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List of brands we tested in this review.
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Prices are recommended retail, as provided by the manufacturer. When this information is not available the price is taken from an average from major bricks and mortar retailers. In either case you should be able to do better by shopping around.
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MFP = Multi-function printer
Standard = inkjet and laser (mono/colour) printers
Maximum paper size
Most printers can print at sizes up to A4 (21.0 x 29.7cm), but some of the larger printers support A3 (29.7 x 42.0cm) printing.
Near field communication (NFC)
Enables wireless connectivity with nearby devices.
Can print both sides
Can print emailed items
Internet printing is done by sending pictures to an email address configured through the manufacturer's website, the printer's own built-in web-page or Google's Cloud Print. Typically, this makes it possible to print from a phone or tablet without going through a computer, just by emailing the file to the address given.
Print from mobile devices over Wi-Fi
Print directly from an Apple device. The simplest way is to buy an AirPrint-enabled printer, which will give you direct printing without a computer. You can check AirPrint Basics on the Apple website for more information and a list of supported printers. However, many printers can be connected to wirelessly using OS X's USB printer sharing feature. You'll need to have the printer connected to a desktop computer via USB and share it over your local network.
Most modern printers will come with a USB port – and the necessary cables – for direct connection to a computer. Some may also have an ethernet port for joining a wired network, which can be located away from your work desk, helping to save on space.
Most modern printers will come with a USB port and the necessary cables for direct connection to a computer. Some may also have an ethernet port for joining a wired network, which can be located away from your work desk, helping to save on space.
Auto feeder for scan or copy
4x6 photo tray
Has separate cartridges for each colour
Colour cartridges can be replaced separately.
Printing quality score
Inkjet printing quality is assessed by a panel of experts looking at a typical black-and-white letter (25%), an 8x10-inch high quality photo (20%), a colour spreadsheet (25%) and a colour document with a mixture of graphics and text (20%). This is representative of the most common printing habits. Moisture resistance is also measured (5%) by seeing if text smears when using a highlighter pen on it and if ink would run or bleed by dripping water on a day-old photo print.
Laser printing quality is assessed by a panel of experts looking at a typical black-and-white letter (31.25%), a colour spreadsheet (31.25%) and a colour document with a mixture of graphics and text (31.25%). This is representative of the most common printing habits. Moisture resistance is also measured (6.25%)
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Scanning and copying are assessed by scanning and copying a magazine page, an 8x10-inch colour photo and scanning a 3D object.
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Number of text pages from a set of cartridges
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Number of graphics pages from a set of cartridges
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A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
Included in this review
- Overall score
- CHOICE buy
- Printing quality score
- Printing speed score
- Scanning score
- Copying score
- Ease of use score
- Networking score
- Ink wastage score
- Power consumption score
- Toner cost per text page
- Toner cost per graphics page
- Toner cost per photo page
- Annual ink/toner cost
- Total cost first year (buy + ink/toner)
- Excess ink usage for cleaning etc
- Total cost three years (buy + ink/toner)
- Time from power on to start printing (secs)
- Text pages from set of cartridges
- Graphics pages from set of cartridges
- Photos from set of cartridges
- Noise assessment
- Good points
- Bad points
- Buy now
- Model type
- Printer type
- Dimensions HxWxD (cm)
- Claimed printing speed color (ppm)
- Claimed printing speed mono (ppm)
- Stated life of laser drum (pages)
- Input paper capacity main tray/multipurpose tray (A4 sheets)
- Maximum paper size
- Minimum paper size
- 4x6 photo tray
- Borderless printing A4
- Borderless printing 4x6 photo
- Print on CD / DVD
- Print on transparent film
- Can print both sides
- Auto feeder for scan or copy
- Feeder for scan or copy can auto duplex
- Scan for each copy
- Fax without PC
- Number of cartridges required to load printer
- Cartridge format
- Has individual colour in tanks
- Cartridge has built-in print head
- USB connection
- Near field communication (NFC)
- Print from mobile devices over Wi-Fi
- Print via internet
- Print through Google Cloud Print
- Cards memory card support
- Windows 8 compatible
- Mac OS
- LCD type (colour / mono / touch)
- LCD size WxH (mm)
- Preview screen
- Photo editing or organising software
- Eco setting