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The three most useful ways to categorize printers are by purpose (general or special), intended use (home or office), and technology. General-purpose printers tend to focus on photos if they're intended for home use or on text if they're intended for the office. Many all-in-one-printers or MFPs(Multi-Functions Printer) are meant for the dual role of home and office printer (particularly for home offices).
The two most common technologies,laser and inkjet, increasingly overlap in capabilities, but there are still differences. The most important are that nearly all lasers (and laser-class models, such as solid ink and LED-based printers) print higher-quality text than nearly any inkjet, and almost any inkjet prints higher-quality photos than the overwhelming majority of lasers. Ask yourself whether text or photos are more important, and pick a technology accordingly.
An inkjet printer is a computer peripheral that produces hard copy by spraying ink onto paper. A typical inkjet printer can produce copy with a resolution of at least 300 dots per inch ( dpi ). Some inkjet printers can make full color hard copies at 600 dpi or more. Many models include other devices such as a scanner ,photocopier , and dedicated fax machine along with the printer in a single box.
1. HP DeskJet Ink Advantage 2135 All-in-One Printer:
The product of HP, the DeskJet Ink Advantage 2135 is indeed one of the best all in one printer in India. It is a compact multipurpose printer with easy control features with 3.42 kg weight and a dimension of 42.5 x 30.4 x 14.9 cm. It can scan and photocopy the documents other than merely printing them; unlike other printers. Since it has a sleek design and lightweight, it can be settled just anywhere on the desk without difficulty. The installation and operation are easy.
The 4800 x 1200 DPI colour resolution gives nearly 1000 pages of A4 size in one month, which is good for home and small office usage. The feeding tray can accommodate up to 60 pages while its printing speed is good at 7.5 pages per minute. This enhances the productivity without ever compromising the print quality.
It has a thermal-ink technology which utilises the thermal energy to adequately heat up the ink, making it cost efficient and high-speed print possible. The flatbed scanner scans nearly all variety of formats including TIFF, BMP, PDF, PNG, JPEG at 1200 DPI resolution. The photocopy comes in a 600 x 300 DPI resolution with 9 copies quickly.
The multifunction printer is compatible with the USB 2.0 interface which enables it to work at a fast pace and connect with a variety of devices such as desktop, pen-drives and laptops. Since it comes under the Energy Star Certified Program, it is environment-friendly too as it does not consume too much energy. It can proficiently function with almost all varieties of OS such as Mac OS, Windows 8, Windows 7, Window Vista and more different OS.
At 5 Kg and in 45.4 x 35 x 19 cm package, the DeskJet Ink Advantage 3636 K4U05B is another product of HP that is giving high-quality printing at an incredibly affordable cost. The low priced ink cartridges of HP give great value for the money spent on them. It is a versatile printer that has wireless functionality. It can conveniently print, copy or scan the images and documents while the connectivity with laptop, PC, tablet or smartphone is wirelessly done. The HP’s Mobile Phone app makes things further easy for managing both the scanning and printing tasks on the move.
The compact size and its ability to deliver the prints silently makes it a favourite for many. At 8.5 ppm for the Black and 6 ppm for colour prints, it delivers a good resolution of 1200 x 1200 DPI for black and 4800 x 120 optimised DPI for colour printouts. The scanning can be done with HP Photosmart, a software made by HP for its printers. The mobile integration is easy while Wi-Fi multitasking makes things much easier for the user. At 1000 pages duty cycle, it has an input tray that can accommodate up to 60 sheets, and 25 sheets can settle in the output tray. It can print out borderless documents such as flyers and photos without borders. The variety of tasks can be controlled from the display panel on the machine that has simple icons for every task.
Third multifunction printer from HP in this list is the DeskJet Ink Advantage Ultra 4729 which has Wi-Fi connectivity. This 5.24 Kg machine has a dimension of 47.5 x 35.1 x 20.3 cm, and it is meant to cut costs, but not the quality; per page. It can print a large volume of pages which will be costing less because of the ultra-high-yield ink cartridges by HP. The wireless connectivity enables this multifunction printer to be connected with tablets and smartphones other than the usual devices such as PCs and laptops.
With its HP 46 Black cartridge, one can get 1500 pages and 750 pages with the HP 46 Tri-color cartridge. Indeed a much convenient model that prints, copies and scans with perfection.
At 6.2 Kg and a dimension of 37.7 x 48.4 x 22.6 cm, Epson L565 has Wi-Fi to boasts of super-high quantity at 4500 pages for one 70 ml bottle of black ink and a good 7500 pages for one bottle of colour ink. This way, the printing cost comes to 7 paise and 18 paise, for black and colour prints; respectively. The automatic feeder for documents has a capacity of 30 pages, while it can do a multi-page faxing, copying and scanning too. It is Mac and Windows compatible.
Its wireless connectivity allows the user to handle the printing from another room or distance as well. The Wi-Fi direct technology of Epson plays an important role in its superb speed of 33 prints in a minute, which is excellent if you want more volume in less time. The resolution of 5760 DPI at its maximum, this machine uses the Micro Piezo technology of Epson to deliver vibrant and sharp prints. It can print on plain paper as well as glossy photo paper in different sizes which is a remarkable feature. A user can conveniently print envelopes, birthday cards, half-page party invitations, presentation handout as well as A4 size posters.
The Epson L380 multifunction printer delivers precise, sharp and clear prints with its 600 x 1200 DPI sensors, where the scan is better with copies of draft mode in mere 5 seconds and 10 seconds for black and colour; respectively. The capacity of the printer is 7500 colour prints and 4500 black prints at a meagre cost of running it. The one-touch copy and scan functions give additional convenience to the user. It comes with a warranty of 30000 pages or one year or whichever happens first.
It is a small space needing machine that is a good fit for home office. At 30 x 48.2 x 14.5 cm, and 4.4 Kg, it can handle the paper sizes of B5, A6, A5, A4, 10 x 15 cm (4 x 6 in), 9 x 13 cm (3.5 x 5 in),13 x 18 cm (5 x 7 in). While the other things that it can print are the Envelopes at C6, DL, #10, Legal (8 ½ x 14 in) 100 x 148 mm and Letter (8 ½ x 11 in). An eye for detail is what this machine gives to its user.
As of the 1st of January 2014, the new Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) recycling laws were introduced. These new laws make it illegal to dispose of equipment such as toner or ink cartridges without recycling them. There is estimated two million tonnes of waste electrical and electronic equipment discarded by homeowners and companies in the UK annually, so toner recycling is an extremely important element within the print industry. Many cartridges in cities like those in China have a high environmental cost. This is because the incineration process is done with dangerous chemicals in order to regain useful elements and metals from the cartridge. These processes are a major contributor to groundwater, local air, and soil contamination.
With 97% of a cartridge being made up of recyclable materials such as plastic, metal, rubber, and paper then used cartridges can be reused and re-manufactured.