My article on How to Recycle or Donate Your Old Printer at PCMag

Whether your trusty inkjet or laser has spit out its last page, or you’re just looking to upgrade, here’s how not to land your old printer in a landfill.

ByWilliam Harrel

Donate, Recycle, or Sell Your Old Printer?

Whether your printer is a lightweight budget inkjet or a bulky workhorse laser, a single-function printer or a versatile all-in-one (AIO), the time will come when you’ll need to find a responsible way to dispose of it. Maybe it broke down for good; maybe you’ve simply replaced it with a better model. Whatever the reason why you don’t need your printer any longer, getting rid of it responsibly means making sure it gets refurbished and put back into service, or that its materials get into the right recycling streams. Here’s how to make that happen.

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Editors' Choice

  • PROS

    Decent print quality for a Zink-based model. Makes slightly larger prints than Sprocket predecessor. App is easy to set up and use.

  • CONS

    Can’t print from a PC. Running costs, like with most Zink printers, are a bit high.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    An update to HP’s popular Sprocket portable photo printer, the Sprocket Plus prints larger pics, and its software packs a wide range of effects. It’s the most versatile model of its kind.

The HP Sprocket Plus ($149.99) is an update to the HP Sprocket portable photo printer we reviewed late last year. This newer iteration prints 30 percent larger photos (they are 2.3 by 3.4 inches, versus the original’s 2 by 3 inches), and the quality is better, too. The Sprocket and Sprocket Plus aren’t unique; they compete with similar products from Canon, Kodak, Lifeprint, Polaroid, and a few others. While most of these pocket photo printers, in terms of print quality, speed, and running costs, are near equals, the slightly bigger prints and the new functionality in its app set the Sprocket Plus apart from the pack—enough to elevate it to our latest Editors’ Choice for portable photo printers.

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My review of the Epson Expression Premium XP-6000 Small-in-One Printer at PCMag

  • PROS

    Uses five inks for exceptional output quality, especially photos. Capable of borderless prints. Small and light.

  • CONS

    High running costs. Input and output capacities are low.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Epson Expression Premium XP-6000 Small-in-One is a basic but capable photo-centric all-in-one inkjet printer that delivers excellent print and copy quality, but its high ink costs relegate it to light-duty use.

The Epson Expression Premium XP-6000 Small-in-One Printer ($149.99) is a capable little entry-level all-in-one (print, copy, scan) inkjet designed for home-based and family offices with light-duty printing needs. Like the Editors’ Choice Canon Pixma TS9120, the XP-6000 is a photo-centric machine capable of printing large, borderless photos. However, the Canon model’s more robust feature set and lower ink costs are more than enough to justify its $50 higher list price. But if you simply need a basic, inexpensive AIO for light-duty use in a home office, the XP-6000 is a solid choice.

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Review of Epson WorkForce WF-2860 All-in-One Printer at PCMag

    • PROS

      Excellent print quality. Light and compact. Supports Wi-Fi Direct and NFC mobile connectivity.

    • CONS

      High running costs. No memory drive support. Small paper capacity.

BOTTOM LINE

  • The Epson WorkForce WF-2860 All-in-One Printer prints reasonably fast and exceptionally well for its price, but high running costs diminish its overall value.

The Epson WorkForce WF-2860 All-in-One Printer ($129.99) is Epson’s smallest and least expensive entry-level business-oriented all-in-one (AIO) printer. Like the Editors’ Choice HP OfficeJet Pro 6978 All-in-One Printer, it prints relatively fast for its price and churns out very good-looking documents, but its running costs are higher than not just the HP model, but also several other competitors. If, however, you use it as designed—for printing and copying a few hundred pages each month in low-volume small or home-based offices and workgroups—the Epson WF-2860’s high running costs shouldn’t add up to too much of a financial burden.

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Review of the Canon IVY Mini Photo Printer at PCMag.da

  • PROS 

    Good print quality for its class. Easy to set up and use. Tiling feature allows for bigger images and collages. Competitive running costs.

  • CONS

    Can’t print from a PC. Bluetooth is only connection option. Lacks support for Wi-Fi. No savings for buying paper in bulk.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    With on-par output quality, print speeds, and running costs for a Zink-based photo printer, the Canon IVY Mini is a solid portable model that churns out 2-by-3-inch prints.

Over the past few years, we’ve seen a surge of pocket photo printers that you operate solely from your smartphone or tablet. A few, notably the HP Sprocket Photo Printer and the Lifeprint 2×3 Hyperphoto Printer, have managed top ratings in PCMag reviews. Now, along comes Canon’s IVY Mini Photo Printer ($129.99), which, aside from a few set-apart print features, is essentially a “me-too” model. It prints as well as most of its competitors, and it comes with an easy-to-use app for printing, as well as for cropping and enhancing your photos. In our testing, though, little about the IVY stands out. It’s as good a choice as most of its competitors, assuming what you’re after are tiny, on-the-fly prints from a mobile device.

