Printer cum scannersScanning and printing are an essential part of our lives nowadays, for work and school.

You regularly have to print an assignment, scan some documents, etc. So it’s very useful to have a printer that you can use at home.

It’s best to buy a device that performs both of the functions of printing and scanning. This is known as a printer cum scanner. It saves money, because it’s 2-in-1. It makes your tasks quicker and easier.

Here are my picks for the 5 best ones in India:

Alternatively, you can also check out my picks for the 5 best printers for home use.

1. Epson L210

Epson L210 - The best printer cum scanner

Key Features:

  • It uses inkjet printing
  • It has a print resolution of 5760 x 1440 max dpi
  • It prints at the rate of 27 ppm in black-and-white and 15 ppm in color
  • It has a power consumption of 13 watts
  • It supports A4 paper and envelopes
  • USB high-speed 2.0 connection
  • It weighs 6.22 kg

This is a very fast laser printer. It has a maximum printing speed of 27 pages per minute, which is the highest on this list. There are a lot of things I like about it. It’s affordable and high quality. It’s also pretty compact; it’s small and weighs only 6 kg. That makes it easy for you to fit it anywhere on a desk or in a room.

2. HP LaserJet M1005

Key Features:

  • It’s a laser printer
  • It has a maximum print resolution of 600 x 600 dpi
  • It connects to devices using high-speed USB 2.0
  • It has a power consumption of up to 230 watts
  • It has a maximum printing speed of 14 ppm
  • It supports paper, envelopes, card stock, post cards, and labels.
  • It weighs 8.2 kg

This is the most high-end printer on this list. It will cost you a bit more, but it gives you great functionality and return. This printer is easily suitable for office use, as it has a high capacity. The printing speed is great, but nothing remarkable. The versatility is the key feature of this printer. It’s compatible with a variety of different media types. The high capacity makes it ideal for multi-person use.

3. HP DeskJet 2135

Key Features:

  • It’s an inkjet printer
  • It has a printing speed of 7.5 ppm in black-and-white and 5.5 ppm in color
  • It has a print resolution dpi of up to 4800 x 1200
  • It has a capacity of 60 paper sheets
  • It weighs 3.4 kg

This is the best affordable option on this list. If you’re on a budget and looking for a small personal printer, then this is my #1 recommendation. It’s also a lightweight printer, which makes it easy to carry and move. For example, you can easily move it from one room to another. Or you can easily take it from your home to your office, and back.

4. Samsung ML-2161

Key Features:

  • It’s a laser printer
  • It has a maximum print speed of 20 ppm
  • It’s compatible with Windows (2000, XP, Vista, Win 7, 2003, Mac (10.4 – 10.7), and Linux
  • The voltage is 220 V
  • It weighs 5.31 kg

This is a super fast laser printer. The unique thing about this printer is that it’s as fast as a high-end model, but its price is actually pretty low. So this is the ideal choice for people who need fast printing, but don’t want to spend a lot of money. The people that most commonly need high-speed printers are students and work professionals who deal a lot in paper documents.

5. Canon PIXMA E400

Key Features:

  • It’s an inkjet printer
  • It has a maximum dpi of 4800 x 600
  • USB 2.0 connection
  • The print speed is 8.0 in black-and-white and 4.0 in color
  • It weighs 4.5 kg

If you’re looking to buy from one of the best brands, then Canon is a great choice. Along with HP and Samsung, Canon is my pick for the top 3 brands that make printers. This one has impressive features, like printing speed, print resolution, usability, power consumption, and weight.

Things To Consider Before Buying A Printer Cum Scanner

Before you buy a printer cum scanner, there are a few features that you should look for. This will help you make an informed decision. Here are the most important features:

Budget: Because printer cum scanners can have a wide variety of prices, you have to carefully which one best suits your budget. You can get one for as low as Rs. 30,000, or as high as Rs. 15,000. I recommend going for the highest one you can afford, because it will provide superior quality and durability.

Type of Printer (Ink Or Laser): There are basically two main kinds of printers. An inkjet printer is the original one; it directly imprints the ink on the paper. Laser printers, on the other hand, use a monochromatic laser process to imprint the text (or images) on paper.

It doesn’t really matter which one you get. Both types of printers function well and are good for use. The rest depends on personal preference.

Connectivity: There are 3 main ways in which printers are connected to the devices. They are: USB, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi.

Most printer cum scanners will have Bluetooth and USB connectivity. This is the standard mode of connection that printers make. However, it can be unreliable and have problems with the connection. If you can, try to get a printer which has Wi-Fi connectivity, because it’s better and more convenient.

Paper Capacity: If you expect to be handling a lot of paper, then this is another feature you should look at. Check to see that the printer has enough paper handling capacity for your needs.

Duplex Printing: Duplex printing refers to printing on both sides of the paper. This saves costs and is a useful feature to have.

Brand: If you want to have a printer that lasts, then you should buy from a top-rated brand. Trusted brands offer consistency in the quality of their products. Some good brands that make printer cum scanners are HP, Epson, Canon, Brother, and Samsung.