2011 was a great year for printers. With lower
HP DeskJet 1000 ($47) High-priced consumables often ravage our love of inexpensive printers. In the case of the HP DeskJet 1000, this is not the case and they even offer XL capacity. And don't think they're cutting down on speed; this machine manages 16ppm in mono and 12ppm in color. It doesn't come with anything more than the printer and you do have to supply your own USB cable (there's always one around the house), but it does supply low cost, truly budget printing. HP Photosmart Plus B210a ($125) This all-in-one printer is a great little machine and for its price comes with a smorgasbord of technology. For a couple of dollars over $125, the HP comes with touch-screen controls, dual paper trays, wireless connections and also inexpensive running costs. The print quality is excellent and the printer even supports the downloadable printer applets and HP's remote ePrint technology - everything you want from a home/ small business printer for an amazing price. Canon Pixma iP100 ($205) Last year was the year when printing went truly portable and the Canon Pixma iP100 was certainly one of the best machines to come out in the ultra portable printing range. This little machine comes with a rechargeable battery useful up to 300 prints and also offers excellent quality for both photos and documents and can even be used for regular use. It's ideal for printing everything from photos to business cards, as well as A4 paper. Lexmark Genesis S815 ($325) This printer manages to buck the usual printer trends and instead of a flatbed scanner uses an image capture system based on a digital camera. This machine can scan a page in 3 seconds and has a range of applications on board. It allows you to download apps for integration with Facebook and Twitter, as well as a calculator, clock and graph, or music paper template. You can even display feeds from your favourite news services on its LCD panel. Oh, and it also prints to a good standard! Brother HL-4150CDN ($600) Laser printers have dropped significantly in price in previous years. Though the lower you pay the more you shovel into upkeep costs. This Brother, however, is just on the line for good long term value, is well-specced and produces great quality prints. It offers duplex printing and Ethernet connectivity. It's also ideal for small offices, or work groups and brother offers a PIN protection scheme so you won't print what you shouldn't, where you shouldn't.