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Canon Pixma G6020 Review

The Canon G6020 Pixma MegaTank All in One Inkjet Printer is a great printer if you often print large quantities of materials. The MegaTanks allow you to refill the black ink tanks and color ink tanks when each needs to be filled; not when one color is empty and you need to replace the entire cartridge. This is why it is ranked as one of the best all in one printer units on the market.
The megatank ink bottles allow you to print approximate 7,000 pages per bottle, bringing the per page cost down to $0.0037 or $0.36 cost per every 100 pages printed.

Why We Like It – Canon Pixma G6020

The Canon Pixma G6020 MegaTank is a high output printer for a work or home office. The MegaTank setup allows you to add ink via refillable ink tanks without the need for replacing ink cartridges, ensuring that you use all the ink in the tank with no waste.

Pros
  • All in one print, copy, and scan machine
  • Wireless/Wi Fi printer
  • Prints up to 6,000 black or 7,700 color pages
Cons
  • Price is on the high side for a printer
  • Setup instructions are poorly written

Performance

Unlike the HP OfficeJet 3830 All-in-One Wireless Printer, the Canon Pixma does not use ink cartridges. While the HP is cheaper, the longevity you will get from the Canon Inkjet printers is great. The printer does come with the Canon print app allowing you to easily print from your smartphone or tablet. In addition the print quality is top-notch, with borderless printing possible on all photo paper sizes. Overall, the performance of the Canon Pixma is well rated.

Design

The design on the Canon Pixma G6020 paper tray, or input tray, is sturdier than both the HP OfficeJet 3830 and the Brother Monochrome Laser Printer. The Canon has a control panel which allows you to access all the important attributes of the machines, including the ink levels. It’s print speed is moderate at 13 ipm. In addition, the Canon Pixma easily connects to Apple AirPrint and Androids via Mopria Print. It utilizes Google cloud for connectivity and printing applications.

Value

The Canon is comparable in price to the HP ENVY 5055 Wireless All-in-One Photo Printer. In addition, its high page output for each bottle of ink, makes keeping your printer working longer much easier. While you will pay more for the device upfront, you will quickly find that you are replacing the ink less frequently and at a lower cost than printers that utilize a cartridge. Lastly, the paper feeder can hold up to 350 pages, which is a bit more than the most popular printers. This feature is nice, because you do not have to fill the paper tray as frequently as you do with other devices.

Canon Pixma G6020 Wrap Up

While the investment in a Canon Pixma G6020 MegaTank All in One Printer is on the higher side, you will save a lot of money on ink. This is a high selling point for those who use a printer often. Yes, the setup instructions do leave something to be desired, but once you get the printer up and running, you can print with great ease. The all in one printer is compatible with all devices, print apps, and is wi fi, which is another positive attribute. Overall, the Canon G6020 is quite a good buy.

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HP PageWide Pro 477dw Review

This is one printer from our Best All In One Printer list that has the capacity to handle the needs of a small business. You have duplex printing at your disposal so the printer will print faster and save paper. This printer has an automatic feeder so you can easily scan and copy documents. This printer can print in color or black ink.

Why We Like It – HP PageWide Pro 477dw Review

The HP Pagewide pro is a printer fit for most small office businesses. This printer has a large paper capacity of 550 pages per load. This printer saves 40 percent more than most laser printers when it comes to print speeds and print quality. This is a multifunction printer that can print, copy, and scan all your documents.

Pros
  • Duplex printing
  • Large paper capacity
Cons
  • Embedded security features don’t seem so useful

Performance

You can maneuver around the printer options through the 4.3-inch color touch screen which eases the clutter from physical buttons. This printer can print a single page in 7 seconds or 55 a minute which is just what you need in a fast paced office. This printer surpasses other business centered models like the Epson workforce or the Brother MFCL2710DW monochrome laser printer from our list.

Design

This printer has a hefty design due to the large scale capacity. It can hold a 550 sheet capacity that is perfect for small businesses because the less time you waste on refilling the paper tray the more time you have to be productive. The printer features new printing methods such as the NFC touch to print which involves using your smartphone to send the data to the printer. If you are looking for a more of a personal printer please consider the HP ENVY 5055 wireless all-in-one photo printer.

Value

Everything from the paper capacity to the ink cartridges is big enough to handle most business needs. This is a pretty big investment, so if you weren’t trying to spend a significant amount of money please check out the HP OfficeJet 3830 all-in-one wireless printer. Aside from having great printing specs, this printer also has security features in case of any malicious cyber events. Although it is very rare that anyone would try to sabotage a printer, it is nice to know that you will have security when it happens.

HP PageWide Pro 477dw Review Wrap Up

The HP PageWide Pro 477DW is a great choice for any small business because it has a large capacity paper tray and ink, which means that one printer may be enough for the whole office. It is expensive, but the printer holds true to its worth by being faster than most laser printers.

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HP Laserjet Monochrome Two Sided 4PA41A Review

The HP Laserjet Monochrome Two Sided 4PA41A from our Best All In One Printer list is a powerful printer with many features at a low cost to you. The laserjet pro m15w can print double sided to save paper and time. It can print up to 30 pages per minute, which is less paper compared to the Brother mfcl2710dw monochrome laser printer. This laser printer can save you the trip of walking over to the nearest computer by using Wi Fi direct to print from a smartphone.

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Why We Like It – HP Laserjet Monochrome Two Sided 4PA41A 

Laserjet Printing has never looked better with the HP laserjet monochrome. This printer is not as expensive as it looks. With this investment, you will enjoy many great features like the double side printing, wireless printing, and crisp graphics. This printer also has a maximum page feeder of 250 pages which is much larger than other competition.

Pros
  • 30 pages a minute
  • Wi Fi Direct Printing
Cons
  • Only one color

Performance

All of your printing will be in laser print quality, so the text will be crisper and clearer than competitors like the HP OfficeJet 3830 all-in-one wireless printer. This model has a simplified control panel to navigate through the printer options. The HP laserjet pro m15w will waste fewer papers thanks to the double sided printing option. Also, be ready to say goodbye to using wired connections for printing because you have wireless options like the Google Cloud Print.

Design

This printer is designed to finish 30 pages per minute. It features duplex printing to save time and paper. Each toner cartridge is designed to print about 1000 pages of sharp black text. The paper sizes eligible for this printer are 8.5 x 14 inches. Find other great printers from our list, such as the HP ENVY 5055 wireless all-in-one photo printer which is especially good for photos.

Value

Laser printers as stacked as this HP should be more expensive, but it is truly a great price for the variety of features that are included. Every product receives one year of warranty in case of any internal malfunctions. You will be able to print on card stock, envelopes, glossy photo paper, and more. This printer provides a crisp clear printed copy while being able to print from the comfort of your couch through your smartphone.

HP Laserjet Monochrome Two Sided 4PA41A Wrap Up

This HP Laserjet Monochrome printer has everything you need to print, copy or scan. Your paper will come out crisp and clear thanks to the laser printing. You will save tons of paper thanks to the double sided printing, and investing in this printer will not cost the arm and leg you would expect from a laserjet printer.

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Canon TS5120 Wireless Printer Scanner Review

This Canon printer inkjet is on our list of the Best All In One Printer. The Pixma Cloud allows you to send documents through a wireless network. If you enjoy these types of printers, but do not like the price of the Canon, please consider a less expensive option like the HP OfficeJet 3830 All-in-One Wireless Printer.

Why We Like It – Canon TS5120 Wireless Printer Scanner Review

This Canon printer has everything you need to print out documents and print out some great quality photos. When the Canon Pixma TS5120 inkjet printer connects to wi fi, you can send documents to print via a mobile device or cloud services like the Google cloud. While this printer is slightly more expensive than other devices, rest assured that the print quality of the photo paper makes it worth it.

Pros
  • Canon quality photo printing
  • Wireless Inkjet
Cons
  • May be expensive for some

Performance

You can fill this printer with both color ink and black ink for your documents and photos. This device can print an astounding 40 pages per minute. It features an automatic document feeder so the paper processes are easier. You will be able to do two sided printing to save paper. You have a variety of ways to print including Google Cloud Print and the canon print app. Find other great printers similar to the Canon Pixma TS5120 wireless inkjet from our list, such as the Brother monochrome laser printer.

