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The 5 Best Printers For Chromebook - Summer 2024 Reviews

Updated Jun 05, 2024 at 12:49 pm
Best Printers For Chromebook

As Chromebooks have become more common and widely used, most printers are fully compatible with Chrome OS, giving you many options. So, which are the best? To help you, we've compiled a list of the best printers, from premium, feature-rich all-in-ones designed for office use to cheap home models for the occasional print jobs. These printers work with Chromebooks out of the box without installing any drivers or third-party apps.

We've tested over 145 printers, and below are our recommendations for the best printers for Chromebook you can buy. You can also see our recommendations for the best home printers, the best inkjet printers, and the best all-in-one printers.

  1. Best Printer For Chromebook

    The best printer for Chromebook we've tested is the Brother MFC-L8905CDW, a color laser model designed for small or home offices. This all-in-one produces amazingly sharp documents, prints quickly at up to 32 pages per minute, and doesn't need much maintenance. The scanner produces high-quality scans and can process documents quickly, thanks to its automatic feeder with single-pass, double-sided scanning. Its page yield is excellent, so you don't need to replace the toner cartridges often. The drum also doesn't need regular replacement since it's good for about 30,000 prints. Cheaper variants are available if you don't mind losing a few features; check out our full review for more details.

    If you prefer an inkjet or need to print photos, we have two recommendations: the Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850 and the Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550. The former is a more office-oriented model with faster printing speeds and more features, like an ADF with duplex scanning, while the latter produces higher-quality photos. Both use a refillable ink tank instead of ink cartridges and yield thousands of prints, so you won't have to worry about high ownership costs. The downside is that they're more expensive upfront.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Printer For Chromebook

    Our best upper mid-range pick is the Canon Color imageCLASS MF656Cdw, a color laser all-in-one. It has the same features as the Brother above and produces documents that look just as good. It yields significantly more color prints and is easier to maintain because its toner cartridges contain the drum, so you don't have to replace it separately. The tradeoff is that it prints slower at 22 pages per minute, and that speed is only achievable via a wired USB or Ethernet connection, which is inconvenient. Scan speed is also slower but pretty respectable at 14 pages per minute. There are cheaper variants in this printer series, like the Canon Color imageCLASS MF654Cdw, which lacks duplex scanning and fax functionality. See more details in our full review.

    If you don't need color printing, get the Brother MFC-L2750DW. This monochrome laser all-in-one produces high-quality documents, warms up quickly, and prints up to 36 pages per minute. It doesn't cost much to maintain, as it yields a large number of prints, and replacement toner is cheap. Also, there's only one cartridge to replace. The lack of color printing is the main drawback, so you must be sure you won't need to print any color documents. Its ADF scanner supports single-pass duplex scanning but is slow, processing only seven pages per minute. There are less expensive variants without duplex scanning or Ethernet if you want to save more money, and you can also get this printer bundled with high-yield cartridges.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Printer For Chromebook

    If you need something modest for general home use, get the Brother MFC-J4335DW, an all-in-one inkjet model. It's much more compact than the laser models we recommend above, so it takes up less space, and you still get plenty of features, like an ADF-equipped scanner and plenty of connectivity options. It's fully compatible with Chrome OS and works straight out of the box without installing drivers or third-party apps. This model only has Wi-Fi and USB connectivity. If you need Ethernet or external storage support (to print off a USB flash drive), you can go with the Brother MFC-J4535DW variant, but expect to pay a little more.

    This printer uses four ink cartridges—the usual cyan, magenta, yellow, and black—and yields around 2,000 black and 800 color prints. This means you won't need to replace the ink cartridges often unless you print a lot, and even then, the cartridges are relatively cheap, so your maintenance cost won't rise too quickly. It produces outstanding black and color documents and is pretty fast, pushing out 17 black or 15 color pages per minute. As for photos, it prints very fine details but struggles to reproduce bright, saturated colors and very light and dark shades.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Printer For Chromebook

    Our best budget pick is the Brother MFC-J1205W, also known as the Brother MFC-J1215 at Walmart. This all-in-one is a good option if you don't print all that often and only need basic features. It has a sturdy build, Wi-Fi and USB connectivity, and a flatbed scanner with extendable lid hinges. It produces high-quality black and color documents, although you'll have to be patient, as it only prints nine black or six color pages per minute. Printed photos look detailed but overly dark, as the printer has trouble reproducing bright, saturated colors.

