Top 10 printers for Windows 10 OS

It seems that no sooner do we get to grips with the latest version of the Windows operating platform than Microsoft release an upgrade. You only have to read on online forums the level of frustration that this seems to cause. For every supposed improvement the software giant makes, it would seem that a much-loved feature is removed.

It is clear that the Windows 8 platform was the first that was specifically targeting mobile devices, particularly tablets and especially smartphones. For those of us who still access the Internet via a PC, the subsequent upgrades to the new-style operating system, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 just seem to have made life more complicated. It is clear that the latest version, Windows 10, is very much mobile-oriented, so this then creates further questions which need answering.

The principal question relates to printing and printers. If you are using a tablet or smartphone to do the majority of your surfing on the ‘net, then you would seem to have only one option of printer available to you – a Wi-Fi-enabled computer, as trying to connect your smartphone to a printer via a USB cable or other form of connection would negate the advantages of ‘computing on the go’. However, there then comes another question.

Will the printer work with any new operating system, such as Windows 10? More to the point, even if your printer is Windows 10 compatible, what will happen when Windows release a new operating system, will your printer then become redundant? Well the good news is all is not lost. Whenever Windows release a new operating system, there are usually a whole host of new drivers released that are compatible with any new operating system and which enable your printer to retain its compatibility.

The next questions you need to answer before choosing a new printer for the Windows 10 OS is what you will use it for. If you will be using it mainly for printing black and white documents, then you would do well to choose a printer which has a separate black ink cartridge and colour ink printer cartridges, while if you use a printer for high definition colour images, then you will want to choose a printer with a large pixel number to increase the resolution, as well as having the capability of printing on photo-quality paper.

The last question you need an answer to is how quick the printer will produce copies. Once again the need for printer speed will vary depending on whether you frequently print multiple copies, or if you tend to do more one-off printing.

Once you have answered all these questions, then we are pretty confident we will have identified an ideal printer for you within our list of ten Windows 10-compatible printers below:

  1. HP Officejet Pro 8730 $283.00 or less

This is an impressive all-in-one printer with a very appealing HP Officejet Pro8730and unusual design. This is a great Windows 10 printer if you need your copies created in a hurry, and as an all-an all-in-one product, you’ve got a scanner, fax machine, copier and printer all wrapped up in one neat and tidy package.

This is very much a printer for the office environment, with a 50-page document feeder, superfast 2-sided copying, and an impressive 500 sheet main paper tray and 250-sheet secondary tray. Produces clear, crisp, water- and fade-resistant prints. A major time-saving plus for us is the one-pass two-sided scanning facility, while being able to print direct from any mobile device is to be expected for such a quality printer.

Sample Review (expert)

While it’s not perfect, this is generally a very good MFP. It’s helped by reasonable ink costs of about a penny per black A4 page, or 4.3p in full colour – calculated for the 953XL colour and 957XL black cartridges. At this price, if you can live without a PCL driver, I’d recommend Epson’s WorkForce Pro WF-5620DWF. If not, the OfficeJet Pro 8720 is a decent alternative.

Features:

Technology         Thermal inkjet

Maximum print resolution           4800 x 1200dpi

Maximum optical scan resolution (output bit depth)       1200 x 1200dpi (24-bit)

Number of colours (cartridges)  4 (4)

Maximum number of colours (cartridges)             4 (4)

Quoted photo durability (source)             Not stated

Standard interfaces        USB, USB host, Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless

Optional interfaces         None

Dimensions (HxWxD)     339x500x530mm

Weight 15kg

Maximum paper size      A4/legal

Supported operating systems    Windows Vista or later (including Windows 10), Mac OS X 10.8 or later, Android, iOS, Linux

Consumables: L0S60AA, L0S72AA, L0S51AA, L0S63AA, L0S54AA, L0S66AA, L0S57AA, L0S69AA, L0R42AA.

 

  1. HP Officejet Pro 8620 e-All-in-One Printer $499.00 or less

This printer delivers on quality of reproduction thanks HP Officejet Pro 8620to the original HP pigment inks for a vibrant and durable finish. This is a top-of-the-range inkjet printer which produces laser quality copy and from the point of view of economy, uses individual black HP ink cartridges and three separate colour HP ink cartridges.  This is backed up with impressive printing speeds of 21ppm in black and white, or 16.5ppm in colour.

