Wireless Printers under $100
Wireless printers are now slowly replacing the old wired printers at both homes and small business offices. They are much easier to connect and offer great mobility allowing you to print from devices like tablets and even mobile phones. This mobile printing feature makes them ideal for offices where multiple users need to access the printers often at the same time.
A wireless printer is equipped with an adapter which connects the printer to a wireless network to enable smart devices like laptop and Smartphone connect and use the printer. The printer, however, works best when located within a strong wifi signal range.
One of the biggest concerns of buyers buying wireless printers is security. The wireless printer uses the same wireless security methods as the other devices on the network. Most wireless printers support security features similar to other devices. This allows to keep them away from unauthorised access by nearby wireless devices.
Wireless printers are now available from most top printer brands and in this article we take a look at some of the best wireless printers that come within a tight budget of $100 or less. So you can enjoy advanced features without having to spend a lot. So lets get started.
1. HP ENVY 5640 Colour Multifunctional Printer
The HP ENVY 5640 colour multifunctional printer is ideal for home based offices and personal use. It can be used to print, copy, scan and photo on A4 sized paper. The printer has comes with a connectivity of wireless, AirPrint and USB.
- 6.75 cm touchscreen CGD (Colour Graphics Display)
- Compatible operating systems: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista Mac OS X Lion, OS X Mountain Lion, OS X Mavericks
- HP Auto-Off Technology; Processor speed: 525 MHz
- Wireless Compatibility- 802.11.b, 802.11.g, 802.11.n
- Printer Technology - Inkjet
- Print Media Type - Envelopes, Labels, Paper (plain), Card stock, Transparencies
- B&W Pages per Minute - 12 pages_per_minute
HP's Envy 5640 is a budget printer that makes wireless printing from smart devices like tablets and phones fast and easy. Its capability to receive a print command from the smartphone is definitely gives it an extra edge from its competitors. The printer is designed for homes primarily. But can also used in small offices.
With HP Envy 5640 you can perform basic printing, scanning, and copying. Using the printer you can print and scan the document simultaneously.
It has a 2.65-inch LCD screen for previewing the document before printing. The screen also allows one to print from various online sources or websites by accessing through the HP’s print apps with Disney coloring book pages, crossword puzzles and more. The print apps, however, cannot be accessed if the printer is connected via USB cable to a single PC.
The mobile printing function supports printing through the cloud given the printer is connected to the network. The paper handling capacity of 5640 is much better than any home printers. Its input tray has a capacity to hold 125 sheets. You can even take photo prints simultaneously as you take out regular prints.
2. Brother MFC-J480DW - Wireless Inkjet Color All-in-One Printer
Brother MFC-J480DW is a multi-purpose printer with inkjet technology. The printer comes with an automatic document feeder system with a tray capacity to hold 100 sheets. Brother MFC-J480DW is ideal for home-offices or small offices. It is designed to accept commands from mobile devices via AirPrint. The printer has a 1.8" color display which makes it easy to navigate through onscreen menus.
- Printer Technology- Inkjet
- Automatic duplex (2-sided) printing
- Brother Cloud Apps
- Mobile Device Compatibility - AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Brother iPrint and Scan, Mopria, Cortado Workplace, Wi-Fi Direct
- One-Push Wireless Setup - AOSS, Wi-Fi Protected Setup
- Printer Driver Compatibility - Windows, macOS
- Included Software: Scansoft PaperPort SE, Presto! PageManager with OCR for Mac
We found Brother MFC-J480DW easy to connect, compact and loaded with valuable features. The functionality of the Brother MFC-J480DW is ideal for home-based offices, small offices and homes. During the testing the printer delivered clear printing, scanning and copying.
Its two-sided printing feature saves paper and its mobile and cloud connectivity enhances the productivity of small businesses. The Brother MFC-J480DW comes with business friendly features such as an auto-document feeder, an auto-duplexer for printing technology, and a software suite for cloud prints and scans.
Though the printer provides duplex print, the printing speed is quite low as compared to single side printing. The print quality is overall fair. The printer is good for daily usages. For normal printing there might be a little ink spread and occasional jitter in between the lines. The photo prints, however, are well expressed with vivid colors. In short, the printer is good for general purpose.
