To keep costs down, printer manufacturers will cut a few corners. And when a printer skimps on features you can live without anyway, you may find yourself a heck of a deal.
Saving money is a good thing. If you need a new printer and youre on a tight budget, its surely one of the key issues that you care about. The trick is in knowing how to save money while still getting a reasonably capable printer.
This roundup gathers an assortment of printersincluding both stand-alone and all-in one (AIO) choices as well as both ink jets and lasers. They dont all qualify as inexpensive in absolute terms. (The Canon Pixma Pro9000
, for example, sells for $499.99 direct.) Nor is each one necessarily the best in its category (even though the Pro9000, at least, is good enough to have earned an Editors Choice for low-cost prosumer photo printer). But each is cheap for its category and delivers enough bang for the buck to qualify as a bargain.
Low prices almost always go hand in hand with cutting some corners. The difference between a printer thats disappointing and one thats impressive for its price lies in which corners the manufacturer chose to cut. With the Canon Pixma iP1800
, for example, Canon kept prices down in part by leaving out the automatic alignment feature youll find in most ink jet printers and opting for manual alignment instead. This is a bit of a pain, since you have to realign the head every time you change a cartridge. But its a lot better choice than compromising on speed or output quality.
Similarly, the Dell Color Laser Printer 1320c
offers limited paper handling, with a default 250-sheet paper tray and no options. That wont be a problem in most cases, however, because 250 sheets is enough capacity for a typical personal printer or for a small office with light-duty printing needs.
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