This printer review article lists a set of best printers, available at affordable price for the printing requirement of small offices. If your office requires less than 50 A4 laser printouts in every hour, then you are at the right place to select a multifunction printer. Here, we have selected four multifunction printers from HP, Ricoh, Brother, and Samsung in the price range of 7000 to 8000 rupees. Read also 7 Professional Photo Printers in India for Photo Studio.
► Ricoh Aficio SP 100SU Multi-Function Laser Printer
We generally believe that there are only a handful of companies in the printer business, but this notion is certainly not true. There actually a number of brands that provide quality printing solution at a reasonable price and Ricoh is one of them. The Ricoh Aficio SP 100SU Multi-Function Laser Printer will really blow your mind when you will hear that it comes at the price of 7950 INR (Amazon.in).
Design: Truly speaking, this printer is not much attractive on the front of design. It is a performance beast, but not a product that will enhance the beauty of your work desk. It looks more like a device from last century than a modern day printer. But it is also true that you can’t get everything at such a low price. At 8 KG, this printer becomes really bulky, especially when you compare this weight with its size.
Printing: This laser printer is enough powerful to print 13 pages per minute at a resolution of 1200 X 600 dpi. The print quality that it provides is manageable considering its price point. Unlike other laser printers, this laser printer only takes 6.3 seconds to print the first page. Unfortunately the Japanese brand Ricoh was unable to put a duplexer on this printer.
Scanning: The printer has got a 210 x 297 mm flatbed for scanning documents. It is capable of scanning documents at a resolution of 600 X 600 dpi, which is enough to capture decent level of details.
Copying: You will be able to make about 13 copies per minute on this laser printer. About 99 copies can be made on a single command. Copies can also be resized within the range of 25 – 400 per cent. The absence of an Automatic Document Feeder will disappoint many, but it is understandable considering the price.
→ Paper Handling and Connectivity Features of this Ricoh Laser Printer
The printer is compatible with most of the media sizes like A4, Legal, Letter, A5, A6, B5 and B6. At once you can only load about 50 sheets in the input tray. However, there is a paper guide that will help you to align the sheets properly.
Connectivity: Expecting Wi-Fi connectivity option at this price would be totally unfair. But you do get a USB 2.0 port to connect your PC to this printer.
Other Features: This printer comes with an ID copy feature that makes it convenient to copy card size documents. Other features like 2 in 1 and 4 in 1 copy are just an exception. This printer also has an onboard memory of 16 MB.
- It is world’s thinnest printer
- Print, Copy and Scan features
- Special ID copy function
- First print takes only 6.3 seconds to come out
- Affordable and reliable for small office
- Becomes bulky with 8 KG of weight
- No ADF
- No duplexer
Verdict: The Ricoh Aficio SP 100SU Multi-Function Monochrome Laser Printer is really a bang for the buck machine. However, it could have been better if this printer featured a wireless connectivity option.
|Features||Print, Copy, Scan|
|Paper Size Supported||A4, A5, A6, B5, B6|
|Paper Handling||Input Tray: 50 sheets|
|13 ppm; 1200 × 1600 dpi|
|Copy||13 cpm; 600×600 dpi; resize range: 25 to 400%|
|Scan||210 × 297 mm; 600 × 600 dpi|
► Brother DCP-1601 All-In-One Printer
Good quality laser printers from brands like HP and Canon are always priced high. However, this does not mean that you cannot get a quality printer for your small office or shop under your budget. The Brother DCP 1601 All In One Printer packs all that you will ever need for your work and is available on Flipkart at just 8000 INR.
Design: It might be a budget printer, but the design will never let you feel that. High quality built material gives much premium feel. Controls are located on a wide panel for better user experience. Even with a solid design, this printer is easy to move from one place to another because of its weight of 7 KG.
Printing: High printing speed of 20 pages per minute makes this printer suitable of any office having a lot of paper work. The HQ1200 technology enables this printer to print at a really high resolution of 2400 X 600 pixels. It also features a duplexer because of which this printer automatically prints on reverse of the paper.
Scanning: You can do both – color and monochrome scanning with this printer. All the details of scanned documents easily get captured at a resolution of 600 X 1200 dpi. It also comes with an enhanced mode that increases the resolution to 19200 X 19200 dpi.
Copying: This printer might be able to scan documents at high resolution, but the copying gets limited to 600 X 600 dpi only. You can make about 20 A4 size copies every minute, but the first copy will take a little time. This printer also gives the user ability to zoom the documents up to 400 per cent. Not more than 99 copies can be made with a single command.
→ Other key Features of this Brother AIO Printer
The input tray of this printer is capable of hold 150 sheets at once, but the output tray can only contain 50 sheets in faced down position. You can load various size of sheets in the input tray like A4, A5, Letter and Folio.
Connectivity: This printer lags much behind on the connectivity front. You only get one USB port for all your tasks. Without wireless connectivity option the usability of this printer will certainly get limited.
Other Features: The Brother DCP 1601 All In One Printer comes with some great features like Booklet Printing, Poster Making and Watermark Printing. On the front panel there is a cancel button that can save you from trouble if you mistakenly give a wrong command.
It is a laser printer, but still it consumes only 40 Watts of power. This is really a learning feature to many other brands like Samsung.
