Despite reports of its continual impending doom, people still occasionally need the services of a printer. Printer manufacturers have equipped current consumer models with a new slew of features which move beyond addressing "what" users can print out to the now more important "where can you print from". And because all five of these models are wi-fi (and some internet) enabled, these models can all be kept out of sight until needed...
For Light Duty and the Parents: Canon PIXMA MG3220 Wireless Color Photo Printer $58.99:
The PIXMA MG3220 might be the perfect printer to bundle together with a brand new iPad for the parents or grandparents, in part due to it's sub-$60 price tag, alongside its user friendly features to print, copy, scan, and handle photo duties from mobile devices. Once connected to a wireless network, and whatever is on the screen of an iOS Airprint enabled device can be printed directly with a swipe and a touch. The maximum print color resolution of 4800 x 1200 dpi isn't going to match its more capable model sibling below (MX922), but the modest footprint makes this unit recommended for small home offices with infrequent weekly print loads.
For Moderate Print Loads, Students, and Shared Amongst Family: HP Deskjet 3510 e-All-in-One Printer $74.88:
If your weekly printout load is somewhere under 10 sheets a day, this budget all-in-one wireless unit should be more than capable for home office duties and fill-in the role of the shared family printer. Despite the price, the compact and lightweight Deskjet 3510e is web-enabled to print out documents via an email address assigned to your printer or a selection of compatible apps (crossword puzzle and coupon collectors should note some of the listed apps), with the printer controllable via web address.
Cloud Enabed: Canon Pixma MX922 Wireless Office All-In-One Printer $129.99:
Canon's wireless printer is aimed at Apple iOS device owners, with an AirPrint feature which allows gives iPad, iPhone or iPod touch users the option to print directly from their device, alongside Google Cloud file access printing capabilities. The MX922 also has a capacious 250-sheet plain paper holder/feeder, partnered with a 9600 x 2400 maximum color dpi photo print performance, making this model a more serious contender for home/small office duties. The Pixma MX922 weighs about 25.7lbs and Amazon reviewers note it's solid and substantial, so if you're hampered by a small space, consider one of the smaller budget models above or the compact Brother below.
Does It All: Epson Expression Premium XP-800 Small-in-One Printer $129.99:
If you're seeking the capability for two-sided printing, alongside the option to make copies, fax, and scan from a USB thumb drive or memory card, the XP-800 can do it all. If you're still working with CD/DVDs, you can print right onto them using a built-in tray, with all options available from a 3.5" touchscreen with gesture navigation. Like most other current Epson printers, this model is compatible with the Epson iPrint app, which allows gives users the ability to print right from mobile devices and direct from Cloud storage.
Best Industrial Design: Brother MFC-J4410DW $138.98:
We reviewed the MFC-J4510DW's big brother, the Brother Business Smart Series MFC-J4510DW, and found the WALL-E all-in-one look-alike one of the best home printers we've tested when it came to ease of setup, printing features, user menu, and overall build quality. This step-down model, the MFC-J4410DW, is very similar in specs (it's a tad slower, offers smaller paper capacity, and only has a 1.8" touchScreen vs. the J4510DW's 3.3" screen), but with the same wireless connectivity, duplex printing, and copy/scanner/FAX capabilities, and a near identical sleek form factor that earned its pricier sibling a "highly recommended".
(Images: Gregory Han; as listed above)