Welcome to Engadget's back to school guide! The end of summer vacation isn't nearly as much fun as the weeks that come before, but a chance to update your tech tools likely helps to ease the pain. Today, we have printers on our minds and on our desks -- and you can head to the back to school hub to see the rest of the product guides as they're added throughout the month. Be sure to keep checking back -- at the end of the series we'll be giving away a ton of the gear featured in our guides -- and hit up the hub page right here!
It's safe to say that, at some point, you'll need to print out a collection of assignments this fall. We're looking to save the environment just as much as the next set of folks, but physical outputs are still required for a number of things -- especially in the realm of academics. Now that WiFi has become a standard option on most ink-to-paper peripherals, the ability to print from mobile devices has become a hot commodity. A number of our selections offer just that, allowing you to get the job started without needing to be in front of a computer. Enough chatter, though... head on past the break to peruse our picks for the back to school season this year.
Canon PIXMA MX512
It's best to be prepared for anything, wouldn't you say? The MX512 is capable of any print-related task that may arise. Alongside faxing, scanning and copying capabilities, this unit boasts a max 4,800 DPI, built-in WiFi, Bluetooth, AirPrint and auto-duplex printing. It packs a 2.5-inch LCD for selecting images and files directly from a USB thumb drive or SD card.
Key specs: 4,800 DPI max resolution, WiFi, Ethernet, Bluetooth, AirPrint, LCD display, USB / SD card printing, auto-duplex, two ink cartridges (black and color).
Price: $100 on Amazon
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HP Photosmart 5520
Don't think you'll need to fax a transcript? You may want to look here. Also touting 4,800 max DPI, the 5520 "e-all-in-one" sports HP's ePrint connectivity allowing you to print that paper while you're running back to the dorm to snag it. The kit also features WiFi, USB / SD slots, a 2.65-inch LCD touchscreen, four ink cartridges and direct-to-email scanning.
Price: $100 on Amazon
Epson Expression XP-200
The XP-200 offers all-in-one functionality in a compact package. With all the requisite specs to handle your printing, copying and scanning, this peripheral is WiFi-ready and allows wireless printing from your mobile devices with AirPrint, Google Cloud Print or Epson Connect. Also, instant-drying inks will keep those project photos pristine for presentations.
Price: $56 on Amazon
HP Officejet 6100
Not in the market for all of the bells and whistles that an all-in-one offers? No worries. The 6100 can handle a 12,000-page monthly workload while allowing you to print from just about anywhere thanks to HP's ePrint tech and AirPrint compatibility. You'll also find WiFi connectivity, 4,800 max DPI and both USB and Ethernet ports for your borderless printing needs up to 8.5 x 11 inches.
Key specs: HP ePrint, AirPrint, WiFi, Ethernet, borderless printing, four ink cartridges (black, cyan, magenta and yellow), water-resistant outputs.
Price: $70 on Amazon
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HP Officejet Pro 8100
Don't think the 6100 has quite enough to handle your workload? Well, splurging for the 8100 model nets you professional-grade color at 50 percent lower cost per page than laser printers. As you might expect, WiFi, Ethernet and USB 2.0 connections are available here alongside ePrint for remote access and AirPrint for your iOS devices. An on-board control panel and graphic display will lend a hand while auto two-sided printing keeps costs down.
Price: $150 on HP.com
Epson Artisan 1430
Sometimes 8.5 x 11-inch prints just won't cut it. For those looking to produce projects on a larger scale, the Artisan 1430 is a safe bet. Here, you'll be able to print up to 13 x 19 inches and directly onto CDs and DVDs with the unit's six ink cartridges. Going bigger doesn't mean you'll have to be connected with a cable, either. WiFi connectivity and Epson Connect for mobile devices are still 'round here.
Price: $250 on Epson.com
It's no secret that Brother knows what it takes to make solid laser printers. With the HL-3075CW, you'll get color output with WiFi connectivity. This unit boasts a 19-pages-per-minute speed and a USB interface for grabbing photos and documents directly from a connected storage device. You'll also be able to print from your Android, iOS or Windows Phone device with the Brother iPrint&Scan application.
Key specs: Blazing output speeds, WiFi, Ethernet, USB 2.0, direct printing from USB storage devices, iPrint&Scan for mobile devices.
Price: $249 on Amazon
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HP Laserjet Pro P1102W
Some majors have no need for color outputs. If you're planning on cranking out research papers like there's no tomorrow, a black-and-white laser printer may be a solid bet. Here, you'll still get the WiFi connectivity, HP ePrint and AirPrint capabilities. You won't have to wait too long, either, as the unit touts 19-pages-per-minute speeds to ensure that those last-minute corrections don't cost you a full letter grade.
Price: $127 on Amazon
Looking to spend a little less on that black-and-white laser printer? Brother's HL-2230 is capable of outputting 24 pages in a minute, but the reduced price tag will cost you wireless printing functionality. This is definitely the option for folks who want to go the laser route, but don't have a need for color, WiFi printing or connecting USB storage.
Price: $77 on Amazon
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