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Top 9 Bargain Printers: Deals and Steals for Less Than $125

Cheap printers can be plagued by poor print quality and flimsy construction. Here are some of the exceptions.

HP Officejet J4580 All-in-One • Price: $108

Even when they have a bargain price, HP's printers have a sense of professionalism. They will provide at least the basic functions you need to get through your day productively. Along with an integrated fax, the Officejet J4580 offers an automatic document feeder and a front-facing paper cassette that cuts down on the overall footprint and makes for easier paper input. Though there are some understandable shortcomings, this is a great way to get printing without spending an arm and a leg. Check out more bargain printers in this PC World roundup.

Brother MFC-250C • Price: $101

Brother has always been known for providing tonnes of features for a low price, and the MFC-250C is a good example of just how much you can get for a minimal outlay. Print speeds are the main issue here, but good print quality and low running costs are still on offer. It's a good choice for a home printer. Brother's insistence on integrating faxes into every printer and its dog isn't entirely necessary, but the extra functionality won't go astray for the occasional fax at home. Check out more bargain printers in this PC World roundup.

Epson Stylus TX200 • Price: $68

For merely a ninth of that imminent stimulus package, you can pick up a Stylus TX200 multifunction. It will allow you print, scan and copy to your heart's content. If you can put up with the poor build quality and odd direct printing method, the TX200 is worth considering. Check out more bargain printers in this PC World roundup.

Canon PIXMA MP480 • Price: $68

Canon's offering is certainly more attractive than the afore-mentioned Epson, and it even provides an LCD that can be used when printing from memory cards. Photo print quality is particularly commendable for this price, making it a good basic multifunction for family photos and the occasional scan or copy. Check out more bargain printers in this PC World roundup.

Epson Stylus TX300F • Price: $102

There are faults with the Stylus TX300F, but this multifunction printer has enough features for family and home office printing. It offers a fax, automatic document feeder and simple controls. Check out more bargain printers in this PC World roundup.

HP Photosmart C4580 • Price: $122

The Photosmart C4580 performs well when it comes to photos and even throws in Wi-Fi connectivity for good measure. We still felt it was overshadowed by the HP Photosmart C5380 in some respects, but given the price and the features it is worth considering. Check out more bargain printers in this PC World roundup.

Brother HL-2140 • Price: $102

We'd like to say that there are plenty of laser options in the sub-$125 range but there just aren't. Those that are available, however, certainly offer appealing reasons to ditch ink. Brother's HL series has always offered great quality for a cheap price, and the HL-2140 is a shining example of this. Offering good print quality and speed, Brother's cheapest mono laser printer is definitely a good buy. Check out more bargain printers in this PC World roundup.

HP Photosmart D5460 • Price: $81

The Photosmart D5460 is one of the most feature-packed standalone inkjet printers in the sub-$150 price bracket, providing direct print functions, a colour LCD, and CD/DVD printing. A separate photo paper tray makes things slightly easier during use, and you simply can't go past the D5460's photo printing capability — for the price it is spectacular. If you don't need a multifunction, the Photosmart D5460 is worth checking out. Check out more bargain printers in this PC World roundup.

Canon PIXMA MP540 • Price: $122

The PIXMA MP540 represents everything we love about Canon printers — simple to use, high quality results and just the right number of features. The MP540 manages to incorporate the basic aspects of high-end PIXMA printers without the accompanying price tag. The EasyScrollWheel and the quality of photo printing make for an exceptional (and exceptionally cheap) multifunction. Check out more bargain printers in this PC World roundup.