When purchasing a printer for your home, regardless of how often you may need it, getting an all-in-one device may be the best overall value. Most average people looking for an affordable machine to handle occasional printing needs will not find themselves using the photocopier or scanner too often, but having the option available in the house will save a random trip to the local office supplies store. If someone works from home and prints a lot of pages every day, a laser printer is the best choice, but the occasional user should invest in an inkjet model.
Even for a college student, a color inkjet multipurpose printer will produce the black-and-white text quality for printing papers as well as the high-grade photo printing capabilities to share pictures with your friends. Most current models have PictBridge connections, so digital camera can plus right into it and the images will pop up on the LCD screen, eliminating the need for a computer. You can select different settings and make adjustments to the image with the camera controls or the printer controls.
Why get an all-in-one if printing is the only necessary feature? Well, perhaps you are going through an old shoe box you found in the closet and you come across old pictures from high school and childhood. Over the years, photographs get damaged and will not last forever, unless, of course, they are scanned onto a computer hard drive, where they can outlive the people in the pictures. Scanners are good for bringing old pictures back to life and giving you the chance to share them with others. It is also good for scanning important documents like a lease or living will.
A solid, high-quality inkjet all-in-one printer can be purchased for roughly $100 and replacement ink cartridges are not overly price. A machine like this will handle all possible printing, scanning and duplicating needs of a family.