A wireless printer is not like a car. You can’t test drive one before you make a purchase. Most people assume that all printers do the same thing, so it doesn’t matter. In my experience, printers cause more trouble for tech users than about any other piece of hardware. Here is a list of the 5 best wireless printers for your current price range and intended usage. Any one of these models will keep you from experiencing buyer’s remorse.
HP Deskjet 3000
The Deskjet 3000 is HP’s entry line wireless model, and comes in $59.99 after a 10$ instant rebate. The color resolution is 4800 x 1200 optimized dpi, meaning that your prints are going to be a lot cleaner and clearer than any inkjet you have ever owned. A small LCD on the top of the printer allows you to monitor print jobs at the printer, while the integrated wireless allows you to print from several devices in your home. This model consistently gets top marks from consumers, has a one year limited warranty, and offers tech support by phone. Since it is energy star qualified and made from 35% recycled plastic, your choice will benefit us all. The HP Deskjet 3000 is definitely the best more for your money option.
Canon Pixma MX882
If you want a top of the line home office all-in-one, then look no further than the Canon Pixma MX882. With a resolution of 9600 x 2400 dpi, you will be getting twice the pixels as your average home office printer. This printer also includes a copier, fax and scanner so your entire range of clerical work will be covered. I have set up a couple of these on wireless networks, and the Canon seamlessly handles a variety of computer models with no problem. Canon’s Wi-Fi will also allow you to print from compatible iPads, iPhones, 3G, 3GS, iPod touch and Android devices. If you don’t have a computer you can also print pictures from memory cards, PictBridge, and optional Bluetooth 9 enabled devices. The 3″ LCD will allow you to check the configuration of prints before you waste any paper. The Canon Pixma MX882 is available for $159.99.
HP Photosmart eStation e-All-in-One Printer – C510a
The top of the line wireless printer bar none is HP’s eStation C510a. This device features a detachable 7″ touchscreen display that can be taken with you as a wireless digital companion, as well a control panel for remote printing. You can print from the web, even without a computer. The color print resolution is Up to 9600 x 2400-optimized dpi, and the speed is unparalleled at 32 color prints per minutes. The C510a also offers a web based fax service, and a full suite of tools for copier, printer and scanner. Still yet the most exciting feature is the touchscreen display. You can even use it as an e-reader, purchasing books through Barnes and Noble. The only thing that could make this printer better is if the tablet was upgraded to Android 2.2, and the Android marketplace was accessible. As of now you can only use HP apps on the tablet, which has been deemed the Zeen.
Samsung ML-2525W wireless laser printer
If you are printing several hundred pages of text a month, you may want to look into switching over to a laser printer. Ink costs can sometimes run up to more than the printer per month in some small offices. Samsung’s ML-2525W is the best wireless laser printer on the market, and prints in 1200×1200 dpi for black and white prints. It does around 24 prints per minute, and is almost as quiet when it is running as it is when it’s idle. With its small footprint and lack of several feeding trays, the Ml-2525W will fit comfortably about anywhere.Amazon has this device for $79.99 with free shipping.
Even though a lot of the features on this device are also available on other devices, I felt like any list of wireless printers would not be complete without the Brother MFC-495CW. This mid-range all in one is the workhorse of the printer / copier/ fax machine world. Problems are rare, and there is a 1 year warranty to cover anything that may come up. This device supports almost all the flash memory formats for printing without a computer, and can print at up to 6000 x 1200 dpi. You will be hard pressed to find a bad review for this printer. If you need an all-in-one you can always count on, the Brother MFC-495CW is available at Amazon for $173.48. Brother’s estimated street price is $129.99, however the lowest price I could find besides Amazon’s is $189.99 from Buy.com.