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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.
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.
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Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which printers use less ink, and which can print via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Our CHOICE Buys will help you see quickly which models come out on top.
List of brands we tested in this review.
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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Includes the purchase price and ink toner costs.
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Includes the purchase cost and ink toner for three years.
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.
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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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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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.
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.
We assess the time taken to print plain text, a magazine page and high-quality colour pictures.
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