7 Most Affordable Printers
An affordable printer should combine an affordable price, adequate quality and a basic set of useful features. In this ranking, we have collected the 7 best models that you should pay attention to in 2022.
- one What to look for when choosing a budget printer
- 1.1 Type of
- 1.2 Cartridge cost
- 1.3 monthly resource
- 1.4 Print speed
- 1.5 CISS support
- 2 For color printing
- 2.1 1. Canon PIXMA G1411
- 2.2 2. Epson L132
- 2.3 3. HP Color Laser 150a
- 2.4 4. Canon PIXMA G1420
- 3 For black and white printing
- 3.1 1.Pantum P2516/P2518
- 3.2 2. Pantum P2207
- 3.3 3. HP LaserJet 1100
What to look for when choosing a budget printer
For convenience, we highlight 5 criteria that will help you buy a good printer or MFP.
By type, printers are divided into inkjet and laser models. The first is suitable for those who do not need to print a lot of photos and documents. They are inexpensive, some can be as fast as laser printers. They produce a bright picture with good color reproduction. Laser counterparts are needed for presentations and documents. They work quickly and efficiently, have a low cost per print. They cost more than inkjet models, but are not suitable for printing photos.
Inkjet cartridges are expensive, but there are models that can help cut costs. These include equipment that can work with inexpensive consumables, as well as devices with the possibility of self-refueling.
The cost of the printer consists of all its functions and the number of prints. You should not buy equipment that will work at half strength. For small needs (up to two packs of paper per month), it will be enough to find a model with 1000–1500 prints.
A good home printer prints 10 to 30 pages per minute. Office equipment has higher rates. It is worth remembering that inkjet models start working immediately, and laser counterparts need to warm up for about 15 seconds, so the first sheet will be printed more slowly.
CISS is a continuous ink supply system, the presence of which reduces the cost of a sheet (the difference reaches tens of times). Such models have several vials of 50–70 ml with different inks. They are much better when compared with tri-color cartridges, because the latter needs to be changed when one of the colors is exhausted, and for the CISS, the ink supply is replenished based on real costs. In addition, it is safer, since the print head of new models is more durable due to improved technologies.
When choosing, it is recommended to pay attention to useful features. These include:
- support for mobile applications, thanks to which you can control from your phone;
- support for printing on different surfaces (photo paper, envelopes, films, etc.);
- duplex printing, which applies an image on both sides;
- tray, thanks to which you will have to put paper less often;
- the presence of built-in memory, which reduces the chance of freezing equipment.
For color printing
Color printers contain several types of ink (usually up to 4). Because of this, they can cost more than their black and white counterparts.
1. Canon PIXMA G1411
PIXMA G1411 is a small printer (445x135x330mm WxHxD) with refillable ink tanks. It contains 4 colors at once, which include black, cyan, magenta and yellow. It prints well both A4 documents and photos. Equipped with Canon FINE technology and a hybrid ink system that enhances character and picture quality.
Has a tray that can hold up to 100 sheets of standard paper. It has a good yield of black and white (12,000 pages) and color (7,000 pages) cartridges. Capable of printing up to 8.8 black and white images per minute. Works with several types of paper, including glossy.
- long black-and-white cartridge resource;
- Canon FINE technology.
- no particular deficiencies were found.
2. Epson L132
An unusual printer that uses ink containers instead of a cartridge. Contains cyan, yellow, black and magenta, which is enough for 7500 color or 3500 black and white photographs. Experts calculated that with a low load, this would be enough for three years, which allows saving on consumables.
And to improve quality, Epson Micro Piezo technology has been added, with which you can get high-quality prints. The function of printing 10x15 photos without borders also stands out. The width of the model is 482 mm, height — 130 mm, depth — 222 mm.
- allows you to buy ink less often;
- Epson Micro Piezo technology;
- acceptable quality.
- Not all users are satisfied with the speed of printing.
3. HP Color Laser 150a
A laser model that is easy to learn how to use. Can work with 4 colors, suitable for both office paper and envelopes, labels, matte and glossy papers. Like all lasers, it has a small drawback in the form of a long first page print. The whole process takes from 12.4 to 25.3 seconds, it all depends on whether the print is in color or not. By the same criterion, the average print speed varies, which ranges from 4 to 18 pages per minute. Has 4 built-in cartridges, each of which is designed for 700‑1000 prints. The model is heavy, weighs 10 kg, its width is 382 mm, height — 212 mm, depth — 309 mm.
