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Printers

Hp Color LaserJet Pro M252dw

Hp Color LaserJet Pro M252dw

From £150
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet
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Dymo LabelMANAGER PC

Dymo LabelMANAGER PC

From £183
  • Connectivity technology: USB 1.1, USB 2.0
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 180 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Fujifilm Instax Share SP 1

Fujifilm Instax Share SP 1

From £99
4 Offers from 2 shops >
Samsung Printer Xpress SL-M2835DW

Samsung Printer Xpress SL-M2835DW

From £400
  • Connectivity technology: USB 2.0, Wireless IEEE-802.11b/g/n
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 4800 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Samsung CLP775

Samsung CLP775

From £399
  • Connectivity technology: USB 1.1, Ethernet 10/100Base-TX
  • Max Colour Printing Speed: 33ppm
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 9600 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
3D SYSTEMS Cube Pro

3D SYSTEMS Cube Pro

From £2,849
  • Connectivity technology: USB, Wifi
2 Offers from 1 shop >
Brother HL 1110

Brother HL 1110

From £69
  • Connectivity technology: USB
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 600 dpi
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Epson Expression XP 55

Epson Expression XP 55

From £109
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet, USB, Wifi
  • Max Colour Printing Speed: 32ppm
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 5760 dpi
3 Offers from 3 shops >
Hp LaserJet CP5225N

Hp LaserJet CP5225N

From £1,343
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet
  • Max Colour Printing Speed: 20ppm
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 600 dpi
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Canon PIXMA IP 8750

Canon PIXMA IP 8750

From £276
  • Connectivity technology: USB 2.0, Wireless IEEE-802.11b/g/n
  • Max Colour Printing Speed: 10.4ppm
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 9600 dpi
4 Offers from 3 shops >
Bixolon SRP-F310

Bixolon SRP-F310

From £189
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet, Parallel, USB 2.0, RS-232
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 180 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Hp DesignJet T120

Hp DesignJet T120

From £578
  • Connectivity technology: USB 2.0, Fast Ethernet
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 1200 dpi
  • Horizontal colour printing resolution: 1200 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Samsung M2825ND

Samsung M2825ND

From £239
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet, USB 2.0
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Samsung SL M3820ND

Samsung SL M3820ND

From £161
  • Connectivity technology: USB 2.0, Ethernet 10/100Base-TX, FireWire IEEE-1284
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 1200 dpi
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Samsung Xpress SL-C1810W

Samsung Xpress SL-C1810W

From £190
  • Connectivity technology: USB 2.0, Wireless IEEE-802.11b/g/n
  • Max Colour Printing Speed: 19ppm
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 9600 dpi
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Dymo LabelMANAGER 450

Dymo LabelMANAGER 450

From £94
  • Connectivity technology: USB 2.0
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Hp Color LaserJet Enterprise M553dn

Hp Color LaserJet Enterprise M553dn

From £435
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet, USB 2.0
  • Max Colour Printing Speed: 38ppm
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 1200 dpi
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Brother HL 1210W

Brother HL 1210W

From £79
  • Connectivity technology: USB 2.0, Wifi
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 600 dpi
6 Offers from 3 shops >
Hp LaserJet P2055DN

Hp LaserJet P2055DN

From £833
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 1200 dpi
2 Offers from 1 shop >
Canon PIXMA IX 6850

Canon PIXMA IX 6850

From £122
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet, USB 2.0, Wifi
  • Max Colour Printing Speed: 10.4ppm
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 9600 dpi
3 Offers from 3 shops >
Hp Color LaserJet Enterprise M552dn

Hp Color LaserJet Enterprise M552dn

From £375
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet, USB 2.0
  • Max Colour Printing Speed: 33ppm
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Epson TM U220B

Epson TM U220B

From £228
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet, Parallel, Serial, USB 1.1, USB 2.0, Wireless IEEE-802.11b
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Xerox Phaser 7500 Series