Wireless printing is an essential element, allowing you to print from any mobile device, while ‘copysmart’ solutions allow for two-sided scanning to create a single sided copy. This is at the upper price point for this range of printer, copier, scanner and fax machine all rolled into one stylish package, but one we recommend, particularly as it is geared up to work with all Windows operating systems, including Windows 10.

Sample Review (expert)

It’s funny to think of a pigment-based inkjet as being suitable for business use considering how expensive ink can be, but that’s exactly what HP is touting with this model. Once you start using it, the capabilities of the machine become obvious. In full swing, it can print documents at a rate that is almost as fast as a colour laser printer, and with results that are highly acceptable as far as quality is concerned. The best part is, it won’t incur high running costs.

Features:

Max Copying Speed Up to 34 ppm (mono) / up to 34 ppm (color)

Max Copying Resolution Up to 1200 x 600 dpi (mono) / up to 1200 x 600 dpi (color)

Max Copying Speed B/W 34 ppm

Max Copying Speed Color 34 ppm

Max Copying Resolution B/W 1200 x 600 dpi

Max Copying Resolution Color 1200 x 600 dpi

Max Document Enlargement 400 %

Max Document Reduction 25 %

Automatic Duplexing Yes

Maximum Copies 99

Inkjet Technology HP Thermal Inkjet

Ink Cartridge Configuration 4 HP ink cartridges (1 each: cyan, magenta, yellow, black)

AirPrint Enabled Yes

First Print Out Time B/W 12 sec

Consumables: CN049AA, CN045AA, CN046AA, CN047AA, CN048AA.

 

  1. Brother MFC8910DW $899.00 or less

This laser printer is for the busy office/business environment, Brother MFC-8910DWideally used for document reproduction and production. As a monochrome printer it is fully wireless enabled, allowing you to print remotely from any mobile device, such as a tablet or smartphone. While a monochrome printer, the capability of this all-in-one printer does allow for colour scanning, which is a big plus. Speed of printing is impressive at up to 40ppm. This is a 5-function machine, offering a Laser Printer, Laser Fax, Flatbed Colour Scanner, Flatbed Digital Laser Copier, PC Fax.

Brother toner cartridges allow for between 3,000 and 8,000 pages between refills, which is also impressive.

Sample Review (verified purchase)

This is replacing a MFC-8860DN. The printing speed is excellent and the print quality is fantastic. What is exceptional is the scanning speed. I scanned a 640 page double sided document at 300dpi in under 30 minutes. Scanning coloured photos at 1200dpi is really fast scans 4 photos in 1 min 20 seconds

Features:

Print Speed 40ppm (A4)

250 Sheet Paper Capacity

Network Ready

Wireless

iPrint & Scan

AirPrint

Automatic Duplex

Secure Print

PCL6 & BR-Script

Direct Print from USB Devices

Energy Star

Uses all Windows OS including Windows 10

iPrintScan            Yes

AirPrint               Yes

Standard Warranty          12 Months Return to Base

Consumables: TN3310, TN3340, DR3325.

 

  1. Brother HL-L2340 $149.00 or less

As a laser printer, this is a neat package with print quality HL-L2340dwup to 2400 x600 dpi in monochrome. It is ready to print within 30 seconds of powering up and 8.5 seconds from sleep mode. What we like about this printer the most is the size (365mm x 360mm x 183mm) and wireless function, making it ideal for those with limited space.

We also liked the fact that Brother toner cartridges and Brother ink cartridges will cover between 1,200 and 2,400 pages so you won’t be forever running out of ink at vital times.

Sample Review (verified purchase)

5* Great printer, cheap, fast and easy to set up. I bought this printer recently and have been impressed by the cost of ownership, it’s speed, the print quality and the ease of set up. Would recommend.

Features:

Up to 26ppm print speed

Automatic 2-sided (duplex) Printing

Hi-Speed USB 2.0 & Wireless Network + Wi-Fi Direct

32MB Memory

250 sheet lower paper tray

Apple AirPrint & Google Cloud Print

Standard yield toner up to 1,200 & High-yield toner up to 2,600 pages

Operates with all Windows platforms, including Windows 10

Consumables: TN2330, TN2350, DR2325.

