The Best Printers, According to the CNET Staff Who Use Them Even in the modern age, we still need physical copies sometimes. Printers are still useful. No, really.

Despite modern cloud dependency, many of us still need to make physical copies of our records. Important documents need to be copied, physical images scanned and labels created. The only way to do these things is to have a printer that you can easily access.

As CNET Labs tests a whole new line of printers, we’ve compiled a list of printers that CNET employees use at home and in the office, and the reasons they chose this particular model. These have not been officially tested to destruction but are used the way most people do.

Epson

A printer is one of those things that I don’t use often and if I have to use it I hope it works. I’ve been through several printers over the last few years because every time I want to use it the ink has dried up or something else needs fixing. I was looking for a low maintenance option with affordable ink replacement and came across this Epson model.

It’s an all-in-one so I can still scan documents to my PC if I need to, but the best part is that I haven’t found the ink when I wanted to use it. It also reliably prints small and medium-sized jobs. The ink isn’t expensive, and you can buy an XL version of the cartridge, which offers 2.5 times the capacity for a little more money. Overall, it’s a great printer if you don’t need to print countless pages in a short amount of time (because it’s a bit slow), but still want something that won’t break you out when you need new color or black ink.

– Jared DiPane

Epson

The big selling point of the EcoTank line is the lack of cartridges. Even if you only print a few times a week, the extra cost is worth it. My family prints more than this and we still use the original ink cartridges that came with the printer after years of use. The 3750 model was replaced by the 3850 in September 2021, but it’s essentially the same printer.

Being a low-end model in the range, the printer isn’t a speed demon with color prints and its tray only holds 250 sheets. It doesn’t have a touchscreen, just a small display and navigation buttons that aren’t backlit. But it has all the other features I’d expect from a compact all-in-one for a small office or home office: you get wired and wireless connectivity with mobile printing, an automatic document feeder, and automatic two-sided printing. The print quality is also respectable. It excels at black and white documents, but is also good for photos.

– Josh Goldman

Brothers

I’ve had this printer for at least five years and it’s solid. Unlike some other printers I’ve had, it rarely gets disconnected from the Wi-Fi network, allowing my whole family to easily print from their various computers and phones without me having to troubleshoot the connection. Printing is fast and since the laser ink is not expensive per sheet. I’m fine with black and white and the few times I need color I print at the local drugstore.

The only downside is that when I print double-sided, the feeder always jams, so I have to take it apart, pull out the paper, and start the job over again. Sometimes the software itself seems to pick double sided, and I discover it the hard way, but once I switch back to single sided (which is what we mostly use) everything is fine.

– David Katzmaier

hp

My wife loves making stickers with our HP Envy and the Cricut Explore 3. The Envy has excellent color saturation, especially on the glossy sticker paper she uses. It also has the added benefit of being a scanner, which is especially helpful for scanning all of our mortgage documents while we move.

The biggest selling point, however, is the two-year supply of new inks. Running out of ink is the worst thing about using a printer at home, but HP’s replacement service takes that hassle away. It’s worth the money for that alone.

– James Bricknell

Brothers

I have to make an absurd amount of labels for our son’s Tupperware, school supplies, binders, cooking supplies and so on. That’s what makes it so easy. There are a variety of fonts, sizes, and styles to choose from.

The keyboard is dreamy and a far cry from the old-school hub. I also love the built in clipping feature. Gone are the days when you needed scissors when you’re done.

– Danielle Ramirez

hp

Full Disclosure: I was the guy who proudly kept my home printer free while using the office printer for the once or twice a month necessities. Then the pandemic came and I needed shipping labels and other documents at home. This tiny HP LaserJet fits perfectly on the bookshelf of my equally tiny Brooklyn apartment and reliably prints from PCs, Macs, Chromebooks and smartphones over Wi-Fi.

The 2022 (M110w) model is almost identical to my 2020-era device (M15w), but note: the ‘cheaper’ M110we seems to require a subscription to HP’s cloud ink solution, so decide Go for the more expensive model if you want to avoid a constant connection. Also, this laser printer is only black and white, but that’s a feature to me, not a bug.

-John P. Falcone

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