Good "Airprint" printer around $100

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by eclipse01, Feb 27, 2017.

  1. eclipse01 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2011
    Eau Claire, WI
    looking for a good brand with cheaper ink replacement.

    you don't have to exactly give a model, just looking for the best company with the cheapest ink replacement. ( I know nothing about printers)

    models are welcome though :)
  2. Denmac1 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 22, 2007
    Lost in Space
    I've been very happy with Epson. I am on my second one in 10 years. They have several models in your price range. The one I have now, which is an Artisan 730 (not offered any more ), has lasted me over six years and I find the ink consumption quite reasonable, as depending on your need, they offer a standard or high capacity cartridge.
  3. carestudio macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2008
    Epson has great printer. The ink is not cheap but you could always use 3rd party refillable or continuous ink system
  4. aarond12 macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2002
    Dallas, TX USA
    I have a Xerox Phaser 6500N that I purchased 3 years ago. It's a color laser. It cost $299. I have yet to change the toner and I print a lot. The print quality is not photo quality like some high-end inkjets, but it's good. While it's not AirPrint compatible, I use Printopia to make it compatible.

    Edit: It's $179 on Amazon right now.
  5. willmtaylor macrumors G4


    Oct 31, 2009
    It's difficult to make helpful recommendations when you didn't state your needs.

    If you're tired of paying insane amounts for ink, go with a laser printer instead of inkjet. Several above mentioned Epson, and they do have individual ink management. HOWEVER, if even 1 color runs out, your system is held hostage until you replace (even if printing in black & white).

    Our family has had a Brother laserjet for a year now and couldn't be happier. The laser cartridges virtually never expire, they last much longer than inkjet, and they're arguably higher quality (though that's subjective). Also, I regularly use AiPrint from my iPad and iPhone without issue.

    We went with a Brother HL-L2380DW. Your mileage may vary.
  6. carestudio macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2008
  7. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    I can absolutely recommend the Brother laser printers. One advantage is that it is easy to get cheap replacement cartridges, but then they last forever anyway. Especially if you often don't use your printer for a while, laser printers just work without any hassle and without any problems.

    (Samsung laserprinter was fine as well, but replacement cartridges were expensive. )

    I found a company selling a pack of two black cartridges, and one of each colour. Excellent value since most people use more black than the other cartridges.
  8. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

    May 1, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    We've got a Brother inkjet that we bought specifically for its airprint compatibility and it was the worst purchase ever.
    It literally needs to be power cycled after every single print job or it will not be detected by any of our Apple devices.
    I don't know what the problem is but looking at their support forum, ours is not an isolated incident.
    We just bought an HP Envy to replace it but I haven't set that one up yet.
  9. carestudio macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2008
    from my own testing, Epson has great Airprint, HP's one is just an OK....
  10. mpConroe macrumors regular


    Feb 14, 2017
    Arbroath (UK) / Wroclaw (PL)
    I can recommend HP ENVY 4520 series. It was £50 in argos. I think it will be around $50. It works perfectly with Mac, iPhone and PC and even Chromebook. It's Wi-Fi printer.
  11. davybe macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2015
    Hi eclipse01,

    I recommend the Canon Pixma Inkjet multifunction printers. They offer all the features we need (wifi and Airprint, scanner, etc.). They work really well with all Apple stuff and are very reasonable on ink, as opposed to HP.

  12. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

    May 1, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    This is the same one we ended up with and after finally getting it setup its working just fine.
    My Mac, iPhone, and iPad all print wirelessly without problem.

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