The Best Cheap Printers for 2021
by Contributing Editor, William Harrel
Updated October 25, 2021
Over the years, countless pundits, this author among them, have predicted that, sooner rather than later, most of the world’s workforce would be working from home. The dream? Fewer giant office blocks, less drain on fossil fuels, good-bye to nasty traffic snarls. And remote work would no longer be exclusive to just a select few professionals.
Man, were we wrong! Nearly 40 years into the Information Age, only a global pandemic finally brought governments and the leaders of companies big and small to their work-from-home (WFH) senses. And now, as organizations scramble to manage and equip their workforces remotely, sales of tech gear are soaring, and ever more families and newly minted home-office dwellers are realizing the need for new hardware—including the oft-neglected printer.
Industry and government workers no longer have access to their office printers. Many students can’t print at the school library or in their dorms. And as the pandemic keeps circulating through communities, venturing out to the local Kinko’s to make prints and copies takes on an element of risk.
Indeed, our printers are suddenly dust collectors no more. Many of us still need to print, scan, and make copies, and maybe send the occasional medical fax. And where in the pre-COVID world, several co-workers might rely on the same high-volume printer all day long, now our print and copy volumes are considerably lower—but spread out over lots of cheap home and home-office printers.
We’re seeing fresh, heavy demand for low-cost, entry-level printers for working from home. For many folks, a cheap, occasional-use model is all they need. (We classify “cheap” as under $200; more on that later.) Let’s break down the best values available for your family’s home—which has increasingly become the family office, too. (And if you’re finding it hard to find certain printers in stock in these COVID-challenged times, check out our strategy guide to tracking down tough-to-find tech.)
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