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Top reviewers agree on several of the best printers in single function inkjet configuration. We have aggregated the best single function inkjet printers from current reviews and include contenders that have withstood the test of time.
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
Inkjet printers have become a viable cost-effective alternative to color laser printing.
Many still believe laser printers are cheaper if you need lots of prints.
What is cheaper? What is lots? What type of laser printer?
Things have changed.
One to five users printing up to 600 pages per month, or up to 20 users printing under 1200 pages per month (55% color prints) will enjoy a lower cost of ownership every year of a typical 3-year life-cycle.
Inkjet is the cost winner vs. color laser printers
The best printer for your needs should have a recommended print volume above your current print volume requirements. Some printer makers publish recommended monthly print volume and others do not.
Consider that your print volume is likely to increase when you upgrade from monochrome to color.
The more commonly published statistic is maximum monthly duty cycle which, should only be used as an indicator of overall durability.
Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4020
Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4020 is ranked #1 in the top 5 PcWorld's inkjet printer reviews 2012 July issue.
PcWorld comments: "Great output performance plus inexpensive inks make this printer a small office standout. The one-year warranty is a rare drawback."
Other connectivity options include Epson Connect Email print, and this unit is also Apple AirPrint enabled and Google CloudPrint ready.
One of the more attractive things about single function inkjet printers is low total cost of ownership.
Epson's standard XL ink cartridges for this printer have good capacity:
Additionally, the small office will appreciate the wide variety of sizes and types of media supported.
Mac and Windows operating systems are supported as well.
WorkForce Pro WP-4020 is widely recognized as one the best printers.
PcMagazine also awards Epson high marks for convenient printing from iPhones.
With low acquisition cost, and low run cost compared to color laser printers, Epson specialization in inkjet technology is paying dividends to small business.
Hp OfficeJet 100 Mobile L411
This portable Hewlett Packard printer ranks #12 in the top 16 Consumer Reports buying guide 2013 single function inkjet best printers.
The L411 has a 50 sheet input tray, and can print legal size (8.5x14 inch).
This mobile printer is for professionals requiring high resolution color printing on the go.
Bluetooth connectivity and a 500 page/month duty cycle. Rechargeable battery powered.
Now you can produce professional prints right on the hood of your car. Hp also makes a 3 in One mobile printer (scan print, copy). If you need scan and copy capabilities consider Hp OfficeJet 150 (L511a).
PcWorld ranks this cool little printer at #5 in the top 5 single function inkjet printer reviews July 2012 edition.
Pcworld comments: "Designed for printing on the go, OfficeJet Pro 100 mobile provides impressive print quality, but suffers from slow output speed."
This innovative printer has been recognized in top reviews as one of the best printers since its introduction.
Pc World ranked the B510DN #5 early in 2011, and it made it all the way to #1 in their Nov. 2011 top 5 color inkjet printer reviews. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, Epson B510DN has a recommended volume of up to 4000 pages per month.
PcWorld comments the B510DN is the inkjet alternative to color laser printing. This machine is fast, very cost effective to use, and prints better photos than color laser printers.
Epson B510DN is one of the best printers for the networked small and medium business, or lower volume large business work groups.
This business inkjet printer may also be the best printer for home offices requiring higher volumes and color printing for less than toner machines.
As of January, 2013 B510DN is available refurbished from Epson. This printer is a proven high-er volume business inkjet printer.
Hp OfficeJet 6100 eprinter
Hp OfficeJet 6100 is rated #3 (Recommended) of 16 Consumer Reports buying guide 2013 single function inkjet best printers.
Hp OfficeJet Pro 8100 ePrinter
OfficeJet Pro 8100 is rated #7 (Recommended) of 16 Consumer Reports buying guide 2013 inkjet single function best printers.
Hp's new(er) OfficeJet Pro 8100 ePrinter ranks #2 (Best Buy) in PcWorld's July 2012 top 5 inkjet printer reviews.
PcWorld Comments: "Made for small work groups, this printer is faster and cheaper to operate than most color laser printers, with crisp text and very nice photos."
Hp OfficeJet 6000 Wireless
#4 (Recommended) rating in Consumer Reports Buying Guide for 2013, and Consumer Reports Select 5 best inkjet printer reviews (Best Buy).
Additionally, Pc World rates Hp OfficeJet 6000 Wireless at #3 (Best Buy).
Update: As of March 15, 2012 Hp OfficeJet 6000 Wireless is no longer available through Hp directly. Excellent pricing is available through alternate retail channels.
Canon Pixma iP4920
Canon Pixma iP4920 has good speed, print quality, and versatile paper handling. Pixma iP4920 can also print on inkjet-printable CDs and DVDs.
The earlier version of this model (Canon Pixma iP 4820) was rated by Consumer Reports Buying Guide for 2013 as #8 (Recommended).
Additionally, Consumer Reports top 5 Select Ratings from Dec. 2011 rated Canon Pixma iP4820 #3 (Best Buy).
Pc World rated Canon Pixma iP4920 in the #4 position.
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