Feeds

Ten budget inkjet printers

Bargain basement all-in-ones

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Epson Stylus Office BX305FW Plus

RH Numbers

If you need an all-in-one with an ADF and fax facilities in your home office, there are budget machines like this one. It has a two-line, mono LCD and a slightly crowded control panel, but there’s also a memory card slot and fax quick-dials. Epson quotes silly speeds and I saw 3.8ppm (black) and 1.3ppm (colour), which is slow and very slow, respectively.

Print quality is fair, but with some fuzziness on black text. Ink costs are 2.6p for black and 9.5p for colour, which are a little high. The printer has recently been reduced in price, but not quite as far as the Lexmark Interpret S405.

Epson Stylus Office BX305FW Plus budget all-in-one inkjet printer

Reg Rating 60%
Price £90
More info Epson

HP Deskjet 3050A

RH Numbers
RH Recommended Medal

A discreet little all-in one, with its light grey body and two-tone brown top. Unusually for HP, paper flows from a tray at the back to a fold-down tray at the front. Also unusually, It has a hinged control panel with a mono LCD display and membrane control buttons around the edges. The screen uses an ugly font, but is otherwise very serviceable, and there’s wireless as well as USB, with software for mobile print.

HP claims an honest 5.5ppm and 4ppm for black and colour print and I measured 6.4ppm and 2.2ppm, both reasonable. Print quality is OK, with a good draft mode, but ink costs are high, at 4.8p per black page and 11.8p per colour one.

HP Deskjet 3050A all-in-one inkjet printer

Reg Rating 80%
Price £40
More info HP

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Next page: HP Photosmart 5510

More from The Register

next story
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
Here's your chance to buy an ancient, working APPLE ONE
Warning: Likely to cost a lot even for a Mac
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.