In the same way, you need different types of clothes to put on depending on the season, you should also get a different type of printers based on school grade of the kid that will use the printers. Printers are not one size fits all devices. Printers are designed and manufactured to solve a specific problem. The problems for the different school grades are unique. You can easily see the printers needs for a college student will be different than those for k-12 students. The kids’ grade and unique circumstances should guide the back to school printers shopping.
Kindergarten to Middle school
Digital literacy starts very early for the modern generation of kids. And they will request to print pictures, diagrams, and artworks for their assignments or to stick on their walls. They also usually request that their hand-drawn drawings be scanned as a digital file that can be shared. Speed of print is not the main priority. Above-average color picture quality is expected. Page count is normally not excessive at this stage of schooling. It is recommended you get low-priced inkjet printers with scanning feature with an above-average cost per page to save on ink. Such as the following that is available on 123ink.ca;
The Brother MFC-J491DW Wireless All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer which has Print, Copy, Scan, and Fax. It is currently on offer for only $69.99.
Another good option to consider is the Canon PIXMA TS6120 All-In-One Color Inkjet Printer. This is another all-in-one color printer that meet the need of growing kids just being introduced to the concept of printing.
By high school, kids are more versed in digital literacy. At this stage, they are very sophisticated and know their specific needs. Parents should seek their input at this stage of schooling on what they require from a printer. It is possible at this stage kids may even know more than their parents about the different parameters that should be considered before selecting a printer. The monthly page count will increase sharply at this stage due to the numerous assignments that will need to be printed out.
This is a critical factor to consider when selecting a printer. You want a printer that still gives high-quality prints for both black and white images as well as colored images but does not compromise on print speed. You also want a printer that saves on replacement cartridge cost. buying a cheap printer but has excessive ink/toner cost should be avoided. Our recommended options for this stage are:
The Brother MFC-J690DW Wireless Color Inkjet All-in-One Multifunction Printer is a printer that works well for the high schooler. It is sold on 123ink.ca for $99.99.
Another available option on 123ink.ca is the Pantum M6600NW All-in-One Wireless Laser Printer with Fax that is selling for $139.99