 

  1. Brother MFC-6890CDW $699.00 or less

This Brother inkjet printer is very much geared towards MFC-6890CDWthe medium-sized office with its A3 printing, copying, fax and scanning capabilities. W-Fi enabled allows you to print direct from smartphones and tablets, making this a very adaptable and functional printer that will operate well with the Windows 10 OS. As well as having a touch screen, this particular model also has duplex capabilities, meaning you can print both sides of one page, and scan both sides of a document with one single pass. This certainly helps save precious time.

For an A3-capable printer, it is not too bulky and takes up surprisingly little space considering the numerous functions it offers. High-yield ink cartridges also helps to reduce per-sheet costs, while a 50-page automatic document feeder also enables you to swiftly scan, fax and copy multiple documents. This may not be the fastest printer on the market, but for this price point, it is certainly impressive.

Sample Review (expert)

Good print quality. 11 x 17 inch prints, scans, copies. Built-in networking with remote setup. Large paper capacity. Comes with high-capacity Brother ink cartridges. I would still recommend the device to a small business with wide format printing needs since you would be hard pressed to find a machine that can do as much as the Brother MFC-6890cdw [for the price].

Features

Direct Printing Yes

Maximum Resolution (Colour) 1200dpi x 6000dpi

Print Speed Colour (pages per minute) 28

Photo Printer Yes

Print Speed B&W (pages per minute) 35

Printer Type Inkjet

Printer Usage Small Office / Home Office

Colour Printer Yes

PRINT MEDIA

Print Media Load Type Automatic, Manual

Double-sided Printing

Print Media Supported

Photo paper, A4, Plain paper, A3

Total Media Capacity (Sheets) 350

Media Feeders Two front-facer input media trays

Print Media Size Maximum A3 (297 x 420mm)

Scanner Form Factor Desktop

Maximum Scanner Resolution 1200dpi x 2400dpi

Scanner Type Flatbed Scanner

Consumables: LC-67BK, LC-67C, LC-67M, LC-67Y, LC-67BK2PK, LC-67CL3PK, LC-67PVP.

 

  1. Epson Expression Home XP-420 $129.00 or less

This is a well-designed printer which epitomises Epson’s XP-420commitment to quality and functionality. This is a small yet powerful colour printer (390mm x 300mm x 145mm) with the option of either a 2.0 USB connection, or wireless Wi-Fi to save on cable tangles. Scanning is such a useful option on a printer, and this one scans at a resolution of 1200 x 2400dpi, while printing at a range of clarity and precision, up to an impressive 5760 x 1440 dpi. Speed is competent at 33ppm B&W and 15ppm colour. If you do a lot of B&W printing, you’ll benefit from individual Epson ink cartridges as opposed to an all-in one cartridge.

Operates well using Windows 10 OS

Sample Review (verified purchase)                                                 

The main reason for purchasing this printer was the Wi Fi direct feature, this enables you to print directly from a smart phone to the printer without using a Wi Fi router.

Features:

Small size without compromise – space-saving design with great performance.

Easy set up and menu navigation – large, intuitive 2.5″ colour LCD and touch panel means easier navigation and easily view, crop and print photos.

The complete wireless solution1 – connect to wireless network in seconds including Wi-Fi Direct.

EPSON Connect™ – easily print from iPad®, iPhone®, tablets and smartphones; print and share from anywhere.

Remarkable print quality – get crisp, sharp documents and brilliant colour photos.

Print customised & borderless photos – built-in card slots for PC free photo printing.

Better image enhancement tools2 – red-eye removal, photo restoration and correction of over/under exposed images.

Print templates – easily create calendars, envelopes, message cards and lined paper.

Simple to use – easy to set up in minutes, with one-touch copying and scanning; intuitive touch panel for ease of use.

Epson DURABrite® Ultra resin coated pigment ink – for water resistant and highlighter friendly laser sharp results.

Brilliant results, smart value – 4 individual Epson ink cartridges and only replace the colour that is used.

XL size cartridges – For 2.5x more prints, 3 different sizes to suit your needs.

Quiet operation – Whisper-quiet printing and scanning prevents noisy distractions.

Consumables: C13T293192, C13T293292, C13T293392, C13T293492, C13T294192, C13T294194, C13T294292, C13T294392, C13T294492, C13T293692, C13T294692.