Design

This inkjet printer has a simple design that features a touchscreen pad that relieves the inkjet of clutteredness from physical buttons. The end result is a sleek modern design with directional pads, a home button, and a power button. You can purchase this model in white or black. You can also opt in to purchase an XL large ink cartridge, so you have to refill less. If you want to find other printers that specialize in photo printing, please check out the HP ENVY 5055 Wireless All-in-One Photo Printer.

Value

While this inkjet printer is more expensive than other models, the photo quality that you will receive will make it worthwhile. Aside from the photos, a printing speed of 40 pages per minute is a great amount. This is one inkjet printer that will do a great job on your documents or photos, and you will be able to command it from your wireless network instead of killing time trying to physically connect it.

Canon TS5120 Wireless Printer Scanner Review Wrap Up

This Canon printer is a great printer that will develop high quality photos from the comfort of your mobile device, or cloud service. This printer can be upgraded to an XL sized cartridge and along with double sided printing, it will be a cost effective printer capable of big jobs regarding documents or photos.

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Brother Wireless MFC J491DW Multi Function Replenishment Review

From our list of the Best All In One Printer, this inkjet printer by Brother is a great choice because you will be able to handle many printing jobs at a great price. This printer receives commands on what to print from a mobile device, USB interface, or a cloud service like Google cloud print. This one inkjet printer will solve all your issues in copying, scanning, and printing.

Why We Like It – Brother Wireless MFC J491DW Multi Function Replenishment Review

The Brother MFC J491DW is one printer that surpasses many of its competitors in terms of price and functionality. You can set this printer in your home office and you can print on a variety of different types of paper like cardstock and envelopes. With this printer, you will have the luxury of printing from your mobile device, which makes it a versatile investment.

Pros
  • Amazon Dash Replenishment Ink Cartridges
  • Duplex Printing
Cons
  • Unappealing design

Performance

The inkjet has a max capacity of a hundred pages at a time. You can connect this printer to your wi fi, and you can print documents without the hassle of connecting physical cables. If you enjoy all in one printer such as these, please consider the HP OfficeJet 3830 all-in-one wireless Printer the number one product on our list. The printer can print on photo paper so you can splurge with this printer by printing the family vacation album easily.

Design

The Brother MFC J491DW is a smooth black color. The printer is able to do double printing so it can save paper. It also offers an automatic document feeder to provide better paper handling. It can also scan items to print or fax. The design on this printer looks like the typical office printer with a number pad and physical directional keys. If you are hoping to invest in something more luxurious, the Brother monochrome laser printer is another great choice from our list.

Value

For less than a hundred dollars, you can take home a great all in one printer similar to other models like the HP ENVY 5055 wireless all-in-one photo printer. This device will cover all your printing needs while allowing you to use a variety of different methods to send information for the printer to send. Your documents can range from regular pages to photos and more. This printer brings you simple connections with multiple ways to send data for printing.

Brother Wireless MFC J491DW Multi Function Replenishment Review Wrap Up

This is a great budget printer that has everything you want from an all in one type of printer. Whether you need to print documents, photos, or send fax this printer has the ability to get it all done. What is best about it is that it will not break your wallet and ink will always be at your disposal thanks to the Amazon Dash replenishment.

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Canon CanoScan Lide 300 Review

You can go through dozens of scanners and find that many of them carry all kinds of bells and whistles you don’t need—and, unfortunately, jack up the price. What you’re looking for is something simple: a few buttons wired to a scanner. Sound about right? The best home scanner in that case is the Canon CanoScan Lide 300.

Why We Like It – Canon CanoScan Lide 300

For the occasional document and photo scanning need, this flatbed scanner provides all the necessary functions necessary as an easy-to-use, budget option.

Pros
  • Good image quality for price
  • Braindead easy to use
  • Nice selection of bundled software
Cons
  • Lack of mobile connectivity
  • No automatic feeder

Performance

Starting with quality, the Canon CanoScan Lide 300 is packing some really good image quality. In most cases, having 2400×2400 DPI resolution is a bit overkill, but that increased quality helps to avoid pixelation if and when you need to crop and enlarge. For comparison, our top three entries all have a DPI resolution of 600, which is just a fraction of what the Lide 300 provides. It does not, however, have an automatic document feeder. It scans as fast as you can slide a new sheet in.

Design

Like any personal scanner, it needs to be small, compact, perhaps easily stored. This color image scanner happens to be both, though not quite as compact as a Doxie Go SE or Brother Mobile Color Page Scanner DS-620 and more in line with an Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i in terms of size. With dimensions of 14.50 x 9.90 x 1.70 inches, you won’t have trouble finding space for it or storing it.

And we said it was easy to use, right? The Canon Lide 300 only has four buttons and a USB 2.0. No mobile functionality, which is a bummer, but you can set it up that your scans go directly to your preferred cloud service.

Value

The Canon CanoScan Lide 300 is outclassed by a large portion of our top scanners—so, why bother? Why, because of price. Point to any scanner on our list and the cheapest one is still $30 more than this. Performance might be marginally better compared to some, but it stands toe-to-toe with most. Then you have to consider the software that comes along such as the Auto Scan utility and IJ Scan utility; it comes bundled with good software that fills in most of its weaknesses. That, plus its performance and design, makes it a great budget option.

Canon CanoScan Lide 300 Wrap Up

Despite mobile support and an automatic feeder, the Canon CanoScan Lide 300 is a great budget scanner for personal use. It’s the kind of scanner you want when the need to scan arises, something that can be stored in a desk until called upon. It has good image quality, incredibly easy to use and the software bundled inside softens its weaknesses.

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Best Printer for Chromebook in [year] ([month] Reviews)

Don’t let the Chromebook’s unique operating system alienate your printer. We purchased the best chromebooks printers compatible with, well, Chromebooks. After unpacking our printers, we started printing from our Chromebooks to test compatibility, color printing quality and print speed.

As we printed, we eliminated the ones that weren’t up to snuff and settled on the top 10 printers for Chromebooks in 2019, with the winner being the HP OfficeJet 200 Mobile. This printer made our #1 spot, not only for its performance, but also its extreme versatility and mobility options thanks to an onboard battery which keeps it chugging along even if there’s no power outlet to be seen.

But there’s plenty more models in the running for the top spot, so make sure to read on in our guide to the best printers for Chromebook to find out who made the cut!

Top 3 Best Printer for Chromebook Compared

 #1  HP OfficeJet 200 Mobile Printer

Award: Editor’s Choice

WHY WE LIKE IT: The HP MobileJet OfficeJet 200 lets you take your Chromebook printing on the go thanks to its onboard battery.

Pros
  • Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, and USB connectivity
  • Rechargeable battery
  • 50-sheet input tray
Cons
  • Lacks a USB cable
  • Heavier than some other mobile inkjets

The HP OfficeJet 200 Mobile Printer is one of the latest to join the company’s oldest and most widely recognized brands in the world of printers, updated with a slew of new features that brings printing into the 21st century. Wireless printing has been around for a while now, but the HP OfficeJet 200 really lives up to its wireless/mobile name thanks to an onboard battery, which can be charged up so you don’t need to be near a plug in order to print out that emergency term paper or tax document from the road. The HP OfficeJet 200 Mobile printer lets you print off your Chromebook from anywhere

“In our testing, we found that on a full charge the OfficeJet was able to push out around 75 printed pages before running out of battery. This should be more than enough to satisfy any mobile professional or college student between plugins, especially when you consider those prints happened at speeds much faster than what you’d get from a competing printer that’s actually plugged into its own power source. The print speed in black and white is 15 pages per minute and offers the duplex printing feature or in other words, two-sided printing. The HP OfficeJet 200 is compatible both wirelessly as a part of Google’s Cloud Ready network of printers, and also happens to be one of the few that Chrome OS has drivers for and can recognize upon being plugged directly into the USB port of a Chromebook (if you decide to go the wired-only route instead). That doesn’t mean there aren’t other printing options like AirPrint, Mopria, NFC, Canon app, and more. And with the Canon app, one can print or scan photos from mobile devices that use iOS or Android easily.

