Best Printer 2016

Top 7 Printers You Can Buy

Best Rated
Epson WorkForce WF-7610DWF
Best Seller
Epson Expression Photo XP-860
Brother HL3140CW
HP Envy 4500
HP Deskjet 2540
Epson Home XP-335
Best Deal
Ricoh SP 213w
ModellEpson WorkForce WF-7610DWFEpson Expression Photo XP-860Brother HL3140CWHP Envy 4500HP Deskjet 2540Epson Home XP-335Ricoh SP 213w
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Rating2.0GOOD
TypeInkjet, 4 in 1Inkjet, 4 in 1LaserInkjet, 3 in 1Inkjet, 3 in 1Inkjet, 3 in 1Laser
Resolution4800 x 2400 dpi5760 x 1440 dpi2400 x 600 dpi4800 x 1200 dpi4800 x 1200 dpi5760 x 1440 dpi1200 x 600 dpi
Speed (ppm B/W)32 ppm32 ppm18 ppm21 ppm7 ppm33 ppm22 ppm
Speed (ppm Colour)20 ppm32 ppm18 ppm17 ppm4 ppm15 ppm22 ppm
ConnectionsWi-Fi
Ethernet
USB
Wi-Fi Direct
Wi-Fi
Ethernet,
USB
Wi-Fi Direct
Wi-Fi
Ethernet
USB
Wi-Fi
Ethernet
USB
Wi-Fi
Ethernet
USB
Wi-Fi
USB
Wi-Fi Direct
Wi-Fi
Ethernet
USB
Duplex Print
Copy Function
Scan Function
Weight18.5 kg8.3 kg17 kg5 kg3.6 kg3.9 kg7 kg
(Special) Features
  • 250-Sheet Capacity
  • Epson Connect
  • Duplex Printing, Scanning and Copying
  • Prints on thick Card & CD/DVDs
  • Claria Photo HD Ink
  • Print from Apple iOS, Android, Windows Phone or Blackberry
  • PIN and Password protected Secure Print
  • HP ePrint
  • Borderless printing
  • Compact Design
  • Energy efficient
  • Individiual Ink
  • Epson Scan-to-Cloud
  • Ideal for small and Home Offices
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Best Rated
Epson WorkForce WF-7610DWF
Epson WorkForce WF-7610DWF
  • 250-Sheet Capacity
  • Epson Connect
  • Duplex Printing, Scanning and Copying
129,99 €
Best Seller
Epson Expression Photo XP-860
Epson Expression Photo XP-860
  • Prints on thick Card & CD/DVDs
  • Claria Photo HD Ink
141,99 €
Brother HL3140CW
Brother HL3140CW
  • Print from Apple iOS, Android, Windows Phone or Blackberry
  • PIN and Password protected Secure Print
99,99 €
HP Envy 4500
HP Envy 4500
  • HP ePrint
  • Borderless printing
84,99 €
HP Deskjet 2540
HP Deskjet 2540
  • Compact Design
  • Energy efficient
73,45 €
Epson Home XP-335
Epson Home XP-335
  • Individiual Ink
  • Epson Scan-to-Cloud
40,48 €
Best Deal
Ricoh SP 213w
Ricoh SP 213w
  • Ideal for small and Home Offices
74,06 €

All You Need To Know For Our Printer Reviews

Helping you find the UK’s finest in our best printer reviews 2016.

The Ricoh SP 213w Wireless A4 Mono Laser Printer.

No matter if photos or simple texts, it should be possible to print most files on a PC in high quality. In order to achieve a good result one requires a top quality device. You might be wondering though, which printer is the most suitable for you. Also there are different types to choose from and maybe the best printer for you might be a multifunctional device rather than a simple one. There are quite a lot of criteria and features that can confuse you and only make it harder to choose.
Therefore we have collected the best buy printers and summarized below all the things you need to look out for in our best printer reviews 2016.
Continue reading and at the end of our guide you’ll be able to pick the best printer for your home or office.

Printer Types

Generally printers are divided into two main categories, depending on the technology they use: Inkjet printers and laser printers. Don’t get confused by other names such as wireless printers or home office printers as these are simply referring to the features they have. Our printer reviews have focused on a few important characteristics you’ll find below.

Inkjet printers

The Epson Expression Home. A popular all-in-one printer that uses the inkjet procedure. Epson printers are amongst the best printer barnds.

Also known as ink printers these devices are amongst the most common in the united kingdom. These printers have no problem handling text-heavy documents within minutes and are also capable of printing pictures.
They produce pictures and texts with paint cartridges (printer cartridges) inside the device and apply a precisely controlled stream of tiny ink droplets onto paper. Although the best printers in this category have become quite fast, they are still slow in comparison to their laser printer contemporaries. As the printer cartridges and special papers can be quite costly compared to the relatively cheap printer, we recommend these devices for home usage or small businesses with light printing needs.

Inkjet printers can also be quite affordable. You’ll find that the best printer under £100 will appear during printer sales. Printers are common technology nowadays and so you’ll find many offers in your local retailers (Tesco, Asda, Argos) and technology stores (PC World). Though we found many great offers for inkjet printers in online shops like amazon who quite often have printer sales which are worth having a look into if you’re searching for an affordable, cheap printer.

Here is a summary of all the pro’s and con’s of inkjet printers.

Pro’s of Inkjet Printers Con’s of Inkjet Printers
  • quick and simple text printing

  • high quality photo printing

  • unobtrusive printing
  • high running costs (cartridges)

  • high maintenance costs (changing cartridges, readjust the print head)

Laser Printers

One of the best printers that use laser technology; The Samsung SL-M2026W.