 

  1. Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4630 $399.00 or less

The small footplate belies the multiple capabilities of a Epson WF-4630printer which comes with the renowned name of Epson behind it. Versatility comes in the form of Wi-Fi capability, allowing you to print direct from your smartphone or tablet without having to connect via a cable or insert an SD card. PrecisionCore powers this unit to provide ultra-fast high-quality prints, while reducing per-copy costs by up to 50% when compared to a laser printer. This is a workhorse of an all-in-one printer which can copy, fax, scan and print, with a 330 sheet paper capacity.

Time-saving technology is integrated in the Pro WF-4630 through its capability to dual side copy, print or scan, meaning everything is done with just one pass. This printer is strongly recommended for small businesses and workgroups who use Windows 10 as their operating system.

Sample Review: (verified purchase)

I am not tech savvy but this printer was so easy to set up. Just plug it in and the screen takes you through the set up step by step. There is also a disk for your computer set up. The print quality is absolutely brilliant. Very sharp and very fast. The scanner is very quick. I was waiting for the document to start scanning then realised it had already finished and the document was saved as a PDF to my USB. I highly recommend this printer.

Features:

Get Performance Beyond Laser – the WorkForce WF-4630 powered by PrecisionCore

Save on Epson ink – up to 50 percent vs. colour laser

Higher colour resolution – high-quality text, colour graphics and images

Fastest printing – professional-quality prints at speeds of 20 ISO ppm (black) and 20 ISO ppm (colour)5

Versatile paper handling – up to 330-sheet capacity, with an 80-sheet rear tray; plus auto 2-sided print, copy and scan

Easy navigation and control – intuitive colour touchscreen

Remarkable durability – 30,000-page monthly duty cycle for high-volume printing

Laser-sharp black text – crisp fonts, precise lines and neat edges on plain paper

Extremely durable prints – fade, water and smudge resistant output

Print anywhere, anytime – from iPad®, iPhone®, tablets and smartphones3 with wireless and Wi-Fi Direct®

Consumables: C13T787192, C13T787292, C13T787392, C13T787492, C13T787592, C13T671000.

 

  1. Xerox DocuPrint M255Z $299.00 or under

Xerox have lived up to their name for quality printers and Xerox DocuPrint M255Zcopiers with the M255Z which operates on most Windows OS, including Windows 10. As is virtually standard these days, this printer is Wi-Fi enabled, which allows you to print direct from smartphones and tablets without the need for a wired connection. The size makes it ideal for the small-to-medium-sized business where space can be at a premium, yet it doesn’t lack in capacity holding over 250 sheets of paper for multiple copying.

High performance and efficiency are paramount in an office environment, and a particular feature we appreciated with this model was the automatic duplex facility as standard, allowing you to scan or print on both sides of a document with only one pass. Quality of print and speed of startup are two other features of this printer which also impressed us.

Sample Review: (expert)

The low-end laser printer market is rather glutted at the moment with entry level models, but it’s relatively rare to see a multifunction laser at this kind of price point. If you’re a sole printer operator, it’s a fine purchase, but those who need to share it will need to factor in the costs of running a PC to keep it shared.

Features:

Print, Copy, Scan, Fax

30ppm

Resolution 1200 x 1200 dpi

First page out time as fast as 7 seconds

Automatic Duplex

256MB Memory

295MHZ processor

Standard input 250 + 10 sheets

Standard output 125 sheets

Duty Cycle           20,000 Pages

Paper Output Capability                125 sheets face down

Copy Resolution               600 x 600 dpi ADF: 300 x 300 dpi (Std), 600 x 300 dpi

Copy Features   2 in 1 Copy (ID Card Copy), Auto Duplex Copy, Edge Erase, Collate

Consumables: CT201918, CT201919.

 

  1. Fuji Xerox DocuPrint CM305 df $429.00 or less

The perfect printer for the small-to-medium-sized business, CM305dfthe CM305 df is packed full of features that you would expect to find on a printer selling for in excess of $1,000.00. This is a high quality and efficient multi-function laser printer which despite its capabilities, is extremely simple to use. Enabled for use with the Windows 10 OS, prime features aside from being Wi-Fi enabled is the duplex feature. In simple terms, this is one of the most time-saving options on a quality printer as it can achieve double-sided scanning or printing with one single pass, saving you from having to turn documents over all the time.

