Are you tired of having to top up your ID card so you have money for printing or waiting in line at the library to print your 32 page research essay so you can get it in before the deadline? While (for the most part) we are living in a wireless world, students still have to print hard copies of their work and relying on the university printers can be expensive, inconvenient, and time-consuming.
A fact - students are money conscious so you might have doubts about spending your limited funds on your very own printer. However, buying a printer can save you money in the long run, especially as most degrees are at least three years. This will give you extra money to spend on the necessities, such as food, so you don’t have to be eating instant ramen for the 5th night in a row. University printing costs can be expensive especially if you are having to print regularly – lab reports I’m looking at you. There is also the convenience of being able to print at literally anytime so no more making one off trips to campus just to print. Here, we present the top 5 printers for students as well as some tips to help you when buying a printer.
The Canon PIXMA MG2460 is a compact, affordable and efficient printer, suitable for a students’ basic printing needs (whether that’s printing, scanning, or copying). If you print less than 20 pages per month, a cheap printer such as this is all you need. While cost per page is higher with cheaper printers, it’s hardly worth splashing out on a printer with a lower cost per page if you won’t be printing that much. This printer requires a USB cable connection and comes at the affordable price of $30! It also has a quiet mode so you don’t need to worry about waking up your flatmate when you’re printing off that last minute late-night assignment.
The HP Deskjet 3720 is a compact all-in-one printer that’ll cover all of your printing and copying needs while you’re at university. You can print, scan and copy from almost any mobile device, laptop and desktop – and at such a small size, it’ll hardly take up any room in your dorm room or student flat! This printer is compatible with HP’s Instant Ink Service, which will help you save up to 70% on ink and you’ll never run out, as new cartridges will be mailed to you when you’re running low – that means no panic when you go to print your assignment and you realise you don’t have enough ink for all of the pages. A three month trial of this service is included with the printer so you can try it before committing.
Besides producing vibrant photos – which is perfect for those who need some colour and creativity in their assignments – this printer will also scan and copy any documents you need for university. You can print up to nine copies in one go, so producing handouts for your whole team is quick and easy. It prints double-sided too so you can save on paper costs, and reduce your impact on the environment!
The HP Envy 5020 Inkjet printer is a fantastic printer for students who want affordable prints with increased versatility. Unlike some of the cheaper printers, this one is more ideal for students who will print a monthly volume of 100 to 400 pages. In other words, this is a great option for students studying at a higher level as you’ll likely be printing more pages in a month than an under-grad. With that being said, the affordability of this printer will still make it a suitable options for undergraduates too!
To cut down on printing costs, feel to ease knowing you’ll be using HP’s great value low-priced ink cartridges. They’re designed to deliver vivid colour and crisp, sharp text without breaking the bank.
Printing, scanning and copying is easy with this printer! You can set up, connect, and print right from your smartphone. You can even get simple Wi-Fi set up in less than a minute, so you can start printing fast. The convenience doesn’t stop there though. You can scan on the go and print from social media on the cloud, as well as from a variety of smartphones and tablets.
If you only need to print in black and white (which will be the standard for a large majority of university students), take a close look at the HL1210W. With this printer, you’ll get the crisp, clean, and fast print of a laser printer, without the hefty price tag. While this printer is a bit more expensive than other’s we’ve mentioned on the list, you can expect better quality prints with more efficiency – well worth the extra spend for some students. While this is one of Brother’s entry-level printers, it will be more than sufficient for most students! Dual-sided printing combined with Brother’s own high-yield ink cartridges help to cut down on the number of ink re-fills, so you can focus on the important stuff, like doing the actual assignment!
This printer also offers wireless and USB connectivity so you can plug in your USB cable and print straight from your device! Eaaaaaasy.
Print, scan or copy high-speed over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB cable. Easy to use touchscreen interface and automatic double-sided printing instantly halving your printing costs. You can print directly from popular social network and cloud services such as Facebook, Instagram, OneDrive and Google Drive, making group projects done on Google Docs a breeze to print. It comes in either black or white to fit your room’s colour scheme. Canon has 5 new single inks which gives you savings while still producing high quality images. There is also a dual paper feeder and an expandable paper output tray.
So there you have it! Our top five printer picks for students. Don't forget to keep an eye on our Tips and News section for more buying guides and info on the latest products!