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Printers

Dymo LabelMANAGER PC

Dymo LabelMANAGER PC

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

Fujifilm Instax Share SP 1

From £195
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 £391
  • Connectivity technology: USB 1.1, Ethernet 10/100Base-TX
  • Max Colour Printing Speed: 33ppm
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 9600 dpi
2 Offers from 1 shop >
3D SYSTEMS Cube Pro

3D SYSTEMS Cube Pro

From £2,133
  • Connectivity technology: USB, Wifi
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Canon PIXMA IP 2850

Canon PIXMA IP 2850

From £106
  • Connectivity technology: USB
  • Max Colour Printing Speed: 4ppm
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 4800 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Hp LaserJet CP5225N

Hp LaserJet CP5225N

From £847
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet
  • Max Colour Printing Speed: 20ppm
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 600 dpi
2 Offers from 1 shop >
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
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Brother HL-3140CW

Brother HL-3140CW

From £159
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet, USB 2.0, Wireless IEEE-802.11b/g/n
  • Max Colour Printing Speed: 19ppm
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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 >
Brother HL 1110

Brother HL 1110

From £57
  • Connectivity technology: USB
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 600 dpi
4 Offers from 3 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 £572
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet, USB 2.0
  • Max Colour Printing Speed: 38ppm
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 1200 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Hp LaserJet P2055DN

Hp LaserJet P2055DN

From £833
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 1200 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Samsung M2825ND

Samsung M2825ND

From £164
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet, USB 2.0
2 Offers from 1 shop >
Hp LaserJet Enterprise 600 M602

Hp LaserJet Enterprise 600 M602

From £1,202
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 1200 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Zebra GK420d

Zebra GK420d

From £379
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet
2 Offers from 1 shop >
Samsung Xpress SL-C1810W

Samsung Xpress SL-C1810W

From £579
  • Connectivity technology: USB 2.0, Wireless IEEE-802.11b/g/n
  • Max Colour Printing Speed: 19ppm
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 9600 dpi
4 Offers from 2 shops >
Canon PIXMA IX 6850

Canon PIXMA IX 6850

From £143
  • 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 DesignJet T120

Hp DesignJet T120

From £624
  • Connectivity technology: USB 2.0, Fast Ethernet
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 1200 dpi
  • Horizontal colour printing resolution: 1200 dpi
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Hp Color LaserJet Enterprise M552dn

Hp Color LaserJet Enterprise M552dn

From £355
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet, USB 2.0
  • Max Colour Printing Speed: 33ppm
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Brother HL 1210W

Brother HL 1210W

From £83
  • Connectivity technology: USB 2.0, Wifi
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 600 dpi
5 Offers from 3 shops >
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 >
Zebra ZT230

Zebra ZT230

From £807
  • Connectivity technology: Serial, USB 2.0
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 203 dpi
11 Offers from 2 shops >
Zebra GX420t

Zebra GX420t

From £393
  • Connectivity technology: USB 2.0
7 Offers from 2 shops >
Datamax M-Class M-4206

Datamax M-Class M-4206

From £851
  • Connectivity technology: Parallel, Serial, USB 2.0
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 203 dpi
6 Offers from 2 shops >
Datamax I-Class I-4212

Datamax I-Class I-4212

From £936
  • Connectivity technology: Parallel, Serial
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 203 dpi
4 Offers from 1 shop >
Zebra GX430t

Zebra GX430t

From £521
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet
4 Offers from 1 shop >
Intermec PM43

Intermec PM43

From £1,113
  • Connectivity technology: Bluetooth, USB 2.0, Wireless IEEE-802.11b/g/n
5 Offers from 2 shops >
Lexmark 2580

Lexmark 2580

From £370
  • Connectivity technology: Parallel, USB 2.0
2 Offers from 1 shop >
Canon LBP613Cdw

Canon LBP613Cdw

From £137
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet, USB, Wifi
  • Max Colour Printing Speed: 18ppm
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 600 dpi
2 Offers from 1 shop >
Zebra ZT220

Zebra ZT220

From £651
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet, USB 2.0
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 203 dpi
3 Offers from 1 shop >
Zebra GC420T

Zebra GC420T

From £358
  • Connectivity technology: Serial
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 203 dpi
2 Offers from 1 shop >
XYZ Printing 3D Da Vinci 1 0

XYZ Printing 3D Da Vinci 1 0

From £241
5 Offers from 2 shops >
Canon i Sensys LBP 6030 w

Canon i Sensys LBP 6030 w

From £89
  • Connectivity technology: USB, Wireless IEEE-802.11b/g/n
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 600 dpi
3 Offers from 2 shops >
Hp Officejet Pro 8218

Hp Officejet Pro 8218

From £114
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet, USB 2.0, Wireless Lan
  • Max Colour Printing Speed: 22ppm
  • Horizontal colour printing resolution: 2400 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
OKI Microline 5791

OKI Microline 5791

From £580
  • Connectivity technology: Parallel, USB
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Star Micronics SP742

Star Micronics SP742

From £170
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 PTP750WZX1

Brother PTP750WZX1

From £111
  • Connectivity technology: Wireless Lan, Wired
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 180 dpi
  • Supported memory media: USB
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Lexmark 2590

Lexmark 2590

From £476
  • Connectivity technology: Parallel, USB 2.0
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 360 dpi
2 Offers from 1 shop >
OKI C841Dn

OKI C841Dn

From £1,154
  • Connectivity technology: USB 2.0
  • Max Colour Printing Speed: 20ppm
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 1200 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Epson TM-H6000IV

Epson TM-H6000IV

From £660
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet, Serial, USB 2.0
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Zebra GC420d

Zebra GC420d

From £320
  • Connectivity technology: Parallel, RS-232
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 203 dpi
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 >
Epson LQ 100

Epson LQ 100

From £3,962
  • Connectivity technology: Parallel, Serial
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Canon LBP312x

Canon LBP312x

From £438
  • Connectivity technology: USB, Wireless Lan
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 600 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 >
OKI Microline 321 Elite

OKI Microline 321 Elite

From £381
  • Connectivity technology: Parallel
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 240 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Zortrax M 200

Zortrax M 200

From £1,807
  • Connectivity technology: USB, Wifi
  • Supported memory media: SD Memory Card
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Xerox Phaser 550

Xerox Phaser 550

From £364
  • Connectivity technology: Parallel
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 1200 dpi
  • Horizontal colour printing resolution: 600 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 >
Hp LaserJet Pro M 402 N

Hp LaserJet Pro M 402 N

From £143
  • Connectivity technology: USB 2.0, Ethernet 10/100Base-TX
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 1200 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Xerox Phaser 6000

Xerox Phaser 6000

From £149
  • Connectivity technology: USB 2.0
  • Max Colour Printing Speed: 10ppm
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 600 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Epson SureColor T7000

Epson SureColor T7000

From £2,901
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet, USB 2.0
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 2880 dpi
  • Horizontal colour printing resolution: 2880 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Lexmark C734dtn

Lexmark C734dtn

From £776
  • Connectivity technology: USB 2.0
  • Max Colour Printing Speed: 28ppm
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 1200 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Brother P-Touch PT P 300 BT

Brother P-Touch PT P 300 BT

From £39
  • Connectivity technology: Bluetooth
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 180 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Datamax 200362-100

Datamax 200362-100

From £761
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Zebra GX420d

Zebra GX420d

From £377
  • Connectivity technology: Fast Ethernet
  • Horizontal B&W printing resolution: 203 dpi
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Brother P-Touch PT-D450VP

Brother P-Touch PT-D450VP

From £46
  • Connectivity technology: Ethernet
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.