The HP OfficeJet 200 may be the priciest option of the three, but it compensates for that cost by sporting the fastest and highest quality prints on this list, earning it the number one spot for the “best printers for Chromebook in 2019.” And hey, we still need printers these days, since the best 3D printer, cool as they are, won’t print up text for your work assignments. Since you have the best Chromebook, you should have the best printer as well.

 #2  Canon PIXMA iX6820

Award: Best Wireless Inkjet All-in-one Printer

WHY WE LIKE IT: The Canon PIXMA iX6820 is a wireless printing monster thanks to its compatibility with so many different platforms.

Pros
  • Easily print scans, and copies
  • Prints documents in 13 x 19 inches
  • Ethernet and Wi-Fi
Cons
  • Single paper tray
  • No duplexer

While the Canon PIXMA iX6820 may not be as mobile or immediately intuitive to the amateur Chromebook user as the OfficeJet 200, its low cost and extensive wireless compatibility options made it a must-have in our book. It is one of the best Chromebook printers around, with printing speeds of up to 14.5 images per minute. The Canon PIXMA iX6820 is a solid pick for multiple-OS households.

If you’re in a household that runs as many different platforms as there are separate devices, you might want to consider the iX6820 as your next printer. With the ability to connect via AirPrint, Google Cloud Print or through the PIXMA Printing Solutions (PPS) app from your phone, the iX6820 is the Swiss Army Knife of printers, connecting to Windows, OSX, or Chrome OS in seconds. And even if it doesn’t print have NFC as a printing option and doesn’t have duplex printing, this Cloud ready printer is the ideal printer for the best Chromebook, and it is available on Amazon. We love using things like Google Cloud Print.

 #3  HP OfficeJet 3830 All-in-One Printer

Award: Best All-in-one Printer

WHY WE LIKE IT: The auto document feeder and onboard touchscreen make this perfect for someone looking for an easy-to-use printer.

Pros
  • Auto-document feeder
  • AirPrint, HP ePrint and Wi-Fi Direct
  • Prints through the cloud
Cons
  • No Ethernet
  • Slow for business applications

The HP OfficeJet 3830 printer is a cheaper Chromebook printing alternative to premium options like the OfficeJet 200. Like the Canon, the HP OfficeJet 3830 comes with a number of different wireless connectivity formats to choose from, including Google Cloud Print, but not Bluetooth. It is a very versatile wireless printer.

“Cooler still, the OfficeJet 3830 also comes equipped with HP’s proprietary HP Instant Ink system, which will automatically order new ink cartridges straight to your door whenever the printer detects it’s starting to run low. This means no more late-night trips to Staples, aimlessly wandering the aisles looking for the right cartridge so your kid can get their book report printed before tomorrow morning. You’ll never run out of ink with this Chromebook compatible printer.

It’s also one of the only printers at this price range (sub-$100) that gives you a 35-sheet auto document feeder (ADF). If you want a fast, cheap, and easy-to-operate photo printer for your Chromebook, look no further than the HP 3830. The HP smart app is pretty good too. It makes photo printing easy. Also, this a Windows and OSX compatible printer, and it is available on Amazon. For your home, read about the best printer for home use.

Note: Other Chromebook printers worth mentioning that did not make our list include the Samsung Xpress M2020W laser printer. This Samsung model offers superior printing quality, and prints envelopes, plain paper, cards, fabric, and labels, and with the Samsung Mobile Print app you can print directly from your mobile device with printing speeds of up to 21 PPM. It is also a Cloud ready printer. Another is the Brother HL-2350DW laser printer with quality prints and printing speeds of up to 32 PPM, as well as duplex printing ability. It has versatile connection options including wireless, USB, and it’s also a Google Cloud ready printer. Lastly, there’s the Canon TS9120 Wireless Printer with a scanner and copier that works with Alexa, and has a 5 inch LCD touch screen and offers hassle free Bluetooth and cloud printing. You can print from all your favorite devices because it allows for WiFi, and Bluetooth connections.

How We Choose

Because the list of printers that are actually compatible with Chromebooks is so small, it wasn’t too difficult of a task to find the best of the best from that short roster. On the whole, we wanted to keep the features and price point in line with what the average Chromebook user can understand and afford, so simplicity and low-cost were the primary focus when making our selections.

The best printer for a Chromebook should at the very least have Google Cloud Print compatibility (to wirelessly connect to your laptop), as well as the option to print both in monochromatic and color without any major settings changes. Compatibility with other cloud services is a bonus. Although the addition scanner would be nice, this extra functionality can sometimes add extra dollars to the final cost, something you want to avoid since Chromebooks are generally considered a budget laptop pick for buyers who are trying to watch their wallet (though the Canon still sports one at a decent price).

Ultimately, we chose three printers that can either be plugged in/recognized by a Chromebook and connect wirelessly if you need it, while also printing quality pictures or text at high speeds. The best printers for Chromebooks offer combination of all these different features in a single package, and won’t cost you (or your budding college student) an arm and a leg to maintain over time.

Features to Look for in the Best Printer for Chromebook

The following are the criteria for selecting the best printer for Chromebook

  • Google Cloud Print-ready
    This is the big one. Since most Chromebooks don’t have the ability to recognize third-party drivers, Chrome OS instead uses what’s known as “Google Cloud Print” to connect the printer wirelessly to your laptop. You can check Google’s full list of compatible printers found here
  • Color printing
    This may sound redundant, but not all printers in 2017 automatically come with color printing as a default. Be sure that you’re buying a printer that does the job you need it to, especially if you plan on printing lots of photos or presentations that need all the color they can get. The best printer ink will help get the most out of it.
  • Print speed
    How fast a printer can push out the pages is registered on a metric known as “PPM”, or “pages per minute”. On average, you should look for and select a printer that can do at least 20ppm for black and white content, while the acceptable range for color printing starts around 16ppm. Of course, the best photo printer times will vary.

Who Should Buy a Chromebook Printer

As more users wake up to the notion that you don’t only have to choose from a Windows or OSX machine to get work done on the road (or heaven forbid, Linux), Chrome OS is quickly becoming the alternative option for people who need a cheap, functional laptop that just does what you need it to every step of the way. Unfortunately, all that simplicity doesn’t always translate between other devices, printers especially so.

Whether you’ve just bought your first Chromebook or have been using the platform since it was released, printing is something that all of us need to do at least once in awhile, if not every day. As paperless as things are nowadays, there are still plenty of tasks that require you to print something out on a physical page, which is why it’s important to find a printer that’s seamlessly compatible with your Chromebook or any other laptop/desktop in your house.

Mistakes to Avoid

Buying monochromatic on accident
If you see a printer that’s Cloud-ready, has tons of extra features (scanner, fax, etc), and is also being offered up at a suspiciously low price – chances are you’re accidentally looking at a monochromatic printer, not color. Monochromatic printers are generally much cheaper than color printers, but also only print in black and white. If you don’t need your printer for anything except shipping labels or text documents this should be fine, but if you ever want to upgrade to printing photos or color pictures, you’ll have to buy a whole new unit instead.

Skimping on ink quality
Look, no one likes spending half a house payment on ink cartridges every time they start to run dry, but the best way you can ensure you get every last drop out of your current cartridge is to spend on quality first. Certified cartridges from HP and Canon both last significantly longer than generic cartridges, and will always look better than generic when printing details in larger photos or illustrations.

Which Best Printer for Chromebook Is Right For You?

The best printer for Chromebooks may not necessarily be the best for every operating system, but it’s the kind of compatibility and flexibility you find in models like the HP OfficeJet Mobile 200 that really sets them apart.