Xerox Phaser 7500 Series

From £1,452
  • Connectivity technology: USB 2.0, Ethernet 10/100Base-TX
  • Max Colour Printing Speed: 35ppm
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 1200 dpi
3 Offers from 2 shops >
Zebra KR 203

Zebra KR 203

From £274
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 203 dpi
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Brother P Touch TD 4100

Brother P Touch TD 4100

From £623
  • Connectivity technology: USB 2.0, Ethernet 10/100Base-TX
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 300 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Epson SC-T7200

Epson SC-T7200

From £3,202
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet, USB
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 2880 dpi
  • Horizontal colour printing resolution: 2880 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Samsung Mono Laser SL M2026W

Samsung Mono Laser SL M2026W

From £102
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Brother PTP 950 NW

Brother PTP 950 NW

From £434
  • Connectivity technology: USB, Wireless IEEE-802.11b/g/n, Wifi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Xerox 6510 V DNI

Xerox 6510 V DNI

From £192
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet 10/100Base-TX, USB
  • Max Colour Printing Speed: 30ppm
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Star Micronics FVP 10

Star Micronics FVP 10

From £366
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet, Parallel, Serial, USB
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 203 dpi
  • Horizontal colour printing resolution: 203 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Lexmark 2591

Lexmark 2591

From £569
  • Connectivity technology: Parallel, USB 2.0
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 360 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Brother HL S7000DN

Brother HL S7000DN

From £3,818
  • Connectivity technology: USB 2.0, Wifi, Gigabit Ethernet
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 600 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Dymo LabelWriter 450 Turbo

Dymo LabelWriter 450 Turbo

From £114
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Hp Color LaserJet Enterprise M651xh

Hp Color LaserJet Enterprise M651xh

From £1,747
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet, USB 2.0
  • Max Colour Printing Speed: 45ppm
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 1200 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Zebra ZD 410

Zebra ZD 410

From £400
  • Connectivity technology: Bluetooth, USB 2.0
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 203 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
OKI C 612 dnwt

OKI C 612 dnwt

From £239
  • Connectivity technology: USB, Gigabit Ethernet
  • Max Colour Printing Speed: 34ppm
  • Horizontal colour printing resolution: 1200 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Brother P-Touch One

Brother P-Touch One

From £282
  • Connectivity technology: Serial
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 240 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Hp DesignJet Z5400

Hp DesignJet Z5400

From £4,920
  • Connectivity technology: USB 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 2400 dpi
  • Horizontal colour printing resolution: 2400 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Hp 352dw

Hp 352dw

From £373
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet, USB 2.0
  • Max Colour Printing Speed: 30ppm
1 Offer from 1 shop >
3D SYSTEMS CUBE 3

3D SYSTEMS CUBE 3

From £466
  • Connectivity technology: USB, Wifi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Star Micronics SM T300

Star Micronics SM T300

From £321
  • Connectivity technology: Bluetooth, Serial
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 203 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Canon imageCLASS LBP 6030 W

Canon imageCLASS LBP 6030 W

From £166
  • Connectivity technology: USB 2.0, Wireless IEEE-802.11b/g/n
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 600 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Epson SureColor SC P 6000

Epson SureColor SC P 6000

From £2,361
  • Connectivity technology: USB 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Brother TD 2020

Brother TD 2020

From £249
  • Connectivity technology: Serial, USB 2.0
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 203 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Zebra HC100

Zebra HC100

From £568
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Canon i-Sensys LBP7680Cx

Canon i-Sensys LBP7680Cx

From £337
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet
  • Max Colour Printing Speed: 20ppm
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 600 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Brother HL L5200dw

Brother HL L5200dw

From £280
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet, Wireless IEEE-802.11b, USB
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Brother P-Touch H500

Brother P-Touch H500

From £78
  • Connectivity technology: USB 2.0
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Epson SureColor T3000

