Our Picks for Top Wireless Printers For Home Use

By | January 31, 2015

Wireless printers come in handy for a variety of reasons not least of all since there are no wires required. A wireless printer can be set up anywhere there is Wi-Fi which makes for a very easy installation.
Also wireless printers can be used from a smartphone or tablet easily. Besides not having to run new CAT5 wiring or be limited with a USB cable to a computer a document can simply be printed from any Wi-Fi enabled device.
With the many Wi-Fi printers on the market there is no doubt many to choose from.
So what is the best wireless printer for home use?
This question obviously will depend on how much you print. If you’re a college student or sharing a house with multiple people printing out multiple documents then a high-capacity printer will most likely be needed. But if you simply use it occasionally print out a shipping label or installation instructions then a simple low-end printer will be all that is needed.
Our Picks for Wireless Printers

Epson XP-310 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner and Copier (Discontinued by Manufacturer)


HP Envy 4520 Wireless All-in-One Photo Printer with Mobile Printing, Instant Ink ready (F0V69A)


Epson Expression XP-410 Wireless Color All-in-One Inkjet Printer

When reading through the product reviews look for a printer that is easy to install. Of course this depends on your technical ability. If you are technically inclined then it will not matter what type printer you buy more than likely you’ll hook it up no problem. But if you are like most of us and are slightly technically challenged. Then buying one that is has a easy setup would be a good choice.
Another thing that I look for is the cost to replace the printer cartridges. As everyone knows who has ever owned a printer, cartridges are expensive. For this reason I like to refill my own printer cartridges to save money since I do print a lot. The refilling your own cartridges is not for everyone as it is messy and sometimes doesn’t work. There are certain printer manufacturers that make some cartridges difficult to refill purposely forcing you to go out and buy one.
So when I look for a printer I always read to the reviews for someone who like me refills their own cartridges and see how difficult it is. Often there are YouTube videos that will show you how to do this for different printers.
YouTube videos also are very handy and for looking at visual reviews and installations of Wi-Fi printers which make it very easy to size up a printer for buying.
Also keep in mind that if you have an old router it may be time to upgrade the router depending on the printer you buy. If you have older router that is only wireless G it may be time to upgrade as most Wi-Fi printers are now wireless N. And even though wireless N is backwards compatible with wireless G they can cause problems sometimes which can make it difficult to troubleshoot when there is a problem.
In 2014 a new protocol was introduce called 802.11 AC. It is next in line to replace wireless N. if you buy printer that is 802.11 AC then you will need a router that is 802.11 AC compatible. Since this protocol is new it is not widespread yet but definitely something to keep an eye out for.

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