    This printer yields around 1,100 black and 700 color prints from a set of ink cartridges, and the cartridges are cheap, so your maintenance cost is exceptionally low. Of course, as it's a budget model, it's missing features like an automatic document feeder and Ethernet connectivity. Still, it's a good option if you want something affordable and don't mind a few tradeoffs.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Printer For Chromebook

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    Last but not least, the cheap printers. Our pick is the Canon PIXMA MG3620, a basic inkjet all-in-one model. It isn't super sturdy, lacks a display, and only has a flatbed scanner with no ADF, but it produces sharp documents and decent-looking photos. The main drawback is its poor page yield of around 200 black and color prints. Also, since it uses a tri-color cartridge, you must replace it even if one color runs out, wasting usable ink. The cost-per-print is still low because the cartridges are cheap; it just needs a lot of maintenance. It's still a good option if you only need to print once in a blue moon; otherwise, getting a model with better page yields is best, like the Brother MFC-J1205W/MFC-J1215W above.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Canon Color imageCLASS MF753Cdw/MF751Cdw: The Canon Color imageCLASS MF753Cdw/MF751Cdw is a great alternative to the Brother MFC-L8905CDW. It has nearly the same features as the Brother except for its smaller flatbed scanner, which can only scan up to 8.5x11 sheets, while the Brother can scan up to Legal size (8.5x14). The Canon also has slower scanning and printing speeds and costs more to maintain because the toner cartridges don't last as long. See our review
  • Canon PIXMA TR8620a: If you want higher-quality photos, the Canon PIXMA TR8620a is a good alternative to the Brother MFC-J4335DW. It produces more colorful pictures with less grain but doesn't yield as many pages, so you'll have to pay more for ink. See our review
  • Epson EcoTank ET-2800/ET-2803: The Epson EcoTank ET-2800/ET-2803 is also a good alternative to the Brother MFC-J4335DW if you have a large print load. The printer costs slightly more, but you'll save more money in the long run because it yields significantly more prints. However, it doesn't have an automatic feeder and prints slower. See our review
  • Brother HL-L2460DW [HL-L2400D, HL-L2405W]: If you only need to print black-and-white documents, the Brother HL-L2460DW is a great budget model and a good alternative to the Brother MFC-J1205W. It has more connectivity options, including Ethernet, and prints significantly faster, up to 34 pages per minute. The downside is that it's a print-only unit. Also, you have to tweak the print settings to get good print quality. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jun 05, 2024: We've made minor text edits for clarity and verified that all picks are still valid and available.

  2. Apr 12, 2024: Removed the HP DeskJet 3755/3772 because it's discontinued and removed the 'Best Compact' category because there's no other good option. Removed the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e from the Notable Mentions because it's discontinued and hard to find. Removed the Brother HL-L2325DW from the Notable Mentions and added the Brother HL-L2460DW because the HL-L2325DW is discontinued.

  3. Feb 13, 2024: Minor text edits for clarity. No changes in product picks.

  4. Nov 15, 2023: Minor changes to include the Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850 as an alternative to the Brother MFC-L8905CDW. Added the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e and the Canon PIXMA TR8620a as Notable Mentions.

  5. Sep 15, 2023: Replaced the Brother MFC-L2750DW with the Canon Color imageCLASS MF656Cdw because the Canon can print in color and is only slightly more expensive than the Brother.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best printers for Chromebook you can buy. In addition to the test results, we factor in the price, feedback from our visitors, and availability.

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here's the list of all our printer reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no printer is perfect for every use, most are good enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.