Overall these are cheap printers that can still print quality photos using Google’s Cloud Print platform, and don’t get tied up with overly-confusing configuration setups or six different ink cartridges designed to do ten different jobs. If you need something that’s great for students and road warriors, the OfficeJet 200 is the way to go. If you print a lot of photos from home, the HP Envy 4520 might be more up your alley, while the Canon MG7720 is a powerhouse that comes with a scanner and copier for just over $400 flat.

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Visioneer Patriot H80 Review

The Visioneer Patriot H80 is an absolute workhorse of a scanner that will meet all your office needs and then some. And that’s the catch. It’s more suited to operating in your office than your home. Check out our best home scanner list to see our top picks for scanners that would do wonders at your house!

Why We Like It – Visioneer Patriot H80

The Visioneer Patriot H80 is an absolute powerhouse of a scanner that’s very suitable for office use, both large and small. With Duplex Scanning, high optical resolution, and the ability to print over 11,000 pages in a single day, the Visioneer Patriot H80 is a welcome workhorse in your office.

Pros
  • Comprehensive Bundled Software
  • 120-Page ADF
  • 88 ppm and 176 ipm
Cons
  • Incredibly expensive
  • So-so Customer Service Reviews
  • Large and Bulky

Performance

The Visioneer PH80 U Document Scanner boasts an impressive 120-page automatic document feeder, which is among the highest we’ve seen. It’s also quite fast, impressing with speeds of up to 88 pages per minute and 176 images per minute. But fast scanning doesn’t mean much if it’s not accurate. Thankfully, the Visionary Patriot H80 doesn’t have this problem as it’s able to scan font pages without any errors down to 6 points. Take a look at the Brother Mobile Color Page Scanner DS-620 for another example of a scanner with great accuracy.

Design

The Patriot H80 can handle a document size of 9.5”x236” on the large end and 2”x2” on the smaller end which is both among the biggest and smallest we’ve seen. The Visionary Acuity Software enhances scans to improve image quality and archive your documents for easier retrieval at a later time. It has a hi-speed USB 3.0 interface for quick and easy connections to your PC. It’s quite a hunk of machine though, and weighs almost 10 pounds. Check out the Doxie Go SE for a scanner that’s a little more compact and portable.

Value

Customer service reviews for Visioneer, as a company, are moderate at best, so you may want to consider that before buying the Patriot H80. Visioneer Onetouch profile destinations are numerous, and the DVD that comes with the machine contains Nuance OmniPage Ultimate and Nuance Power PDF for your PDF files. It retails for a whopping $1,400.00 in the United States, but then again it is an office-style scanner and not really intended for home use. Check out the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i for a scanner more suitable for homes.

Visioneer Patriot H80 Wrap Up

Aside from a higher price tag and slightly faster scan speeds, the Visionary Patriot H80 is almost identical to its less expensive sibling, the Visionary Patriot H60. Sure, it is slightly faster, but unless you absolutely need that amount of speed to print out 11,000 pages per day (which seems like a massive overdraft), the jump in price doesn’t really seem worth it.

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Best Home Scanner

Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1500 Review

The Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1500 comes with everything you could want in a home desktop scanner. It may seem a bit overwhelming to newbies because of all the cloud-support services, but the learning curve isn’t actually that bad. Check out our best home scanner list for more great scanners you’ll want to use!

Why We Like It – Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1500

Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1500 develops quality scans quickly, accurately, and in a multitude of ways, including mobile. It’s well-built and doesn’t feel like it will fall apart on you. And in a move often overlooked, the control panel and mobile app have an almost identical layout which makes the learning curve less steep.

Pros
  • Higher than Advertised Scan Speed
  • Identical Controls on Both Panel and App
  • ScanSnap Software has Great Support from Cloud Services
Cons
  • A Little Weighty
  • No Ethernet Support
  • Expensive

Performance

The fold-up cover on the ScanSnap iX1500 Desktop Scanner lifts to reveal a 50-page automatic document feeder which holds originals up to 188” long. The ADF also supports tabloid-size so you can scan documents as small as business cards. The ScanSnap iX1500’s scanning speed rates at 30 pages per minute for one-sided pages and 60 images per second for two-sided pages. If you would like something a bit faster, consider the Fujitsu Scansnap S1300i. But you should be aware that these speeds are Fujitsu ratings. In some tests the ScanSnap iX1500 has performed much better.

Design

The ScanSnap iX1500 features an intuitive touch screen as its primary method of control. What you see on the control panel is quite close to the ScanSnap mobile app, which helps in decreasing the learning curve. The ScanSnap connect options include wi fi, wi-fi direct, and tethering to a single PC via USB. If connecting wirelessly, all devices on your home network will be able to access the machine or you can scan directly from the face of the scanner if that’s what you prefer. The unit weighs approximately 9.5 pounds, so try the less than one pound Brother Mobile Color Page Scanner DS-620 if you want something easily portable.

Value

The iX1500 Scanner offers much in the way of support services. For example, ScanSnap Cloud Services identifies and routes your scanned documents to specific cloud sites based on document type or parameters defined by you. ScanSnap Home Software has support for 12 cloud services like Google Drive, Dropbox, and Evernote. The ScanSnap also includes support for Nuance Power PDF, Nuance PDF Converter for Mac, and Abby FineReader. The unit retails for $400.00, so consider the Doxie Go SE, which goes for $179.00, if you’re on a tighter budget.

Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1500 Wrap Up

The people at Fujitsu have produced a fantastic scanner for home use that will delight anyone who purchases it. It’s a little on the expensive side, but quality has never come cheap. In their next iteration, let’s hope they can get the weight down to less than five pounds so it can be a portable desktop scanner too.

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Best Keyboard

Best Smart TV Keyboard

To help you find the best smart TV keyboard, so you can easily control your home theater, we’ve combed through dozens of models, connecting them to modern television sets and running them through their paces. While testing out these keyboards, we wanted, first and foremost, reliable wireless connectivity that could operate your TV from anywhere in the room. We were also looking for a compact form factor, plug-and-play design and a long battery life.

Of the seven best smart TV keyboards on this list, the Logitech K400 Plus truly made the biggest mark, offering effortless control over the many functions of modern TVs. The K400 Plus boasts a wireless range of 33 feet, which will ensure it connects to the TV even from the back row of your home theater. It also has a large 3” touchpad, easy-to-access volume controls and a battery life of 18 months, so you won’t be rushing out for new AAs anytime soon. The media keys are easy to use. Keep reading to learn more about the Logitech K400 Plus and the other keyboards on this list.

Top 7 Best Smart TV Keyboards

 #1  Logitech K400 Plus Keyboard

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Award: Top Pick

WHY WE LIKE IT: The is a highly functional keyboard that offers unparalleled control over your smart TV, with a large 3” touchpad, easy volume control and a simple setup, which worked immediately after we plugged the receiver into a USB port. The keyboard’s robust feature set, ease-of-use and long battery life makes this our top pick. It is similar to the K600, but the Logitech k600 tv keyboard is not our top pick.

Pros
  • 18 months of battery life with included AAs
  • Plug-and-play setup, just plug receiver into USB port
  • Lengthy wireless range at 33 feet
Cons
  • No backlight, harder to use in dark
  • Only compatible with Windows, Chrome and Android devices
  • No Bluetooth functionality

The Logitech K400 Plus is, for most users, the only smart TV keyboard you’ll ever need. The price is on the lower side, volume and other related controls are easy to access and the battery life is simply fantastic. The wireless range is also nice, with a maximum of 33 feet, so anyone with a normal sized living area will be fine. The battery life is robust, offering 18 months of continual use, and a pair of AAs come in the package, so you’ll be good to go as soon as you open it up and plug the receiver into one of your TV’s available USB ports. The keyboard uses Logitech’s Unifying Receiver for plug and play meaning no configuration, and no software needed to set up this keyboard.

The keyboard does not have a backlight, which is only noticeable while trying to perform complex interactions in the dark. It’s easy to press play and adjust the volume in any amount of light, thanks to a smart combination of tactile buttons and a large 3” touchpad. As far as compatibility goes, it works best with Windows, Chrome, or Android devices (tablets, Android TV boxes), though we found it also functioned with Samsung’s Tizen operating system and some users have reported it works with their Mac. As for Samsung smart TVs, you should look to a Bluetooth enabled keyboard because most Samsung TVs today have a Bluetooth function. It should be compatible with almost all of the best TVs at this point since almost all have built-in smart options.

