Printers are mainstays of any office environment, but there is not a magical one-size-fits-all machine out there. You will want the best printer that caters to your organization’s particular requirements, whether you are a small business, a large enterprise or someone working out of your home office.
Inclusion of multiple functions – e.g., scanning, faxing, support for mobile devices, etc. – will be essential in any potential option. At the same time, your ultimate choice will depend on your budget as well as your most common workflows.
From entry level to heavy duty machines, there is at least one printer for every situation. Let’s look at a few of the best picks for each setting.
The HP OfficeJet Pro 6830 e-All-in-One Color InkJet Printer is a good entry-level option here. It is affordable, has good print quality and it even allows for printing from mobile devices or the cloud. Almost six years ago, Google Cloud Print alone reached 6 million printers, and since that time cloud-based printing via devices like this one has only become much more popular.
On the other end of the spectrum, there is the HP OfficeJet Pro 8620 e-All-in-One Color InkJet. It also has wireless capabilities in addition to a built-in duplexer and fax machine. It also has a 4.3-inch touchscreen display.
The HP LaserJet Pro M177fw Color Laser is the top budget pick for smaller businesses. It can produce high-quality color images up to 2400 dpi and has convenient automatic document feeder, making it ideal for a small, shared work space.
For the less budget-conscious SME, there is the Canon imageClass MF628cw Color Laser. It can print from smartphones & tablets and can do a solid 14 pages per minute in both black-and-white and color prints.
The HP LaserJet Enterprise M712n Single-function Monochrome Laser Printer fits the bill for a small-to-medium office. It brings blazing-fast printing at 40 pages per minute to the table and is equally suited for text and graphics. It can also expands B&W printing options on paper sizes up to A3 and near edge-to-edge printing.
Meanwhile, the Fuji Xerox DocuCentre S2420 Multifunction Color Laser can do even more. It can print, copy, scan and fax and is capable of 256 shades of Gray scales at 24 ppm.
Ability to handle enormous print volumes is vital in a big office, and the eminently affordable Fuji Xerox DocuPrint C5005d Single-function Color Laser delivers in spades. It can churn at 50 ppm in multiple formats, yet it is also achieves high quality printing, thank to Fuji Xerox’s EA Eco-toner technology that contains sharp-melting polyester which achieves photo-quality gloss output on a wide variety of paper types.
At the top-of-the-line, there is the HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M750dn Single-function Color Laser. It produces high-volume print jobs without frequent paper changes, with a paper capacity of up to 2,350 sheets that automatically recognizes paper size and type for best printing results.