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Your next printer is here. We'll help you find it.

Staples has a wide selection of the latest printers from all the top brands. And you'll get everyday low prices on our entire selection. Plus, it's never been easier to choose the one you need. So get started with our helpful research tools.

An overview of printers

A quick overview

From color inkjets to super-fast commercial lasers, all-in-ones and more, there's a printer for every project. And with features like wireless and mobile printing now available, printers are smarter than ever.

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Things to consider

Laser vs. inkjetGet all your printer ink cartridges at Staples

Laser printers are best for printing large volumes of high-quality black and white text or color graphics. They're a must-have for offices and allow multiple users to share the same printer over a network. With print speeds at up to 50 pages per minute in black and white and up to 21 pages per minute in color, laser printers get the job done fast. And high-quantity input trays mean you have to refill paper less often.

Inkjet printers are great for small and home offices that print less than 500 sheets per week. Capable of printing in black & white and color, they're an affordable way to print photos, Web pages, documents, images and more. Printing speeds vary by model, but some print up to 23 pages per minute in black & white and up to 20 pages per minute in color.

All-in-one vs. single functionStaples all-in-one printers

All-in-one printers offer the convenience of multiple machines without the hassle. You get a printer, scanner, copier and often a fax — all in one easy machine. All-in-ones are available as inkjets and lasers and in color and black and white. Other convenient features include memory card slots and wireless printing.

Single-function printers are designed to do one thing: print! They're available as inkjets and lasers and can also come with other features like two-sided printing, USB ports, memory card slots and multipurpose paper trays.

HP Officejet Pro  8600 e-All-in-One PrinterWireless printing

Until now, wireless printers just connected to your home or office network and allowed you to print wirelessly from your PC or laptop.

Now, many printers feature mobile printing, which allows you to print from any mobile device like a smartphone, tablet or laptop, even when you're away from your home or office.

Learn about the HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus All-in-One Printer

Product reviewsGet printer product reviews at Staples.com

While it's great to choose a printer by the features you need, there's nothing better than hearing about it from a customer who already owns it. And Staples has millions of customers just like you. So look for the red stars on the product page and read the reviews. And don't forget to write a review after you make a purchase.

This is a great printer!

It prints very fast,
and does a nice job on photos!

~ Carpenter, Oklahoma

The different types of printers

Staples all in one printersAll-in-one printers

  • Print, scan, copy
  • Fax
  • Laser and inkjet
  • Save space and energy

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Inkjet printersInkjet printers

  • Home or small business use
  • Vivid color images
  • High-quality text
  • Economical

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Business inkjet printersBusiness inkjet printers

  • Great for small or medium businesses
  • Increased pages per minute
  • Lower cost per page
  • High-quality documents

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Laser printersLaser printers

  • Home office & business use
  • Durable and versatile
  • Color or black and white
  • Professional-looking documents

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Laser printers for commercial useBusiness laser printers

  • Business use
  • Increased pages per minute
  • Secure network printing
  • Professional quality prints
  • Great for print volumes

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Wide format printersWide-format printers

  • Home or business use
  • High-quality photo prints
  • Print directly from digital cameras or memory cards
  • Prints sizes 4"x6"-4"x150'

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Printers for photosPhoto printers

  • Home or business use
  • High-quality prints
  • Print directly from digital cameras or memory cards
  • Compact and portable
  • Great for high print volumes

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Dot matrix printersDot matrix printers

  • Business use
  • Print multi-part forms in single pass
  • Ideal for printing invoices and shipping forms

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Printers for making labelsLabel printers

  • Home and business use
  • Quickly print everyday labels
  • Easy to use
  • Ideal for printing invoices and shipping forms
  • Save time and money

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For work or home?

Printers for work or home

Business use

Best for a small business or large office, these machines handle multiple print jobs with ease. They're fast and reliable so you can get more done and stay on task.

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Home use

The best choice if you're looking for a machine that does a little bit of everything - from printing everyday documents to high quality photos.

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Inkjet vs. Laser Printer

There are two kinds of printers: inkjet and laser. Which category is right for you? It depends on both the quantity and type of documents you print on a regular basis.

Inkjet vs. Laser Printers

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Photo Printers

Glossary of terms

  • All terms
  • All-in-One
  • Automatic Document Feeder (ADF)
  • Bluetooth®
  • Borderless Printing
  • Cartridge
  • Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
  • CMYK
  • Duplex Printing
  • Dot Matrix Printer
  • Dye-Based Inks
  • Dots Per Inch (DPI)
  • Drivers
  • Duty cycle
  • Encapsulated PostScript File (EPS)
  • Ethernet Network
  • Firmware
  • Font
  • ISO
  • Inkjet Printer
  • Laser Printer
  • Local Area Network (LAN)
  • Network Printer
  • Memory Card Reader
  • Monochrome Printer
  • Multipurpose Tray
  • Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
  • PictBridge
  • Pigment Inks
  • Paper Capacity
  • Parallel Port
  • Print Buffer
  • Print Resolution
  • Printer Control Language (PCL)
  • Random Access Memory (RAM)
  • Serial Port
  • Thermal Printer
  • Toner
  • Touchscreen
  • TWAIN
  • Universal Serial Bus (USB)
  • Wireless

All-in-One
A term used to indicate a printer that has additional functionalities, such as copying, scanning and faxing. (e.g., multifunction printer).

Automatic Document Feeder (ADF)
The ADF is used to automatically feed originals into the device for copying, scanning and/or faxing.

Bluetooth®
Bluetooth is an open wireless protocol for exchanging data over short distances from fixed and mobile devices, creating personal area networks (PANs).

