Selecting a new printer can feel overwhelming. There’s so much choice, and it’s entirely possible to spend anything from a few dollars to thousands. How do you begin to decide which is the best printer system for your home office?
Well, as ever, the best place to start is to figure out what you need your printer to do. Ask yourself some or all of the following questions. Does it need to print colour? Does it need to print high quality photos? Does it need to be faster than average? Does it need to do more than just print? Does it need to have low running costs? Does it need to fit into a certain space, or be extra quiet, or fit a certain budget?
With a bit more understanding of what you need from your printer, now’s the time to look at a list of what the experts think is the best available kit right now. A list like this one!
1 – HP Deskjet 3630
The HP Deskjet 3630 is perhaps the most affordable all-rounder. At around $40 (£30), this is a device that probably be able to do all you require, without breaking the bank. It’s super compact (it’s dimensions are 17.3cm wide, 22.8cm deep and 10cm high), it connects wirelessly, and it won’t look ‘cheap’ on the shelf.
Obviously, at a price like that, you’re not going to get a really high end printing experience – the print speed isn’t anything to write home about, and you’ll want to keep an eye on how the machine handles paper. But if you’re after something cheap and versatile that’s not going to break the second you put it to work, then this might well be the printer for you.
One last thing to bear in mind is that the ongoing printing costs of this machine will depend on where and how you source your print and toner cartridges – buying originals will be expensive with this model. Printerinks supply ink and toner for this model.
2 – Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4630
If you’re after a printer that can rise to the challenge of high volume, low cost printing, then the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4630 is a great choice. It’s not the most affordable printer on the market (by a long stretch), but it is one of the best value (at time of writing, this printer cost around $190/£145).
The WorkForce Pro is ideal for a busy office, offering fast print speeds, good quality printing and a few useful extra features – like remote access and scanning. It’s not the quietest machine around (worth bearing in mind if you are actually working from a home office), but we think it makes up for that shortcoming through its economical ongoing printing costs. Printerinks supply the ink and toner for this model.
3 – Epson WorkForce WF-100
For many of us who work from home, flexibility is key. A large, heavy, awkward printer just isn’t a useful piece of kit – even if it delivers high quality printing services. Instead, something lightweight and portable is the most important feature. That’s why the Epson WorkForce WF-100 makes third place on this list.
It’s not got the best specs on the market – nor the best price (although you can get good value cartridges here from Printerinks) – but at only 1.3kg (compared to the hefty 8kg of the HP OfficeJet Pro that’s next on the list) and 309mm (width) by 154mm (depth) by 61mm (height), it’s ticking all the portability boxes. If you’re often on the road, or want a small, functional back up printer, then this might just be your perfect device.
4 – HP OfficeJet Pro 6830 e-All-in-One
Another efficient all-rounder is next on our list of the top five home office printers. The HP OfficeJet Pro 6830 is one of the most popular machines on the market today, and for good reason.
It’s a sturdy, well-designed bit of kit, that will set you back around $90 (£70). This is a fast inkjet device that can print, copy and scan without any problem. Tech fans will love it for its mobile capability, and the economically conscious will appreciate its reasonable running costs. Printerinks supply the ink and toner for this model.
5 – Epson WorkForce WF-2660
And finally, the Epson WorkForce WF-2660. It’s a slick machine that promises a lot and lives up to most of its offer (we struggled with some of its mobile and wifi connectivity features).
This printer is best suited to a home office that doesn’t have huge demand for hundreds and hundreds of print jobs, but wants the convenience of a machine that can print, scan, copy and even fax without too much hassle. If connectivity is important to you, then you’ll be pleased to hear this device offers USB, wifi, ethernet, cloud-based services and even NFC (Near Field Communication)!
It’s a popular machine and there are lots of suitable printer and toner cartridges available online, which means you’ll soon offset your initial investment. Printerinks supply the ink and toner for this model.