Laser-Jet or Ink-jet printer, Which One Is Good For Your Home Office?

HP LaserJet Pro MFP M127fwBesides the computer, another common piece of equipment for the home office is the printer, whether it’s a multifunctional printer which combines printing, copying, scanning and faxing or just the plain printing function. But I believe most of the printers used in the home office would be the multifunctional printers (MFP).  To further distinguish the printer types technology wise, there are ink-jet printers and laser-jet printers.

So putting aside the functional issue which printer should you choose: ink-jet or laser-jet printer? In this discussion, I strictly shared my opinion based on my own experience, so it may be bias, but I hope that you may still find it useful for your purchase decision. I have owned both ink-jet and laser-jet MFP printers, but currently the one on my home office desk is the HP Laserjet Pro M127FW Wireless All-in-One Monochrome Printer. Prior to this I had the EPSON WF2540 which is a color ink-jet MFP printer and it’s broken in just about year of infrequent use besides its quality issue, let me explain.

Actually prior the EPSON WF2540, I had a HP ink-jet MFP printer and it lasted quite a while before it broke, a lot longer than the EPSON WF2540 though. Anyway, the initial user experience is good when I bought the EPSON WF2540. It can be setup to print wireless and print both sides manually. However, after a while, the major shortcoming of the ink-jet printer showed up, since I only print once in a while, sometimes not printing for several weeks, the black ink printer head got block with dry ink. I tried the built-in print head cleaning function; replaced with brand new ink cartridge, but the problem still couldn’t be fixed. OK, at least I can still scan the document or print to Adobe PDF to save the document or a purchase receipt into a pdf file… so I thought, but soon after, the scan auto feed mechanism broke down too, strange noise came out from the printer, which I really don’t get it since I rarely use this printer, so why it broke down so fast? Or may be it is just my bad luck of getting a lemon product.

Because of that bad experience with the EPSON printer, I decided to do some research on getting a new MFP printer. After learning the lesson of the dry ink problem, I decided this time to get a laser-jet printer. Instead of being in the liquid form like the ink-jet printer, the “ink” in the laser-jet printer cartridge is in the powder form, which will not dry up, so it’s very long lasting even if you don’t print for a long time. Also because of the quality issue with the EPSON WF2540, I decided to go back to HP, and I picked the HP Laserjet Pro M127FW Wireless All-in-One Monochrome Printer. The reason I decided on this black only printer is that I don’t really need to print in color, so it’s cheaper. Another reason is I have given up printing photos on my own printer, it actually cheaper to have your photos printed at Costco or Walgreen and usually they can be picked up the next day. Please note that a laser-jet printer generally costs more than a ink-jet printer within the same functionality and size. The HP Laserjet Pro M127FW Wireless All-in-One Monochrome Printer currently costs about $10 more than the color EPSON WF2540 on Amazon.

Another reason I like about the HP Laserjet Pro M127FW Wireless All-in-One Monochrome Printer is its form factor. It is about the same size as the EPSON WF2540 but a bit taller. It’s compact and does not occupy too much space on my 63 inch wide sit-stand desk along side my 27 inch LCD dispay and a banker’s lamp and still has a bit of space to spare. Since it’s also wireless, I can move it to another location if needed to. One thing to note is that the two side manual printing does not work if your computer still runs the Windows XP operating system, but works fine with my Windows 10 laptop computer. So far the printer works flawlessly on printing and scanning and I am pretty happy with the purchase.

Oh, almost forgot to mention, I bought the HP Laserjet Pro M127FW Wireless All-in-One Monochrome Printer at Best Buy, not on Amazon and they do price matching with Amazon now, it’s about time.

Anyway, it really depend on your printing needs & budget when deciding on which type of printer to purchase for your home office. Below is a list of top 10 selling laser & ink jet printers on Amazon currently:

Top 10 Selling Laser-Jet Printers –

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Price

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1

Laser
Computer Printers

B00LZS5EEI

Brother
HL-L2340DW Compact Laser Printer, Monochrome, Wireless, Duplex Printing

 

 

139.99

89.99

50.00

36

 

4.1

2006

 

 

 

 

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2

Laser
Computer Printers

B00MFG58N6

Brother
MFCL2700DW Compact Laser All-In One Printer with Wireless Networking and
Duplex Printing

 

 

199.99

129.99

70.00

35

 

4.1

880

 

 

 

 