Some of the best printers are laser technology printers and have been around since 1984 (The first being introduced by Hewlett-Packard). They combine fast printing and high resolution with low running costs making them relatively cheap printers.
Laser printers work in a similar way than copiers. A photographic drum attracts an electrically charged toner and transfers it to paper, where the image is fused using a heated roller.
Laser printers can handle heavy workloads and are capable of printing many different files including fliers, spreadsheets and brochures, though cheap printers in this category will often be monochrome (black and white printers). Our printer reviews have shown that the more expensive devices are therefore colour laser printers ranging from £100 – £200, though they can also be found cheaper during printer sales.

Once more we have summarized the pro’s and con’s from our printer reviews for the laser printer category.

Pro’s of Laser Printers Con’s of Laser Printers
  • high quality prints

  • very quick printing

  • low running costs
  • lacks the photo printing quality of ink printers

  • often bulkier and noisier than inkjet printers

Inkjet printing’s cost per page is higher than colour laser printers, but colour laser printers and cartridge cost more at the outset. If your home or business demands a lot of printing we recommend a colour laser printer as in comparison, it should work out cheapest over time.

Multifunction Printers (All-in-one Printers)

These can be either inkjet or laser printers. They are often called 3 in 1 printers when they include scan, copy and print functions, along with a fax function making them 4 in 1 printers. Our printer reviews have shown that many best buys have multifunction facilities.

Pro’s of Multifunction Printers Con’s of Multifunction Printers
  • cheaper in comparison to one-way devices

  • compact build

  • low energy consumption
  • quality compromises compared to one-way devices

  • a defect of one function will require a complete replacement

Buying a Printer

When you buy a printer always keep a look out for printers for sale. Our printer reviews 2016 have found that this way a cheap printer can still be a high quality device that will serve you well for a couple of years.

To find out which printer is your personal best buy you can also take a look at the United Kingdom’s favourite printers. These include Canon printers, Epson printers, HP printers, Brother printers and Samsung printers.

Before you search the best printer for you think of where you want to use it. Then you might find it easier to simply search for the best home printer or best office printer instead.
Once you have done this you can start comparing the best printers technical details. We’ve listed the criteria you need to check out in order to determine the best printer.

Resolution

What is Resolution?
The resolution determines how fine the printer prints certain images. It's measured in dpi (dots-per-inch). For example 1200 x 600 dpi would mean 1200 dots in a horizontal direction, but only 600 dots vertically.

Nowadays all manufacturers provide a printer’s resolution, though our printer reviews have shown that these results are often not precise. Laser printers have a standard resolution of 600 x 600 dpi and sometimes up to 1200 x 1200 dpi though this will not be necessary for simple text documents but rather for ornate graphics and pictures.

The best printers when it comes to resolution are inkjet printers. Current models achieve values of 5760 x 1440 dpi and are best used for printing high resolution pictures on photo paper.

Speed

We know it can be quite annoying to wait for a printer to print, so if you are rather impatient you should opt for a device that prints quickly. A printer’s speed is measured in pages per minute. The best printers in this category are usually amongst laser printers and produce over 20 pages per minute meaning somewhere between 2,4 and 5 seconds per page.

Connectivity

Every printer will come with a standard USB cable as a connection possibility. Though our printer reviews showed that the best printers nowadays come with many connectivity features.

  • Wi-Fi / wireless printer: Good for Office Networks and separate devices like phones, tablets and laptops.
  • Air-Print: Useful for uncomplicated and immediate printing for Apple users (iOS 4.2.1 and OS X 10.7)
  • NFC: “Near Field Communication” a modern and safe way of processing and connecting multiple devices.
  • LAN: Standard local area networking via cable.

Special Features

Amongst the best all-in-one printers; our printer reviews took a look at the Epson PrecisionCore WorkForce WF-3620.

The best printers nowadays will do much more than simply print. All-in-one printers have many different features that can become very convenient. Our best printer reviews found that integrated scanner, fax and copy functions are not only great for home office demands but also much better value than buying the devices individually. Here a cheap printer can be a absolute high quality device when buying a printer for sale.

Our best printer reviews 2016 have shown that multifunction printers may be cheaper than buying the individual devices but often compromise when it comes to quality. Yet they are decent enough for simple home usage

The UK’s best printer brands

Here’s a selection of the UK’s best printer producers along with the most popular that we’ve considered for our best printer reviews 2016.

  • Canon printers (like PIXMA MG2450)
  • Epson printers (like Expression Home XP-235)
  • HP printers (like DeskJet 3630)
  • Samsung printers (like SL-M2026W)
  • Ricoh printers (like Ricoh SP 213w)

Questions and Answers

Here you’ll find frequently asked questions answered so that you can be sure about which printer is the most suitable for you.

When is a printer worth having?
This is difficult to tell. Generally the prices for printers have fallen over the last couple of years but so have the prices in copy shops. If you’d rather be independent from opening hours and have medium printing needs. Having a relatively cheap printer that can be more profitable providing the paper is cheap especially when printing pictures.

When is a laser printer worth having?
Our printer reviews compared printing cost of inkjet and laser printers. You’ll start profitting from a laser printer after about 2000 black and white and colour prints. Though students and small offices may profit from laser printers, buying one makes more sense for offices that print at least 1500 pages a day.

When do printer cartridges start to dry out?
This usually occurs after not using the device for 6 to 9 months. Though the best printers (like canon printers and Hewlett Packard printers) have safety measures to avoid this process. As dried out cartridges usually go straight to the bin it’s worth preventing it all together. Therefore try doing a test print once a week to keep the cartridges in use.