Best Printers and Faxes for Home or Office Use

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With nearly any computer-using household needing a printer, as well as myriad home-based and small businesses, the market for printers and all-in-one devices remains crowded. And whether it’s a simple dedicated machine you are looking for and one that can perform a number of tasks, the revenue model for many manufacturers seems to be evolving into the well-known razor/razor blade model – give them the printers for cheap and charge them lots for the cartridges. There are obviously a number of choices available for anyone in the market for a printer, so here are some of the best printers and faxes available, including standalone or all-in-one units.

HP DeskJet 1000 – This single-purpose, budget friendly print does one thing, and does it well – print documents.  For those who just need a simple device that’s easy to use, this basic HP DeskJet 1000 model from HP costs only $30 as is the perfect choice for those on a budget that just need to print.

Samsung Laser Single-Function Printer – If you’re looking for a simple approach to printing but have a bit more to spend, consider Samsung’s Laser Single-Function Printer.  It has wireless capability, meaning you can stow it just about anywhere.  It also allows for double-sided printing and can print single-sided docs the quick rate of 29 pages per minute.

Canon Selphy CP800 Compact Photo Printer – If you’re looking to print photos, the Canon Selphy CP800 is a great choice that can provide prints in standard size or as small a credit card.  With its 2.5 inch tilt-up LCD screen, you don’t even need to connect it to a printer – you can create prints directly from your memory cards or other Bluetooth-enabled devices.

Epson Expression Home XP-400 – While many do want just the ability to print, increasingly families need a device that can perform many functions at once.  The Expression Home XP-400 is also a scanner and copier in addition to a printer.  With space at a priority for many, Epson has cleverly dubbed their Expression Home XP-400 as the “small-in-one” printer, based on its small size.  And it’s also portable, and able to print documents from Apple devices and PCs straight from the cloud.

Brother IntelliFax-2820 – Although e-mail scanning and communication has overtaken faxing, the need for a fax machine still exists for many, and for a few business and professions it’s still the way much communication gets done.  The Brother IntelliFax-2820 focuses on just the fax, and provides high-quality and quick printouts, as well as a built-in phone receiver to allow for both voice and fax calls.  If faxing is still a priority for your home or business, the Brother Intellifax-2820 is a great choice.

Lexmark Pro5500 – This all-in-one printer, scanner, copier and fax machine from Lexmark features a large 4.3 inch tough screen that helps make job selection and set up simple and easy.  Although the Lexmark Pro5500 is a bit bigger than some smaller all-in-ones, it’s great for small businesses with its handle to handle big jobs from a number of different sources simultaneously.

Xerox WorkCentre 3325 – While they’re best known for the large-scale office copy machines, Xerox also has products designed for the home office, such as the WorkCentre 3325, an all-in one printer, fax machine, copier and scanner that can produce and replicate two-sided documents with ease.  Since Xerox has so much printing and copying and experience, it’s no surprise they can create a dependable and fast home printing option as well.  The Xerox WorkCentre 3325 is wireless and small, so can it go nearly anywhere, and reports a printing rate of 37 pages per minute.

 

 

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Johner Riehl

Johner Riehl is a freelance writer focusing on families, technology and online safety. As founder and editorial director for FamilyFriendlyApps.com and FamilyFriendlyVideoGames.com, sites that provide reviews and recommendations geared towards families, he examines hundreds of family-friendly games and apps every year. He’s also host of Parent Savers, a podcast aimed at helping parents of newborns, infants and toddlers. TWITTER: @FamilyTechDad

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