Fall is here and the kids are back at college. Heading into any school year, it’s important to be prepared with the right supplies and the right technology. That means have a reliable printer while at college.
There are plenty of options to choose from, but remember that the best college printers are small, durable and don’t cost a lot of money. College life can get a little crazy, and you don’t want to drop $300 on a printer just to see it drop from the top of your desk.
Here are the top 5 printers on college campuses this year:
Epson Stylus NX430 Small-in-One All-in-One Printer
Remember rule number one for college printers? They need to be small. This Epson has all of the bells and whistles, but keeps a very modest size that won’t take up a ton of space, making it the perfect student printer.
This printer can not only spit out your next term paper, but you can also scan documents and plug-in your digital camera for quick and easy photo printing. Added bonus: this printer features red-eye removal, photo restoration, and correction of over/ underexposed images. Perfect if you want to display photos of your child’s college adventures while they are away.
While this printer is likely designed with a small business in mind, this basic printer offers excellent and reliable output for black ink documents only. If you think you’ll need to print in color at some point, this isn’t the printer for you. However, for many college students a black and white printer is perfect. If/when these students need to print in color, it’s easy to run over to the student center or computer lab and take care of it. Since the majority of college essays will only require black ink, the relatively low cost of black ink replacement cartridges makes the Brother HL-2270DW a frugal and savvy choice for the college student.
Canon Pixma MG6220
There are plenty of fun social activities (parties!) in college that students will be bringing their cameras to. While those photos will end up on Facebook, there’s a good chance they’ll also want to print them off.
This Canon printer is great for basic documents, but is perfect for the photo-loving student. One perk is that it’s compatible with Apple’s AirPrint, so you can print photos directly from your iPhone or iPad.
If your child is pursuing a degree in art or theatre, this printer is perfect for letting them print copies of their work and start building a strong portfolio from day one.
HP OfficeJet 100 Mobile Printer
I’ll tell you right away that this great printer does break one of the rules of college printers: It’s kind of expensive.
But you can make an exception to that rule for this printer because of its portability. This HP delivers just enough output for what college students would need it to do. While it’s not fast (3.7 pages per minute), speed isn’t a huge concern for college students; portability is though.
Thankfully, the quality is worth the wait.
The HP OfficeJet 100 Mobile Printer is perfect for students on the go and active in their communities. After all, college isn’t just about a great education, it’s about experiences and networking with groups and individual who can help guide you once you’ve graduated.
Epson Expression Home XP-400
This is a simpler version of the other Small-in-One Epson on this list. The all-in-one printer lets you scan, print and even look at digital photos from a memory card that you can then print off. Easy wireless, plus SD cards and mobile device printing are ideal for a college student, and the XP-400’s quiet operation is perfect for a nite owl student with an early bird dorm mate.
The price, quality and durability of this printer are what makes it great for college campuses.
A great printer in your child’s dorm room means more quiet time to focus on projects and less opportunity for the distractions found in common areas. Whether it’s a simple, compact all-in-one unit or a mobile printer – making the right decision can play a part on your student’s education and success.
Author Michael Holmes works with PrinterCorp who provides a variety of products including printers for college campuses. If you are looking for something more heavy-duty, check out PrinterCorp.com.au office printers.