d

This HP model is a great choice for small offices, as if offers good-quality printing without a high purchase cost. The drum and toner cartridges, which pull out from the front, are easy to maintain and have high-capacity versions of both the black and color cartridges. It’s also very quiet as it does its job, printing up to 18 pages per minute.

Printing black text is excellent, with dense characters and no trace of spatter. Colors, on the other hand, are bright with no banding, while photos are well-detailed but come out slightly darker.

One possible drawback is the paper tray capacity of only 150 sheets. However, its multi-connectivity features—cloud-based, Wi-Fi mobile, and straight-from-USB printing; and Ethernet, WiFi Direct, and NFC connection options—are perfect for personal or light-duty shared use.

All printers can be cost-effective; it all depends on how you’re planning to use them in your office and how you maximize their features. These 5 models offer great value for your business as they have excellent output and printing capacities, and you get the option of using high-quality remanufactured ink and toner cartridges when you need to print more pages at lower costs. Check these models out, and see if they fit your office requirements for a printer.

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