Epson SureColor T3000

From £1,493
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet, USB 2.0
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 2880 dpi
  • Horizontal colour printing resolution: 2880 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Xerox Phaser 3250DN

Xerox Phaser 3250DN

From £264
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 1200 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Star Micronics TSP700

Star Micronics TSP700

From £245
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet, Parallel, USB 2.0
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Lexmark Mono Laser E342n

Lexmark Mono Laser E342n

From £295
  • Connectivity technology: USB 2.0
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 1200 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Lexmark CS727de

Lexmark CS727de

From £214
  • Connectivity technology: USB 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet
  • Max Colour Printing Speed: 38ppm
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 1200 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Brother HL-3170CDW

Brother HL-3170CDW

From £240
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet, USB 2.0, Wireless IEEE-802.11b/g/n
  • Max Colour Printing Speed: 23ppm
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Hp LaserJet P2035

Hp LaserJet P2035

From £157
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 1200 dpi
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Hp LaserJet Enterprise M609x

Hp LaserJet Enterprise M609x

From £569
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 1200 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Epson WorkForce AL-M400DN

Epson WorkForce AL-M400DN

From £727
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet, USB 2.0
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Ricoh SP C352DN

Ricoh SP C352DN

From £657
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet, USB, Wifi
  • Max Colour Printing Speed: 30ppm
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 1200 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Canon LBP611Cn

Canon LBP611Cn

From £137
  • Connectivity technology: USB 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet, Wired
  • Max Colour Printing Speed: 32ppm
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 1200 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Kyocera FS-1041

Kyocera FS-1041

From £63
  • Connectivity technology: USB 2.0
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 1200 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >

Buying Guide - Printers

Types

The laser printer type has been around for over 25 years, although the technology has advanced significantly during that time.  Laser printers work by projecting an image of the item to be printed onto an electrically charged drum, which electrostatically picks up dry ink (toner) particles onto the charged areas, and then fuses them to the paper using a warm roller.

printerYou can find both black and white and laser colour printer models, and the speed and crispness of picture will vary between models.

Inkjet types of printer work to create an image by sending a very precisely controlled stream of tiny ink drops onto the paper.  Today's inkjet printer models produce crisp images, both for text and pictures.  There are many general purpose and photo specific inkjet models of printer on the market, and different manufacturers use very slightly different techniques, so always ask to see a printout from the specific printer model you are interested in.

Inkjet printers are generally slower at printing than laser printers, although the finished product can be very high quality, so inkjet printers are usually more suited to home environments where they will not be printing numerous images on a daily basis.

If you are looking to use a printer to print digital photos from a digital camera, you may want to look at a dedicated photo printer.  These may be inkjet printers, but more often use a technique called dye-sublimation, which produces a picture by transferring ink in a continuous strip from a ribbon on to the paper using heat to lay each colour separately, finishing up with a clear laminate overlap on top.  This printer produces a clear, natural looking photo that is dry when it emerges from the printer.

Finally, it is possible to buy multifunctional or all-in-one printer models, which offer multiple printer capabilities in one machine, usually a printer, scanner, photocopier, and fax together.  These printer types will appeal to small and home business users particularly, as they are very space efficient.

Features

So which type of printer will suit your needs best?

The inkjet printer has the advantage that it is ready to use immediately with little or no warm-up needed, and produces pictures that are ready to handle.  Home and small business users often prefer inkjet printer models, as they are usually cheaper than laser printers, and produce excellent quality photographic images.  They normally produce something in the region of 10-20 pages per minute and can handle around 150 sheets of paper in the normal feeder tray at once.  For those on the move, small, light, and portable inkjet printer types are available too.

Professional users tend to prefer laser printers, as these are usually better and more cost-efficient for handling large quantities, and can be bought as large laser printer machines capable of producing hundreds of copies without refilling paper or ink.  Duplex printing (printing on both sides of the paper) is now a common feature on this type of printer, and can speed up printing time considerably.

