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Updated: Jun 25, 2016 22:32
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Epson EcoTank ET-2550

With its ultra-low-cost refillable ink bottles, this clever little Epson EcoTank printer does...

8 expert reviews | 486 user reviews

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Epson Expression Home XP-430

The Epson Expression Home XP-430 combines reliable do-it-all multifunction printing and a space...

2 expert reviews

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Canon imageCLASS LBP151dw

Conclusion The Canon ImageClass LBP151dw is a compact and capable mono laser printer for use in a...

2 expert reviews

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HP ENVY 4520

The HP Envy 4520 is a capable all-in-one that combines a printer, copier and scanner with two ink...

5 expert reviews | 1325 user reviews

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HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw

The HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw ($429.99) is a highly capable color laser multifunction...

14 expert reviews | 1358 user reviews

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Brother MFC-J885DW

Brother certainly makes a lot of very respectable work-friendly all-in-one printers, but the...

3 expert reviews | 92 user reviews

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HP LaserJet Pro M426fdw

Conclusion If you need top-quality text above all, you should consider the Canon MF6160dw or the...

2 expert reviews | 42 user reviews

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HP LaserJet Pro M477fdw

Conclusion The HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdw's modest size and paper capacity, but...

3 expert reviews | 166 user reviews

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Canon Selphy CP1200

The Canon Selphy CP1200 is available from the first link below for £90.09 with free delivery.

2 expert reviews | 63 user reviews

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HP Deskjet 3630

Deduct 2 stars if you don't go for Instant Ink: normal cartridges have high per-page costs.

8 expert reviews | 306 user reviews

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Epson SureColor P800

Versatile media handling. Accepts media up to 1.5mm thick and can print on roll media with the...

6 expert reviews | 18 user reviews

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HP Envy 7640

A capable home or small office printer with plenty of features that's let down by its middling...

10 expert reviews | 3847 user reviews

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alaScore 96

HP ENVY 5540

The Envy 5540 is a good budget buy if colour is your priority, but it isn't designed for...

6 expert reviews | 417 user reviews

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Epson Expression Home XP-432

Epson's XP-432 is small and smart, but there are better MFPs at this price

3 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Brother MFC L 2700 D

The Brother MFC-L2700DN is a decent, solid mono laser all-in-one. It offers better-than-average...

2 expert reviews | 22 user reviews

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Epson ECO TANK ET 4550

Coming up with a simple characterization for the Epson WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank All-in-One...

6 expert reviews | 501 user reviews

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Canon Pixma MG 7750

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Canon Pixma MG 5750

The right balance of features, performance and quality makes the PIXMA MG5750 a winner for Canon

4 expert reviews | 133 user reviews

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Epson Expression Premium XP-530

Microscopic screen aside, Epson's XP-530 is a good home MFP for creative work

2 expert reviews | 17 user reviews

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Canon Imageclass LBP 6030

Amazing little printer compact quiet A**

2 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

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Brother DCP-J562DW

Brother's DCP-J562dw is a compact inkjet MFP, but there's not much else to recommend it

6 expert reviews | 62 user reviews

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Polaroid ZIP

Of all the dedicated photo printers we've seen that are designed primarily as camera-phone...

9 expert reviews | 990 user reviews

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HP Officejet Pro X576DW

The X576dw is considerably more expensive than HP’s other Officejet MFPs, and it’s also more...

23 expert reviews | 971 user reviews

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HP LaserJet Pro M252DW

If you need a color laser printer for heavy-duty personal use or light-duty shared use in a micro...

5 expert reviews | 584 user reviews

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Epson ECO TANK ET-14000

Fantastic running costs aside, the Epson EcoTank ET-14000 is an underwhelming A3 inkjet

3 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

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    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - Printers

    Printers are among the most popular of computer accessories, but many consumers are content to accept any printer that is packaged with their computer. It is important to note that different printer types offer very different results, and you may be better served making your own choice. When deciding what type of printer to purchase, you will first have to ask yourself the question, 'What type of printing will I be doing – mostly text, graphics, or photos?' With the answer to this question in hand, you will be ready to make a decision.



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    Types of Printers

    InkJet: InkJet Printers utilize ink cartridges for printing, usually a single black cartridge and a combination cyan/magenta/yellow cartridge for colors. The emphasis is on picture quality, and InkJet Printers are generally relatively slow (15-25 pages per minute). InkJet Printers are the preferred choice for printing photos, and better models can achieve almost true photographic quality.

    Laser: Laser Printers offer one clear advantage over InkJet Printers: speed. Print speeds of 30+ pages per minute are standard, and the fastest models may exceed 50 pages per minute. The vast majority of laser printers are monochrome (black and white), they generally offer improved clarity and crisper edges when printing text and simple graphics, and a relatively low cost per page. Until recently color laser printers were too expensive for individuals or small businesses, but there are now several models for less than $500.

    Multifunction Printers: Both InkJet and Laser Printers offer a number of models that are true 'Multifunction Printers' and can operate as a printer, scanner, copier, and fax machine. Multifunction printers are available with either laser printers for speedy text and occasional graphics, or inkjet printers for vibrant photos. The only disadvantage to these printers is that they are larger than standalone printers, and require additional desk space. Prices for Multifunction Printers have come down to such an extent that there is really no other reason anymore to choose a standalone printer – you're almost always better off going with the versatility of a multifunction model.

    What to Look for in a Printer

    Resolution: Measured in dots per inch, resolution is usually the most important factor for consumers. 600dpi is the low end of the scale, 1200dpi has become the standard, and pricier models feature 2400dpi. Advanced models may offer 'edge enhancement', a feature that improves resolution by filling in the gaps between dots on the edges of text and graphics. Regardless of dpi count, InkJets remain better at printing photos, and Lasers are superior for text and graphics.

    Speed: As noted above, Laser Printers offer a clear advantage in speed, but there are notable differences within the types. High volume printing, especially in a professional or office setting, demands a faster printer. The high end for speed is measured for black & white printing – color printing is slower no matter what the model.

    Connectivity: Wireless connectivity (Ethernet, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi) is the preferred choice for most users, due to the popularity of laptop computers. A USB connection has become the secondary standard, and many new printers do not offer the old-style parallel connection. If you have an older computer, make sure you can connect to any printer you are looking to buy.

    Popular Printer Brands

    HP still dominates the market for printers, and they offer a wide selection of all types. Canon has concentrated its offerings at either end of the market – pricy models for high-end users, as well as bargain models. Lexmark and Brother are known for their bargain models, but have also introduced some upscale platforms recently.

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