Your family is constantly on the go. If you're like most people, you are running around from business meetings to doctor appointments, and you're carpooling kids to school and running errands.
Your children and grandkids are even busier than you, it seems. They've got school assignments to print out, college applications to complete, job interviews to prepare for, a busy social life with loads of photos they're printing, and so much more.
Everyone is using your home office, your laptop and printer. You need high-quality printers that print crisp fonts and bright, bold photos, in either black and white or color.
Try our sponsor Epson's no-cartridge EcoTank or workhorses, Epson WorkForce and Expression. They're affordable for most budgets -- less than $150.
This is a great time of year to buy one for the students in your life. That's especially true if they're graduating from high school or elementary school - their workload is about to pick up.
This is important! Make sure the printers you buy your children and grandchildren have these five features!
1. Print color
Before you buy anyone a printer, find out how they'll be using it. If he's a college student majoring in history, he'll probably need a black-and-white printer for essays.
If she's a graphic arts major, she'll be printing lots of color images. Or maybe you're using the printer to print colored bar charts for work and recipes with bright, colorful images.
This is important! Look for the dpi (dots per inch) when buying a printer.
A printer with 600 dpi is sufficient for printing professional-looking, black-and-white documents. But you'll want 1200 dpi or higher for photographs and colorful images.
3. Ink cartridge costs
You're doing a great thing for your family by buying them printers. They'll get great value out of them as they print photos of their friends (and family) to hang on their dorm walls.
They will print short stories they write and lengthy essays they've labored on for days. They'll print resumes and job applications that will set them on their way to a successful career.
You don't want to saddle them with expenses! Our sponsor Epson's EcoTank can save them loads of money.
You can save about $1,500 with this no-cartridge printer. EcoTank has a reservoir of ink that can last up to two years, instead of printer cartridges.
4. Print speed
Your children and grandchildren are impatient. Life happens a mile a minute these days.
They don't have time to wait to print photos, school reports or resumes. The Epson Expression Premium XP-6000 is ideal for your whole family.
It uses premium-quality, 5-color Claria ink. And, get this, you can print borderless photos of up to 8 inches by 11 inches.
It's fast -- you can print a 4-inch by 6-inch photo in about 15 seconds. You can print up to 15.8 black-and-white pages per minute and 11.3 color ppm.
5. Printer size
Have you been in a dorm room recently? They're small!
College students in dorms and high school students at home have packed quarters. Their rooms are small, or at least they feel that way with the bulky desk and bed, large-screen TV, laptops, smartphones and more crammed in there.
Make sure you're buying a printer that's small enough to fit on top of their desk. The Epson WorkForce WF-2860 is compact and uses laser-quality printing with Epson's PrecisionCore technology.
It has a 2.4-inch color touchscreen and it's wireless. The WorkForce WF-2860 prints up to 14 black-and-white pages per minute and up to 7.5 color pages.
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You need to know about these high-quality printers if your family and you are constantly printing documents and photos. You need a reliable printer for your home office.
But you don't want to bust your budget. Epson's WorkForce and Expression printers are ideal for you.