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Review of the Epson DS-410 Document Scanner at PCMag

  • PROS

    Comparably low price. Quick scanning and saving to both image and searchable PDF. Very accurate OCR. Good software bundle.

  • CONS

    Lacks wireless or mobile options. No business card software.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Epson DS-410 is a great value for offices that need a fast and accurate document scanner, but don’t require it to be network-ready.

Designed for low-volume small to medium-size offices, the Epson DS-410 Document Scanner ($329) is a low-cost sheet-feed scanner. It’s comparable in features with our Editors’ Choice HP ScanJet Pro 3000 s3 Sheet-Feed Scanner, but it’s a little slower and costs $100 less. Feature- and price-wise, the DS-410 is a terrific value, but it’s up against formidable competition, including models that support networking and don’t cost much more. For offices that don’t require networking from a document scanner, though, the Epson DS-410 is a tough contender among entry-level desktop document scanners.

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Review of the Epson DS-320 Portable Duplex Document Scanner With ADF at PCMa

  • PROS

    Highly accurate OCR. Fast scanning and saving to both image and searchable PDF. Comprehensive software bundle. 20-page single-pass ADF.

  • CONS

    Lacks battery. No wireless connectivity.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Epson DS-320 is a fast and accurate portable document scanner, but its slightly more expensive sibling offers more road-ready features.

The Epson DS-320 Portable Duplex Document Scanner With ADF ($249) is fast and accurate, much like its higher-end sibling, the Editors’ Choiced Epson WorkForce ES-300W. This smaller, less-expensive iteration mimics the ES-300W in appearance, volume, and functionality in most ways, but the $50 list-price difference means giving up wireless networking and a built-in battery. If you don’t need these features, though, you can save the 50 bucks and still get a highly capable portable sheet-feed document scanner for the road.

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Editors' Choice

  • PROS

    Comprehensive software bundle. Highly accurate OCR. Fast scanning, processing, and saving to both image and searchable PDF.

  • CONS

    Lacks built-in wireless, mobile options, and networking.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The Epson WorkForce DS-770 desktop document scanner is fast and highly accurate, helping it stand out from a crowded pack of competitors.

The competition in the midrange sheet-feed desktop document scanner genre, where the Epson WorkForce DS-770 Color Document Scanner ($549) fits squarely, is fierce. Designed for small- to medium-size offices and workgroups, or perhaps as a busy personal scanner, the DS-770 costs a little more than the Editors’ Choice HP ScanJet Pro 3000 s3 Sheet-Feed Scanner, but it’s also a bit faster and somewhat more accurate. The Epson’s excellent mix of features and performance knocks the ScanJet Pro 3000 from its top spot perch in our lineup of midrange non-networkable document scanners.

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Review of the HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 All-in-One Printer at PCMag

  • PROS

    Fast. Impressive print quality. Highly competitive running costs. Very well-built. 50-sheet one-pass duplexing ADF. Laser-like security features. Versatile connectivity.

  • CONS

    Pricey compared with competitors. Support for borderless prints limited to A4 and letter-size. Only one paper input source.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 is an excellent inkjet all-in-one printer that’s up to the task of replacing the color laser AIO in your small office.

The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 All-in-One Printer ($349.99) is a medium-volume business-oriented inkjet all-in-one (AIO) designed for small to midsize offices and workgroups, as well as home-based offices. It comes with a few more productivity and convenience features than the Editors’ Choice Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4720 does, such as an auto-duplexing (and higher-capacity) automatic document feeder (ADF), but it also lists for almost twice as much. Otherwise, the OfficeJet 8730 is fast, prints well, is better-constructed than most of its competitors, and it comes with a slew odf attractive features. If you can justify the higher price, it’s a terrific business-oriented all-in-one office appliance.Read the entire review at PCMag


Read the entire review of the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M180nw at PCMag

  • PROS

    Good output quality. Reasonably fast. Small and light. Strong mobile connectivity. Low price.

  • CONS

    No automatic document feeder. No automatic two-sided printing. High cost per page.

  • BOTTOM LINE

    The HP LaserJet Pro MFP M180nw is an entry-level color laser AIO that prints well and at a reasonable clip, but large-volume offices should note its high cost of consumables.

The HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M18s0nw ($299.99) is one of the smallest and least-expensive entry-level color laser all-in-one (AIO) printers we’ve recently seen. It’s a little bit slower than our current Editors’ Choice, the somewhat more expensive Canon Color imageClass MF634Cdw, and it prints as well, but the lack of an automatic document feeder (ADF) for sending multipage documents to the scanner, as well as a lofty per-page cost of consumables, should give pause to high-volume offices. Even so, its small footprint, strong print speed, and good output quality make it more than suitable as a personal color laser AIO for churning out low-volume prints and copies in a home-based business, or even a micro office or workgroup.

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