A few days back when I was looking for a good all in one laser printer or inkjet printer for home use, I went about researching quite a few printers.

So,are you looking for an an inkjet printer for home use or a laser printer for home use.Your search probably ends here.After reading this post, it shall become easy for you to make a choice as to which printer you should buy

This blog presents some of the good printers that I came across and how I went about filtering the right printer for my home use.

There are so many home printers available in the market that one is really spoilt for choice. The first thing that we got to figure out is whether to go for Laser Printer or an Inkjet printer.

InkJet vs Laser Printer

  1. Inkjet printers are relatively cheaper than the laser printers. The laser printers in the question are only black and white printers. Its not advisable to go for colored laser printers as they initial cost is just too high to use at home.
  2. Cost of black and white printing per page is much lower for laser printer as compared to inkjet printers.
  3. Inkjet printers are of no match to laser printers when it comes to speed.
  4. Laser printers will be too costly to print image heavy or colored documents

Loaded with this information, I decided to have a look at available options for both Laser and Inkjet printer for home use.

Features to look for in the home printer :

I had some of the features in mind when I decided to buy a printer and some of the features just came up during my research. Here is the holistic list of features that we will look for while deciding to buy a printer :

  • Low cost of printing : Laser printers have much lower cost of printing however there is a variant of Inkjet printers which comes with an Inktank, that reduces the cost of printing of Inkjet printers as well
  • Wireless : In the modern age, the printer must be wireless. Wireless printers can further work seemlessly with mobile devices as well so you can print from the comfort of your Mobile devices as well(Smart phones/tabs etc).
  • All in one printer : Printer should be an all-in-one printer including the functions of scanning and photocopying alongside printing.
  • ADF : The printer must have feature of Automatic document feeding. This is an extremely useful feature and must not be ignored.
  • Dual side printing : This is a good to have feature provided it does not break the bank .. 🙂
  • Upfront cost : Upfront cost should justify the cost of a home printer.
  • Color Printing : Should be able to take up color printing if possible.
  • Weight : As less as possible !! In the modern tech world, the hardware is thinner and as light as possible .. 🙂

After deciding what i want in my printer, I went ahead and started searching the market for good printers. Here is the final shortlist of my research:

1. Canon E560 All in one color printer

Canon is well known for its printing technology. Pixma is a well know range of printers from Canon. The printer comes with auto power on mode and comes with a mobile app for smooth connectivity with Mobile.

canon E560

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 15.2 x 44.9 x 30.4 cm
  • Wireless: Yes
  • Colored: Yes
  • Weight: 5Kg
  • Inktank: No
  • 2 Side Print: Yes
  • Price : INR 5459 on Amazon as of today.
  • Cost Per Page: Around INR 4 per day.

2. Epson L220 Color Ink Tank Printer

Epson L220 All in one color Ink Tank Printer has been gaining foot in the market due to heavy print and TV advertising by the company. Ink Tank printers overall have been gaining popularity due to the reduced cost of printing because of Ink Tank system. The upfront cost of these printers is much higher than that of inkjet printers.

Epson L220

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 46.7 x 39.9 x 18.9 cm
  • Wireless: No
  • Colored: Yes
  • Weight: 6Kg
  • Inktank: Yes
  • 2 Side Printing: No
  • Price : Around INR 9200 on Amazon as of this writing.
  • Printing price per page : Around 10 paise per page.

3. HP Wireless Ink Tank GT5820 All-in-one printer

HP is another popular company in printing technology. HP got into fray of Inktank printing with GT5820. The inktank printer is wireless and has most of the features that one should be looking in a good printer. The cost however is a bit on the higher side.

GT5820

Specifications:

  • Dimensions:60 x 40 x 20 cm
  • Wireless: Yes
  • Colored: Yes
  • Weight: 7Kg
  • Inktank: Yes
  • 2 Side Print: No
  • Price : Around INR 12K as of writing of this blog
  • Price per page printing: 0.1 INR for B&W and 0.2INR for Colored as claimed by HP.

4. Brother DCP-T300 Color Multifunction Ink Tank Printer

DCP-T300 is an Ink Tank offering from Brother. The printer is an all-in-one printer and boasts of higher speeds than inkjets and is very decently priced.

DCP T300

Specifications:

  • Dimensions:43.5 x 37.4 x 16.1 cm
  • Wireless: No, the wireless option is DCP-T500W and costs about 1K more.
  • Colored: Yes
  • Weight: 7Kg
  • Inktank: Yes
  • 2 Side Print: No
  • ADF: The option is available in higher model, which is priced about 2K more than this base model.
  • Price : 10,790 on Amazon as of today
  • Cost per page: About 10 Paise per page

5. Ricoh SP 111SU Mono Multi function Laser printer

SP111U is a multifunction mono laser printer. Mono means that its a B&W printer, the scanner however does have color provision. The price range of Ricoh SP 111U makes it really attractive option in laser printer segment.

Ricoh SP 111SU

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 60.5 x 51 x 25 cm
  • Wireless: No
  • Colored: No
  • Weight: 11Kg
  • 2 Side Print: No
  • Price : 6790 on Amazon as of today.

6. HP Laserjet M1136 Pro Multifunction Monochrome Printer

Laserjet M1136 Pro is a multi function mono chrome printer from HP. The printer is more ideally suited for small offices rather than homes but we still include it in our list. This printer also comes with a colored scanner.

laserjet M1136pro

Specifications:

  • Dimensions:26.5 x 41.5 x 25 cm
  • Wireless: No, Wireless version costs about 1K extra
  • Colored: No
  • Weight: 11Kg
  • 2 Side Print: No
  • Price: About 10K INR as of this writing.

7. Samsung SCX3401 Multifunction Monochrome Laserjet printer

Samsung SCX3401 is a budget laserjet multi function printer. The printer comes with colored scan option. The printer is light weight and the performance is at par with other laser printers. The printer is best suited for normal home purpose like taking occasional printouts, kids assignments etc.

Samsung SCX 3401

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 38.9 x 27.4 x 24.9 cm
  • Wireless: No
  • Colored: No
  • Weight: 7Kg
  • Inktank: No
  • 2 Side Print: No
  • Price : 7300 As of writing this post

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I hope you found my review of printers useful in narrowing down your search for printers. In case you are already having any of these all in one laser printer or inkjet printer for home use, please feel free to share that in comments.

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Happy Printing !!