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Best Printers and Features for Seniors

Everyone needs a reliable printer. In this blog we talk about best printers and most used features by seniors.


The best printers for seniors will depend on individual needs and preferences. While printing habits and budget will constrain our choices, we all want simple and reliable printers. Let's review the technologies and features available then make a couple printer recommendations for home or a small office.


InkJet Technology

  • Pros:

  • Good for text printing

  • Great for photo printing, especially, on InkJet photo paper

  • Easy to set up and use

  • Ink tank printers have made cost per sheet very affordable

  • Cons:

  • Ink cartridges can be expensive

  • Slower print speeds compared to laser printers, especially, when printing multiple copies

  • Ink can dry out if not used frequently


Laser Technology

  • Pros:

  • Faster print speeds, especially, when printing multiple copies

  • Toner cartridges last longer than ink

  • Lower cost per page

  • Cons:

  • More expensive upfront cost

  • Primarily for text printing, not ideal for photos

  • Can be bulky and heavy


Important Features and Options:

  • WiFi connectivity with AirPrint: Enables printing from smartphones, tablets, and laptops.

  • Large paper tray capacity: Reduces the need for frequent refills.

  • Auto-duplex printing: Saves paper by printing on both sides of a page.

  • Large, easy-to-read display: Makes it easier to navigate menus and settings. This is preferred over "dummy lights" that can be confusing to interpret.

  • All-In-One: Prints, copies, scans, and faxes documents.

  • Automatic document feeder (ADF): Automatically scans or copies multiple pages without manually feeding each page. An ADF that can flip pages makes it easier to scan or copy two sided documents

Recommended InkJet Printer:

Recommended InkJet Printer
Epson InkJet All-in-One

  • Pros

    • Good text print quality

    • Very good photo print quality

    • Good modern WiFi

    • Easy setup & maintenance

  • Cons

    • Needs solid table or stand

    • Noisy


Click here to watch our class discussion of this printer



Recommended Laser Printer:

recommended laser printer
Brother Laser Printer (Black & White)

Around $320

  • Pros

    • Excellent text print quality

    • Good modern WiFi

    • Easy setup & maintenance

    • Scans and copies

  • Cons

    • Takes up a lot of room (tall and boxy)\

    • Heating element can make LED lights blink while printing


Click here to watch our class discussion of this printer


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