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Last updated: 04 November 2020
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We test and review the latest basic and multifunction printers to help you find the best one for you. Our review covers basic, or standard, printers (inkjet and laser in both colour and mono) that just print, and multifunction printers (MFPs) that have inbuilt scanning and copying functions. 

We also survey members to find the most reliable brands and those delivering exceptional customer service.

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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 costs are based on the latest ink cartridge prices provided by Printzone.

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    Prices are recommended retail.

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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.

        Printing quality score

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        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%)

        enter value/s in increments of i between 38 and 82

        Annual ink/toner cost

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        Toner life is determined by running the printers almost continuously to calculate cost per page and long-term running costs (based on our average use scenario of 1000 mono prints, 250 colour 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.

        enter value/s in increments of i between 7 and 1006

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        • 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 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
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        • 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
        • 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
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