Wireless printers are becoming the norm in small as well as large businesses, since WiFi connectivity helps reduce cable clutter, allows more options in terms of where the printer is set up, and works just as well as wired printers do. With technological improvements such as “Wi-Fi direct” (also known as Wireless P2P) which dispenses the need for an access point, wireless printing is as simple as it is reliable.
In this article, we’ll highlight two recommendable low-cost Wi-Fi printers for home and office use: the Canon Pixma series and the Brother MFC 8950DW.
Canon Pixma MG5320
With a price point of around $100, this is a favorite pick for home use.
The Pixma series consists of inkjet printers with features like duplex printing (which allows both side printing on a page) and document feeder with 30 page document handling capacity of both legal and multi-page documents. Using the Canon Pixma you can print, scan and fax using its MFP capabilities. The other noteworthy features of the Pixma include the ability to print straight from a camera like the PictBridge or from a memory card, thanks to the built-in LCD diplay (2.5 inch) that can be used to view the images before they are printed.
The PPM rate or pages per minute for the Pixma is quite good at 2.2 PPM (high quality) and the photo printing speed is at two minutes and ten seconds to print a 4 x 6 photo. The latest print engine makes sure that the print quality meets your expectations be it photos, graphics or text. Pixma has reasonable cost per page of 6.3 cents for mono pages & for color pages it is 13.8 cents.
Brother MFC 8950DW
This printer costs around $600, but it’s one of the best cost-efficient options for offices and small business.
The Brother MFC 8950DW is a laser printer with features like duplex printing, ability to print as well as scan (also known as duplex scanning) and fax with touch screen controls. You can also use it as a copier with additional features, like the ability to scan or print directly from/to an USB memory card. The Brother MFC also allows mobile printing like Google Cloud or AirPrint and includes a mobile app developed in house for printing & scanning. Brother MFC also supports WiFi direct using which you can effortlessly connect the printer with mobile devices.
Some of the other special features of Brother MFC include the extra large flatbed document feeder which supports legal size of pages and also the automatic document feeder (50 pages). The scanning system also allows you to scan pages (duplex scanning) which are of legal size. The printer can be used for heavy duty printing with paper drawer of 500 sheet capacity, print duplexing and multi purpose tray with 50 sheets. There is option to use a second drawer with 500 sheet capacity if printing needs increase.
Print output quality of Brother MFC is quite good with graphics and text output looking crystal clear, with nearly no smudges. The printing speed is impressive because of the Gigabit Ethernet which allows the printer to work at optimal speed even when the network traffic is high.
Which one is right for you?
Thus we can see how wireless printers have many excellent features such as duplex scanning & printing and Gigabit Ethernet to support over the network printing functionality. Choosing either of the printers mentioned here will depend on your budget and printing needs. Generally speaking, the Brother MFC is best suited for offices and small business- while the Canon Pixma should be more than adequate for home use.
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