Best Printers for Students 2019

Being a student can be fun, but it can also be a time of having little money. For those studying at places that still require physical printouts of assignments, printing bills can start to stack up and it may be worth making the investment in a printer of your own

, rather than paying each time you print at your school or local library.

When looking at possible options, it’s important to work out what tasks you need the printer to be able to perform before purchase. For example, if you are studying photography or another visually creative subject, then you may be looking for the best printer for art students, whereas if you are studying a subject with lots of reports you may be more interested in the best value printers for ink replacement.

There is no single quality for a printer, automatically making it one of the best printers for students, but if you do a little research you should be able to find the best printer to suit your personal needs.

Below we have taken a look at five printers for students, discussed their features and weighed up some of their pros and cons, to get you started on your hunt for the best printer for you.

 

HP Envy All-in-One Printer 5640The HP Envy 5640 is an affordable all-rounder machine. Costing about $88 AUD, this device is capable of printing, copying, and scanning, as well as the printing of photographs. The printer’s wireless capabilities allow for printing on the go from a mobile, tablet or laptop, and it is compatible with Apple AirPrint. With a 5.5cm colour touchscreen for ease-of-use, and the ability to send scanned documents directly to email recipients, this device is designed to make tasks simple. The 5640 has automatic two-sided printing, and a separate photo paper tray which allows you to create beautiful photo prints without manually switching between paper types. It can print up to 12 black and white ppm and eight colour ppm.

 

Pros:
– Affordable
– Can print photographs as well as documents

Cons:
– Not the fastest printer
– Only two print cartridges (1 black, 1 tri-colour: cyan, magenta, yellow)

Specifications:
Functions: Printer, Copier, Scanner, Photos
Warranty: 12 months limited warranty
Printing Technology: InkJet
Max Monochrome Printing Speed: 12 ppm
Max Colour Printing Speed: 8 ppm
Print Resolution (DPI x DPI): Up to 4800 x 1200

 

HP DeskJet 2130 Printer

The cheapest printer on this list by a large margin, the HP DeskJet 2130 is an entry-level printer for those on a budget. This device can print, scan and copy, and will only set you back around $28 AUD. The 2130 isn’t enabled for wireless use, meaning you’ll need to connect to the printer via a USB cable to create your prints. It’s also not a printer for those seeking to create a high volume of documents, as it has a recommended monthly volume of 50 to 100 pages. While not the flashiest printer on the market, the 2130 would suit someone looking for an affordable device, capable of printing, scanning and copying.

 

Pros:
– Super affordable
– Lightweight

Cons:
– Doesn’t have wireless capabilities (so you’ll need to be connected via USB cable)
– Quite slow printing

Specifications:
Functions: Printer, Copier, Scanner
Warranty: 12 months warranty
Printing Technology: InkJet
Max Monochrome Printing Speed: 7.5 ppm
Max Colour Printing Speed: 5.5 ppm
Print Resolution (DPI x DPI): 1200 x 1200

 

Epson Expression Premium XP-640

The Epson Expression XP-640 is an affordable option for those looking for an all-in-one device. The XP-640 is capable of printing, copying, and scanning, as well as printing borderless 4 x 6” photographs. It comes fitted with a 2.7inch colour LCD touchscreen, and has five ink cartridges. This printer is compatible with mobile printing, including Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print, and can print at a resolution of 5760 x 1440 optimised dpi. The Epson XP-640 can print colour pages at a speed of 10 ppm, black and white at a speed of 13 ppm, and 4 x 6” photos in approximately 20 seconds. One thing to keep in mind when considering this printer is that it doesn’t come with a USB cable, so if you’re looking to connect via USB you will need to purchase the cable separately. The XP-640 will set you back about $179 AUD new.

Pros:
– All-in-one and prints photos
– Compact

Cons:
– Doesn’t come with USB cable
– Running costs can be higher than average

Specifications:
Functions: Printer, Copier, Scanner, Photos
Warranty: 12 months warranty (additional warranty available for extra cost)
Printing Technology: On-demand InkJet
Max Monochrome Printing Speed: 13 ppm
Max Colour Printing Speed: 10 ppm
Print Resolution (DPI x DPI): 5760 x 1440

 

Brother HL-L5200DW

Brother’s HL-L5200DW could be a good option for those looking for a toner-based printer with fast page-printing speeds. The HL-L5200DW is a monochrome laser printer with both wired and wireless connectivity. This machine can print an impressive 40 black and white ppm, and is equipped with automatic 2-sided printing. It’s compatible with Apple AirPrint and Google Print, and has a built-in 256MB memory. While the HL-L5200DW can work as a wired device, it does not come with a USB cable, so this will need to be purchased separately if required. It is also important to note that this device is a solely a printer, and does not have copying or scanning capabilities. The HL-L5200DW costs around $299 AUD, making it the most expensive printer on this list.

 

Pros
– Super-fast printing
– Uses toner rather than ink, which can work out to be more cost-effective over time

Cons
– No copying of faxing
– Not the cheapest initial outlay

Specifications:
Functions: Printer
Warranty: 12 months warranty
Printing Technology: Monochrome Laser
Max Monochrome Printing Speed: 40 ppm
Print Resolution (DPI x DPI): up to 1200 x 1200

 

Canon Pixma Home TS9160

The TS9160 is a wallet-friendly machine with a few bells and whistles. The device is capable of printing, scanning, and copying, as well as printing photographs and CD faces. It has a dual paper feeder, six single ink cartridges, and a massive 5-inch touchscreen for ease-of-use (and the ability to add filters to photos before printing). The TS9160 has wireless capabilities, and is compatible with Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print. It can print black and white pages at a speed of 15 ppm, colour at 10 ppm, and 4 x 6” borderless photos in approximately 17 seconds. It features a flatbed scanner with a resolution of 2400 x 4800 dpi, and a copier with a multiple copy function of up to 99 pages.  Please note that USB cable to connect to computer is sold separately. While not the cheapest printer on the market, it’s far from the most expensive, costing around $185 AUD.

Pros
– Photo printing and CD face printing
– Large touchscreen interface

Cons
– Not the cheapest printer
– USB cable sold separately

Specifications:
Functions: Printer, Scanner, Copier, Photos
Warranty: 12 months warranty
Printing Technology: InkJet
Max Monochrome Printing Speed: 15 ppm
Max Colour Printing Speed: 10 ppm
Print Resolution (DPI x DPI): up to 4800 x 1200