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Last updated: 18 February 2016

Between school projects and household schedules, a printer is still high on the list of needs for the home office. We test and review the latest models to help you find the best printer for you. Our printer buying guide will help you work out what kind of printer and features you need, and how we test explains our testing rigour.

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The machines in this test don't scan or copy. For those tasks you'll need a multifunction printer – see our latest multifunction printer reviews.

Here we'll help you:

  • decide whether you need an inkjet or laser, colour or mono printer
  • check how the top brands compare on printing speed and quality
  • estimate your running costs.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which printers use less ink, and which can print via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Our Recommended list will help you see quickly which models come out on top.

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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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Printer type
Can print duplex
Wi-Fi
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Costs

Total cost first year
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Includes the purchase price and ink toner costs.

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Total cost three years
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Includes the purchase cost and ink toner for three years.

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Annual ink toner cost
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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.

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Features

Has individual colour in tanks
Print from mobile devices over Wi-Fi

Specifications

Claimed printing speed using color (ppm)
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ppm = pages per minute. Don't buy on this alone as there's no standard for measuring print speed and actual output speed can vary greatly.

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Claimed printing speed using mono (ppm)
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ppm = pages per minute. Don't buy on this alone as there's no standard for measuring print speed and actual output speed can vary greatly.

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Test results

Ease of use score
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We assess set-up and installation of software and ink cartridges; everyday printing tasks such as loading paper and changing settings; advanced features such as printing from memory cards and network printing; and handling of paper jams and changing cartridges.

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Printing quality score
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A panel of experts looks at a typical black-and-white letter, an 8 x 10-inch high-quality photo, a spreadsheet and a colour document with a mixture of graphics and text. This simulates the most common printing habits.

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Printing speed score
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We assess the time taken to print plain text, a magazine page and high-quality colour pictures.

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  • Overall score
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  • Printing score
  • Printing quality score
  • Printing speed score
  • Ease of use score
  • Networking 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
  • Excess ink usage for cleaning etc
  • Total cost three years
  • Text pages from set of cartridges
  • Graphics pages from set of cartridges
  • Photos from set of cartridges
  • Noise assessment
  • Max standard metric paper size
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  • Bad points
  • Price
  • Brand
  • Model
  • Printer type
  • Dimensions (cm, HxWxD)
  • Responsiveness of printer to print first page (secs)
  • Claimed printing speed using color (ppm)
  • Claimed printing speed using mono (ppm)
  • Stated life of laser drum
  • Number of A4 sheets that can be stored in main tray / multipurpose tray
  • Min standard metric paper size
  • 4x6 photo tray
  • Borderless printing A4
  • Borderless printing 4x6 photo
  • Print on CD or DVD
  • Print on transparent film
  • Can print duplex
  • Number of cartridges required to load printer
  • Cartridge format
  • Has individual colour in tanks
  • Cartridge has inbuilt printhead
  • Laser drum integrated with toner cartridge
  • Must swap cartridge for photo printing
  • Ethernet
  • Wi-Fi
  • USB connection
  • Bluetooth
  • PictBridge
  • Near field communication (NFC)
  • Print from mobile devices over Wi-Fi
  • Print items emailed from the internet
  • AirPrint
  • Print through Google Cloud Print
  • Windows 8 compatible
  • Linux
  • Mac OS
  • LCD type (colour, mono, touch)
  • LCD size (mm, WxH)
  • Preview screen
  • Photo editing or organising software
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