Being able to print direct from tablets or smartphones is such a plus these days, though you still have the option of connecting directly. This is a fast printer with good cost-per sheet printing costs thanks to the quality ink included in the Fuji Xerox toner cartridges.

Sample Review: (verified purchase)

We run this printer way beyond its duty cycle. It’s often going for hours non-stop and nothing seems to faze it. Always great copies so I would highly recommend it over HP and Canon that never lived up to this printer.

Features:

This multifunction can be used for printing, scanning, faxing and copying of A4 sized documents.

It has a printing speed of 23 pages per minute for both colour and monochrome documents.

This machine has a printing resolution of 600 x 600 dpi and a scanning resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi.

It has a sheet capacity of 250 sheets so you’ll always have paper ready to go.

This machine supports automatic duplex printing so you can save on paper.

It has a 35 sheet document feeder so you can print and scan your documents automatically.

This machine is wired and comes with a USB cable included so you can start using it straight away.

It features a 256 MB standard memory and a 768 MB maximum memory.

The fax modem supports speeds of up to 33.6 kbps.

It has a monthly duty cycle of 40,000 pages.

It’s Energy Star qualified to help reduce energy consumption.

It comes with a 3-year warranty for your peace of mind.

The machine comes with a USB cable for your convenience.

Consumables: CT201632, CT201633, CT201634, CT201635, CT350876, EL300822

 

  1. Canon MG6860 $129.00 or less

Described as a journeyman of printers, Canon never Canon Pixma MG6860produce a printer that won’t so the job it claims it can. The MG6860 is no exception to that philosophy. Output quality is excellent, while even at this price point it has the duplex capability allowing you to double-side print and scan with just one pass. And for those of you who are entering the printer market, this is very easy to set up, while still offering Wi-Fi capability for those of you who want to be able to print direct from your smartphone or tablet, as well as being able to hook up via a cable if preferred.

Suitable for those running the Windows 10 OS, this small and space-saving printer is ideal for students and those of you with a small home office where space is always at a premium.

Sample Review:

Great features, ticks the boxes I wanted. I bought this product a month ago and found it easy to set up and fully compatible with Windows 10.

Features:

Direct Wireless Connection

Do you need the technology that allows you to print images using a smartphone or tablet even without a Wi-Fi router or access point? Eliminate the need for a Wi-Fi router and automatically connect to your printer.

New and Improved Inks

Looking for better visual impact? With new PIXMA inks that offer you improvements in black and red ink quality, your webpage and photo print quality will be more vivid then ever.

Touch Screen

Enjoy the convenience of printing with a built in 3.0 inch colour touch screen and benefit from a more enjoyable printing experience with an intuitive printing workflow.

Easy Printing App

Easily print with the newest smart device application Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY. Using a Wi-Fi connection, it’s the perfect way to perform simple printing especially for those who have printers without a display.

Smartphone Based Printing

Printing has never been more enjoyable and easy to use your smart phone or tablet. Offering an array of creative software to help you print directly from Instagram, enhance your creativity through Creative park premium and Easy Photo Print+.

Consumables: PGI670BK, CLI671BK, CLI671C, CLI671M, CLI671Y, PGI670XLBK, CLI671XLBK, CLI671XLC, CLI671XLM, CLI671XLY.

Top 5 printers for photographers

Technological advancements in the realm of digital photography are, to a degree, a double-edged sword for the professional photographer. For the keen amateur, they are all fully beneficial. There is no question that the quality of many images has increased, though for professional photographers, only up to a point. While around 10 megapixels may seem a good number for a camera to take great images, then you should see what a camera with double, or even greater resolution can produce, you realise what average quality your own images actually are. So when do you really see the difference? When those images are printed off, assuming you are using a printer suitable for printing photographs.

The major problem with digital photography is that so many of you are now content to leave images confined to a file on your PC or stored somewhere on a tablet or smartphone, never likely to see the light of day. Physical photographs are disappearing and everything now seems to be file-based digital images to look at.

This obviously needn’t be the case if you have access to a top quality printer, as there really is no substitute for the look and feel of real photographs. Unfortunately, your standard desktop printer just isn’t man enough for the job and it is this aspect of digital photography where the ‘amateur’ tends to lose out. There is little point in spending the sort of money necessary to get your hands on a printer that can do your photographs justice if you are more used to just taking random snaps and selfies on your smartphone.