 #2  Rii 2.4GHz Mini Wireless Keyboard

Award: Honorable Mention

WHY WE LIKE IT: This keyboard is certainly a handy little product, wireless transmitting signal to a large variety of gadgets, including smart TVs, video game consoles, smartphones and tablets, with a cute form factor that fits in the palm of your hand. This is a great keyboard for folks who place a high priority on portability, as it can easily be thrown in a backpack to use somewhere other than your living room.

Pros
  • Works with a large variety of televisions and gadgets
  • Backlight is the perfect brightness
  • Handheld form factor is neat with many color options
Cons
  • Control gestures takes a bit to get used to
  • Signal range isn’t the best
  • Instructions are poorly written

The Rii 2.4GHz Mini Wireless Keyboard integrates seamlessly with a large volume of operating systems, including Android, Mac OS, Windows and Raspberry Pi, as well as XBOX and PlayStation. It is ideal for multiple devices such as PCs, laptops, Raspberry Pi 2-3, Mac OS, PS3 and PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and Google Android TV box. The keyboard is tiny, no bigger than a remote control, and comes in a variety of cool colors, which helps it fit the aesthetic of your living space. It also has a nice backlight, making nighttime use effortless. It’s even charged via USB connection, further increasing its simplicity. It has a three in one multifunction; mini wireless QWERTY keyboard, TouchPad combo, and LED backlit keys with USB interface adapter. The touchPad combo offers multi-finger functions; one finger click as left mouse function,  two-finger click as the right mouse function, and double finger drag as the rolling screen.

The company advertises a signal range of 33 meters, which translates to over 100 feet, but we found, in practice, that number to be much lower, as we lost signal once or twice as we traveled around the living room, putting the actual signal range at around 20-25 feet, which isn’t bad, just lower than advertised. The best wireless keyboards are also a great option. We love it for when we are watching the best shows on netflix.

 #3  Fosmon Portable Lightweight Mini Keyboard

Award: Best Grip

WHY WE LIKE IT: This is a wireless keyboard controller with Bluetooth built-in, making it easy to turn to your phone or tablet into a computer, in addition to integrating nicely with most smart TVs. This is just the perfect compact keyboard for controlling Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as your phone, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick, most if not all Samsung Smart TVs, and others.

Pros
  • Very speedy connection with no lag
  • Can be charged via USB
Cons
  • May be too small for large hands
  • Trackpad does not work with PlayStations
  • Not compatible with Windows computers

The Fosmon Portable Lightweight Mini is a compact keyboard with Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity right out of the box, allowing you to easily control any smart TV, streaming mobile device, tablet or phone that supports the wireless technology. It can also be charged via USB and offers a backlight, both features helping to make this a must have for the modern living room. The product is small and light, clocking in at just 8 oz, with a wireless range of about 33 feet.

While the touchpad was sensitive and got the job done, we found the slim form factor (not a full keyboard), while useful, may simply be too small for larger hands, especially while performing complex gestures. We also ran into trouble while attempting to control a PlayStation 4, finding that the keyboard worked fine but the touchpad did not. You can compare its features to the best keyboard and see for yourself.

 #4  ANEWISH Mini Wireless Keyboard

Award: Best for Video Game Consoles

WHY WE LIKE IT: This keyboard is an ultra-light, 4 oz, product, with a pleasing ergonomic design, featuring a large 4.4” trackpad and a spiral-patterned, anti-slip backface. These design choices, and the ability to work with any USB-enabled gadget, makes this a great keyboard for gaming applications.

Pros
  • Very light weight; just 4 oz.
  • Backlight has multiple brightness options
  • Touchpad is huge, despite small keyboard size
Cons
  • Home button doesn’t work with some Android TV boxes
  • Battery life is short, 3-5 hours with backlight on
  • Backlight is nice, but function keys are not lit

The ANEWISH Mini Wireless Keyboard is a true plug-and-play device, offering instant compatibility with smart TVs, laptops, gaming consoles and projectors, among others, just as soon as you plug in the USB receiver. The keyboard offers an ultra-compact design while still being perfect for those with larger hands, thanks to the 4.4” touchpad and the anti-slip backface.

This keyboard is backlit, offering a series of color and brightness options, but we did notice that the function keys did not light up, which could be an issue if you use these keys to map complex interactions. We appreciated the fact that the battery could be charged via USB, but noticed that it did not get much juice from a charge, around 3-5 hours if you are using the backlight, though it does come with an auto sleep function that helps conserve battery power. It works great when watching the best streaming movies on your TV.

 #5  ANEWKODI Mini Wireless Keyboard

Award: Excellent Battery Life

WHY WE LIKE IT: This keyboard is an extremely well built product that features a maximum wireless length of around 30 feet and can easily connect with any Smart TV and related gadget that has a USB port, thanks to the included receiver. This is a great all-around keyboard at a fairly low price point.

Pros
  • Backlight has multiple brightness options
  • Battery holds charge for a week
  • Large variety of quick access keys
Cons
  • Keyboard goes to sleep too quickly
  • No Bluetooth
  • Some of the functions do not work with Fire TV Stick

The ANEWKODI 2.4GHz Mini Wireless Keyboard has pretty much every feature you are looking for in one of these products, including an impressive maximum wireless length, integration with smart TVs and gadgets, a large touchpad with intuitive gesture control and a rechargeable battery, which gets around a week on a single charge. It also has a backlight, which comes in your choice of seven colors. All of these features are wrapped up in a lower-than-average price point, making this keyboard a great value.

The keyboard has a sleep function, which helps to conserve battery life, but we did find that it went to sleep too quickly for our tastes, in just a minute or so. Though the product does boast a large variety of quick access keys, which allow you to zoom around TV apps with ease, most of these keys do not work with Amazon’s Fire Stick, even though the device is technically supported by the keyboard.

 #6  AMBOLOVE Mini Wireless Keyboard

Award: Best on a Budget

WHY WE LIKE IT: This mini keyboard is a feature-packed product that won’t break the bank, with a duo of analog media wheels, a lightweight design, rechargeable battery and the ability to connect to any TV or gadget with an available USB port. This is the perfect keyboard for those looking to upgrade their home theater without having to spend big bucks.

Pros
  • Media controls make it very easy to use
  • Keyboard is low priced
  • Backlight is fully adjustable and can go bright
Cons
  • Touchpad is small, just over an inch
  • No Bluetooth
  • Does not function with Amazon Fire Stick

The AMBOLOVE Mini Wireless Keyboard is a product that is low priced but still retains most of the features of its higher priced cousins, including the ability to connect with any TV or gadget with a USB port, a multi-colored and fully adjustable backlight, a pair of analog media wheels and a rechargeable battery that gets around a week on a single charge, even with consistent use. This may not be the lightest product on this list, but the handheld design made it a pleasure to use. Plus, this is a full QWERTY keyboard.

While the media wheels are great for pausing and rewinding on the fly, the touchpad is on the smaller side, just over an inch, forcing larger hands to contort into some strange shapes in order to create the required gestures for advanced control options.

 #7  AmazonBasics Wireless Keyboard

Award: Best Battery

WHY WE LIKE IT: This keyboard is a great standard-sized product that has a maximum wireless length of 33 feet, which is on the higher end of this list, a full QWERTY keypad, a simple plug-and-play design and full functionality with any TV or gadget with a USB port.

Pros
  • Full sizes keys make it great large hands
  • Max wireless length of 33 feet
  • Included AAA batteries last for months
Cons
  • No backlight
  • Some keys, including on/off switch, are awkwardly placed
  • Keyboard is loud

The AmazonBasics Wireless Keyboard is your basic standard-sized keypad, with a full QWERTY layout, that boasts a maximum wireless distance of 33 feet, which we found worked throughout the entire length of our living space. The product connects to virtually any TV or gadget with an available USB port, offering true plug-and-play functionality. It does require a pair of AAA batteries, which the package does include. We also found these batteries to be sufficient for long-time use, with the company claiming it can go many months without replacing them.

