#1: Epson Stylus NX625
Retailing for around $150, the Epson Stylus NX625 is one of the latest in a long line of quality and affordable printers in the Epson NX line. Put out as a replacement for the NX515, this printer is even faster and offers a paper tray holding 150 sheets, 50 sheets more than its predecessor. As an all-in-one printer, this machine prints, scans and copies, and it also scans to email and prints straight from memory cards. The quality of text and graphics is average for an inkjet printer. Reviewers cite this printer as good enough for all-around business tasks but unsuitable for high-quality photography printing.
#2: Brother HL-2270
The Brother HL-2270 is a small and quick mono laser printer. Reviewers project that it will work well for very small businesses that do light printing or individuals who do a lot of printing. It sells for around $150 and has a 250 sheet input tray, making it ideal for those who don’t want to have to restock paper each time they print. It prints 11-12 pages per minute, and critics have noted its excellent text quality. Graphics and photo quality were rated only so-so, but that’s typical for a mono laser printer.
#3: Epson WorkForce 635
Priced at an affordable $99, the Epson WorkForce 635 is another quality budget printer suitable for a very small office that prints a little or an individual who prints a lot. This printer features an autodocument feeder and an autoduplexer, making it an exceptional choice for small businesses on a budget. Measuring 18″ by 14″ by 9″, this printer fits easily into small spaces. A touch control panel makes it easy to select tasks. Unfortunately for those interested in photography, photo printing is slow and mediocre on the Epson WorkForce 635.
#4: Canon PIXMA MX420
The Canon PIXMA 420 offers printing, scanning and faxing and, like the other printers on this list, is ideal for the micro office or the individual who does a significant amount of printing. Although it lacks a touchscreen, critics praise its well-organized panel controls. Its sheet tray holds only 30 pages, but it has a user-friendly panel that flips open so the user can clear jams easily. Printing speed for text averages a respectable 5-6 pages per minute, and speed picks up dramatically when the printer is in draft mode instead of best quality mode. Photo printing quality is above average. The PIXMA MX420 retails for $120.
#5: HP Officejet 4620
Listed at the low price of $99, the HP Officejet 4620 can print, scan, copy and fax. It prints between 7 and 8 pages per minute, and reviewers rate its overall quality as suitable for business. It has a sheet tray that holds 35 pages, which autofeed into the printer. Color photo printing quality is above average, and critics gave the HP Officejet 4620 an average rating on graphics quality. One drawback mentioned frequently in reviews was that this printer does not come with an ethernet connector, so users have no choice but to print wirelessly. If users don’t have a Wi-Fi connection, they can’t print.
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