In this article we review the HP 1112 Deskjet printer, which we feel is the best printer for a College student. Whether you’re going off to college or looking for a basic printer we’ve got a solution for you. The HP Deskjet 1112. This is one of the most economical and compact printers available. Since money and space is tight with most students a printer for around $30 is a perfect solution for them.

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It’s a basic no frills printer that just prints. Also, it won’t desert you in a time of need. It will print monochrome documents even if the color cartridge is out. As odd as it sounds, some inkjet printers balk at printing monochrome documents when the color ink is low or out. This printer won’t treat you like that. Also, HP offers a 1 year warranty and 24/7 web support.

It will store in a small space but needs more when being used. The dimensions are 16.76 inches wide, by 4.89 inches tall (plus some room for paper), and 8.49 inches deep (with the tray open). Basically, slightly bigger than a loaf of bread. The perfect size for a college student. The power cord is just a cord, the bulky A/C adapter is part of the printer.

The only negative thing we found is it doesn’t come with a USB cable. While I can’t guarantee this, most of the IT departments at universities I have worked with have spare cables. Many printers or copiers they get come with USB cables. They tend to use Ethernet connections so the USB cables pile up. I’m sure they would be willing to share one with a student. If they can’t you will have to get one since this is not a wireless printer.


The HP 1112 does come with ink cartridges, however they’re starter cartridges. This means they only come with enough ink to print a handful of pages. Before heading off for the year it may be a good idea to stock up on ink and paper. There are also XL cartridges available for this printer.

There are remanufactured cartridges available for this printer if the budget is extremely tight.

A word of caution, remanufactured cartridges are different than compatible ones. Compatible ones are new, just not made by HP. Remanufactured ones are used HP cartridges that have been cleaned and refilled. While cleaning may unclog nozzles, it can’t revive burned out ones. Remanufactured cartridges can be more likely to have quality issues.

While stocking up on supplies for the year, we highly recommend getting this sealed storage bin. A great way to transport or store the printer, it’s supplies, and whatever else fits in.

This bin seals when closed so ink cartridges won’t dry out as fast. Also, the paper won’t have humidity or static issues from exposure to changing environments. It’s also sturdy enough to double as a seat or working surface.


Roughly the size of a loaf of bread and the cost of a good toaster. This printer is a compact and economical solution for any student going off to college.

Get the printer, enough ink and paper for a year, and a storage bin for about $100.

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