At the opposite end of the scale, if you are a professional photographer, then you will need a printer that can produce images of the highest quality. The choice then lies between whether you prefer the finish you can achieve from an inkjet or laser printer. Additionally, because of the volume of colour printing you are going to be doing, the rate at which a printer consumes ink, and the quality of the ink used, will also have a great influence on your choice. While wireless printing is now pretty much the norm for many of today’s printers, where printing from digital photographs is concerned, many prefer to use SD memory cards to ensure no reduction in image quality.

The most crucial part of a printer though for photographers is the print resolution. There is little point in being able to take ultra-high quality digital images if the printer you subsequently use cannot faithfully reproduce the same quality. The dpi resolution will be appreciably higher than you would find on a standard desktop printer which, at best would be offering a resolution of 2400 x 1200 dpi. Through the use of multiple inject printer cartridges or toner cartridges for laser printers, instead of the usual three colour and one black ink cartridge, you will find that photo-quality printers will have up to 12 individual printer cartridges.

Below we have selected 5 printers that should be of interest to photographers:

  1. Epson SureColor SC-P600 $1299.00 or lower

A printer doesn’t need to be big to be powerful, SC-P600and the SureColor SC-P600 is a prime example of great things coming in small packages. Time was when a printer took up a whole section of a room and caused permanent problems with passing traffic – the people variety that is. Today Epson, a well-respected name in the field of printers, has produced some of the most ergonomic and space-saving printers on the market that pack one hell of a punch.

Of particular note, Epson UltraChrome® HD pigment ink, combined with Epson’s innovative MicroPiezo® print head, allows the SC-P600 to produce gallery-quality black-and-white images, with vivid colour prints demonstrating stunning blues and violets. Once you break the $1000.00 mark you expect superior quality, and Epson will impress with all the extras that come with this model.

Sample Review: 

With its extensive media-handling capability and high-end print quality, the P600 is an excellent companion to a high-end camera kit. If we must nit-pick about something, it’s the lack of a roll paper cutter that slices the print off the roll when finished and the 13-inch limitation of paper width. Other than these very minor complaints, Epson’s newest offering for the serious photographer is an excellent choice. If you need to make larger prints, the next step up in Epson’s photo line is the Stylus Pro 3880, which does not have roll paper or CD/DVD print capability but can print on 17-inch wide media.

Features:

A3+ size printing – Exhibition Quality prints up to A3+ size.

Unprecedented black density – Epson UltraChrome HD Ink, an industry-leading ink technology, delivers the highest black density never before seen from a pigment ink for the richest blacks and outstanding colour prints. The SC-P600 offers the highest D-max seen to date on a printer of this calibre.

Auto-switching black inks – A Intelligent linking technology enables the printer to automatically switch between Photo and Matte Black inks to optimize your output, based on the media type you choose. Photo Black Ink produces rich, deep blacks on traditional photographic papers; while Matte Black Ink produces exceptional results on matte surface media.

Individual High Capacity Ink Cartridges – The Epson SureColor SC-P600 includes new high capacity ink cartridges which provide you to print more and change ink cartridges less often.

Advanced, simple media handling – An improved design allows precise front feeding of fine art paper – a definite advantage that not only simplifies a delicate task, but reduces installation space.

CD/ DVD Printing – In keeping with Epson’s precision CD/DVD surface printing tradition, the Epson SureColor SC-P600 supports high quality printing directly on to the surface of compatible inkjet printable 8cm and 12cm CD-Rs and DVDs.

Wired networking – Built-in Ethernet makes sharing the printer on your network quick and easy.

Print and share from anywhere in the world – Print wirelessly from your iPad, iPhone, tablet or smartphone using Epson iPrint4. Easily print documents, photos, emails and web pages while in your office, on the road or across the globe.

Intuitive 2.7″ touchscreen with gesture – The SureColor SC-P600 has a built-in 2.7″ touchscreen with a keypad and gesture navigation that features an impressive touch sensitive LCD display panel which allows you to check the printer status, ink levels and perform routine maintenance tasks along with a variety of other tasks all with a swipe of the screen.

