Hey ya’ll! Welcome to another homeschool curriculum forum. I had a specific request for a forum on printers, and I thought it was a great idea! After all, ain’t no homeschooler getting’ by without printing stuff and lots of it!


Right now I have a Brother 490CW. I’m sorry Brother, but I really don’t recommend you. Sadly this thing uses a ton of ink, and the quality just isn’t that great anyway.

So as soon as that bad boy accidentally falls off my shelf and breaks, or gets lost in the move… I’m looking into the HP Envy 120 All-in-One printer.



  • Inexpensive compared to others
  • I like the smaller size, it won’t take up as much room on my shelves.
  • Offers two sided printing, energy saver, ink cartridge recycling, can print from your smart phone.
  • Printing, scanning, fax, wireless.


  • I haven’t used it yet, so I’m not sure, we’ll see how it does on ink usage…

As a side note, I know most homeschoolers are printing fools, so I just wanted to throw out a website that has traditionally offered really cheap color printing if you’re interested. I don’t normally suggest printing at local printing companies as I’ve found they can be quite pricey! Here are a few favorites I’ve used over the years.

So, now comes the fun part!

Do you have a favorite printer? Leave a comment below discussing your choices for this year and why.

Feel free to ask questions or reply to each other too!

It’s my way of doing a forum without actually doing a forum haha!

And hopefully this will help us all as we start the process of researching curriculum, and trying to decide what will be the best fit for our homeschool.

Note: Please keep today’s conversations geared towards PRINTERS, I will be posting one for each subject separately so we can keep our comments organized.

Click here if you missed my previous Homeschool Curriculum Forum posts!

Disclosure: This was not a sponsored post, I may however be affiliated with one or more products mentioned. The opinions expressed in this post were not influenced by the company. They are products I have used and felt like sharing, cuz’ it’s my blog and I can if I want to.


  1. I am an active couponer as well as homeschooler so having a low operating cost is very important to me. After doing loads of research, i purchased a wireless brother that prints only b & w and does the basics ( copy, scan, print) and it prints from iphone/ipad/ipod. It also prints both sides of page if desired. I purchased it about 8 months ago and I’m still printing off the starter toner! It’s so nice not having to mess with costly individual ink cartridges. I love my workhorse printer. Btw, I love your blog 🙂

  2. Copies in color has a posted alert:
    As of today 6/12/2012 we will no longer be printing any home school materials we do apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. thanks for all your continued business. copesincolor staff

  3. Hi,

    just wanted to say that based on some of the printers mentioned, i felt it was very helpful in my search.

    just wanted to let you know that i purchased the HP Officejet Pro 8100 ePrinter. using it right now as i type. it works great. prints items in the “draft” color setting nicely. speed is fairly quick as well.

    printer + extra toner was less than $200 @ office depot.

    also, i already have a brother MF for faxing & b/w printing needs, so i only needed a printer that just printed in color. if you are looking for something with similar needs-just a color printer, i would recommend this printer to you.

    happy shopping, printing and to a great school year.

    blessings to all

  4. For B&W printer, I do love HP LaserJet Pro P1102w. It cheap, compact, has wifi connection and fast speed printing.

    For color printer, I like HP Envy 4500 as it’s very cheap and currently rate #1 at Amazon.

    Alex @ Wireless Printer HQ

    1. I ended up getting a Brother CW3170 laser printer since we print so many things. It isn’t an all-in-one, but we have another Brother all-in-one that works for scanning/copying/faxing. The laser is just nice because the ink is less if you’re printing a lot of pages which we tend to do 🙂


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