Wireless All-In-One Printers
A reader asks: 'Is a wireless inkjet printer as good as a regular wired printer? I'm concerned about speed and print quality. If there's no significant difference, can you recommend a few wireless inkjets for me?'
Should I Buy a Wireless Inkjet?
A wireless printer is convenient and flexible; it can be set up just about anywhere and moved easily. Inkjet printing is the workhorse standard these days, providing a broad range of print quality at affordable prices. Put the two together and you have a state-of-the-art combination.
As the name implies, a wireless inkjet printer doesn't require a wired (USB or Ethernet cable) connection to your desktop or laptop. Instead, it connects via wifi to your network router, so it can be easily shared with all the computers in your home or office. And instead of being forced to place the printer within a few feet of your computer, you can place it anywhere within range of the wireless router.
This makes it possible to put the printer in a central location, instead of on one person's desk - especially nice in a small office setting. You won't lose anything in the way of speed or print quality by going wireless. But of course, you'll still have to plug it into the wall for A/C power, so it's not truly wireless in the sense of a mobile phone.
Some Recommended Wireless Inkjet Printers
Here are some popular wireless inkjet printers for your consideration.
The Canon PIXMA MG7120 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-One features a 3.5 inch LCD display and lots of connectivity options. Its maximum color resolution is a high 9600 x 2400 dpi for borderless 8.5x11 photo or document printing in up to six separate ink colors including gray. (Bear in mind that means six ink cartridges to replace on uneven schedules.) Connectivity includes WiFi and Apple’s AirPrint technology. Additional features include Auto Duplex Printing, Full HD Movie Print, wireless Auto Power On, Auto Scan Mode, Quick Start, a Quiet Mode and My Image Garden software. MSRP $199.99, widely available for $150.
Canon's PIXMA MG5520 is very similar to the MG7120, but has only 5 ink cartridges and is a bit slower. It's “Cloud Enabled,” allowing you to print from many popular cloud services (e. g., Picasa Web Albums, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, etc.) either at the printer or from a remote mobile device. You can even email a document to the MG5520. Canon provides a free Android app called Pixma Printing Solutions (PPS) and iPhone users can use AirPrint. Built-in WiFi enables full use of the MG5520 from anywhere on your home or office network. MSRP $149.99, street price $99.99.
The Epson WorkForce WF-3540 Wireless All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer is an office-class workhorse with a 500-sheet paper bin; however, the automatic document feeder that feeds originals for copying or faxing handles 30 sheets. It claims the world’s fastest two-sided printing for quick and economical production of lengthy documents and cost-per-page 40% less than laser printers. A rear-panel feeder handles specialty papers including envelopes so you needn’t unload and reload standard 8.x11 sheets. MSRP $199, street price around $128.
The Epson WorkForce WF-2540 Wireless All-in-One is a budget-minded (MSRP $129.99, street price $89.99) AIO that gets the job done just a bit slower than the 3540 and other higher-priced printers. Its LCD display is 2.5 inches vs. 3.5 inches, and it prints 9 ISO ppm (black) and 4.7 ISO ppm (color). Touted as a business printer, the WF-2540 is a good choice for frequent home users too.
If you're shopping for an all-in-one for your office, check out the HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus e-All-in-One (MSRP $299). This workhorse is an updated version of HP's popular Officejet 8500A model, with a sleeker design, faster print speeds, and cloud printing capability. The 8600 can copy and scan in both standard and legal-size, and produces professional quality documents and photos. The 8600 Plus model has a 250-sheet paper tray, but it you need more, the 8600 Premium model can crank out up to 500 sheets without reloading. I've had a similar HP model, the OfficeJet Pro L7780, for six years and it's been a great tool. Shop around online, and you can find the 8500A for as low as $199!
Don’t neglect the used and refurbished markets when shopping for an AIO printer with wireless capability. A friend of mine recently scored an immaculate Lexmarket XL4850 AIO, refurbished and working perfectly, for less than twenty bucks; the shipping brought the total to just under $40!
Do you have a wireless inkjet printer? Post your comment or question below...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 3 Jan 2014
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