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3

Laser
Computer Printers

B00847UWUE

HP
LaserJet Pro P1102w Wireless Monochrome Printer (CE658A#BGJ)

 

 

159.00

97.25

61.75

39

 

4.1

1588

 

 

 

 

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4

Laser
Computer Printers

B00S74JAHK

HP
LaserJet Pro M252dw Wireless Color Printer

 

 

382.06

175.00

207.06

54

 

4.1

242

 

 

 

 

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5

Laser
Computer Printers

B00C6MNP52

Brother
MFC9130CW Wireless All-In-One Printer with Scanner, Copier and Fax

 

 

399.99

269.99

130.00

33

 

4.1

457

 

 

 

 

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6

Laser
Computer Printers

B008YD1V08

Canon
imageCLASS D530 Monochrome Laser Printer with
Scanner and Copier

 

 

395.00

99.99

295.01

75

 

4.1

1213

 

 

 

 

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7

Laser
Computer Printers

B00MWDYEFK

Canon
imageCLASS MF216n All-in-One Laser AirPrint Printer Copier Scanner Fax

 

 

395.00

109.00

286.00

72

 

4.1

402

 

 

 

 

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8

Laser
Computer Printers

B00TVACKEE

HP
LaserJet Pro M277dw Wireless All-in-One Color Printer

 

 

429.00

235.00

194.00

45

 

4.1

353

 

 

 

 

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9

Laser
Computer Printers

B00HRG01A4

Brother
HL-L2380DW Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer

 

 

199.99

129.99

70.00

35

 

4.1

781

 

 

 

 

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10

Laser
Computer Printers

B013SKIC7G

HP
LaserJet Pro M402n Monochrome Printer (C5F93A#BGJ)

 

 

399.00

103.11

295.89

74

 

4.1

31

 

 

 

 

 Top 10 Selling Ink-Jet Printers –

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1

Inkjet
Computer Printers

B00AVWKUJS

Canon
PIXMA MX922 Wireless Office All-In-One Printer

 

1

199.99

92.50

107.49

54

 

4.1

6891

 

 

 

 

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2

Inkjet
Computer Printers

B00J9E68B8

HP
OfficeJet Pro 8610 All-in-One Color Photo Printer
with Wireless, Instant Ink enabled. (A7F64A)

 

2

199.99

not-given

not-given

not-given

 

4.1

2034

 

 

 

 

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3

Inkjet
Computer Printers

B00SX0R6MO

Epson
Expression Home XP-420 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner & Copier

 

3

99.99

59.99

40.00

40

 

4.1

1181

 

 

 

 

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4

Inkjet
Computer Printers

B00N6M3BNW

Canon
PIXMA MG2920 Wireless Inkjet All-in-One Printer/Copier/Scanner

 

4

not-given

43.90

not-given

not-given

 

4.1

251

 

 

 

 

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5

Inkjet
Computer Printers

B00CIDQ470

HP
Envy 4500 Wireless All-in-One Color Photo Printer

 

5

123.00

76.99

46.01

37

 

4.1

3469

 

 

 

 

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6

Inkjet
Computer Printers

B00N335R9K

HP
Envy 7640 All-in-One Color Photo Printer with Wireless, Instant Ink enabled.
(E4W43AR)

 

6

199.99

108.78

91.21

46

 

4.1

792

 

 

 

 

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7

Inkjet
Computer Printers

B00S9RZUME

HP
Officejet 4632 Wireless Inkjet All-in-One Color Printer with FAX, Scanner,
Copier

 

7

144.99

89.99

55.00

38

 

4.1

4

 

 

 

 

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8

Inkjet
Computer Printers

B013SKI49W

HP
Envy 5540 All-in-One Color Photo Printer with Wireless, Instant Ink enabled.
(K7C85A)

 

8

129.99

69.78

60.21

46

 

4.1

109

 

 

 

 

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9

Inkjet
Computer Printers

B00RN08584

Canon
MX492 Wireless All-IN-One Small Printer with Mobile
or Tablet Printing, Airprint and Google Cloud Print
Compatible

 

9

99.99

63.98

36.01

36

 

4.1

313

 

 

 

 

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10

Inkjet
Computer Printers

B013SKI4EM

HP
OfficeJet 3830 All-in-One Color Photo Printer with
Wireless, Instant Ink enabled. (K7V40A)

 

10

79.99

59.49

20.50

26

 

4.1

121

 

 

 

 

 


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