Borderless Printing
Printing photos with no white space around the edges. Borderless prints look like photos from a photo lab.

Cartridge
The housing that holds ink or toner to be utilized by the printer.

Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
Part of a scanner that is used to convert a reflected image to usable analog data.

CMYK
An acronym to represent cyan, magenta, yellow and black, the basic colorants (dyes, pigments or toners) used in digital imaging. These four colors alone are used to create all colors in an image. Some photo printers add additional colors for improved photos.

Duplex Printing
An accessory used for automatically printing on both sides of a sheet of paper. This accessory is not supported on all printers. Some printers offer this as an optional accessory or as an installed option.

Dot Matrix Printer
A printer type developed in late 1970s/early 1980s that arranged dots to form images and text. Because they use mechanical pressure, they can also produce multiple copies at once (e.g., impact printer).

Dye-Based Inks
Dye-based inks are generally much stronger and can produce more color of a given density per unit of mass than other inks. However, they can be more susceptible to fading especially when exposed to ultraviolet radiation as in sunlight.

Dots Per Inch (DPI)
Measurement of the resolution of a scanned or printed image.

Drivers
Programs or files that translate information from software applications to a device. Printer drivers convert software commands into printer language.

Duty cycle
The maximum number of printed pages per month a printer can output.

Encapsulated PostScript File (EPS)
An EPS file is a standalone, self-contained PostScript file that describes the contents of a printed page. EPS files can be scaled to any size, and they are commonly exchanged by desktop publishing and graphics professionals, publishers and printing houses.

Ethernet Network
The simplest, slowest and least expensive network design, usually well-suited for home or small offices. An Ethernet network simultaneously broadcasts data packets to all computers in the network.

Firmware
Software that resides in the read-only memory (ROM) of a device.

Font
A typeface, fonts are used on a computer to display text on the monitor and to print documents.

ISO
International Standards Organization — ISO standards apply to printer cartridge yields and print speeds.

Inkjet Printer
A printer or an all-in-one unit that shoots fast-drying ink through tiny nozzles onto a page to form characters. The inkjet is currently the standard for personal computer printing. Inkjets are fast, affordable and quiet. They are great for everyday, basic documents.

Laser Printer
A laser printer is a common type of computer printer that rapidly produces high quality text and graphics on plain paper. Like photocopiers, laser printers employ a xerographic printing process but differ from analog photocopiers in that the image is produced by the direct scanning of a laser beam across the printer's photoreceptor.

Local Area Network (LAN)
A group of computers in an office or building connected to one another by cable. A network computer can access files on other computers in the network or enable others to open and use its files. Printers, modems and CD-ROM drives are also typically shared.

Network Printer
A printer available for use by workstations on a network. A network printer either has its own built-in network interface card or is connected to a printer on the network.

Memory Card Reader
A device that can read removable memory devices such as CompactFlash or SD Cards.

Monochrome Printer
A printer that can only produce an image in one color or graduations of that color, usually black.

Multipurpose Tray
A tray that is adjustable to accommodate several different media types.

Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
The process of analyzing an image and defining characters in order to produce editable text.

PictBridge
A standard from the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) for printing directly from a digital camera without requiring a computer in between. Within the camera, it allows the user to identify the pictures to be printed and select options (size, number copies, cropping, etc.). The camera sends the print job to the printer, which downloads the images and prints them.

Pigment Inks
While conventional inks are essentially oil-based dyes, pigment inks consist of tiny chunks of solid pigment suspended in a liquid solution. According to their proponents, pigment inks offer richer, deeper colors and have a reduced tendency to run, bleed or

Paper Capacity
Refers to how much paper (including envelopes, transparencies, etc.) a printer tray can accommodate.

Parallel Port
The common name for one type of printer connector on the back of a typical PC. Some I/O(input/output) adapter cards can provide a PC with up to four separate parallel ports, but most computers come with one as standard equipment.

Print Buffer
A separate, standalone print spooler with its own built-in memory that connects a computer and printing hardware. The print buffer can spool print jobs, freeing up all of a computer's resources for applications.

Print Resolution
The quantity of data capable of being printed, typically measured in dots per inch (dpi). Higher resolution is one of many factors that can improve print quality.

Printer Control Language (PCL)
A protocol designed by HP to allow PCs to communicate with laser printers. PCL has become the standard protocol adopted by virtually all printer manufacturers.

Random Access Memory (RAM)
RAM built into a printer can temporarily store data from a print job until the printer is ready to print the data.

Serial Port
A connection that allows data transfer between a computer and a printer one bit at a time.

Thermal Printer
A type of printer that uses heat to place an impression onto paper.

Toner
A powdered ink substance used in laser printers and photocopiers to form images and text on paper.

Touchscreen
A display that enables the user to interact with the printer by touching areas on the screen.

TWAIN
Industry-standard software protocol and application interface that allows communication between programs and image acqusition devices.

Universal Serial Bus (USB)
A fast input/output (I/O) data transfer standard used for connecting peripherals to a computer or controller. Typically, each device connected to a computer uses its own port. USB can connect up to 127 peripherals through a single port, and peripherals can be connected together. USB devices may be hot plugged, which means that power does not have to be turned off to connect or disconnect a peripheral. USB is becoming the primary means of connection for printers and other peripherals to PCs, and is supported by most major hardware, software and telecommunications providers.

Wireless
Wireless printing allows you to print from any computer on a wireless network. No more unplugging machines, carrying laptops around, or laboring to get the operating system to identify the right printer.

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