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Under $50, you would normally get a label printer and some of the cheaper photo printers from Samsung and Canon - look for a slightly higher price point to get a printer with decent features.

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Epson Expression XP-420

Epson Expression Home XP-420 Small-in-One


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Epson Expression Home XP-420 Small-in-One
Canon Pixma MG3220
Epson Stylus NX230
Samsung ML-2545
Brother PT-1230PC
Epson Expression Home XP-420 Small-in-One
Canon Pixma MG3220 Printer
Epson Stylus NX230 All-In-One InkJet Printer
Samsung ML-2545 Laser Printer
Brother PT-1230PC Thermal Label Printer
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Release Date
Jun 2015
Jul 2012
Sep 2012
Aug 2011
Aug 2011
Output Type
1-pass color
Color Printer
Color Printer
Monochrome Printer
Monochrome Printer
Platform
Mac OS, Windows
PC, Mac
PC
PC
PC
Printer Type
Ink Jet, All-In-One, Standard All-Purpose
All-In-One Printer
All-In-One Printer
Workgroup Printers
Label Printer
Cost Per Page (Mono)
6.0 cents
Cost Per Page (Color)
17.3 cents
Maximum Resolution(BW) - Horizontal
5760.0 dpi
Maximum Resolution(BW) - Vertical
1440.0 dpi

  • This light, compact multifunction printer churns out good-looking pages of all kinds. Just know its limitations: Its lack of an ADF and the high cost per page make it best for light duty.


  • This really is a great little printer. It’s reasonably fast and prints great-looking documents and photos. The ongoing operational cost is quite high, though; therefore relegating it to an occasional-use AIO, excellent for printing, say, 100 or so pages each month.


  • For just $80, you can produce moderate quality prints at a moderate speed. If you need a device that works decently, but doesn't cost a ton, this printer is right for you.


  • The Canon Pixma MG3220 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-in-One offers WiFi connectivity and an auto-duplexer, but is otherwise what you might expect from a bargain-priced MFP.


  • Boasting Apple AirPrint, automatic double-sided printing, and impressive performance for the price, the Canon Pixma MG3200 is a fine choice for shoppers looking for an inexpensive printer.


  • The PIXMA MG3220 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-One delivers excellent quality and convenience in a compact package. Built-in Wi-Fi technology allows you to easily print and scan wirelessly, from virtually anywhere around your house. Built-in AirPrint compatibility allows you to print right from your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch wirelessly and with virtually no setup!


  • The Samsung ML-2545 personal mono laser is a little slow, but it's small enough to share a desk with, and it offers output quality good enough for most business needs.


  • The Samsung ML-2545 is an attractive but reliable page-churner that makes a good job of printing when the budget can't stretch to a more cost-effective model. The running costs aren't too bad and the quality is good. It doesn't have an abundance of features, but for anyone seeking laser-quality text for a low initial outlay, this is an excellent choice.


  • The Samsung ML-2545 is another well designed mono laser printer from Samsung, with a surprisingly punchy print speed for a machine costing just over £80. The print quality is also well up to scratch and it's only the lack of duplex print and wireless connection, a couple of features which are becoming more and more standard, which detracts from this otherwise excellent entry-level machine.


  • The P-touch PT-1230 PC is a handy and compact label printer that works with a PC. It has a limited range of functions, but for a label printer, it did everything I needed it to do--print labels in a variety of sizes and fonts. I appreciate that it didn't require administrative privileges to get it working, and I'm sure many home users will feel the same way. For basic labeling purposes, the PT-1230 is a great choice.


Top 5 printer under $50:

  1. Epson Expression Home XP-420 Small-in-One
  2. Canon Pixma MG3220 Printer
  3. Epson Stylus NX230 All-In-One InkJet Printer
  4. Samsung ML-2545 Laser Printer
  5. Brother PT-1230PC Thermal Label Printer