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Multifunction and basic printer reviews

Last updated: 02 April 2019

We test and review the latest basic and multifunction printers to help you find the best one for you. Our printer buying guide will help you work out what kind of printer and features you need, and how we test explains the rigour behind our results.

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Our review covers basic, or standard, printers (inkjet and laser in both colour and mono) that just print, and multi-function printers (MFPs) that have inbuilt scanning/copying functions. 

Our expert testers give every printer a thorough workout to help you:

  • check how the top brands compare on price, printing speed and quality
  • estimate your annual running costs, including ink and toner purchases*
  • find models that deliver the best-quality prints.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find which standard printers and MFPs have features such as being able to print via Wi-Fi, near field communication (NFC) and AirPrint, and from a desktop computer, laptop or mobile device. Our Recommended list will quickly show you which models come out on top.

To include discontinued products in your search, select the 'Discontinued' filter under 'Related products'.

*Annual running cost based on the latest ink cartridge prices provided by printzone.com.au

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List of brands we tested in this review.

    Price

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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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    Model type

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    MFP = Multi-function printer

    Standard = inkjet and laser (mono/colour) printers 

      Printer type

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      Laser printers include mono and colour options.

        Maximum paper size

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        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.

          Annual ink/toner cost

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          Toner life is determined by running the printers almost continuously, printing as many text, spreadsheet and photo pages as possible from three sets of cartridges. This information is used to calculate cost per page and long-term running costs (based on our average use scenario of 1000 mono prints, 250 colour document prints and 250 full-colour photo prints over the course of a year). Based on the latest ink cartridge prices provided by printzone.com.au.

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          • 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
          • Brand
          • Model
          • Availability
          • Price
          • 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
          • Ethernet
          • Wi-Fi
          • USB connection
          • Near field communication (NFC)
          • Print from mobile devices over Wi-Fi
          • Print via internet
          • AirPrint
          • Print through Google Cloud Print
          • Cards memory card support
          • Windows 8 compatible
          • Linux
          • Mac OS
          • LCD type (colour / mono / touch)
          • LCD size WxH (mm)
          • Preview screen
          • Photo editing or organising software
          • Eco setting
          • Website

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