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  • HP OfficeJet Pro 8035

  • HP Envy 6055

  • Epson EcoTank ET-4760

  • Epson XP-6100

  • Canon Pixma TS5320

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HP OfficeJet Pro 8035

In the absence of other co-workers, while I work from home, the HP Officejet Pro 8035 is the best work-wife I could hope for: helpful, nice, and good at its job.

The Officejet Pro 8035 is an inkjet printer that can produce black and white documents at a printing speed of 20 ppm (pages-per-minute). While printing colored content, it churns out pages at 10 ppm. It’s a breeze to set up and print from using a Mac, iPhone, Windows PC or Android device, thanks in part to how easy the HP Smart app is to use.

This printer produced solid quality monochrome and colored prints on regular paper and heavy stock paper. Of all of the printers in this guide, the Officejet Pro 8035 printed the best color photos on glossy photo paper, making it just as useful as a photo printer as it is for business or school. The photos it printed were clear, had excellent color fidelity and were neither too light nor too dark.

For scanning, it can hold up to 35-sheets of paper in its auto document feeder and scan up to Legal (8.5x14) sized documents and photos from the feeder. If you’re not looking to print your scans, they can be saved as files to your computer or sent to a USB flash drive. In the case of the latter, no matter what media you’re scanning, it’ll be saved as a photo, by default. Changing the Officejet Pro 8035’s setting so that text documents will be saved in a more reader-friendly format is a simple process.

If a printer’s ink cartridges become misaligned, images and text may print at an angle. A misalignment can occur after completing a large print job or if your ink cartridge heads are dirty. The Officejet Pro 8035 makes sure that its cartridges stay on the straight and narrow by using the scanner to check the printer cartridge’s alignment. When the printer alignment page prints out, you simply place it in the scanner and press continue.

The Officejet Pro 8035 then scans the alignment page and checks the alignment on your behalf. What’s more, I found it to be relatively quiet (for a printer) and liked how easy it was to install and remove its ink cartridges.

Despite all of the things to love about this printer, it’s not without its shortcomings. It's irritating that the HP Smart app constantly harangued me to set up an HP account, especially since having an account isn’t required in order to use the app or the printer. Additionally, the paper tray is a little on the flimsy side.

Pros

  • Good text & photo printing on any weight paper

  • Easy to use

  • HP Smart app works well

Cons

  • Flimsy paper tray

  • HP Smart app will bug you about setting up an account

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HP Envy 6055

The HP Envy 6055 might look like a spaceship, but it performs like a workhorse. During testing, it proved more than capable of spitting out sharp-looking black and white documents, quickly and neatly, from macOS, Windows, iOS and Android devices.

The Envy 6055 is a color inkjet printer that prints documents at a rate of 10 ppm monochrome and 7 ppm color. HP recommends using 20-pound paper for this machine. With just two ink cartridges, it was exceptionally easy to set up. To ensure that your printed content always looks its best, the Envy 6055 offers the ability to check printer alignment with the scanner, in much the same way that the Officejet Pro 8035 does.

While the Envy 6055 doesn’t come with a built-in display to help you navigate the printer’s setup process, HP’s excellent HP Smart for iOS and Android devices more than made up for this shortcoming, and had me up and running in no time.

However, the Envy 6055 didn’t perform well when printing on glossy photo paper: photographs came out streaky, with visible bands of ink. It was also disappointing that when printing to heavier 32-pound paper, the text smudged, and bled into the paper stock. And, while HP claims that the Envy 6055 can handle double-sided printing, I was never able to get it to do so. Finally, the printer would occasionally light up like a disco for no discernible reason.

Finally, as the printer doesn’t have a built-in display to explain what was happening, or how to stop it, I found myself resorting to unplugging it to make the light show stop.

Despite these shortcomings, If you are looking for a low-cost option that handles basic printing duties well, the Envy 6055 could be worth your consideration.

Pros

  • Great for basic print jobs

  • HP Smart app is well designed

Cons

  • Colored lights are the only indication of trouble

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Epson EcoTank ET-4760

The Epson ET-4760 won’t take up much room in your home office.

The most notable thing about Epson’s line of Ecotank inkjet printers is that they don’t use ink cartridges. Instead, as their name suggests, an Ecotank printer’s ink tanks gets topped off by filling them with bottles of ink, available individually or as part of a set, as needed. This could be a messy operation, but the Epson’s refill bottles lock into the top of the tank, which prevents spillage. Each of the printer’s tanks holds 2.2 ounces of ink.

The Epson iPrint app is user-friendly. Boasting a straightforward tiled interface. The experience is very similar on both Android and iOS devices. Glossy 4x6 photos came out crisp and clear with the ET-4760. Scanned captures and copied photos were true to their originals. Additionally, the printer did an excellent job of single and double-sided document printing, on plain paper.

Unfortunately, photos scanned by the ET-4760 sustained a bit of a hit to their resolution that I wasn’t able to find an explanation for. Additionally, the printer didn’t fare well printing on heavier stock paper. Finally, If you plan on printing anything from a USB stick, look elsewhere: the ET-4760 doesn’t come equipped with a USB port.

Pros

  • EcoTank ink easy to refill

  • Useful companion apps

Cons

  • Poor reproduction of scanned items

  • Unimpressive printing on heavier paper stock

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Epson XP-6100

The Epson XP 6100 produced legible text documents on both regular and heavy paper. I found that the copies it made of scanned printed material was acceptable. It handled photo printing reasonably well, too, but neither its copies nor photos were anything to write home about.

The Epson iPrint app for Android and iOS worked well with the XP 6100. I also liked that the printer comes with a designated email address, allowing you to print, even when you’re out of the house: simply email what you want on paper to the printer and you’ll find hard copies waiting for you when you return to your home office.

Those looking to use the XP 6100 primarily with a mobile device will likely be happy with it. phone the app and email you’ll likely be happy with it. However, I found its software for Windows and Mac computers was convoluted and irritating to use. While testing it with my Windows laptop, the XP 6100’s software would insist that the printer was connected and ready to print, but wouldn’t allow me to do so. It took three attempts before I was able to actually connect and print out a document.

Pros

  • Prints text documents well

  • Decent photo printing

Cons

  • Messy ink cartridges replacement

  • Poor wireless connectivity

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Canon Pixma TS5320

This multipurpose Canon printer is a popular item among Amazon shoppers. It’s wireless, it can handle 13 black-and-white pages a minute, and its AirPrint functionality makes it a breeze for Apple users. We haven’t tested this exact model firsthand, but user reviews are generally very positive, citing ease of use and great printing quality.

If you’re concerned about getting it to connect to your device, you do have a variety of options—it supports AirPrint, Bluetooth, USB, and Wi-Fi. It’s a smaller printer, so it shouldn’t take up much space, and it seems to handle most photo projects well. It comes with a pair of ink cartridges, but replacement carts will of course cost extra; they run about $25 apiece.

Pros

  • Prints up to 13 pages a minute

  • Four methods of connectivity

  • Small, sleek design

Cons

  • Uses up the included ink quickly

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