When you are in the market for a new printer, there are a lot of options to choose from. From simple entry-level models to the top-of-the-line devices used by large businesses, there are printers to suit every need. While even home models seem to be coming packed with more and more features, some people prefer devices that are easy to use, and which allow them to perform basic tasks. Many seniors have no need for features like automatic ink replenishment, large-format printing, and other complicated tasks. As long as they have the ability to print, copy, and scan, they are good to go. If this sounds like you or a loved one that you are shopping for, keep reading to discover a few of the most senior-friendly printers.
What to Look for in a Senior-Friendly Printer
Whether you are trying to find a printer for yourself or you are looking for the perfect device for an elderly loved one, there are several important things to take into consideration. If you visit an office supply store or browse printers online, you will quickly discover that there are a lot of options. For this reason, it is very important to have some idea of what you are looking for before you start shopping.
The first thing you will need to decide on is whether an inkjet printer or a laser printer best suits your needs. Since laser printers are most often used in offices and other business centers, inkjet printers are usually the best option for seniors who need printing devices for personal use. Many of today’s simple inkjet printers produce stunning colors and beautiful photographers, making them the perfect choice for someone who wants to print pictures of the grandkids. Inkjet printers also come with a lower upfront cost and are typically easier to maintain than laser devices.
You should also consider exactly how the device will be used. Will it just be used for printing photographs? Does it need to have scanning and copying capabilities? Is the ability to send faxes important? Think about what you or your loved one needs to do with the printer to narrow down the options. If there is no need for features like scanning, copying, or sending faxes, you can eliminate multi-function devices from the list of potential options. If you are shopping for someone who is not comfortable with technology, choosing a printer that has all the bells and whistles may not be your best bet!
Last, consider the upfront cost as well as the cost of printing. Printers are available at just about any price you can imagine. Basic models start at around $30, while high-end devices cost thousands upon thousands of dollars. If you are buying a printer for an elderly friend or loved one as a gift, it is, of course, up to you how much you want to spend on it. Keep in mind, though, that the person you are shopping for will still need to buy replacement ink. Many seniors are on fixed incomes, and their budgets may not allow them to replenish the ink in higher-end machines.
If you are shopping for yourself, be mindful of your budget and take the time to price replacement ink for the models you are most interested in. You may be surprised to find out that the cartridges for the most inexpensive model you can find cost significantly more than those for a model with a slightly higher price tag. Before you make an investment, consider the upfront cost as well as how much you should expect to spend each time your printer needs ink. We’ve scoured the web to find the best inkjet printers that combine quality, simplicity, and affordability. Without further ado, here are a few of our favorite senior-friendly printers.
HP OfficeJet 3830 Wireless All-In-One Printer
Coming in at just under $50, the HP OfficeJet 3830 all-in-one printer is a solid choice for anyone who wants a device that is easy to use and performs a multitude of tasks. With this device, you can prink, copy, scan, and fax documents and high-quality photographs with ease. It connects to your network via Wi-Fi, which allows you to print from your computer as well as other connected devices, such as your smartphone or tablet. If you prefer, you can also hook this printer up via USB.
The HP OfficeJet 3830 printer is easy to install and features a mono touchscreen that allows you to print, scan, copy, and send faxes with a touch. HP inkjet cartridges are affordable, so you won’t have to drain your bank account just to replace your ink. This device is also HP Instant Ink compatible. This service can save you even more money on ink and ensures that you will never run out or have to waste time looking for the right cartridge.
HP DeskJet 1112 Compact Printer
If you are looking for a device that prints without all the extra bells and whistles, the HP DeskJet 1112 printer is a great option. This compact printer takes up very little space and fits neatly on shelves, desks, etc. The small size is ideal for elderly people who live in retirement communities or small apartments where space is at a premium. Don’t let its small size fool you, though! This little device packs a punch. It delivers high-quality prints at a rate of 7.5 pages per minute in black and white and 5.5 pages per minute in color. It prints photographs beautifully and, of course, it works well for documents, too.
The HP DeskJet 1112 is ready to go right out of the box. All you need to do is plug it into your computer via a USB port, and you’re good to go. Keep in mind, though, that this printer does not come with a USB printer cable, so you will need to purchase that as well if you don’t already have one. With a price of less than $40, it’s one of the most affordable options out there. Since it’s an HP, you can rest assured knowing that replacement inkjet cartridges won’t cost you a fortune. High-yield cartridges that are capable of printing up to twice as many pages before needing to be replaced are also available for this model and can save you even more money if you are someone who does a significant amount of printing.
