I suggest purchasing a laser printer rather than an ink-jet printer, but if you're going to go cheap, I suggest Canon. There are three primary brands of ink-jet printer and they are HP, Epson, and Canon. Epson is the worst, Canon is (reliably) the best, and HP is in between. Here are the criteria I use to judge an ink-jet printer:
I will assume that if you're buying an ink-jet printer, you're probably not buying it for a business application. That being assumed, then one of the most compelling reasons to buy a Canon ink-jet printer is the ease of setup and use. Even high-quality HP printers have inscrutable interfaces. HP printers have too many buttons, too many choices, and the symbolism used by HP is arbitrary. Interface complexity is an area where HP may, depending on the model, be worse than Epson.
With any ink-jet printer, I suggest assuming it will last 2.5 years. What does this mean in practice? If you are having any, and I mean ANY, problems (e.g. won't connect to WiFi, trouble picking up paper, streaky printing) with your ink-jet printer and it is 2.5 years old or older, do not buy more ink for it, just get a new one.
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