3. HP OfficeJet Pro 6968 - All-in-One Wireless Printer
The OfficeJet Pro 6968 by HP is specially designed for offices. It is a multipurpose printer with the capability of carrying out a number of tasks without slowing down the printer. The HP OfficeJet Pro 6968 comes with a mobile printing option, single-sided scanning through the auto document feeder.
- Printing Technology – HP Thermal Inkjet
- Connectivity - Apple AirPrint, HP ePrint, Mopria Print Service, wireless direct printing
- Operating system support – Linux, Windows, Vista, Apple Mac
- Functions - copier, fax, printer, scanner
- Mobile Printing Capability - Apple AirPrint, HP ePrint, Mopria Print Service, wireless direct printing
- Energy Star qualified
- Built-in 2.65-inch color touchscreen
- Duplex ADF scanning – single sided
HP OfficeJet Pro 6968 easily prints from mobile, tablet, laptop, and other smart devices. The printer is specially designed for businesses. It produces high-quality prints while saving on paper with its automatic two-sided printing technology and is energy efficient. Using the printer you can take out prints on different paper sizes including A4, letter, and legal. OfficeJet Pro 6968 by HP can enhance the productivity with its speedy copy, scan, and fax features.
The printer comes with an automatic two-sided printing technology together with an automatic document feeder. The technology enables the printer to quickly produce prints on the two sides of the paper. The paper tray of the printer has the capacity to hold 225 papers this saves from adding papers again and again.
Another feature that amazed is the borderless printing capabilities of the printer. This particular feature is ideal for great photo printing. Using the printer you can print photos with a dimension ranging from 4x6 inches to 8.5x11.
The wireless printer comes with different connectivity options such as Ethernet connectivity, AirPrint, and easy mobile printing connectivity. The HP OfficeJet Pro 6968 can help you streamline your work with tools to quickly scan documents for an e-mail attachment.
4. Samsung Xpress M2020W Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer:
The Samsung Xpress M2020W Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer provided superior print quality and amazing wireless connectivity on testing. The printer boasts a good printing speed of 21 pages per minute. The printer is ideal for personal usage and is not really recommended for office use. The printer is equipped with Samsung’s unique imaging technology.
- Connectivity technology – Wi-Fi, USB
- Operating System - Windows, Mac, Linux
- Printer Technology – Laser
- Printer Output – Monochrome
- Auto document feeder
- Media type - Plain, Envelope, Labels, CardStock, Thick, Thin, Cotton, Color, Preprinted, Recycled, Bond, Archive
- NFC Tap & Print
- Google Cloud Print
Samsung is not really a great brand in the printing industry. It is, however, a reliable name in technology. We picked Samsung for two reasons – cost and brand. If you go by the brand, Samsung needs to work hard on producing printers for businesses as its printers for personal use are already doing great. The Xpress M2020W Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer by Samsung is ideal for personal usage. You can print photos using the printer which come equipped with Samsung’s innovative imaging technology.
The Samsung Xpress M2020W Wireless Monochrome Laser printer is not suitable for businesses irrespective of its high-quality prints. This is due to its high running cost. It consumes a considerable amount of electricity. The printer doesn’t come with Ethernet connectivity. It also lacks in the duplexer.
The printer is light in weight and easy to handle. It offers Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, and NFC support which provides it with an extra edge over its competitors. Looking at its size, the printer is quite smaller in dimension (7.0 X 13.0 by 8.5 inches) as compared to other inkjet printers.
5. Canon MX492 - Wireless All-IN-One Small Printer
The slim and sleek printer by Canon is suitable for homes and offices. Canon MX492 comes with drivers preinstalled for quick connectivity to Apple products. The printer is equipped with manual duplex printing technology that allows a speedy image printing.
- Inkjet technology
- Manual duplex printing
- Compatible for both wired and wireless printing
- High speed fax
- 1.5 inch LCD screen
- Auto document feeder
- Functionality – print, scan, copy and fax
- Printer System Requirements - Windows and Mac
- Mobile Printing Apps - Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Mopria Print Service
This compact printer is easy to install. All you need to do is install the print and scan drivers from the CD that comes with it. Once installed you are ready to command print from your smart devices. If you use Apple product such as iPhone and iPad you don’t need to install any driver as the printer comes with software preinstalled to support print command from Apple devices.
The printer has two control panels - two-line monochrome LCD and membrane touch. The printer is equipped to connect with wireless as well as wired devices however it does not support Ethernet. You can command print using AirPrint, Wi-Fi, Google Print, USB devices and Canon’s own Pixma Print Services.
