Home offices have become increasingly important in the modern era. The 2019 State of Remote Work study by Owl Labs estimates that approximately 30% of the full-time workforce is remote . This is a big shift from the last decade as technology, from messaging and conferencing software to cloud-based project management tools, makes this increasingly feasible.
One important piece of hardware for the home office is a printer. In particular, an all-in-one printer can be vital to any remote worker's success, as it allows you to print, fax, scan, and copy any documents or images needed for the job. Also, when you work in a home office, you’ll function as your own IT department, so it helps to find a printer that you can easily set up and repair.
With all of those factors in mind, here are our picks for the 7 best HP printers for home office use.
1. HP OfficeJet 5255 All-In-One printer
The HP OfficeJet 5255 All-in-One printer
is a great all-around printer that is particularly user-friendly. It can connect to any dual-band wireless network within minutes of setup, and it can seamlessly transfer scanned files to your desktop and laptop computer. You can also use this wireless connectivity to print photos directly from social media and the cloud
, even on your mobile device. This is especially useful for remote workers who have a home office geared toward marketing, advertising, or public relations.
As an all-in-one device, the HP OfficeJet 5255 can print, scan, copy, and fax at a rate of up to 10 pages per minute (ppm) in black and white and 7 ppm in color. It also has a fax speed of up to 12 ppm, which is in line with comparable all-in-one inkjet printers. However, this printer is also capable of automatic two-sided printing and automatic document feeding, which makes it a great choice if you produce high-quality documents at relatively low volumes.
- 256MB DDR3L memory
- ENERGY STAR® qualified
- Bundled HP Printer Software and HP Photo Creations
2. HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw
If you need to produce high-quality color prints with your all-in-one printer, look no further than the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw
. It’s ideal for those who work in graphic design and other creative fields, for instance, if you run your own art or design business. This printer is capable of producing photo-quality designs on many kinds of paper, including brochures, glossy paper, letterhead, color photos, labels, envelopes, and cardstock.
With this printer, you can even print out multiple jobs at once because it comes equipped with two separate paper trays that can print a maximum of 40,000 pages per month. It also works quickly at a rate of 22 ppm for both black and white and color pages.
As a result of this massive amount of hardware, this printer weighs 41.2 lbs and needs a dedicated space in your home office to thrive. If your space has the capacity for this type of powerful hardware and you need to print at a high volume, then this is the right printer for you. It’s also our pick for the best HP laser printer for a home office.
- 2.7-inch color graphic screen
- 250-sheet input tray and 100-sheet output bin
- One-year limited hardware warranty
3. HP Tango X printer
Widely considered the first smart home office printer
, the HP Tango X
is the perfect device for those who work largely in the cloud. This printer is also very compact with a weight of just 7.5 lbs and dimensions of 15.31 x 9.69 x 3.58 inches. This smaller size makes it perfect for just about any space because it fits nearly anywhere. You can place it on your desk alongside your desktop PC or monitor, or you can embrace its indigo linen cover to fit it neatly into your small home office décor.
Because of its size, it is primarily designed to work with mobile devices and tablets. It also prints snapshots from your smartphone for free, which you can do through the incentives of our HP Instant Ink program
. This subscription service comes in five different pricing tiers depending on how frequently you use your printer, and it sends HP ink cartridges
directly to your door as often as you need them.
The HP Tango X also ups the ante by allowing you to print 5 x 7-inch (or smaller) photos from your smartphone without counting them against your per-page pricing tier. This is a great perk that can help you save a lot of money if you frequently print smaller-sized photos from your compatible device.
- Edge light display
- 256MB DDR3 memory
- Bundled with HP Smart app
4. HP Sprocket 2nd Edition photo printer
It may be even smaller than the HP Tango X, but the HP Sprocket 2nd Edition photo printer
packs quite a punch when it comes to photo printing. Weighing in at 0.38 lbs and roughly the size of a smartphone, this printer can connect directly to your phone and print straight from there.
Unlike the other printers on this list, the HP Sprocket 2nd Edition
utilizes ZINK™ printing technology to create color layers with controlled heat pulses of various lengths and intensity. That means that this printer doesn’t actually need ink cartridges. Unfortunately, it can only produce smaller photos in the 2 x 3-inch size range.
As a result, the HP Sprocket 2nd Edition is not a viable option for everyday home office use. However, if your home office specifically focuses on photo printing or you need to produce smaller-sized photos for presentations and strategy planning, it is a great option for your home office and on-the-go work sessions.
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Compatible with iOS and Android
- Easy backlight power indicators
5. HP DeskJet 3755 All-In-One printer
The HP DeskJet 3755 All-in-One printer
is compact, versatile, and wireless, and it’s a great mid-range option for home office use. It uses ink extremely efficiently, and offers a 50% off incentive on our HP Instant Ink subscription service.
This printer comes with HP Scroll Scan technology, which helps it scan a variety of media easily and properly. You can even do it from your smartphone and tablet via the HP All-in-One printer remote mobile app, which can connect directly to your printer without a wireless network. This feature makes it especially compelling if you frequently access your home office remotely, making this HP DeskJet an essential tool for those who often work on-the-go or travel for business.
- 7 segment and icon LCD display
- Bundled with HP printer software
- ENERGY STAR qualified
6. HP OfficeJet Pro 8025 All-In-One printer
The HP OfficeJet Pro 8025 All-in-One printer
is a more advanced version than its cousin, the HP OfficeJet 5255 (number 1 on our list). It differentiates itself in several ways. For one, while it has a higher base price point, it uses more affordable ink cartridges by way of a 50% discount on ink costs through our HP Instant Ink subscription service.
Additionally, it has a 225-sheet paper tray, which is perfect for handling large print jobs. It can also scan documents directly to Dropbox, Google Drive, email, or other cloud-based services, which you can easily set up over any home office network. This makes it one of the premier printers in use for the home office.
Like the HP OfficeJet 5255, the HP OfficeJet Pro 8025 also has automatic two-sided printing and automatic document feeding. However, its print speed of up to 20 ppm for black ink and up to 10 ppm for color ink make it much more sustainable if you print a larger volume of documents or photos.
- 256MB DDR3 SDRAM memory
- 1.2 GHz processor speed
- Up to 800 pages monthly page volume
7. HP ENVY Photo 7855 All-In-One printer
One of the best photo-centric all-in-one printers offered by HP, the HP ENVY Photo 7855 All-in-One printer
is perfect for those who need to print both photos and documents in their home office.
With multiple connectivity options including a USB 2.0 port for thumb drives and an SD card slot, this printer offers multiple ways to upload documents and print them or scan them to your computer, smartphone, or tablet. It is also capable of connecting with other devices via HP wireless direct or Bluetooth. Plus, it’s super-stylish thanks to the matte black with a glossy-black highlight finish, making for a sleek addition to your home office.
If you need a printer that can handle documents and photos with ease and that has a variety of ports, then this HP ENVY printer is for you.
- 256MB DDR3 memory
- 2.65-inch capacitive touch screen
- Automatic paper sensor
A quality printer is a key component of any home office. Fortunately, HP® has a number of great options for this purpose, from all-in-one devices to color laser printers. Depending on your profession, any of these printers will be a great addition to your work space and will help to increase your productivity and efficiency when working from home.
About the Author: Daniel Horowitz is a contributing writer for HP® Tech Takes. Daniel is a New York-based author and has written for publications such as USA Today, Digital Trends, Unwinnable Magazine, and many other media outlets.