Consumables: C13T760100, C13T760200, C13T760300, C13T760400, C13T760500, C13T760600, C13T760700, C13T760800, C13T760900.

 

  1. Canon imagePROGRAF Pro-1000 $1299.00 or less

This is definitely a photographer’s printer with great Canon Pro-1000thought and detail incorporated within the printing process to produce the finest images. Equipped with the L-COA PRO Image Processing Engine, the PRO-1000 is able to swiftly and accurately determine printing paths and patterns making it as efficient as possible. You can print 17 x 22″ photos in only 4 minutes 10 seconds while a two-way vacuum feeder that keeps media flat. Additionally, to expand on the potential of the LUCIA PRO ink set, it uses four monochrome inks to reduce bronzing, increase black density, and expand dynamic range in the shadows for superior grayscale prints. The Chroma Optimizer cartridge also improves color consistency on coated papers and minimises the difference in ink droplet height to guarantee a smooth ink layer and nominal metamerism.

Where printed images need to reflect the true quality of your work, the PROGRAF Pro-1000 is certainly one of the best inkjet copiers in its class.

Sample Review: (verified purchase)

The PRO-1000 is a photo printer… and a great one! The quality of the images produced are second to none. Both color – – and B&W images are deep and rich, with amazing tonal range. If you need a serious photo printer that prints up to 17×22″ look no further.

Features:

FINE (Full-Photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) printing technology works with 1,536 nozzles for each color to produce impressively detailed prints on a variety of fine-art papers with deep blacks, and accurate quality colors

Two-way vacuum feeder keeps media flat and even while accurately and quickly moving media through the printer

Prints a color bordered 17 x 22″ photo in 4 minutes 10 seconds or a color bordered 13 x 19″ photo in 2 minutes 30 seconds

The Chroma Optimizer improves color consistency on coated papers and reduces the difference in ink droplet height to ensure a smooth ink layer, reducing metamerism

Four monochrome inks work to create images with deep blacks for dramatic grayscale prints as well as reduce the effect of bronzing for photographs with a wide dynamic range, most notably in the dark or shadow areas of the image

Minimum droplet size of 4pl for finely detailed imagery

Pigment-based LUCIA PRO ink tanks hold 80ml

Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity enables use with the Canon PRINT app for wirelessly sending files from a mobile device as well as remote monitoring of ink levels and printer status

Wireless PictBridge, Apple AirPrint, and Canon PIXMA Cloud Link for accessing cameras, mobile devices, and cloud files directly

1GB of standard memory for handling large files with ease

Support for fine art media up to 27.6 mil using the manual feed slot

Rated EPEAT Silver, ENERGY STAR qualified, and RoHS Directive Certified to guarantee efficient power consumption

Print Studio Pro v2.0 is plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom with 16-bit processing will help you easily send high quality large-format files to the printer for making vivid, detailed photographic prints

Media Configuration Tool enables customization of the media settings in both the driver and printer and can make adjustments such as print head height and vacuum strength

Accounting Manager will help users track use and cost of consumables such as ink and media in order to determine print costs, and it can manage a number of users in a multi-unit environment

Consumables: PFI1000B, PFI1000C, PFI1000CO, PFI1000GY, PFI1000M, PFI1000MBK, PFI1000PBK, PFI1000PC, PFI1000PGY, PFI1000PM, PFI1000R, PFI1000Y.

 

  1. Epson Stylus Pro 3880 – A2+ $1495.00 or less

Printing on A2-size paper takes you into a different Epson Stylus Pro 3880league of printer. The Pro 3880 is a compact, 17″-wide printer which incorporates Epson UltraChrome K3® with Vivid Magenta Ink Technology, which is recognised worldwide. When used alongside an advanced MicroPiezo® AMC™ print head, the Pro 3880 can produce gallery-quality color and black-and-white images up to 17″ x 22″. There is little question from feedback from purchasers that this is an impressive piece of equipment which delivers on every aspect of high-quality photographic image reproduction. The price point may at first seem high, but this is not your everyday desktop printer. This is a printer used to create ‘hard copy’ of images at the necessary quality to sow clients and potential clients the quality of your work without any compromise.