The QWERTY keyboard does not feature a backlight, which could be an issue if you find yourself using the product in a dimly lit room or at night. The keyboard’s full QWERTY layout is nice with full size keyboard keys, but the compact design does force some awkward placement of several important function keys, including the on/off switch. It’s also pretty loud, with the clacking, but unless you are typing a large document, this shouldn’t be an issue.

How We Decided

There are plenty of options out there in the world of smart TV keyboards. And since text entry on your remote control is a painstaking task, a smart TV keyboard is really a worthy investment. In order to make our list, we tested out dozens of models, favoring units that had a wireless distance of at least 20 feet, with many products boasting nearly twice that length. We also wanted to make sure the keyboards were easy to use and offered full integration with a wide variety of gadgets, smart TVs being the bare minimum. In the above list, we favored products that functioned with video game consoles, streaming devices, laptops and desktops, smartphones and tablets, among other things.

Battery life was also a paramount concern, with most of the items in the above list able to be charged via USB or Micro USB connection. If the keyboard required batteries, we made sure that they were packed in and would last a long time, to save you the headache. We were also attracted to keyboards that were backlit, since these products are often used to control the TV at night when light is nonexistent.

Smart TV Keyboard Buying Guide

The Most Important Features to Consider

  1. Maximum Wireless Distance
    Living rooms come in all different shapes and sizes, so you are going to want to make sure any keyboard you purchase will function in any corner of the room you’ll be using it in. We made sure that every keyboard we recommended achieves a minimum wireless distance of 20 feet, with many nearing 40 feet. All of the items on the above list also connect wirelessly using the industry standard 2.4 GHz radio frequency and should experience very little, if any, interruption of signal.
  2. Keyboard Size and Weight
    While many Smart TV keyboards offer a compact form factor, sometimes they can skew too small for normal and large-sized hands. You’ll be using the keyboard to navigate menus and input search terms so, ideally, you’ll want something you can type quickly with. Most of the above products are suitable for all adults, with an occasional exception made for keyboards that offer maximum portability. As far as weight goes, the lighter the better, especially if you are going to be using the keyboard for extended periods of time. All of the products on the above list are lower in weight than standard keyboards.
  3. Functionality With a Wide Variety of TVs and Gadgets
    We wanted to keep things simple, choosing keyboards that would work with the lion’s share of modern TVs and affiliated gadgets, such as streaming devices. Most of these keyboards work via USB receiver, which can plug into the gadget of your choosing. There are some streaming devices, those made by Amazon for instance, that don’t play nice with some media keyboards. While still offering functionality, you may run into trouble using some of the shortcut keys. None of the above products require drivers or anything like that in order to work, offering plug-and-play functionality out of the gate.
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Best All-in-One Printer

HP OfficeJet 5255

An HP OfficeJet Printer review should focus on the amount of interesting features it says for an inexpensive printer. Features not many printers at this price range would have, such as an ADF and the fine print quality. These come at a cost, though. Mostly print speed. Check out our best all in one printer list for more great printers!

Why We Like It – HP OfficeJet 5255

The HP OfficeJet 5255 Color Inkjet Printer prints high-quality scans and is perfect for a small office, home office, and family environment. By signing up for the company’s Instant Ink Program you can also save a bundle (seriously, it’s amazing how much you save) on running costs, and the apps at your fingertips mean you have many more ways to edit your prints!

Pros
  • Excellent Print Quality
  • Automatic Document Feeder
  • Versatile Selection of Apps
Cons
  • One Small Paper Input Tray
  • Average Print Speeds
  • ADF Doesn’t Support Duplex Printing

Performance

The OfficeJet 5255 is rated at 10 pages per minute for monochrome prints and seven pages per minute for color printing. This is a fairly standard print speed for a desktop printer. If you require something faster, try the Brother Monochrome Laser Printer. The printer can store 100 plain sheets of paper or 20 pieces of premium quality photo paper. The print quality is excellent, with little to no graininess or other issues that can be chalked up to poor resolution.

Design

The HP OfficeJet 5255 contains a 35-page automatic document feeder for sending multiple documents to the scanner, a standard feature in sn All-in-One Printer nowadays. The OfficeJet 5255’s basic connectivity features include wi fi, USB 2.0, and wireless direct. Once again, you’ll be given reign of apps including HP Smart App and HP Photo Creations, an easy and light photo editor. The HP Envy 5055 also contains a plethora of apps you can download once connected and even works with Amazon Alexa, so check it out too when you get a chance.

Value

Unfortunately, the OfficeJet 5255’s ADF doesn’t support duplex printing, so consider the HP OfficeJet 3830 if you require a two-sided printer. If you sign up for HP’s Instant Ink Program, and we greatly recommend you do, you’ll save on running costs by having discounted ink cartridges delivered directly to you when ink is low. In fact, if you don’t sign up for the Instant Ink Program, you could be paying upwards of 8 cents per monochrome page and an unfair 21 cents per coloured page!

HP OfficeJet 5255 Wrap Up

HP really seems to like taking high-end features and putting them into their inexpensive models. Features like high-end print quality and an ADF aren’t normally found here, so it’s a breath of fresh air to see them included. These do come at the cost of print speed, though. But if you’re only using it in a small office or home, you’ll get used to it in no time.

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Best All-in-One Printer

HP OfficeJet Wireless Replenishment K7V40A Review

The HP Printer can hold its own against many top of the line printers. It may not have advanced features like Alexa or Google Assistant capabilities, but it does have features not normally seen in entry-level printers, such as a 35-sheet document feeder. Check out our best all in one printer list to learn more!

Why We Like It – HP OfficeJet Wireless Replenishment K7V40A

The HP OfficeJet K7V40A Office Printer takes great strides in making high quality prints and photos available to the general public. They have created a printer that’s inexpensive yet still carries many features not normally seen in this printer’s price range. As such, it can be used by both beginner’s and those who need something more powerful alike.

Pros
  • Low Running Costs with Instant Ink Subscription
  • Easy to use and responsive touch screen
  • Great Print Quality
Cons
  • No Duplex Printing
  • Small Rear Paper Tray
  • Not Alexa or Google Assistant Compatible

Performance

The HP OfficeJet All-in-One Wireless Printer prints monochrome pages at 8.5 pages per minute and color pages at six pages per minute. However, it is possible to extend the print speed of monochrome pages to 13 pages per minute, which is phenomenal for a beginner All-in-One printer. Colour pages will stay steady at six pages per minute, though. Try the Brother Monochrome Laser Printer if you want faster printing. The K7V40A supplies superb copy and print quality and equally impressive photo output quality.

Design

The HP OfficeJet Wireless Printer gets a 35-sheet document feeder which is something not normally seen on entry-level printers. Be aware, though, that it only comes with a 60-sheet rear paper tray, which is smaller than average. It doesn’t possess auto-duplex printing, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise. Check out the HP OfficeJet 3830 All-in-One Wireless Printer if you want two-sided printing. The K7V40A features a touch screen that wraps around the whole control panel. It’s monochrome and is simple to use and quite responsive.

Value

With an Instant Ink Subscription, running costs will remain low as the machine will order ink cartridges, both monochrome and tri color ink cartridges, at a discounted price. It comes with a single USB Port for connecting to a single PC. You can connect to the printer via wi fi for mobile printing and other HP apps. If you’re wanting or needing a printer that’s also Alexa and Google Assistant compatible, you should consider the HP Envy 5055 Wireless Printer.

HP OfficeJet Wireless Replenishment K7V40A Wrap Up

For an All-in-One Printer HP has really created a great machine that goes above and beyond any expectations. There have been some concessions, like a smaller than average paper tray, but what you get in return should easily make up for it. Features like a high print speed, low running costs, and a 35-page document feeder aren’t usually included in beginning printers, so we’re glad to see them here.