Dye sublimation printers have the advantage that prints are dry and ready to handle when they emerge from the printer.  They also have fewer moving parts than inkjet printers, meaning they make a good choice for the home, as they are generally more reliable and are small.  However, you have to buy a special sort of paper for dye sublimation printers.

Dedicated photo printer models will often allow printing directly from the camera, either by plugging the camera into the printer via a cable or by docking the camera on top of the unit.  If all you wish to use a printer for is printing home photos, this type of printer would make a good choice.  Some are restricted to only printing photos in one size, say 6 inches by 4 inches, so bear this in mind when choosing.

The precise features of each model of printer will differ between manufacturers of course.

There are a couple of specifications you will see for pretty much all printer types, which give you an idea of the quality of the images produced and the robustness of the machine.

You will frequently see a resolution figure specified for a printer, usually in the form of something like 600x600dpi.  The "dpi" means dots per inch, and in this case would indicate a machine capable of producing a one-inch square of print with 600 dots across and 600 down.  Higher resolutions usually mean clearer, crisper, and more detailed images, and if you are looking to print photographs aim for the highest resolution, you can.

Print speeds are normally measured in pages per minute (or photos, for dedicated photo printer types) and will give you some idea of how quickly it will take you to print images.  Printing colour pages is likely to be slower than printing black and white ones.

Many inkjet and laser printer models today support wireless printing, though not all offer this feature, so do check if this is something that is important to you.  Otherwise, printer models usually connect with a standard USB port.  Check when you buy your printer that you have a suitable cable if required, as most printer types do not come with one as standard.

One other aspect you should consider is the planned location of your printer.  This may affect the paper input feed for the printer you need; for example, if it has to fit under low shelves, you will need a printer that has a front loading cartridge, as you will not be able to slot paper into the top of the printer easily.

Ink

Most common desktop inkjet printer models use what are known as aqueous (which means water based) inks, which are actually a mixture of water, glycol and colour dyes. These inks provide printer models with a wide variety of vivid colours. Printer types using aqueous inks will normally print a layer of laminate on top, as otherwise the ink is likely to run.

printerInkjet printers used in professional settings are more likely to use solvent inks, which allows for printing on many types of surface, including the boards and vinyls used to make, for example, stickers, billboards, and banners. Some professional inkjet printers use UV curable ink, which is cured (dried) by exposure to UV light. This produces an image that dries immediately and can by printed onto a wide range of uncoated surfaces, making them suitable for many industrial uses.

Inkjet printer ink is very easy to purchase, both from the manufacturer of the printer and also from third party manufacturers. Ink cartridges typically produce around 100-200 pages of printing before needing replacing, though this will vary between printer models.

Some printers require ink tanks, which are effectively just plastic cases full of ink, with more recent printer models taking one black tank alongside individual cartridges of the other main colours, which has the advantage of only replacing the colour that has run out. Other printer models may require you to buy a complete printhead ink cartridge, which replaces the printhead at the same time, with the idea of maintaining high print quality.

Laser printers take toner cartridges, and these normally last longer than ink ones, producing several thousand pages before needing to be replaced. Toner cartridges for a laser printer will have an expiration date, so ensure that they are used up before that date is reached.

Efficiency

The way a printer uses ink is often referred to as its efficiency.  When buying a printer, most users are interested in the associated costs that come with running one, such as buying the ink or toner cartridges and any special types of paper required.

The number of pages you will be able to print using one cartridge will vary between printer models, and will also depend on how you are using the printer - whether you are printing many pages at once, or one or two pages infrequently.

There are some things you can do to improve your printer's efficiency though; do not switch an inkjet printer off between printing, as each time it starts up the process uses some ink, and select the most appropriate print mode for whatever you are printing (many models now have an economy print mode).  You should also regularly clean your inkjet or laser printer and remove any build-up of dust, which can cause clogging or blockages.