Best Printers for Mac iMore 2021
As much as our lives are immersed in digital documentation, there are still times when we need to print something, whether it's a document, an application, or a photo. Especially in busy office spaces, a quality printer is a must. When you need to revert to paper documentation, these are the all-around best printers for Mac.
- No ink cartridges: Epson EcoTank ET-3710
- Small but mighty: Brother Monochrome Laser Printer, Compact All-In One Printer, Multifunction Printer, MFCL2720DW
- Multi-user equipped: Canon Maxify
- Office workhorse: Brother Business Smart Pro
- 6-color printer: Canon Pixma
- Budget option: HP OfficeJet 3830
No ink cartridges: Epson EcoTank ET-3710Staff Favorite
This printer comes with some impressive features, including a color display, wired and wireless networking, and voice-activated printing for Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant. Epson handles ink differently, as it does away with ink cartridges and uses low-cost replacement ink bottles.
Small but mighty: Brother Monochrome Laser Printer, Compact All-In One Printer, Multifunction Printer, MFCL2720DW
If you want to print a lot of pages fast, but don't have the desk landscape for an oversized printer, Brother's MFCL2720DW is the model for you. It prints 36 pages per minute in black-and-white and has a 2.7-inch color touchscreen menu panel, but the base only takes up about as much space as a pad of legal paper.
Multi-user equipped: Canon Maxify
If you've got a lot of people in your household (or office) that need to print a lot, the Maxify will ease your paper-replacing burden with a two-tray setup. You can fit up to 500 sheets at once, so you don't have to refill as often.
Office workhorse: Brother Business Smart Pro
For actual office productivity, you'll want to go pro with something that can print multiple sizes of paper directly from the glass screen, as well as from mobile devices. The Business Smart Pro also supports faxing for you old-timers.
6-color printer: Canon Pixma
For full-color printing, Canon's Pixma is what you want. It's got a six-color individual ink system for the best quality full-color printing you can get for your home. It also supports wireless printing, photo printing, and external SD Card storage support.
Budget option: HP OfficeJet 3830
If you need a basic printer in your home for those rare occasions when you'd like to print out an application or a coupon for pizza, HP's OfficeJet is the perfect low-maintenance, low-cost option. You can print on a variety of sizes (including envelopes) and in color or black-and-white.
Which printer should you choose?
Our best choice goes to the Epson EcoTank ET-3710 because of its great versatility. Not only do you get a serviceable printer, but you also get one that is efficient with how it handles ink with its unique replacement system. They don't use ink cartridges. Instead, they use low-cost replacement bottles that are easily refillable – this is a huge convenience.
If you don't have the coin to shell out for our top choice, then the budget-friendly HP OfficeJet 3830 is for you. It's good enough at handling day-to-day printing, scanning, and copying. Plus, it can also print from your iPhone without issue, thanks to AirPrint support. We can't forget to mention HP's Instant Ink program that saves you a ton of money when replacing your cartridges.
While these are the best all-around printers for Mac, there are dozens of fantastic models out there whether you're looking specifically for laser printers or AirPrint printers, there's something perfect for everyone.
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