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Best All-in-One Printer

HP Envy 5055 Review

The HP Printer is a fantastic printer to print your family photos for wall-hanging or scrapbooking. The touch screen is simple to use and the machine is Alexa compatible. Just make sure you sign up for Instant Ink or your running costs will be unfairly high. Check out our best all in one printer list for more great options!

Why We Like It – HP Envy 5055

The HP Envy All-in-One Printer prints high-quality, highly detailed, and colourful photos and documents that are perfect for home or small office use. And with wi-fi and USB connection, as well as a variety of companion apps, printing your document with the ENVY 5055 should be as simple as pressing a button

Pros
  • Fantastic for Photos
  • Simple and Intuitive Touch Screen
  • Alexa Compatible
Cons
  • Not Suited for Heavy Office Use
  • High Running Costs Without Instant Ink
  • No ADF

Performance

The HP Envy 5055 printer is rated at 10 pages per minute for monochrome pages and seven for colour pages. If you’d like to print faster, consider the Brother Monochrome Laser Printer for its 30 page per minute print speeds. To be fair, though, the Envy 5055 was optimized to print photos, and the print quality of the photos it does supply are colourful and highly-detailed. Thus, if you’re using it as a family printer or for light home office use, it should be able to get any job you want done without much of an issue.

Design

The HP Envy Inkjet Printer connects via wi fi and possesses a variety of connectivity options, such as the HP Smart app and Apple AirPrint. When it comes to capacity, the paper tray on the Envy 5055 can hold 100 sheets of regular letter paper, 10 envelopes, or 20 sheets of premium photo paper. The Envy has a monochrome touch screen measuring 2.2 inches. A printer review may see this as a negative, but for home or light office use, which this printer was designed for, simpler is always better. Even the HP OfficeJet 3830 All-in-One Wireless Printer includes a monochrome touch screen so there’s obviously some merit to that design philosophy.

Value

With an HP Instant Ink subscription, running costs will remain low as you can order color cartridges and black ink cartridges at a discounted price. In fact, without a subscription, printing a monochrome page can cost upwards of 10 cents per page and 22 cents per page for colour. Like the HP OfficeJet 5255 Wireless printer, the Envy 5055 supports duplex printing so there will be no need to look elsewhere for that. It retails for $140.00, which is a fair price for a printer of this quality.

HP Envy 5055 Wrap Up

It’s a shame how much ink cartridges cost. It practically forces you to have to sign up for Instant Ink. But on the bright side, it does keep costs really low. And if that’s the only drawback to buying an HP Envy 5055 it’s probably best just to bite the bullet and sign up for the service. At least it automatically orders so it’s one less thing to have on your mind, right?

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Best Keyboard

Best Backlit Keyboard

After spending a week reviewing 20 different products, we’ve narrowed down our list to the seven best backlit keyboards that are available today. Backlit keyboards are great for gamers, editors, programmers, or anyone with a desktop PC who wants to add a bit more ambiance to their environment. These keyboards aren’t just for show; they’re fully functional, and some even have a few features that you wouldn’t normally expect from standard desktop keyboards. The best keyboard should elevate your productivity.

Among all of the products we tried out, the Redragon S101 is our #1 pick in terms of features, design, and ergonomics. The Redragon has the most number of color settings and even comes with its own backlit mouse. Its key functionality is designed with precision and comfort in mind, truly enhancing the user experience, whether for work or gaming. Read on to find out more about our other picks as well as a few things you should know before buying one.

Top 7 Best Backlit Keyboards Compared

 #1  Redragon S101 – Top Pick


WHY WE LIKE IT: The Redragon S101 is a stylish gaming keyboard that’s designed for long work or gaming sessions on your computer. It’s comfortable to handle and offers 7 adjustable color settings, making it the most satisfying keyboard to use among our top picks.

Pros
  • 7 RGB lighting modes
  • USB Wired connection – no batteries to charge
  • Includes a gaming mouse
Cons
  • Keys can be stiff
  • Membrane keyboard
  • Issues with mouse

The Redragon S101 is a wired USB port compatible keyboard that’s designed with gamers in mind. It comes with 10 dedicated multimedia keys and 12 extra “FN+” key combinations for quick and easy access to volume, brightness, and other media settings.

The keys are quiet, and the board itself is designed to make long gaming sessions more comfortable. There are 7 different RGB lighting modes that can help set the perfect mood for relaxed or competitive gaming. The keycaps offer clear uniform backlighting and the WIN key can be disabled for gaming. As a bonus, the Redragon S101 also comes with a gaming mouse that complements the illuminated keyboard’s aesthetic. You can also check out the best smart TV keyboard.

 #2  KLIM Chroma Wireless Keyboard – Honorable Mention


WHY WE LIKE IT: The KLIM Chroma is a wireless, rechargeable keyboard that has adjustable color modes and brightness levels. Its fast response time makes it an excellent pick for gamers and users who prefer more mobility.

Pros
  • 2ms response time
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Comfortable to use
Cons
  • Some keys are slightly smaller
  • Fewer multimedia buttons
  • Backlights are dim

The KLIM Chroma is a high-performance wireless gaming keyboard with minimal input lag and Playstation/Xbox compatibility. The keys are clicky and responsive without being annoyingly loud. It has several multimedia shortcuts for uninterrupted gameplay that are also useful for general purposes. These are special Function keys used to access many useful shortcuts such as volume control directly on your keyboard. The KLIM Chroma sports tri-colored backlighting in three different spots around the keyboard that can be switched between static or breathing modes.

Its compact size and light weight of a little over a pound complement its wireless capabilities, making it comfortable to use on your lap. The keyboard is also waterproof, and its rechargeable battery can last 4 hours before needing a recharge. The backlights are helpful in low-light environments but not so much in well-lit rooms. Overall, the KLIM Chroma is a great keyboard for both home and office use. You may also be interested in the best tablet keyboard.

 #3  Arteck 2.4G Wireless Keyboard – Best Battery Life


WHY WE LIKE IT: The Arteck 2.4G Wireless Keyboard is designed more for office use than gaming. However, its ergonomic, stainless steel design and l6-month-long battery life make it useful for any and all computer needs.

Read Full Review: Arteck 2.4G Wireless Keyboard

Pros
  • 6-month battery life
  • Durable
  • Lightweight
Cons
  • Small for some
  • Limited functionality
  • Some report keys getting stuck

The Arteck 2.4G wireless keyboard is a sleek yet sturdy peripheral that can be seen as a direct upgrade to standard keyboards. The keys have ample space between each other, which makes typing highly comfortable. The Arteck 2.4G has all the essential keys, which are quiet and low-profile when clicked.

The keyboard is built from stainless steel, making it impossible to snap in half by ordinary means. Additionally, Arteck claims the keyboard’s battery can last up to a full 6 months when used for 2 straight hours every day, making it energy efficient. Also, check out the best gaming PCs.

 #4  Velocifire TKL02WS Wireless Mechanical Keyboard – Best Feel


WHY WE LIKE IT: The Velocifire TKL02WS is a mechanical keyboard with an optional wireless functionality that’s great to use without being too expensive. The Velocifire is a versatile keyboard with a good range of features that make it highly functional.

Pros
  • Can be wired or wireless
  • Tactile brown switch
  • Universal compatibility
Cons
  • Issues with connectivity
  • Only one light color setting
  • Relatively costly

While it isn’t as flashy as other keyboards, the Velocifire TKL02WS sports a minimalistic design that includes useful features such as a tactile brown switch and universal compatibility. It has a double USB interface that allows you to charge and connect typing simultaneously. Since it’s a mechanical keyboard, every button press feels more responsive than that of membrane keyboards. However, this also makes them louder.

The Velocifire can be connected to your computer, but it also has a wireless mode for when you need to work away from your desk. Its white-colored backlighting makes it easy to use even in dimly lit environments. The best gaming monitor for PS4 is another great accessory.

 #5  VicTsing RGB Gaming Keyboard – Best Performance


WHY WE LIKE IT: Featuring 19 anti-ghosting keys, the VicTsing RGB gaming keyboard is made to suit every gamer’s needs. It’s an excellent choice for competitive gamers, especially with its spill-resistant mechanism and wrist relief design.

