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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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                              5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

                              5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

                              Journaling is one of the most useful personal development tools around. Not only does it help us process emotions and experiences, work through internal conflicts and improve our self-awareness, it also provides us with a way to keep a day-to-day record of our lives. Traditionally an activity limited to pen and paper, the expansion of consumer technology has enabled journaling to go digital.

                              Saving your journaling entries online enables you to access them from anywhere, without having to carry a notebook and pen around, and provides you with digital features, like tagging and search functions.

                              Here are a list of five online journaling tools you can use to bring your practice into the modern age:

                              1. 750words

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                              750 words

                                750words is a free online journaling tool created by Buster Benson. The site is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; a journaling tool Julia Cameron suggests in her creativity course The Artist’s Way. Cameron advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

                                750 words is the three-page digital equivalent (assuming the average person writes 250 words per page) and lets you store all your journaling online. Each morning, you’ll receive a prompt asking you to write your 750 words, and the site keeps track of various statistics associated with your entries. The site uses a Regressive Imagery Dictionary to calculate the emotional content from your posts and provides feedback on features like your mood, and most commonly used words.

                                750 words is simple to set up and is ideal for anyone who finds it challenging to maintain a consistent journaling practice. The site uses a number of incentives to motivate users, including animal badges awarded to journalers who complete a certain number of days in a row, leader boards, and opt-in monthly challenges.

                                2. Ohlife

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                                ohlife

                                  Ohlife is designed to make online journaling as easy as possible. Once you’ve signed up for your free account, the website will send you an email each day asking “How did your day go?” Simply reply to the email with as much or as little detail as you like, and your response will be stored on your account, ready to view next time you log in.

                                  Ohlife’s appeal lies in its simplicity: no stats, no social sharing, no complicated organisational systems—the site is designed to provide you with a private, online space. Simply respond to the email each day (or skip the days you’re busy) and Ohlife will do the rest.

                                  3. Oneword

                                  oneword

                                    OneWord is a fun online tool that provides you with a single word as a prompt and gives you sixty seconds to write about it. The concept’s aim is to help writers learn how to flow, and the prompts range from the everyday mundane to the profound.

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                                    Oneword is not a private journaling tool: if you sign up, your answers will be published on the site’s daily blog, which contains a stream of users’ answers, and might be used by Oneword in the future. If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself, you can still use the tool for fun without giving out any personal details.

                                    4. Penzu

                                      Penzu is a journaling tool that allows you to store your journaling notes online. The service also offers mobile apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry, so you can journal on the go and save your notes to your account. The basic service is free, however you can upgrade to Penzu Pro and get access to additional features, including military-grade encryption and the ability to save and sync data through your mobile, for $19 per year.

                                      With either version of Penzu, you can insert pictures, and add tags and comments to entries, as well as search for older entries. You can set your posts to be private and viewable by you only, or share them with others.

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                                      5. Evernote

                                      Evernote isn’t a purpose-built journaling tool, however its features make it perfect for keeping your journaling notes in one safe place. With the ability to keep separate “notebooks”, tag your entries, include pictures, audio and web clipping, Evernote will appeal to journalers who want to include more formats than just text in their entries.

                                      Available online within a web browser, and as a stand-alone desktop app, the service also comes with a series of mobile apps covering almost every device available. These allow you to make notes on the go and sync between the mobile and browser versions of the app.

                                      For additional features, including text recognition and the ability to collaborate on Notebooks, you can upgrade to Evernote’s premium service, which costs $5 per month.

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