Need New Home Printer in Mixed Environment

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Hey there,

My old TrendNet print server died on my Google Mesh WiFi. The device is too old to troubleshoot or update.

I'm looking for the basic B&W or color laserjet in a mixed home LAN environment (Win10, Apple OSx, iOS & Android). Can anyone recommend a printer brand and/or current model? It has been ages since I even bothered looking at printers. Budget < $250 if possible.

While we are at it, what home color multi-function (print, scan, fax) would you recommend?

No photo printing.

TIA :)
 

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I have a Canon Pixma MG6320 (I'm sure there are newer models) printer/scanner/fax machine that I got from B&H a few years ago for $50 on special. I always look for something that does two-sided printing.....half the paper! LOL!
 

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(The Canon mentioned above is an inkjet not a laser).
I have bought myself or recommended several of the low end HP b/w lasers in the last couple of years and they have all been excellent.
They have all been both printer and scanner, no one uses fax any more so I didn't bother about that. What is very useful is the copy button, so you can use them as photocopiers without using the computer.

The key things to know are:
  • The cheap models come with a cartridge which is only partly full, to get you started. So buy a full one with it.
  • I use them networked, which is simple and reliable. I think nowadays they all network, and also all do wireless, but check carefully.
  • If you want to plug in using USB, they don't usually supply the USB cable.
Models:
  • Some are just printers.
  • Some have a simple manual scanner on the top, with no scanner feeder. This is fine if you do very little scanning, as it removes a complicated bit of machinery from the top.
  • Next model up has a scanner feeder as well - I have one of these, it has been very good.
  • I also have a colour HP laserjet which was on special offer at the time and was a great bargain. It feels more like a business model than the bottom end ones. It too is excellent. I use it for printing maps of the exact areas I am going hiking - being laser the ink doesn't run when they get soaked.
I just went to amazon.com and searched for "hp laserjet".
  • Various print only models for as little as $90.
  • B/W with scanner feeder and duplex $197.
  • I can see what looks like my really good colour one, with scanner feeder and duplex printing for $419, reduced from $629.
 
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I splurged for some unexplained reason and went with an Epson ET-2750. It is ink jet so I had to test the photo printing. Not bad with 4x6 pre-cut. Spending more up front with refillable tanks seemed more cost effective than replacing cartridges.

Using the Epson app, I printed from my Android smartphone and iPad for the first time ever. Easy peasy, where have I been the last decade?

All wireless, the Epson is not even in the same room as my main decade old PC. I removed the print server and reconnected the LaserJet via USB so now I'm back and improved.

My 3 teens are happy for the new capability. I hope we use it enough to justify the cost.
 

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