July 17, 2024


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Best inkjet printer in 2021

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If you haven’t looked at inkjet printers in a few years, you may be surprised at the improvements. While the dreaded ink cartridges are still used by some printers, there’s been a big rise in cartridge-free ink tank printing that reduces the waste and overall cost. There’s also been a big rise in security, capacity, and quality. If you’re in the market for everything from a massive departmental printer to a battery-powered printer you can run from the car, we have you covered.

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When it comes to inkjet printers, there are a lot of choices and it can get confusing. HP, alone, has 920 different product listings on Amazon. Of course, not all are current and many are reseller offerings. But it’s still a lot. Because I’ve been working with HP product champions over the past few months to bring review units into the lab to test, I reached out and asked them which of their inkjet products are their favorites this year. They answered with their 8025e and 9025e models. I’ll be discussing them below (listed as “HP Recommends”) along with a full selection of other printers and other brands that each spotlight areas that are of interest to our readers.  

With printer prices going up overall by 20{8c54160eed80eb00ac4f5d74c8785e95142d89daf570f201b81dc7fdc31059f3} or more since last year, it’s nice to be able to lead off our list with this “HP Recommends” inexpensive all-in-one.

It will hold 225 sheets and will print up to 20 pages-per-minute. With Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections, as well as a smart app that will let you print from your phone, this little guy has many of the features found in more expensive printers, but for less than $150.

HP’s very proud of their HP+ program and asked me to share, “With HP+, the printer comes with six free months of Instant Ink and an extended 2-year HP warranty. HP+ also includes a cloud-based smart security settings monitoring system that helps detect and remediate printer security status, and a Private Pickup Smart App feature that ensures security of confidential information by only releasing documents to the intended receiver.”

Sometimes, when you really need to print, you really need to print. What sets this all-in-one printer apart is its high-capacity paper store. You load this beast up with 1,830 sheets. Why, exactly, it’s 1,830 pages is a bit of a head-scratcher, but the fact that you can batch load three full reams of paper (plus a little over half a ream more) means that you can dedicate large printing projects to this machine and let it run.

We also like the fact that you’re not limited to letter-sized pages when it comes to printing. You can actually print up to 13×19-inches, allowing you to output full tablet or A3-sized pages. This is an enterprise-level printer that can print 24 ppm, has security features, large ink capacity, Wi-Fi for wireless printing, and more.

This is a giant printer, the largest in our winners’ circle. This is the printer you use when you’re printing out maps, blueprints, CAD designs, project-management charts, and wall-sized documents. It’s a thermal inkjet printer, which allows for continuous printing at higher speeds and nicer finishes. It’s also a cartridge-based printer, but you can choose from 40 to 300 mL cartridges, allowing you to decide just how long you want to go between cartridge changes.

This printer is particularly interesting for job site use. It creates its own Wi-Fi network (so no LAN is needed). You can print it directly from iOS or Android devices. That makes this an ideal tool for construction sites, engineering projects, and field operations. The only site prep you need to make this work is a power socket. That means if your job site changes (for example as you add floors to a skyscraper), you can simply move the printer without worrying about maintaining Wi-Fi connectivity from a central hub. 

The GT250P prints messages by swiping across the surface. The difference is that the surface is likely to be much, much bigger. The GT250P prints letters up to 2-inches high. That, plus the strong adhesion of the ink makes it ideal for coding cartons and packing crates.

This device uses a Windows interface to program messages. You can load up the printer over Bluetooth and then use it on the factory or warehouse floor. Priced at over $3,500, this is not a device that will be used by consumers, but if you’re managing a supply chain, the GT250P could be your new best friend. Surprisingly, in a world where supply chain resources are at an all-time high, the GT250P dropped 20{8c54160eed80eb00ac4f5d74c8785e95142d89daf570f201b81dc7fdc31059f3} in price since we last looked at it, last year.