Do you have a printer at home? If so, I’ll bet you paid less than $200 for it right? We currently have four printers in our house. I’m getting ready to get a new one for my office and I was wondering which one I should get.
Most printers for under $200 are good for home or home office use. Yet from my IT – Systems Coordinator experience for the Federal Government, as well as my own personal experience, not all printers under $200 are worth what you pay for them.
Now-a-days you can get nice basic printers for under $50 on sale. The companies almost give them to you, knowing that you’ll more than offset the cost of the printer when you buy the ink cartridges over the lifetime of the printer.
The printers that I’ve had experience with are: Lexmark, HP (Hewlett-Packard), Canon, Epson, Dell (basically a Lexmark re-branded as “Dell”) and Panasonic (a laser jet printer). For home use, you’ll probably want to get an inkjet printer as they are cheaper and more cost effective than laser jet printers. The newer inkjet printers have a very good quality print too, which now rivals the more expensive laser jet printers.
The government used HP for their single user color printers, almost exclusively. My wife has had lots of HP printers for her home business and they’ve been fairly reliable. The Canon printer lasted very long but after a year it started making a horrible noise every time it printed something. I’ve had my Epson for almost 4 years and it’s still printing very well, but it only prints, it’s not an “all-in-one” printer.
What’s an all-in-one printer? It’s one that prints, scans, copies and faxes! Most of them will be in the $100 – $200 range and some are more depending on the features you want. As my older Epson does not scan or copy, and Canon decided not to upgrade the drivers for my old stand alone scanner (which means it’s now trash), I find that I really want a new all-in-one printer.
Printers under $50 will NOT be all-in-one printers. If all you want is a basic printer, then this is a good choice. Pick a name brand that has reasonably priced ink cartridges and you should be good! My wife recently picked up a new and inexpensive HP printer for just $29.
In my opinion, you should get an all-in-one printer for home or home office as the flexibility it offers with scanning, copying and faxing make it indispensable. Also, you might want to consider getting a wireless printer, which is sometimes called a wi-fi printer. They can be very handy and placed in a central location and shared by all the computers in your house. It takes a little more effort to setup a wi-fi printer, but it’s nice to not have your computer or laptop tethered to a printer. 🙂
My recommendation for the best home printer under $200 is an Epson. It’s been the most reliable and longest lasting printer that we’ve had. The ink cartridges run around $15 to refill, so its fairly economical. Here is the one I’m recommending and the one I’m going to purchase soon:
- You can even print from your iPad or smart phone on this printer – how convenient!
I’m very interested in hearing your opinions and experiences about printers you have used. Also, if you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer them if I can. Please drop me a note in the comments section.
Thanks for reading and have a great day!