HP Sprocket Photo Printer
Are you looking for the perfect gift to help grandma or grandpa print out all the digital snapshots you share? If so, check out the HP Sprocket photo printer. This handy little device only does one thing, but it does it exceptionally well. It is only slightly larger than the average smartphone and makes it easy to print high-quality photos at home and on the go. The device uses Bluetooth technology to allow you to quickly and easily print from social media profiles and more. It works with smartphones and tablets. One of the great things about this particular device is it doesn’t use ink. Instead, it works with special sticky-back paper. It may seem a little bit confusing at first, but the HP Sprocket photo printer is super easy to use and makes an incredible gift.
Epson Expression XP-440 Wireless All-In-One Printer
The Epson Expression XP-440 wireless all-in-one printer is affordable, easy to use, and an absolute powerhouse when it comes to printing photos. It connects wirelessly to computers, tablets, and smartphones, and it accepts memory cards for fast, efficient printing. It also has scan and copy capabilities. Unlike many of the products on this list, this printer uses separate cartridges for each ink color, rather than just having a black cartridge and a tricolor cartridge. This means that you only need to replace each color as a runs out, which can save you money. Having separate cartridges for each color (cyan, magenta, and yellow) can also improve print quality and help your device create more lifelike colors in photographs.
This device features a high-resolution LCD screen that allows to you view and edit images before you print them to ensure that the pictures you print out look perfect. The screen makes making changes easy and enables you to perfect your images without knowing how to use any sort of photo editing software. It costs less than $50, and Epson inkjet cartridges provide exceptional value at a great price, so this printer is a win-win in terms of upfront and long-term affordability.
Canon PIXMA MG3620 Wireless All-In-One Printer
Canon has long been a trusted name in the world of photography, and for good reason. Its cameras are some of the best around, and its printers are well-known for delivering high-quality results when printing photographs. The PIXMA MG3620 lives up to the Canon name and is an affordable, easy-to-use printer that is great for seniors. The device connects wirelessly to computers, smartphones, and tablets, and it is compatible with a wide range of printing technologies, including NFC, Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, and more. It is simple to set up and enables users to print and scan from just about anywhere in their homes.
All of those features are neatly bundled in a compact device that fits nearly anywhere and costs less than $50. Instead of a touchscreen, it has easy-to-understand buttons for scanning, copying, and choosing between regular 8.5” x 11” paper and 4” x 6” photo paper. Canon inkjet cartridges are formulated for printing high-quality photographs, but they work great for regular documents, too.
HP Envy 5055 All-In-One Printer
If you couldn’t tell, we love HP at Ink Jet Super Store. HP makes high-quality ink and printers that are perfect for a wide range of situations. Printers from HP are affordable and easy to use, making them a great choice for seniors. The HP Envy 5055 all-in-one printer is no exception. This sleek device is easy to set up using Wi-Fi, and it allows you to print from your computer and from other devices like smartphones and tablets, as long as they are connected to the same network. It also has scan and copy capabilities. The Envy 5055 even works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Cortana to print using your voice.
This device prints at a rate of 10 pages per minute in black and white and 7 pages per minute in color. While it isn’t the absolute fastest on the market by far, this is still plenty fast for most home users. It works with both plain printer paper and photo paper and delivers exceptional quality whether you are printing documents or photographs. It supports several paper sizes and is even capable of borderless photo printing in certain sizes. The Envy 5055 features a mono touchscreen and simple navigation that allows even those who are less-than-technologically-savvy to print, scan, and copy with ease. Of course, since it uses HP inkjet cartridges, you will be able to afford to print even after the cartridges that come with the device run out.
When you are shopping for a new printer for yourself or for an older loved one, look for a device that is easy to use and affordable, and which provides high-quality results. There are a lot of options to choose from, but here at Ink Jet Super Store, we feel that many of the entry-level products from HP work best. There are models that will fit into nearly any budget, and HP inkjet cartridges cost significantly less than cartridges from many other brands.
No matter what make and model you choose when buying your next printer, we have the supplies you need. We carry a vast range of inkjet cartridges for inkjet printers from all the leading manufacturers. In addition to genuine cartridges sourced directly from the manufacturers, we also stock high-quality remanufactured cartridges that deliver excellent results at a fraction of the price of OEM cartridges. Use our Ink & Toner Finder tool to locate the right cartridges for your new printer, and don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.