The input tray has a capacity to hold 100 sheets of A4 size and legal paper. You can also adjust small size paper in the printer and expect great print quality. We tested the printer for copying and scanning. The copy quality of the printer was also above the bar. The Canon MX492 provides smooth copying especially when it comes to copying a book or many pages at once.
The printer is small in size and doesn’t take much space. It is easy to install and provides quality prints. In short, it does all that a printer should do.
6. Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3720 Wireless Printer
The WorkForce Pro WF by Epson is designed for offices and small businesses. The printer is capable of enhancing the productivity with speedy functionality which includes print, copy and scan. The printer is equipped with PrecisionCore printing technology from Epson.
- Printing technology – Epson Precision Core Inkjet
- Ink type - Epson DURABrite Ultra inks
- Mobile Printing Capability - Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print
- Operating System Support – Windows, XP Professional, Apple Mac
- Software included - Drivers & utilities, EPSON Scan 2
- Functionality - copier, fax, printer, scanner
- ADF, input tray
The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3720 tested on all kind of office work and was found to be a perfect fit. Using the printer you can expect to take out prints quickly. The printer took a minute to produce 20 prints in black and the number reduced by 50% in color. With this printer in your office, you can expect to save on paper as the printer features an automatic 2-sided printing technology.
The printer also produces high-quality images with a resolution of 4800 X1200 dpi. Similarly, the copying and scanning features of the printer were tested to be above the bar. The printer has capabilities to copy 17 pages in a minute in black and 9 in color. The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3720 comes with a paper tray of capacity to hold 250 sheets.
7. Brother MFC-J460DW
The Brother MFC-J460DW is a multifunctional printer suitable for all kind of business needs. It is easy to connect and delivers clear prints as well as high-quality copying, scanning and faxing. The printer is capable of carrying out the heavy task with its output tray’s capacity of 100 sheets. Just like the other printers Brother MFC-J460DW supports two-sided printing.
- Printing technology - Inkjet, Color
- Display - LCD 1.8 inch
- Mobile Printing Capabilities - Apple AirPrint
- Functions - copy, print, scan and fax
- Operating System Support - Windows and Apple Mac
- Supported media type - coated paper, glossy paper, plain paper, recycled paper
The Brother MFC-J460DW printer proves to be value for money looking at its high-quality functionality. The printer can print, copy, scan and fax documents without any error. It comes with an automatic document feeder as well as two-sided paper printing technology. The technology together with the feeder enhances the productivity and reduced costs on paper.
The printer is quick and easy to install and works seamlessly with wifi allows the users to connect various devices such as desktops, laptops, tablets, and other mobile devices with the printer. The cloud print services of the printer allow the users to send print commands right from their mobile devices. It also lets users scan document and send them to cloud storage services like Dropbox and Google Drive.
Brother MFC-J460DW is easy to navigate through its 1.8 inches color LCD display. You can scan through the documents right from the LCD screen and give the command from smart devices with this amazing printer in your office.
8. Canon Office and Business MX922
The office and business MX922 printer by Canon is a compact and inexpensive printer for ideal for home and office use. MX922 is equipped with inkjet printing technology that makes scanning, copying and printing easy. What makes this printer even better is the automatic duplex printing feature.
- Printer technology - inkjet
- Auto duplex
- Printer connectivity type – USB, Wireless
- Functionalities – copy, scan, print, fax
- AirPrint, Mobile Device Printing and Cloud Print
- 3-inch color LCD display
The Canon office and business MX922 has the capabilities to print on optical discs, high paper capacity and produce better quality images. These features besides the fundamental functions of the printer make it a perfect fit for small businesses and homes.
The MX922 has been designed to enable the users print and fax to a PC from a USB key. The printer comes with three inches color display from which one can navigate to the menu, scan through documents on cloud and give commands. The printer supports both Ethernet and Wi-Fi for ease of printing.
The printer supports automatic duplex printing, which means you do not have to manually turn the paper to print the other side of it. Canon printers are equipped with software to scan images from canon camera and so does the MX922. However, the print speed is not too fast. For printing 4-6 photos the printer can take 1 minute and five seconds.
For a productive day at home or office, a good reliable printer is a must. A right printer can add value to your work with high-resolution photo prints, swift copying speed, easy scanning and emailing as well as quick document printing. Consider buying a printer that provides all the four functions with high-quality resolution and quick turnaround time.