College tuition bills are looming, and fall classes are  just around the corner. Do you have a child starting their college career? If so, then tech gifts can help get your student ready for the next step.  Choosing the right computer is important. But college is not yet a paperless world. Have you figured out what printer your student will need?

Printers: Choosing the Right Tech Gift

Many schools provide access to on-campus printers and copiers. But for ease-of-use as well as for privacy, most students prefer the option to print using their own printers.  This is especially preferred when working in the dorm room or apartment.

When deciding which printer to use, a sturdy and reliable multi-function printer is the best option. Any printer you purchase should include scanning capability  in order to provide flexibility.

If heavy-duty printing is necessary then take advantage of access to the school’s printers. If you do that, then ink-based printers are the way to go.  Keep in mind that you’ll spend more on ink with a cheap printer ($100 or less) than with a printer priced closer to $150 or more.  To save on paper, an auto duplex printer can automatically print on both sides of a sheet.

Our Choices Are…

Here are three printers that we recommend:

Tech Gifts: Canon Pixma MG7720Canon MG7720

Price:  $129 (list price $199.99)
•    Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print
•    125 sheet paper cartridge
•    Duplex printing
•    Starter set of ink (replacement ink approx. $43/set)

Canon MG 7720 at Amazon


Tech Gifts: Brother-mfc-j470dw_1Brother MFC-J470DW

Price:  $114.99 (list price $149.99)
•    Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print
•    100 sheet paper cartridge
•    Duplex printing
•    Starter set of ink (replacement ink approx. $42/set)

Brother MFC-J470DW at Amazon


Tech Gifts: HP Envy 7640HP Envy 7640

Price: $107.54 (list price $199.99)
•    HP ePrint and Apple AirPrint
•    125 sheet paper cartridge
•    Duplex printing
•    Starter set of ink (replacement ink approx. $44/set)

HP Envy 7640 at Amazon


Want more info? Just give Bergen IT a call! And if you’re thinking about a computer, then consider our Tech Gifts for College: Best Computers.


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