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Thanks to competition and technology advances, Multifunction (MFP’s) and wireless printers have become more economical. Today, increases in wireless speeds and connectivity has coaxed manufacturers, such as Lexmark, Canon, Epson, Brother, and HP to deliver more Wi-Fi ready machines to the market.
Though it can be difficult to actually determine which wireless printer may be best for home use, we’ll present our picks and let you to make the choice. Some of the negatives to wireless devices has been speed. Yes, a very common and legitimate concern for many devices users, but what you lose in speed over a wireless connection, you gain in printer pages-per-minute speed, not to mention being Ethernet cable-free.
If speed is still a concern, you can always purchase a model which has Ethernet or USB connectivity, along with wireless capability. More than likely, home use will dictate more of a concern on price and reliability over any other feature set. Let’s take a look at a few of the contenders.
If you are searching for a wireless, home office printer that is reliable, fast, and inexpensive, the L-2270DW may be it. It has a text document print speed of 27 pages per minute, and 11.7 for text and graphic image documents. Okay, so this is not an all-in-one machine, nor does it do color, but it will last a very long time between refills, as it is a laser printer.
You will find the ratings of this printer to be very high; customer reviews show that it provides what it says…quality and speed printing, for a lot less. It seems many users liked the connectivity flexibility with an Ethernet connection, as well as a wireless connection.
I have personally purchased a great number of printers in my time, and each time, I look to those that print color. However, I can’t tell you how many times it ran out of color ink, and the cartridge was never replaced because of the expense.
This Canon Inkjet printer, the MX882 Wireless Printer, is value-priced, has a good set of features, and spits-out quality text documents and photos.
Outside of Canon’s known reliability and quality statistics, is the user interface associated with Multi-Function-Printer’s front panel. All printing, copying, and scanning functions can be easily executed right from the printer.
In addition to the basic print commands, there is also a PictBridge-enabled port for printing pictures directly from your camera, as well as standard printing from its USB port.
If you print a lot of images, graphics, or photos, bar-none, this is the best quality in image prints of similar printers in this category. With the Auto Photo Correction function of the NX 625, your pictures will be adjusted for lighting conditions, etc.
Though it is slower than comparable printers, it does still have some of the same features, such as automatic duplexing, and various size printing options. Additionally, it has a 150-sheet paper tray, and allows the use of high-capacity cartridges.
The Officejet 6500A Plus is everything you would expect form an HP printer. Such functions as wireless printing, and maximum print speeds, up to 32 pages per minute for text documents.
This all-in-one, or Multi-Function-Printer, can be your sole machine for printing, copying, and scanning. Thanks to its built-in wireless connectivity, you can also communicate directly with it from your iPhone, iPad, with its ePrint technology.
Don’t get confused with the Officejet 6500 when comparing prices, as it is NOT wireless. If wireless connectivity is not a concern, the 6500 model is Ethernet-ready, so you simply need only to place it near your router to allow sharing of the printer.
This Lexmark offers business-class, Multi-Function-Printer capabilities for a very affordable price. This is actually a 4-in-1 machine, with printing, copying, scanning, and faxing functions. With its Vizix ink technology, it will also save you money on ink cartridges.
Though Lexmark has not made its reputation based on life-long reliability, I can say from personal use though, it is a good value, and if you stick with what it was designed to do, in terms of amount of use, it will last.
I recall a time I needed to buy a more-robust printer, and put the Lexmark on a closet shelf. Low and behold, a need came up for another, low-volume printer 2-years later. I dusted it off, plugged it in, snapped in a ink cartridge, and it worked. I was presently surprised.
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