- democratic price;
- quiet work;
- easy to use.
- there is only a wired connection.
Alex 罗萨 (luó sà) The best printer for your money. The print quality is superior to even much more expensive Chinese brand printers. The main problem with the print tray.
Ermakov Sergey Nothing extra, no displays. Due to this, it is one of the smallest color laser printers. This is exactly what I was looking for, based on the size of my desk drawer)
4. Canon PIXMA G1420
When choosing a printer for a home with cheap consumables, you should pay attention to the Canon G1420, which has a continuous ink supply system that saves additional resource. It can work not only with documents, but also with photos. It has 4 cartridges, the number of color prints is designed for 7700 pages, and black and white for 6000.
The unpretentious functionality is compensated by the ease of setup and the speed of black-and-white printing, reaching the mark of 20 ppm, while the average is 9.1 ppm. Color printing is not as fast and reaches 5 ppm. The model has a width of 445 m and a height of 135 mm, the depth is 330 mm. There is a paper feed tray with a capacity of 100 sheets.
- there is a CISS system;
- printer with cheap refills;
- easy to set up.
- You may experience problems connecting to a computer in Windows 10.
Yuri Kokhanistov Been dreaming of it for a long time and it finally happened! All the photos were printed in a week, all that has accumulated is 10x15 photos — A4 formats !!!
Long chose, asked the price, read the reviews. The choice fell on him and they were not mistaken — I RECOMMEND!!!
Victor D. CISS, replaceable “diaper”, silent operation, print quality.
For black and white printing
Black and white printers are used to print documents. The top budget printers below include hardy models suitable for the home or small office.
A laser printer that prints at a speed of 22 A4 pages per minute. It can be used for cards, transparencies, labels and envelopes, but due to its design it takes a long time to warm up, so the first sheet may come out after 7–8 seconds after starting work. Compatible with Windows, Mac OS and even Linux.
The width of the model is 337 mm, height — 178 mm, depth — 220 mm. The total weight does not exceed 5 kg. It is durable and can print up to 15,000 pages per month. During operation, it makes a little noise (52 dB). To connect to a computer, you will need the included USB cable. Also included is a warranty card and a quick start guide.
- high speed printing;
- you can refuel yourself;
- nice price;
- one of the cheapest printers.
- takes time to warm up.
ST Nimble, decent printing, long power cord, compact.
Mikhail Shvedov The most common printer. It performs its function. Delivered on time, packaged well. The kit includes a disk for installation. You can also download the driver for installation from the official website.
2. Pantum P2207
Cheap and reliable printer for home use. Has a built-in paper tray that holds 150 sheets. Due to its compactness (337 mm in width, 178 in height and 220 in depth) it can be placed on a table. The declared resource of the cartridge is designed for 1600 pages, the model can produce up to 15000 printouts per month.
The device can print up to 20 pages per minute, except for a warm-up time of 6–7 seconds. It can handle labels, transparencies, cards, matte and glossy paper, and envelopes. And for extra savings, it comes with multiple cables and a starter cartridge.
- a large number of positive reviews;
- print quality.
- not all users are satisfied with the quality of plastic;
Arkady Everything is fine, not even the noisiest, but the sound is frightening. 🙂
We’ll get used to it, I think.
People complain about the high cost of native cartridges. We refill such cartridges for 300 rubles. In addition, “non-native” analogues appeared on sale. You can find budget options
Ilya K. The printer was purchased for making photomasks of printed circuit boards. He copes with this task perfectly. It prints almost without gaps on a transparent film, the photoresist is illuminated normally. Pleased with the absence of image distortion, typical for most laser printers.
3. HP LaserJet 1100
This model, with a slightly old-fashioned design, can turn out up to 7,000 pages per month. The cartridge is capacious and is designed for 2500 prints. The maximum print speed is 8 pages per minute, but due to outdated technology, it will take 18 seconds to warm up.
The model weighs 7 kg, but at the same time it has a width of 367 mm, a height of 325 mm and a depth of 378 mm. You can not worry about the reliability of the device, the model is able to work without repair for more than 10 years. There is a small tray that can hold up to 125 pages for input and 100 for paper output.
- cartridge for 2500 pages;
- low cost of service;
- it will be difficult to find components;
- outdated design.
藤原拓海 The printer was found in a garbage dump in 2010, the production date is 1999, it works as expected, it was most likely thrown away due to old age
Sbekon I’m afraid that it will break — where to repair it? Modern experts will be very surprised to see a printer — the same age.