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Top 10 end of financial printer best buys
- — 22 June, 2009 16:46
End of financial year sales are a great time to find the best bargains on printers and multifunction devices. Reduced prices, cash-back offers and additional incentives are some of the deals currently on offer, but they are often spread far and wide across stores — so how do you find them?
Good news is, we’ve done the leg work for you and searched the major retailers' sites and catalogues to find the best deals to fulfill you printing, copying, scanning and faxing needs for next year on the cheap.
HP Officejet H470b Mobile Printer
There are plenty of cheaper options on the smaller side of printing. HP's Officejet H470b Mobile Printer is one of those options: it can print 480 pages over USB off a single battery charge and can be expanded to suit Bluetooth and Wi-Fi through optional dongles. That convenience does come at a price — and the recommended price is certainly at the high-end of the market — but you can currently find it at Officeworks for only $427; a saving of over $70. You’ll even get a $100 fuel voucher to boot!
If you were upset to see Polaroid shut the doors of its manufacturing plant, you can at least take solace in the company's replacement for the digital age: the PoGo. This instant mobile printer might not be able to take instant photos but it can sure print them — and quickly too. You can pick up this instant mobile printer from Officeworks for as little as $198 but get in by June 30, 2009!
HP Photosmart C4580
Perhaps the best thing about the end of financial year sales is that even budget printers manage to be cheaper. Though slow in printing, the quality from this space-saving inkjet multifunction is impressive, and the price tag is even more so! Harvey Norman is currently offering it for just $98.
Canon PIXMA MX7600
Home and small businesses looking to beef up on productivity can get a premium office-focused inkjet multifunction like the Canon PIXMA MX7600 for $399 at Officeworks until 30 June 2009, and receive a $50 Home or Office Pack from Canon as a bonus. Low consumable costs, excellent print quality and a host of other features make this inkjet multifunction a worthwhile purchase.
HP Photosmart C5380
We became big fans of the HP Photosmart C5380 after we reviewed it and for good reason: for its price it produces fantastic print quality at a great speed. If you are looking for a good mid-range family printer, this inkjet multifunction should definitely be under consideration. Dick Smith Electronics (DSE) is currently pushing these out the door at a price of just $148.
Canon PIXMA MP630
Canon's home PIXMA range is always a good source of easy to use, good quality inkjet multifunction printers and the MP630 is no exception. Though it doesn't provide significant improvements over the Canon MP610, the quality and speeds it does provide aren't easy to pass by. You can buy it this week (until 30 June, 2009) for $227 from Harvey Norman, and get a $100 Creative Pack from Canon too.
Brother's HL-2140 monochrome laser printer provides the right combination of small stature, quick printing and reasonable consumable costs. Its original price tag is already affordable but Dick Smith Electronics is offering the printer for $96.
Epson Stylus Photo TX800FW
Epson's premium inkjet multifunction has a touch screen panel and an unusual design. Amongst the nice touches is a serious machine that can print quickly and in good quality. If you want something that isn't the norm, Dick Smith Electronics currently has it on sale for $338.
This network-enabled mono laser multifunction doesn't have automatic duplex, but it prints quickly and is quite easy to get up and running. If you are looking to improve office productivity, you can pick one up for $398 from Harvey Norman. With a $50 cash back offer from Brother, the final price is a very reasonable $348.
HP Photosmart Premium C309a
HP's Photosmart Premium C309a is exactly that — premium. It packs in plenty of features, comprehensive connectivity options and it even has a separate tray for photo paper. Despite all of this, the Photosmart Premium C309a can still fit into tight spaces. The cost won't be too restrictive either: Dick Smith Electronics is selling the inkjet multifunction for $348.