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Best printers to bring to dorm?

riri2731riri2731 3 replies5 threads New Member
edited May 2019 in College Life
I'm going to Texas Tech this fall and I'd like my own printer.

Does anyone currently own one they're in love with?

Also, it would be best if I can lock it so my roommate can't use it

and the price doesn't matter as well.


I'm a Chem major and I bet I'd have to write up a ton of lab papers and I'd rather not run to print them in the morning...

edited May 2019
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  • bopperbopper Forum Champion CWRU 14518 replies106 threads Forum Champion
    Sometimes it is good to share a printer with your roommate and switch off who pays for ink/paper.
    Things I look at is
    "how easy is it to load paper" given where you will put your printer.
    How easy is it for you to get new ink cartridges locally
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  • momtogirls2momtogirls2 1006 replies7 threads Senior Member
    I would look for one with a small footprint since you probably don't have much space. Why not ask your roommate if he/she would like to share the cost of the printer in terms of paper and ink rather than locking it up? So many things seem to be turned in electronically now you might not need to print as much as your thinking.
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  • BunnyBlueBunnyBlue 866 replies10 threads Member
    My son got the Canon TS9020 in 2017. It cost more than some others, but he chose it because it scans and makes copies as well. He likes it because it is faster and has a larger capacity than some smaller cheaper ones. Some of his professors require paper submissions of assignments.
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  • happy1happy1 24202 replies2429 threads Super Moderator
    edited May 2019
    My kids thought having a scan/copy function was helpful so we got the most compact printer that has those functions (as well as printing of course). My S got a HP, my D got a Canon -- both were fine. Neither kid considered locking up the printer. Depending on the roommate they would share or not share their printer (when they shared the roommate replaced the ink) but it was never an issue.
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  • 3js3ks3js3ks 318 replies10 threads Member
    You may not need a printer, my daughter turns in all of her work electronically.
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  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn 42325 replies2284 threads Super Moderator
    ^Yeah, my daughter didn't take her printer back her sophomore year.
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  • GoatGirl19GoatGirl19 332 replies5 threads Member
    As others have mentioned, I use the scanner on my bf’s and my printer more than the printer (it’s been out of ink for over a year now). Most work is submitted electronically so if you do things by hand it’s nice to have the scanner. Your school’s library likely has a place for printing for a small fee; maybe try that out for a year and see how much you spend on printing, then weigh it against the cost of a printer, paper, and constantly replacing cartridges.
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  • me29034me29034 2187 replies110 threads Senior Member
    My D's school includes a certain number of "free" pages per semester at the public printers. There are printers everywhere including in each dorm. She has never hit her limit. As others have said, papers are usually submitted electronically.
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  • BuckeyeMWDSGBuckeyeMWDSG 1097 replies14 threads Senior Member
    Son took an inexpensive laser printer (b&w only) and a new toner cartridge. He and his room mate split the cost of a box of paper. They let their whole floor use it. It wasn't used often, but when it was it was very appreciated. He'll take it back again next year.
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  • noname87noname87 1209 replies21 threads Senior Member
    If you don't need color, I second the recommendation for a laser printer I have had good luck with the Brother brand.
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  • dixiechicktxdixiechicktx 81 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Check with TTU's housing policy. My dd's school only allows wired printers - no wireless printers allowed. Good luck!
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  • HeyItsNickHeyItsNick 1038 replies21 threads Senior Member
    I would not get a printer until you are sure that you will need one. Many campuses have printers with a certain amount of free prints and many courses do not even require print outs as everything is submitted online. With the cost of ink and the printer itself, I think it is best to just wait - if you do need one, just order it on Amazon in October/November (or better yet - add it to a Christmas list).
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  • ASKMotherASKMother 242 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Unless you are taking classes with many projects (like design or advertising) you might want to not take a printer initially and see if you will even need one. Not certain about Texas Tech (just assuming since they are into 'tech') but most colleges have multiple places that you can print on campus at a minimal cost. My daughter has printers in her dorm (actually I think every dorm has at least one, her dorm is large and has like 3-4), in the dining hall near her dorm there are a few, at all of the libraries on campus (I think there are like 6-7), at the student center... there are printers literally everywhere. And most of her assignments were turned in on line anyway (especially papers) so she didn't need one at all... I think she printed about 6 things each semester and those were research articles that she could have just looked at on line but she wanted a physical copy as she was writing.
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  • momocarlymomocarly 1033 replies12 threads Senior Member
    My son waited to get one until he saw if he needed it. He found out that the one on his floor (scanner and printer) was all he needed. In his frat house there are a few printers for them to use in the library/quiet study rooms and he still hasn't needed one. None of his friends that went to Tech (there are about 4 of them) needed one. I'd find one you like and if he needs it Amazon it to him or run out and get it.
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  • CUandUCmomCUandUCmom 49 replies4 threads Junior Member
    Both of my D's brought small Brother laser printers with them and they used them often. At both schools, they could not use the wireless function (in dorms) so we just bought one that was not wireless for my 2nd. Theirs are only printers - largely b/c of footprint and, less so, price. With phone scan programs, not having scan has been less of an issue and neither had significant needs to copy (could scan and print as an alternative). We sent each with a ream or 2 of paper and replacement toner so both could allow others to use without worry of depleting supplies. They both found them hugely helpful.
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  • mommdcmommdc 11907 replies31 threads Senior Member
    edited June 2019
    Check with the college to see if a wireless printer will be allowed to be used with the college wifi.
    At my S's school (wireless) printers have to be used with a printer cable only, and game systems and computers have to use Ethernet port.
    edited June 2019
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