Okay, today we will review some of the cheapest wireless printers you can buy. Since we most people have Wi-Fi these days, I don’t see why not you should go with a wired printer when most wireless printers are under $150.
Anyways, without delay, I will be featuring some of the cheap, (or low-cost) wireless printers you can buy. (online of course, it’s cheaper than retail)
First up is a Brother MFC-490CW, it features Wireless G or ethernet connection with ability to fax/scan 15 pages at a time. One of the most important things I look for when buying an office equipment is that it’s multi-purpose, able to scan/fax multiple documents automatically.
Frankly, I have used Brother multi-function printer/scanners before and they are pretty good and don’t break down too easily over the years.
At $74.95 from Amazon, I don’t see how you can go wrong with this wireless printer, definitely recommended.
- Flexible wireless (802.11b/g) or wired (Ethernet) network connection
- Wide 3.3″ color LCD provides easy help menus and photo enhancement
- Unattended fax, copy or scan; up to 15-page auto document feeder
- Direct photo printing from media card slots, USB direct/PictBridge Interface
- Fast speed printing up to 33ppm black and 27ppm color
Second up is that HP Photosmart C4580 All-in-one printer. The highlight of this wireless printer is that you can print high-resolution photos too at 4800×1200 dpi, a rare feat among cheap wireless printers.
Other than that, it features a wireless-G connection plus ability to scan and copy while faxing capabilities are not there. If you don’t need a fax but you need to print out high-resolution photos once in awhile, this might be a better fit for you than the Brother MFC-490CW.
Priced at $102 at Amazon (at the time of this blog post), it’s still a steal over retail.
It offers speedy black and white printing up to 30 pages per minute as well as reliability you can count on.
True-to-the-original reprints from original photos using HP Photosmart Essential Software Photo printing without a computer using the 1.5 color display and memory card slots Automatic paper sensor for optimal results on different media types Print a 4×6 lab-quality photo in as fast as 25 seconds
- Black print speed – Up to 30-ppm (draft-quality mode)
- Color print speed – Up to 23-ppm (draft-quality mode)
- Black print resolution – Up to 1200 rendered dpi
- Color print resolution – Up to 1200 x 2400 optimized dpi color
- Borderless printing – Up to 8.5×14
- Memory cards supported – Secure Digital/ MultimediaCard, High Capacity Secure Digital (HCSD), and xD-Picture Card Copy scaling – 50 to 400%
- Copy speed – Black Up to 30-cpm and Color Up to 23-ppm Scan resolution – Optical Up to 1200 dpi optical, Hardware Up to 1200 x 2400 dpi and Bit depth/Grayscale levels 48-bit/256 Document scan size – 8.5×11.7 (21.6×29.7cm)
- Paper handling – One 1000-sheet input tray, one 50-sheet output tray
The next up is the Canon MP620 wireless printer featuring special ChromaLife100 system that lets you print photos that can last up to 100 years. Of course, it’s probably great marketing but 9600×2400 dpi is probably not too bad either.
At $219.95, I find the Canon a little more pricey over the Brother and HP so if you need the ultimate photo prints for your money, this is the choice.
Print wirelessly from a Wi-Fi-enabled computer. Or network it via Ethernet cable and print from a connected computer Print from Memory Cards / Cameras ?SD Memory Card, SDHC, MultiMedia Card, Compact Flash Card, Microdrive, Memory Stick Nozzles ? Black – 320; Color – 2,048; Total – 2,368 150-Page Automatic Sheet Feeder Copy Speed (up to) ? Black – 24 cpm, Color – 16 cpm Scanner Max. Resolutions ?2400 x 4800 dpi Max. Document Size ? Print – 8.5 x 11.7 Windows Vista, XP/2000, Mac OSX v. 10.3.9 to 10.5x Interfaces ? Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11b/g), Bluetooth v2.04 (Optional), Card Slots, Ethernet, PictBridge (Cable not included), USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Dimension (WxDxH) ? 14.5 x 17.7 x 6.9 Weight ? 18.7 lbs. Toll-free technical phone support from Canon plus 1-year limited warranty with InstantExchange program
In all, I would have to go with the HP as I have used many HP printers in the past without problems.
Brother is great too if it’s for your small business.
I am still a little hesistant about the Canon because they have not been in the printer business for as long as the others so…
I hope that helps you get a new wireless printer and more reviews coming soon.