CHEAP TAX TIME PRINTERS:
ALL-IN-ONES THAT PRINT, SCAN AND PLAY MUSIC FOR LESS THAN $200
SCAN THE SHELVES at your local retailer or browse online and you’ll see a lot of big box-shaped printers that profess to be ideal for both home offices and small businesses. If you haven’t updated your printer in a while, you’ll be surprised by how evolved they’ve become. In fact, these days, you’ll have to try hard to find one that’s simply just a printer.
The vast majority can scan and print directly to and from your smartphone now, and even accept printing tasks remotely over the internet so your document is ready for you by the time you get home. (This does mean you will have to leave the printer in a stand-by power mode.) Traditionally, you might (rightly) wonder why you’d need a scanner since the inevitable dimensions of the plate glass requires a far bigger footprint on your desk, but the simple fact is: if a printer doesn’t have a scanner attached to it now, then it feels like you’re getting half a product.
For this roundup, we collected six inkjet printers, some with multiple colour ink tanks, some with just one. All but one of them includes a scanner — that one instead has a Bluetooth speaker... All will connect to your Windows or Mac computer and Android smartphone or iOS device wirelessly.
We’ve picked out printers that (with a bit of shopping around) cost less than $200. One even costs about $50! If you’re looking for a device that will knock a bit off your tax bill and can also print documents and photos, keep reading. We invited Brother to submit models for this roundup, but the company was unable to supply before our deadline.