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I am looking at buying a new printer but getting confused about the spec.

They are listing blue tooth, wireless or Wi fi. Which one do you think is the best ? I use an Ipad all the time and our computer is hardly used except for printing off Which isn’t isn’t often.

what do you think is the best out the three I have mentioned.

Also have you any recommendations. Thank you

julie781x
a month ago
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telmel
telmela month ago

Hi J, i have a wireless printer that is in one of the bedrooms, the laptop is in the living room and it prints no problem , but i am on one level

I think wireless and wi fi are the same with printers, not sure about bluetooth, but i do have bluetooth speakers connected to my tv and they also work fine

But i did find this, my wireless printer was fairly easy to set up

Wireless printers come in two basic types: Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Bluetooth is simple to set up and use but is more appropriate for small office spaces and a limited number of users. While Wi-Fi takes more time to set up, it can serve more users over a greater range

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Using a Bluetooth Printer

Bluetooth uses a low power wireless networking protocol to connect devices within close range, generally no further than ten meters. While most contemporary laptops come equipped with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built-in, older PCs may not have Bluetooth. If your computer doesn't come equipped with Bluetooth, you can add a small adapter to a USB port for about $20. Bluetooth networks have the advantage of being easy to maintain – you don't need anything other than a Bluetooth-equipped printer and Bluetooth-equipped computers. No routers or other networking equipment is necessary when using Bluetooth.

Using a Wi-Fi Printer

Wi-Fi printers are accessible over a Wi-Fi network. Wi-Fi normally uses a similar radio band to Bluetooth, but with more power. Devices that connect over a Wi-Fi network must be within about 100 meters of a central wireless access point, though with repeaters the range can be greatly extended. Generally speaking, if your computers all have decent access to the Internet over Wi-Fi, they should have no problems accessing a Wi-Fi printer, provided that printer is within range of the Wi-Fi router as well.

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julie781x
julie781x
Original Poster
a month ago

telmel thanks for all this information will have a good look through all the information. Hopefully might be able to pick one up on Black Friday.

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NatalyKroxa
NatalyKroxaa month ago

I have WiFi wireless HP printer,wasn't expensive, very happy with it.

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telmel
telmela month ago

I forgot to say, mine is HP also

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Saver1
Saver1a month ago

This is great information. I have been thinking of buying one. Thank you for the information.

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tara73ziva
tara73zivaa month ago

Mine is a epson printer and is wireless and I can print from any were as it connects via email as well. it sits in my cupboard under the stairs and I am always printing from my iPad or phone but I was thinking about changing mine to the eco tank one as you just fill the tanks with ink instead of buying cartridges so it’s more environmentally friendly

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Golfforall
Golfforalla month ago

WiFi and wireless are essentially the same . The printer connects to the internet via your wifi in the same way as your computer, phone ,tablet , tele etc . A printer is not really a portable item and requires mains electricity so sits in your house connected to your wifi and electric .

This has the advantage that you can print from your phone , tablet etc from anywhere (provided there is a wi fi connection or you have a data plan ) and it will print out on your printer at home via the internet .

Bluetooth which most printers also have is a short range connection between your phone/tablet/computer and the printer . Rather like playing music from your phone through a bluetooth speaker or earbuds .

I suspect for most people the printer will remain at home so I can't see when you would need bluetooth .

All the printers I have seen these days have both anyway .

As with anything you get what you pay for . If you want photo quality pictures you will need to pay extra , but for normal printing the entry level printers are quite sufficient .

I like HP myself my current one has worked fine for 2 years with no issues . The advantage of HP is their instant ink subscription , I have been paying £1.99 a month for 50 pages a month (rolling over) I have never used much more than 30 a month .

I posted a deal the other day https://www.latestdeals.co.uk/deals/hp-deskjet-3760-ao-ebay-using-15-festive15-coupon on an entry level HP 3760 wifi/Bluetooth printer for about £37 . Currently £45 -£50 at Currys , Amazon ,Argos , John Lewis etc .

About as cheap as I have seen them recently so you could use that as your benchmark and see if they get any cheaper on BF week .

A feature I find useful on my more expensive HP Envy is auto double sided printing (saves on paper ,but probably not worth the extra expense ?

Do not forget about the cost of ink - I was buying a couple of cartridges ( about £30 the pair ) every 6-9 months , I think they evaporate over time ? Other makes will have similar ink cost . So £1.99 a month is a bargain .

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julie781x
julie781x
Original Poster
a month ago

Golf for all Thank you will look at the printer you suggested.

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ramtec
ramteca month ago

my advice don't buy an inkjet buy a laser. You won't then have an issue with dried up carts every time you haven't printed in a while and the toner in a laser although seems expensive will be way cheaper per page in the long run

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didbygraham
didbygrahama month ago

normally for home use I would stick with wifi over bluetooth as it does work over greater distances, which could be useful. I also find wifi more reliable but thats depends on how good your wifi signal is around the house. The HP subscription printing is a good service if you are printing photos - HP printers are really good for that.

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Sarahvwomble
Sarahvwomblea month ago

Thanks for all this, need to get a printer really but put off as all tac seems so complex to choose...

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telmel
telmela month ago

I have been using a printer for many years S and the wireless i have now is by far the best , just research the ink prices as G says , then match the cheaper cartridge number with the printer and if you are happy with the spec buy that one , or go laser if thats your preference

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