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The 14 Best Home Printers You Need To Consider

The 14 Best Home Printers You Need To Consider

Modern printers have a vast selection of features to offer any household, but as customers it can be difficult to choose the ideal one. The good news is most come with with all-in-one options, which allows for printing, scanning, and faxing from a single machine. Add to this AirPrint and smartphone compatibility, and the printer is now a device which can be accessed 24/7 from anywhere in the world to produce cherished printouts.

To help in making the right decision, here’s our list of 14 home printers which are technologically advanced, environmentally friendly, cost effective, and from quality companies.

1. Epson WorkForce WF-3450

Epson Workforce

    Epson’s Workforce is a 4 in 1 printer with print, copy, scan, and fax options built in. There’s an automatic two sided printing feature, and printing speeds are excellent without a compromise on quality. It’s eco friendly, too, as it uses 70% less power than laser printers, and saves up to 40% ink over other printers.

    There’s the added bonus of Wi-Fi, Ethernet, AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, and Epson Connect support for easy mobile printing. It’s all easy to set up and run and is a steal at $99.

     2. Epson WorkForce WF-2540

    Epson Home Printer

      Epson’s WF-2540 is around the $99 mark. It differs from the WF-3450 as its much more compact, but it offers an impressive range of features. It’s a time saver with its high printing speeds, which is useful for its 4-in-1 printing, copying, scanning, and faxing abilities. It also supports AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, and Epson Connect for mobile printing and network sharing.

      3. Canon Pixma MG3222

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      Canon Printer

        Canon’s MG3222 delivers a lot for $80. It aims for ease of use with added printing speed, and arrives with “My Image Garden” software for organizing and printing family photos. There’s a Full HD Move Print option (allowing users to print from their videos), along with a quick start button, an Easy-WebPrint feature, and it’s compatible with Apple’s AirPrint for mobile access.

        A useful bonus are the individual in cartridge holders. These can be replaced independently, meaning only have to buy the specific color which has run out.

        4. Brother Printer MFCJ6920DW

        Brother Printer

          At $299 Brother’s multi-function printer offers large scale printing. It’s a typical 4-in-1 printer, with duplex two-sided printing for added quality and paper saving. A touchscreen color LCD display makes for easy navigation amongst the many features, and it arrives with Brother Cloud Apps for creative printing.

          Print speeds are high, with 20ppm (pages per minutes) in color, and 22ppm in black. This work very well with the Landscape Print Technology, which “stores and feeds paper in landscape orientation for a compact footprint.” An impressive printer, and one for dramatic print offs.

          5. Epson Expression Home XP-850 Wireless

          Epson Printer

            The Epson Expression is a creative printer ideal for households eager to develop a photo library. A 5-in-1 printer (print/copy/scan/fax/photo), it has 6 color Claria Photo HD inks to bring the most out of images. It has the same printing features as others on this list, but with a dedicated photo tray it’s clear this is the one to choose for printing picture. It’s available for $299.

            6. Brother HL-2270DW

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            Brother Home Printer

              At around $120, this Brother printer is an Amazon best-seller and boasts high praise from customer reviews.

              It’s a compact laser printer with great quality, and it’s able to print off 27 pages a minute. Added to this is a built-in wired and wireless network for easy sharing. It’s also compact, and provides a Toner Save mode as a means to save on ink. Finally, there’s a free app which supports mobile printing called Cortado Workplace.

              7. HP LaserJet Pro P1606dn

              HP LaserJet

                A high speed printer from Hewlett Packard. With HP ePrint, AirPrint compatibility, and plug in print options, installation of software isn’t necessary. This makes it a fast, high quality printer with environmentally friendly, money saving options. With two sided printing, energy conservation features, HP Smart Web Printing, and limited packaging, it’s easy to be green with this HP. It’s available for just over $200.

                8. HP Deskjet 3510

                HP Deskjet

                  At $90, HP’s Deskjet crams a huge amount into its budget value package. As with many printers on this lists it’s an all-in-one. It’s not the fastest printer (with around 7 pages per minute printing speed), but there are features to make up for it. It’s a compact design for easy storage, owners can download free apps from HP directly to a smartphone, and wireless printing and sharing is easy to learn.

                  9. Lexmark MS310dn

                  Lexmark printer

                    Lexmark’s $155 will have a user up and running in minutes with its fast set up. It’s focus on speed and reliable performance make it a trusty printer, with print speeds going up to 35 pages per minute. This means one page can be printed in under 7 seconds. It produces quality prints, manages good quality two-sided prints, has an Eco-Mode, and networking options.

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                    10. Samsung SL-M2070FW

                    Samsung printer

                      With fast print speeds and Near Field Communication (NFC) print, Samsung’s $200 black and white multifunction SL-M2070FW is a reliable option. It will print off 21 pages per minute, and is fully compatible with Samsung Mobile Print app and Google Cloud Print to allow easy mobile access. It can also scan and fax.

                      Do note, it only prints in black and white. As a cost saving measure on ink cartridges, this is the printer for you. Currently it’s at a discount price on Amazon – $150.

                      11. Epson Expression Home XP-410

                      Epson Expression

                        The “small-in-one” showcases how Epson excel as home printer manufacturers. The tiny Expression can fit compactly into any home. At $79, it will print, copy, and scan anything you want, and its versatility lets it AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, and share through Epson Connect.

                        12. Brother Printer MFCJ450DW

                        Brother home printer

                          At only $70 this is an easy to set up edition to the Brother range. It’ a color inkjet all-in-one home printer, with print speeds of up to 33 pages per minute in black, 27 in color.

                          Familiar features such as two-sided printing and free Cloud apps are available. The latter allows owners to capture, convert, and share documents straight from the printer. An automatic document feeder (ADF) comes with the bundle, which allows for unattended copying, faxing, and printing.

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                          13. Hewlett Packard Envy 120

                          HP Envy printer

                            The $200 HP Envy is a sleek little printer which is equipped with wireless networking, duplex printing, HP ePrint, accessible apps from the control panel, and a wireless direct point (for printing on the go).

                            It’s eco friendly, which will save you money and (obviously) help the environment. It’s a low halogen printer, supports two-sided printing, saves energy (it’s Energy Star qualified), and recycling ink cartridges is free through HP Planet Partners.

                            14. Little Printer

                            Berg Little Printer

                              Finally, a fun gadget to liven up any household is Berg’s Little Printer. Messages and photos can be sent to it by smartphone, and there are 160 free publications to receive unique prints from. Updates range from newsfeeds and social shares, to games and puzzles.

                              Little Printer’s quirky nature mainly appears with the silly faces which can be added to each print. It’s a unique way to stay in entertain the household. It’s $199.

                              Featured photo credit: Fussel reviewing my print-out/Christoph Faust via flickr.com

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                              7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                              7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                              Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                              Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                              Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                              So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                              Joe’s Goals

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                                Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                                Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                                Daytum

                                  Daytum

                                  is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                                  Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                                  Excel or Numbers

                                    If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                                    What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                                    Evernote

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                                      I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                                      Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                                      Access or Bento

                                        If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                        Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                        Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                        All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                        Conclusion

                                        I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                        What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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