Top 5 best printers for college students in 2018

Considerably, you need to take a few tips before purchasing a printer. There are a lot of models out on the market, it makes it difficult for you to choose the best printer for your needs. Let us see what points we need to consider to buy a printer for your needs.

Basically, the printer comes with two different set of capabilities, one can print black and white, the other can print color using LASER or color and mono flavors of each. Lasers tend to be more costly to buy but provide a better quality output, particularly where lots of text is involved. And they are much faster.

If you need to print only text, and a lot of it, a mono laser printer will offer the crispest text output and the best combination of a fast page per minute output and low ink costs. If, however, you need to print in color then go to an inkjet printer.

MULTIFUNCTIONAL PRINTERS

Multifunctional printers are an all in one device that includes a scanner, copier, printer. This allows you to scan documents and share it with your friends or colleagues. Especially for a college student, a multifunctional printer is more advisable, as you need to scan your work to share and to print them. When you need all this function, then a multifunctional printer will save you money.

Print speed

Considering print speed  also important. The speeds quoted by the manufacturers are almost never matched by real-world performance. If you go for high-speed printing you need to pay more. Double-sided printing is also handy for everything from printing school reports, College project reports.

Type of connection

Printers  can be connected to our computer or mobile devices in several ways. They can be connected through the USB cable,  through WiFi, through internet, through Bluetooth. You need to see which will be best to suit your needs.

Note: These are not necessarily best in class printers. They are good for the money and provide good functionality specially targeted for students.

CANON PIXMA MG3620

The MG3620 is the fastest model we’ve tested to date at making color copies.

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The Canon Pixma MG3620 is a bare-bones wireless multifunction device for people who don’t want to pay extra for features they don’t need. You won’t get an LCD control panel for running stand-alone operations, and there’s no automatic document feeder (ADF) for copying or scanning multipage documents. But you will get a duplexer for making two-sided prints, and the MG3620 performs most tasks at better-than-average speeds. Most important, this device delivers high-tone prints.

The MG3620 is not a speed demon at printing text. At 6.4 pages per minute, it lagged behind the average of 7.5 ppm for inkjet printing machines we’ve tried. It needed 47 seconds to print our five-page papers. The slightly more expensive HP ENVY 5540 finished in a faster 36.9 seconds. The MG3620’s Quiet Mode slows text printing a few. Typically, the MG3620 printed a single page of text in 15.5 seconds; with Quiet Mode on, it took 23.2 seconds.

The Canon Pixma MG3620 delivers a good deal for the money. It makes very attractive photo prints, produces excellent photo scans and print razor-sharp text (at least on high-quality paper). The printer’s features are basic, merely if you seldom ask to swap paper, don’t make many multipage copies and don’t require an LCD for stand-alone operation, it’s unlikely you’ll wish you’d bought a multifunction printer with more bells and whistles.

PROS:
  • Quick to print graphics
  • Very fast scanner
  • Duplexer for two-sided prints
  • Make color copies quickly
  • Excellent photo scan quality
  • Great value for your money

CONS:
  • Two-sided printing is slow, with less sharp-looking text
  • No separate photo paper tray or document feeder
  • Lacks an LCD

Final thoughts: Great value for money.

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HP ENVY 5540

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Basic MFP features for the 5540 are limited to, printing, copying, and scanning. In addition, the 2.2-inch front-panel touchscreen LCD offers a menu that lets you print an assortment of templates stored in the printer, including graph paper and music paper.

The connection options for the 5540 or USB, Wi-Fi, and Wi-Fi Direct. If you connect via Wi-Fi to a network that’s connected to the Internet, you can use the touchscreen menus for HP’s print apps, which let you print from an assortment of Web sites. Among the most popular, according to HP, are the choices for printing crossword puzzles, Disney coloring book pages, and a seven-day menu planner. If you use a USB connection to a single PC instead, you’ll lose the ability to print, though the cloud and the ability use HP’s print apps, but you can still take advantage of the printer’s Wi-Fi Direct to connect directly to the printer from a mobile device to print and scan.

PROS:
  • Automatic duplexer.
  • Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct.
  • Prints through the cloud.
  • Photo tray for 4-by-6-inch photo paper.
  • Fast photo printing in our tests.