Pros
  • Designed for gamers
  • Affordable
  • Rainbow LED lights
Cons
  • Tight key spacing
  • Issues with backlight
  • Wears quickly for some

VicTsing’s VTPC149BB gaming keyboard model is a wired mechanical keyboard that emphasizes precise button presses to enhance your gaming experience. Button presses are quiet and responsive thanks to the 55g actuation settings. The keyboard’s advanced anti-ghosting setting means up to 19 keys can be pressed simultaneously without any lag.

VicTsing offers 12 multimedia shortcuts for this model, allowing for a boosted and more convenient gaming. The settings of the LED lights on the keyboard can be adjusted in terms of brightness, lighting style, change speed, and it can also be turned off completely. It pairs well with the best 4K gaming monitor.

 #6  Perixx 11474 Periboard-317 – Best Value


WHY WE LIKE IT: The Periboard-317’s overall simplicity and Windows compatibility make it a great choice as a general-purpose keyboard that’s definitely worth the money. Good for small desktops in an office, studio work, or home setting, it has a distinct chiclet design and white backlighting that make it easy to read.

Pros
  • Backlit & big letters
  • Sleek and simple design
  • Durable
Cons
  • Only one backlight color
  • Fairly straightforward
  • Wears down quickly for some

Sleek, simple, and affordable, the Periboard-317 is a durable wired keyboard with ample backlighting that gets the job done. It trades form for function; the Periboard-317 has a minimalistic aesthetic with a simple black and white color palette. Its backlit keys are well-spaced and comfortable for typing.

The white backlight makes it easy to use in all lighting environments, and its tough plastic shell makes it resistant to damage. Overall, it’s a reliable keyboard that works as intended even though it pales in comparison to other keyboards that have more features. Learn more about wireless keyboards.

 #7  Mafiti RK100 Keyboard – Best Budget


WHY WE LIKE IT: The Mafiti RK100 offers an excellent gaming or working experience with its 3 LED backlight settings and adjustable brightness levels. Widely compatible with an array of devices, the RK100 has pseudo-mechanical keys that give a great, responsive feel to every keystroke.

Pros
  • Highly affordable
  • 3 color settings
  • 1-year warranty
Cons
  • Design is somewhat blocky
  • Slightly stiff keys
  • Some report space bar issues

The Mafiti RK100 is a wired, plug-and-play keyboard that conveniently provides access to your computer’s utility functions. Designed for gaming, the RK100 has 104 durable keys and 12 hotkeys. The RGB color settings can be controlled with a single button, and the lights themselves are visually pleasing.

The RK100 offers green, red, and yellow LED lighting. The keys are designed to combat fatigue, all the while giving a mechanical feel each time you use them. The design of the keyboard may take some getting used to, but its useful features and lighting aesthetic make it well worth getting. Check out more gaming keyboards. Like iPad keyboard cases.

Note: Other backlit keyboards worth noting that we haven’t mentioned on our list are such as the Logitech K830 Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard with a built-in touchpad, and shortcut keys for Windows and Android. It uses Logitech’s unifying receiver that allows you wireless connections of multiple keyboards to one PC. There’s also the Corsair K63 wireless mechanical gaming keyboard, that has lees 10 keys so space is saved and it’s more portable. Its got 6 programmable macro keys and dedicated media controls.

How We Decided

The keyboard is one of the two main peripherals used to operate a computer. Its main use is to input data. If a keyboard can help you make your inputs faster and more efficiently, then it’s already a superior choice. After a week of testing and trying out different products, we ended up with a list of high-quality keyboard choices that are excellent for their intended use, whether for gaming or working.

We decided on our top picks based on their overall design: the functionality of the keys, the brightness of the backlights, their compatibility with different computers, and portability. For keyboards that offer a wireless option, we gave bonus points for long-lasting batteries.

Another option popular with avid writers that just missed our list is the Cherry MX Board featuring mechanical switches and palm rest. The Cherry MX offers high-speed key recognition accurately captures every keystroke and the wrist rest provides comfort and ergonomics when working.

Backlit Keyboard Buying Guide

The Most Important Features to Consider

  1. Design
    The design of a backlit keyboard includes button shape, light location, frame design, and key functionality. All of these features will decide how comfortable a keyboard will feel on your hands and how easy manipulating your computer settings will be.
  2. Light Quality
    The quality of the LED lights between backlit keyboards can vary from product to product. Consider getting a keyboard with adjustable light settings of LED light customization so you can have more options that can cater to your environment.
  3. Scissor Keys
    Scissor keys are attached to a keyboard via two connectors that move in a scissor-like fashion when pressed. This shape allows keyboards to be thinner than others. Slim keyboards, such as a low profile one, usually have this mechanism.
  4. Battery
    When choosing wireless keyboards, it’s important to get those that have long-lasting batteries. For some products, you can improve battery life by lowering the keyboard’s brightness.
  5. Wireless
    Wireless keyboards are great for when you want to use one keyboard for multiple devices. The absence of a cable makes them easy to move around and provides less clutter at the same time.
  6. Compatibility
    Not all keyboards can work with all devices. If you have a Mac or a gaming console, it’s best to make sure that the keyboard you buy is compatible with the devices you own.
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Arteck 2.4G Wireless Keyboard Review

Going from wired to wireless is a daunting task. The best backlit keyboard is out there, somewhere. It might have a long battery life—6 months or so—and maybe it comes with low-profile keys and a stainless steel backing for additional toughness. In fact, we just described the Arteck 2.4G Wireless Keyboard.

Why We Like It – Arteck 2.4G Wireless Keyboard Review

An ideal companion for home and office use (not so much for gaming) with its ergonomic design and low-profile keys, and 6 month battery life, this keyboard is easy on your hands and wallet.

Pros
  • Compact and strong stainless steel backing
  • Low profile keys; good for general use
  • Free shipping and bundled with wireless mouse
Cons
  • Lacks a numeric keypad
  • Uses a nano USB receiver

Performance

The Arteck 2.4G Keyboard Stainless Steel Ultra Compact and Mouse perform well as a pair. The keyboard itself makes use of low profile keys—not exactly for high-intensity gaming like the Redragon S101 Keyboard, but comfortable quiet keys excel at being lightweight for comfortable typing. It’s ideal in a general setting like a family computer or at-home office. The mouse serves its purpose but isn’t anything special.

The best feature, however, is the lithium battery. It’s an industry high capacity battery that lasts up to 6 months. No need to buy batteries! The mouse is also rechargeable and will last a good 4 months, which is the best thing it does.

Design

For under $30, we were fairly impressed by the overall design stainless steel looks so good lining the undercarriage. It gives it a real tough exterior that prevents the keyboard from bending. The layout is very reminiscent of a laptop keyboard: low profile keys with backlighting to help in the dark. The keys aren’t like the KLIM Chroma Wireless Keyboard, but the KLIM is better suited for gaming. This is not, however, a stainless steel ultra slim full size keyboard. The Arteck 2.4G does have a full size version, but this is their compact version.

Since this is a wireless keyboard stainless steel package, it works through the use of a nano USB receiver. We didn’t like that an entire USB port was taken, but it’s an easy setup anyways. Simply insert the receiver into your computer and the keyboard and mouse will connect automatically.

Value

Given that the Arteck 2.4G Wireless Keyboard performs well and has surprisingly higher quality build than most keyboards, it isn’t far from being one of the best wireless keyboards for its price range. At the same time, you’re also getting a decent mouse bundled inside. And we can’t forget that it’s rechargeable, saving you hundreds of dollars on batteries. We have no problem giving the Arteck 2.4G Wireless Keyboard our mark of great value. But if membrane keyboards aren’t your thing, the Velocifire Tenkeyless Mechanical Keyboard is mechanical in nature.

Arteck 2.4G Wireless Keyboard Review Wrap Up

The Arteck 2.4G Wireless Keyboard checked a lot of boxes for us: long battery life, low-profile keys, and a good price. Its design is surprisingly strong and comes bundled with a mouse. It excels in an office setting, so long as you don’t need a number pad or free ports.