- High resolution printing
- 16 MB internal memory
- Duplex printing
- Enhanced scanning mode
- Easy to use controls
- Sturdy design
- Lightweight and designed for a 20 employees office branch
- It doesn’t come with Wi-Fi connectivity option
- No ADF
Verdict: This is really the best printer that you can buy under 8000 rupees budget. It packs all the features that you would expect from a premium printer. The brand Brothers has proved for sure that quality printers can be made affordable.
|Features||Copy, Scan, Print|
|Paper Size Supported||A4, A5|
|Paper Handling||input tray:150 sheets; output tray:50 sheets|
|21 ppm; 2400 × 600 dpi|
|Copy||600×600 dpi; resize range: 25 to 400%|
|Scan||Flatbed; 600 x 1200 dpi|
► HP Deskjet Printer Ink Advantage 2520hc
The HP is market leader in the printer business. The brand has been credited with world class innovation in the printing technology that translates into high quality printing at an affordable price. While it comes buying of a printer for office or home usages, the brand HP is the first choice for Indian customer. However, if you need a printer for commercial (vivid colour printing) usages, then Cannon and other brand have better and worthy gadgets for you.
This is two year old model yet quite effective and sound in buyer’s assessment. The 2520hc is an “All in One” printer model wherein the main functionality is limited for Print, Fax and Scan. We have selected this because of its quality output and assured reliability on minimum printing cost.
One cartridge is suitable for printing of 1400 to 1600 pages in laser mode. If I am not wrong a cartridge cost is between 450 to 500 rupees. In simple calculation, we are getting one print at a cost of 30 paisa. This calculation is sufficient to confirm that the printer requires cheaper input to get the best quality output.
Most of admin manager will priorities affordability towards fulfilling cost cutting target in office. However, there is a common problem in mechanism of all printers. I personally cannot tolerate a printer making chiiir, cha Chu noise during printing. Imaging a situation- you are dealing with a problem since the morning, client is sitting on your throat and this stupid machine next to your cabin is doing Chiiir, cha Chu – how you are going to feel? By the end of the day, it will give you sufficient headache.
Coming back to the HP 2520hc, it is certainly less noisy in this budget category. We are fortunate to have it in our office. It does make noise, but that will only hit ear-drum of the person standing next to the printer.
→ Specifications and functionality of this HP Printer
The HP 2520hc is a single function inkjet printer. You can use HP black and colour Cartridge 46 with this printing gadget. It works with A4 size paper and you can put maximum 60 pieces in tray at once.
The printer compatible for USB 2.0 and gross weight is just 3.9 kg. This is not a classical hardware rather simple and quite effective in daily uses.
Printing Cost: According to HP, one laser output cost is 37 paisa and a colour printout cost is 73 paisa. In our test, one laser printout cost was just 29 paisa only. Therefore, it is guaranteed that the 25250hc is an office printer to achieve cost cutting target.
Recommended For: I would strongly advice to choose this printer for home and small office usages. If the requirement is limited to 60 printouts in every 3 hours or more than only you should buy this printer. As your read in beginning at once, only 60 A4 sheet can be put into the tray.
|Feature||Scan, Print, Copy|
|Paper Size Supported||A4|
|Paper Handling||input tray: 60 pages|
|37 ppm; 600 dpi, borderless printing: Yes|
|Cartridge||HP 46 Color & Black|
► Samsung SCX 4021S Multifunction Laser Printer
Samsung might be under performing in the market of home-use printers, but when it comes to office printers; it has affordable solution for everyone. Its SCX 4021S Multifunction Laser Printer is listed on online with a price tag of 8000 rupees.
Design: Almost all printers manufactured by Samsung feature same design and this printer is no different. Classical design with modern make over is what makes this laser printer so special. The front panel is located at a user friendly place and is really easy to use. It weighs just 8.6 KG so you yourself can manage the placement of this printer without any problem.
Printing: The first print takes only 10 seconds to get processed after which this printer prints at the high speed of 24 pages per minute. It is a Mono laser printer so you can expect some money savings here. However, low resolution of only 600 X 600 dpi can make you a little disappointed. There is no duplexer on this printer so you will have to manually reinsert the paper in order print on the other side.
→ Scanning and Copying of this Samsung Printer
This laser printer scans documents at a decent resolution of 600 X 600 dpi. In enhanced mode this resolution increases to 4800 X 4800 dpi. The Contact Image Sensor ensures that the smallest of details gets captured without wasting much energy.
Copying: The Samsung SCX 4021S Multifunction Laser Printer has the capability of copying documents at the speed of 24 pages per minute. However, the first copy may take about 14 seconds to get processed. Documents can also be zoomed at any level between 25 – 400 per cent. Extra features like ID Copy, Collation Copy and Auto fit enhance your convenience.
Paper Handling: Input tray of this printer can hold about 250 sheets at once whereas the output tray has the capacity of 100 sheets only. All the paper sizes below A4 and Legal are supported. Paper guides can be used to make sure that papers don’t get jammed in the rollers.
Connectivity: In the name of connectivity this printer only boasts an USB 2.0 port. However, you can connect a Wireless router to it and enjoy wireless printing. The built-in network feature allow a user to connect multiple computers to it at the same time. Moreover, Samsung’s Mobile Print app for iOS and Android devices can be used to print at the convenience of your fingertips.
Other features: The printer comes with an Eco mode feature that helps in saving energy and money. It’s Easy Eco Driver for computer allows a user to manage the prints extensively. It also has a 433 MHz processor to handle tough situations.
- High printing speed
- Can do copying and scanning
- 433 MHz processor
- Built-in network feature
- Powerful driver
- Mobile devices can be used to print documents
- Consumes 450 Watts of electricity
- No faxing feature
- No duplexer
- Low resolution print outs
Verdict: This printer is the best suited for big offices with a lot of paper work. It does come with some attractive features, but high power consumption really confuses a lot of budget customers. Also, it is highly recommended no to buy this printer for home use.
|Feature||Print, Copy, Scan|
|Paper Handling||input tray: 250 sheets; ouput tray: 100 sheets|
|24 ppm; 600 dpi; no duplexer|