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Affordable Printers You Can Order Online
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  • In the Philippines, classes have already begun online, but it seems that the need for accessible and affordable printers is still ever present.

    Because students will need to stay in front of a computer screen for a prolonged period, many opt for printing out their readings and modules to lessen screen time.

    Others just prefer to manually highlight important details. But because it's an added expense, students need to find the best variant that's within their budget.

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    Basic printer specs to check

    When looking through a catalogue of printers, you'll need to compare the specs. If you're a tech newbie, checking out a printer's specs will feel like reading a different language.

    You'll see terms like ppm and ipm, but what do they mean? Before you proceed with checking out various products, get to know what you should be looking at first.

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    Print speed

    Print speed is the measure of how fast a printer accomplishes one print. It is often measured either in page per minute (ppm) or image per minute (ipm). The ppm measure is used more often for text-only documents while the ipm measure caters more to files with graphics.

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    Paper size

    WhenÂpurchasing a printer, it's important to choose one that can accommodate the paper size you will mostly use. Most printers can hold A4, B5, A6, Letter, and Legal sized papers.

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    Recommended monthly print volume

    The recommended monthly print volume indicated in a printer is the amount of pages that users are encouraged to print in a month to keep your printer in mint condition.

    Printers like the ones often used at home can easily encounter problems if they are left unused for a certain amount of time, or even if they are used beyond their capacity.

    Do you have an estimated number for the amount of pages you need to regularly print? Maybe this is something to take into consideration when deciding which printer to buy.

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    Comparison of printers

    Now that you at least have a basic idea of which specs you want for your printer, you'll have to browse through different brands' websites to determine the most suited one for your needs.

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    Below, we list down the most common printer models across three different brands for easier comparison. P.S. They're all below P5,000 and are mostly available through online transactions.

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    Printers under P2,000

    HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 1115

    Price: P1,799

    Features:

    • Print speed: up to 7.5 ppm on Professional Mode and up to 20 ppm on General Office Mode (black ink); up to 5.5 ppm on Professional Mode and up to 16 ppm on General Office Mode (colored ink)
    • Port: USB 2.0
    • Recommended monthly print volume: 50 to 100 pages
    • Paper size supported: A4, B5, A6, DL envelope

    Where to buy: Abenson.com

    Canon Pixma TS207

    Price: P1,895

    Features:

    • Print speed: up to 7.7 ipm for black ink and up to 4.0 ipm for colored ink
    • Port: Hi-speed USB 2.0
    • Recommended monthly print volume: 10 to 80 pages
    • Scratch- and fingerprint-resistant surface

    Where to buy:ÂAbenson.com

    Printers under P5,000

    Canon Pixma M2570S

    Price: 2,420

    Features:

    • Print speed:Â8 ipm for black ink and 4 ipm for colored ink
    • Port: USB 2.0
    • Recommended monthly print volume: 10 to 80 pages
    • Paper size supported: A4, A5, B5, LTR, LGL, 4 x 6", 5 x 7", Envelopes (DL, COM10)
    • Comes with a scanner
    • Auto Power On feature (printer automatically turns on when plugged upon a print command from the printer it's connected to)

    Where to buy: Abenson.com

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    Canon Pixma MP237

    Price: P3,595

    Features:

    • Print speed: Approximately 7.0 ipm for black ink and approximately 4.8 ipm for colored ink
    • Port: USB 2.0
    • Paper size supported: A4, A5, B5, LTR, LGL, 4 x 6", 5 x 7", 8 x 10", Envelopes (DL, COM10)
    • Comes with a scanner

    Where to buy: Lazada, PC Express

    HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 2677 (Dreamy Teal)

    Price: P4,399

    Features:

    • Print speed: up to 20 ppm for black ink and up to 16 ppm for colored ink in Draft mode; up to 8.5 ppm for black ink and up to 6 ppm for colored ink in ISO
    • Port: Wireless, mobile printing
    • Recommended monthly print volume: 50 to 100 pages
    • Paper size supported: A4, B5, A6, DL envelope
    • Comes with a scanner

    Where to buy: Abenson.com

    HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 3775 (Electric Blue)

    Price: P4,399

    Features:

    • Print speed: up to 8 ppm (ISO) and up to 19 ppm (Draft)
    • Port: Wireless, mobile printing, USB 2.0
    • Recommended monthly print volume: 50 to 200 pages
    • Comes with a scanner

    Where to buy: Abenson.com

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    Canon Pixma E3370

    Price: P4,695

    Features:

    • Print speed: 7.7 ipm for black ink and 4.4 ipm for colored ink
    • Port: USB 2.0
    • Recommended monthly print volume: 50 to 200 pages
    • Paper size supported: A4, A5, B5, LTR, LGL, 4x6",5x7", Square (5x5")
    • Monthly print volume: 50 - 200 pages
    • Available in red and black
    • Comes with a scanner

    Where to buy: Lazada

    Epson L120 Single Function Ink Tank Printer

    Price: P4,995

    Features:

    • Print speed: up to 8.5 ipm for black ink and up to 4.5 ipm for colored ink
    • Port: USB 2.0
    • Paper size supported: Maximum ofÂ8.5 x 44"

    Where to buy: Lazada, Abenson.com

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    This story originally appeared on Candymag.com.

    *Minor edits have been made by the SmartParenting.com.ph editors.

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