Best Printer Deals – Tech Advisor
Home printers are working overtime for many people, and more of us are working from home than ever. That means stock is hard to come by with decent offers, but we searched high and low for the best discounts nonetheless.
If your printer can’t cope or you’re tired of high ink costs, buying a new printer may solve the problem. We’ve rounded up the best deals and also explain what to look for when buying a new printer.
With more demand than usual, printer deals are hard to come by, but here are the best in the US and UK.
What to Look for in Printer Deals
It is important to keep in mind that the price of the printer is only the beginning. You will also need to consider ink costs. Often what looks like a great value printer can end up being expensive in the long run due to expensive ink. Some manufacturers, including HP, now offer ink subscriptions that give you a fixed price for a certain number of prints per month, making it easy to know how much you’ll be spending.
Most modern printers are all-in-one multifunction devices that can scan and copy documents in addition to your standard printing capabilities. Some also include a fax machine.
You can find printer reviews by category – choose from budget, laser, color laser, inkjet and all-in-one models
Look for Wi-Fi enabled printers as they are extremely useful when you need to print from your phone or laptop. Also consider if they have USB ports or memory card slots for easy photo printing.
There are many types of printers available, which can make it very difficult to choose the right one for you. First, it should be noted that the printer market moves very slowly, so don’t be afraid to buy last year’s model.
Inkjet versus laser
These are the two main printing technologies. An inkjet printer sprays tiny dots of ink onto paper and is generally less expensive than laser printers (although you may pay more in cartridges in the long run).
Laser printers, on the other hand, use a powdered ink called toner. The paper is electronically loaded to draw the ink into position. It is then fused with heat onto the page. Laser printers work best for text and generally for fast, high-volume printing.
In terms of color printing, inkjet printers can produce high quality images but are generally slower. Color laser printers, although faster than inkjet printers, are more expensive to purchase.
Ink cartridges may seem cheaper than toner cartridges, but consider the cost per page: toner can often print 1,000 pages or more, but ink may only last 100-200 pages. You can also use third-party toner which is much cheaper than genuine toner from Xerox, Samsung and others. Just make sure that using it doesn’t void your warranty.
For more advice on which printer to buy, check out our roundup of the best printers.
Where to find printer deals
We bring you our neatly curated list of the best printer deals here, but here are a few retailers you can check out for yourself for printer deals:
If you’re hoping to take advantage of one of Amazon’s limited-time Lightning deals, we recommend signing up for theFree 30-day trial of Amazon Prime. Not only will this get you free next day delivery, but you’ll also get access to Lightning deals 30 minutes earlier than non-Prime members.
Where to find ink cartridge deals
Cartridges can be expensive in the long run, but you can get a deal if you know where to look. Besides checking out the retailers mentioned above, there are a few other places worth looking into. It’s also worth experimenting with third-party cartridges that can work at a fraction of the price. We have had great success with third party toner from Amazon and eBay.
Groupon often offers discounts on popular brands such as HP, Canon and Epson. See Groupon cartridge deals.
eBay is another place to check, but be sure to buy from an authorized dealer or a reputable source with a solid track record of positive ratings and ratings. See cartridge deals on eBay.
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