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Last updated: 04 August 2022


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We lab test and compare the latest printers from Canon, Epson, Brother, HP and more to help you find the best. Our review covers basic or standard printers (inkjet and laser in both colour and mono) that just print, as well as multifunction printers (MFPs) that have in-built scanning and copying functions. 

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  • check how the top brands compare on price, printing speed and quality
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Annual running costs are based on the latest ink cartridge prices provided by Printzone. Some models include one to three years of ink in the box at no additional cost. This has been noted in our test results. Annual ink/toner costs listed for these models refer to ongoing costs after the included ink runs out.

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    Model type

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    MFP stands for multi-function printer, and standard refers to 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 (21cm x 29.7cm), but some of the larger printers support A3 (29.7cm x 42cm) printing.

          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). Costs listed for models that come with ink refer to ongoing costs after the included ink runs out.

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          • Printer type
          • Overall score
          • Recommended
          • Printing quality score
          • Printing speed score
          • Scanning score
          • Copying score
          • Ease of use score
          • Networking score
          • Ink wastage score
          • Power consumption score
          • Reliability score
          • Satisfaction score
          • Service score
          • Toner cost per graphics page
          • Toner cost per photo page
          • Annual ink/toner cost
          • Total cost in first year (printer + ink/toner)
          • Excess ink usage for cleaning
          • Total cost over 3 years (printer + 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
          • Price
          • Model type
          • Shop Ethical rating
          • 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
          • Ethernet
          • Wi-Fi
          • USB connection
          • Near field communication (NFC)
          • Print from mobile devices over Wi-Fi
          • Print via internet
          • AirPrint
          • 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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