CONS:
  • No Ethernet or fax.
  • Lacks an automatic document feeder.
  • Installation software and front-panel LCD push hard to sell HP’s Instant Ink Program.

Final thoughts: Designed as an inkjet multifunction printer primarily for home use, the HP Envy 5540 All-in-One Printer can print, scan, copy, print through the cloud, and print directly from mobile devices.

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CANON PIXMA MX922

Best seller on amazon!

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One of this printer’s greatest strengths is its ability to automatically print on both sides of a page. This feature, commonly called automatic duplexing, saves you money on paper and is environmentally friendly. Another helpful feature is its automatic document feeder. The ADF allows you to place a multi-page document on the tray, and it automatically scans each page.

You can connect to the MX922 wirelessly from a host of devices. It’s Wi-Fi enabled, so if you own a wireless router, you can connect to your Wi-Fi network and print from anywhere in your house. This multifunction printer also supports AirPrint, which means Apple users can print from their iPads, iPhones, and Macs, as long as they are connected to the same network. Android phone and tablet users can download Canon’s free app and print photos from their mobile devices. The MX922 has print speeds on par with the best all-in-one printers. It produces black-and-white documents at a speed of 15 pages per minute and color documents at 10 pages per minute.

Final thoughts:  This printer is exceptional for a home office or a small business. Well, it’s not the best choice for a print-heavy environment, it has capabilities to handle a wide variety of jobs and the wireless connectivity to highlight its functionality.

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Epson Expression Home XP-420

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Epson’s Expression Home series of multifunctional printers hardly disappoint. Like the rest of the models under the series, Epson Expression Home XP-420 can print, copy and scan and it connects via USB or Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi Direct.

Its input tray can hold up to 100 sheets of paper while the output tray holds fewer copies than that. No actual figure is given by the manufacturer. You can manage your operations via its 2.5″ crisp and clear LED panel which functions with the help of a four-arrow touch panel and a centrally placed OK button. An SD Card slot has also been included right on the lower left side of the front panel. Another great feature is the four separate ink tanks which eliminate the pain of throwing out all your cartridges when one runs out.

Well, the printer isn’t particularly fast; expect roughly 9ppm and 4.5ppm in black and in color respectively. Scans are a little slower as well but the result is rather good. Copying isn’t really on a par with the best, which can be explained by the absence of an ADF/duplex scan. But for its little price, any student on a budget will definitely find this option workable.

PROS:
  • Great features for its lower price
  • Large LED display panel
  • SD card slot
  • Separate ink tanks

CONS:
  • Quite slow
  • Lacks ADF or duplexing
  • Moderate photo quality


Final thoughts: Looking at Epson Expression Home XP-420’s low price, it’s pretty clear that you get what you pay for. Even though it may not be as fast as other inkjet printers or give a superior output quality, the printer is stilll a perfect fit for students, especially one who looks to having it as a back-up just in case they are running short on printing optionsamazon-buy-button

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BROTHER CPL2540DW

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The MFC-L2740DW can print, copy, scan and fax offers double-sided printing, connects via USB, Ethernet or WLAN, and has 64MB of on-board memory. It delivers speeds of up to 30 ppm (pages per minute), has a 250-sheet paper tray, a 35-sheet automatic document feeder, and a single-sheet media tray. It also supports GDI emulation, PCL6 and BR-Script 3 and is operated by a 6.8cm touchscreen.

The MFC-L2740DW takes a while to get going – on a wireless connection sending a single page letter took 13 seconds from hitting print to see it in the out tray – but once it’s running it chomps through print jobs at a claimed 30 ppm. In our tests, we achieved 29 ppm, which is close enough. Scanning and copying are quick to an A4 scan took seven seconds from start to finish.

Like the other printers in the range, the MFC-L2740DW produces crisp, sharp text, images without obvious banding and decent blacks, although if you opt for the toner saving mode the output may seem a little light. Printing and scanning are reasonably quiet, and aggressive energy saving cuts the power after a short idle, resuming instantly when you send a print job.

PROS:
  • Double-sided printing
  • Does everything
  • Cheap to buy and run

CONS:
  • Fiddly touchscreen
  • Not designed for high volumes
  • Looks hideous

Final thoughts: The MFC-L2740DW is a good all-rounder, sensibly priced and not too expensive to run.

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