Let’s face it, not everyone has the luxury or the needs of buying a top-tier printer. Which brings us the next best alternative; budget printers that don’t cost you a fortune. These are the kinds that are cheap but still produces reasonably good print quality. And depending on your needs, some even come with all-in-one functionality.
Which is cheaper: laser printer or inkjet printer?
When comes to buying a printer, the inkjet varieties are generally cheaper since they have a low start-up cost. Even their ink cartridges cost less than laser printers’ toner cartridges. But like any other devices, inkjet printers have their own pros and cons.
What is the difference between laser printer and inkjet printer?
Inkjet printers are suitable for printing photos and image documents, being capable of handling different types of paper ranging from plain paper to glossy photo paper. They tend to be smaller and lighter too. Additionally, used inkjet cartridges can be refilled to help you save money and avoid unnecessary wastage.
Unlike the more costly laser printer that utilises laser for long-lasting printouts, inkjet varieties adapt liquid-based ink that can result in possible fading or liquid damage. They also do not hold as much paper in the trays as laser printers. Moreover, inkjet printers’ overall printing speed is slower than laser printers.
At the end of the day, it all depends on your respective needs and budget. And if you belong to the latter category, here are the best cheap printers you can buy with just under RM 200.
For such a print point, the Canon Pixma MG2577S boasts several key features. It has a 3-in-1 combination of print, scan & copy functionalities, an easy-to-use auto power button and a nifty Quiet mode. The latter allows you to print documents with minimum printing noises, making it suitable for uses during odd hours at home.
The printer is also bundled with My Image Garden - a useful software designed that enables you to organise and print your photos. It has additional features like filters, auto-layout suggestions, facial recognition and Full HD movie print. That feature lets you convert your favourite movie clips taken from Canon camera devices into still prints.
Suitable for everyday printing, this budget-friendly HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 2135 allows you to print, scan and copy under one machine. It boasts print speeds for colour and mono at up to 7.5 and 5.5 ppm respectively. The printer can handle up to 25 and 60 pages of output and input trays respectively, minimising the need to reload papers often.
As mentioned earlier, the HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 2135 also comes with a flatbed type scanner that holds a decent 1200 dpi scan resolution. You can use it to scan your photo, document or magazine pages in different file formats such as JPEG, TIFF, PDF and PNG.
If you don’t mind the Canon Pixma TS207’s lack of scan and copy functionalities, this otherwise single-function printer does have its advantages. It has excellent print quality and is able to support borderless photo printing of up to 4R size.
As for print speeds, it can yield A4 pages of up to 4 ppm (colour) and 7 ppm (mono). Interestingly enough, the Canon Pixma TS207’s all-black exterior has a grid-textured surface that is both resistant to fingerprints and scratches.
Say goodbye to wired printing with HP Wireless DeskJet Ink Advantage 2676. It provides wireless convenience that allows you to print from any mobile devices such as laptop, smartphone or tablet. The printer also supports AirPrint, making it easy for those who use an iPhone or iPad.
Aside from its copy and scan feature, the HP Wireless DeskJet Ink Advantage 2676 boasts quite nice features for its price.
It has a space-saving enclosed output tray that holds up to 25 sheets as well as have exceptional print quality using HP’s low-cost cartridges. The latter can even print the first page out as fast as 14 seconds (mono) and 17 seconds (colour) respectively.
Whether you are using it for personal or business reasons, the HP Deskjet 2622 has got you all covered. It supports both wireless printings using HP Smart App and AirPrint. It also has an all-in-one functionality that allows you to print, scan & copy.
Other key features include various page-size supports ranging from A4 to DL envelopes as well as 3 different types of paper (plain, photo & brochure). You don’t have to worry about paper jams, thanks to its 25-sheet output tray. In terms of speeds, it prints 7.5 ppm for mono and 5.5 ppm for colour.
Sporting a sleek-looking matte black exterior, this multi-function Canon Pixma MG3070s printer comes with a surprisingly sturdy build for such a price point. It also feels reasonably lightweight at just 3.5 kg. Not to mention, it also supports both scan and copy functionalities.
For printing, the Canon Pixma MG3070s can produce fast yet vivid-looking inkjet quality at around 15 seconds and 25 seconds for both black & white and colour copies. You can even make use of the printer’s wireless capability via Canon Print Inkjet/SELPHY App which not only supports printing but also lets you monitor the ink level.
Another noteworthy feature is the cloud printing support, which enables you to print directly from online platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Dropbox using the Pixma Cloud Link.
The Canon Pixma E470 offers the best of both worlds. This affordably-priced printer has an all-in-one functionality (print, scan & copy), a simple plug-and-play system and wireless capabilities via Canon Print Inkjet/SELPHY app.
Printing quality is reasonable enough for everyday uses regardless of text documents and image prints. Moreover, the printer’s low-cost yet high-capacity Pixma ink cartridges can yield up to 400 pages.
Ideal for students, this budget-friendly HP DeskJet 1112 printer is capable of printing as fast as 66 seconds and 15 seconds for colour and black & white copies. The printer supports four-page sizes (A4, B5, A6 and envelope) and can handle up to 60 & 25 sheets in the input and output trays respectively.
Compatible with both Windows and Mac computers via plug-and-play USB connection, the HP DeskJet 1112 can produce up to 480 pages using the HP’s optional high-capacity ink cartridges.
This affordable Brother HL-1110 is designed with speed and productivity in mind, as it is capable of yielding up to 20 pages per minute. As a laser printer, expect better-than-average print quality regardless of black-and-white text documents or monochrome images.
The printer’s paper tray can also handle a large number of papers for up to 150 sheets, which in turn, reduces the constant needs of refilling papers. Best of all, the cartridges are made to last longer, printing up to 1,000 pages. Meanwhile, Brother’s anti-jam technology ensures your printing runs smoothly without hiccups.
With a minimalistic white exterior and bright blue trim, this all-in-one HP DeskJet Ink Advantage 3635 printer has a professional outlook that looks good on the office workstation or a desk.
Aside from its good-enough print quality for everyday office use, it has both wireless & cloud printing capability, thanks to its Wi-Fi connectivity and HP ePrint function. The printer can hold up to 60 sheets in the input tray, whereas the print speed varies from 6 ppm (colour) to 8.5 ppm (mono).
Apart from printing, you can also use it for scanning documents and pages that allow you to save them into JPEG or PDF format. Finally, the A4 copy function is just a simple push of a button of either Copy Color or Copy Black.
If you are constantly on the go, here’s a portable printer that you can easily fit into your backpack. It has a compact size of a smartphone and only weighs around 170g! The printer supports 2 x 3-inch snapshots and doesn’t use a conventional ink since the HP Sprocket adopts Zink a.k.a. zero ink technology using heat-activated photo paper.
In other words, you don’t have to worry about carrying any physical ink cartridge. The printer can hold up to 10 papers and produce fast printing speed of 40 seconds per print.
With its mobile printing support, just connect the printer to your smart devices via Bluetooth. You can also make full use of it by downloading the HP Sprocket app that allows you to customise photos before the printing process.
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