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List of brands we tested in this review.
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Prices are recommended retail.
enter value/s in increments of 1 between 39 and 1099
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.
Printing quality score
Inkjet and colour laser 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.
Black and white inkjet and 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%).
enter value/s in increments of i between 38 and 82
Scanning and copying are assessed by scanning and copying a magazine page, an 8x10-inch colour photo and scanning a 3D object.
enter value/s in increments of i between 51 and 88
Number of text pages from a set of cartridges
enter value/s in increments of i between 114 and 10714
Number of graphics pages from a set of cartridges
enter value/s in increments of i between 59 and 4746
Can print both sides
Can print emailed items
Support for wireless printing by directly emailing the document to the printer from another device including laptops, tablets or smartphones.
4x6 photo tray
Support for wireless printing by directly sending the document to the printer from Apple devices, including iMacs, iPads and iPhones, via the proprietary AirPrint connection.
Does the printer have an Ethernet port for joining a wired network?
Auto feeder for scan or copy
Has separate cartridges for each colour
Colour cartridges can be replaced separately.
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
- Brand reliability score
- Brand satisfaction score
- Service satisfaction score
- 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
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- Model type
- Printer type
- Toner cost per text page
- 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
- 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