Sample Review: (verified purchase)

I have been an Epson user for years. They have never let me down and the prints from them let me keep my work in house. I love how it prints on canvas and basically only want to print on canvas now. Setup is easy, printer driver is good, tank access is easy and the several options for loading media is good. I have no complaints from people on the ultra-chrome inks it uses. Images on matte paper are stunning. I have yet to find fault with it.

Features:

Industry-leading pigment ink technology — Epson UltraChrome K3® with Vivid Magenta Ink for intense blues and violets

Professional control — Advanced Black-and-White Photo Mode to easily create neutral or toned black-and-white prints from color or monochrome images

Precision print head technology — Advanced MicroPiezo® AMC™, one-inch wide print head with ink-repelling coating for accurate dot placement

Optimal black density — auto-switching Matte and Photo Black ink for a high Dmax and superior contrast on glossy, matte and fine art papers

Advanced image-quality architecture — smoother color transitions and outstanding highlight and shadow detail with AccuPhoto™ HD2 screening algorithms

Broad media support — create prints on media types including semimatte paper, fiber paper, fine art media or art boards up to 1.5 mm thick

Consistent output from printer to printer — Epson PreciseColor™ ensures no colorimetric calibration is required to normalize the print head

Specialized support — dedicated support for Epson Stylus Pro 3880 users from an expert team at Epson

Consumables: T5801, T5802, T5804, T5805, T5807, T5808, T5809, T580A, T580B.

 

  1. Epson Stylus Photo R3000 $1300 or less

When you put the word ‘photo’ in the name of a printer StylusPhotoR3000that retails at above $1000.00 then you get an instant idea that this is no run-of-the-mill desktop printer. Epson are world-renowned for their printers and as a ‘flagship’ type printer, this one certainly doesn’t disappoint. This printer sets a new benchmark for the quality of reproduced digital photographs, mainly thanks to Epson UltraChrome K3 ink, including vivid magenta.

Sample Review: (verified purchase)

The Epson R3000 lives up to my expectations as a teacher and a photographer. I have seen other printers and worked with them professionally and have generally been disappointed with the results. My concern has always been with consistency and the quality of the blacks, which I want neutral deep and black with no pixilation or colour casts. The Epson R3000 is my dream home business printer :)

Features:

A3+ size printing – Exhibition Quality prints up to A3+ size.

Superb colour photographic prints – Epson UltraChrome K3® Ink with Vivid Magenta expands the colour gamut in blues and purples, making it easier to reproduce the more difficult colours.

Outstanding black & white photographic prints – The Epson Stylus™ Photo R3000 includes three black cartridges, creating smooth tonal graduation, superior neutral grey tones and a high D-max for blacker blacks.

Auto-switching black inks – A new Intelligent linking technology enables the printer to automatically switch between Photo and Matte Black inks to optimize your output, based on the media type you choose. Photo Black Ink produces rich, deep blacks on traditional photographic papers; while Matte Black Ink produces exceptional results on matte surface media.

Individual High Capacity Ink Cartridges – The Epson Stylus™ Photo R3000 includes new high capacity ink cartridges which provide 2.3 times more ink than previous Epson models.

Advanced, simple media handling – An Improved design allows precise front feeding of the fine art paper – a definite advantage that not only simplifies a delicate task, but reduces installation space.

Roll paper Support – The Epson Stylus™ Photo R3000 has the ability to support roll paper handling as a standard feature, making continuous, high quality photograph printing absolutely straightforward. This feature makes the printer ideal for photographers looking for simple yet high quality panorama with edge-to-edge BorderFree photo printing on sizes up to A3+.

CD/ DVD Printing – In keeping with Epson’s precision CD/DVD surface printing tradition, the Epson Stylus Photo™ R3000 supports high quality printing directly on to the surface of compatible inkjet printable 8cm and 12cm CD-Rs and DVDs.

Wired and wireless connectivity – Out of the box compatibility with Ethernet and WiFi networks make the Epson Stylus™ Photo R3000 ideal for any photo studio, graphics house or SOHO environment, while support for USB further expands connectivity options. The Epson Stylus™ Photo R3000 also features USB connection and Pictbridge, meaning PictBridge-enabled cameras can be easily connected to the printer for direct-from-camera printing.

2.5 inch Colour LCD Display – The Epson Stylus™ Photo R3000 features an impressive LCD display panel which allows you to check the printer status, ink levels and perform routine maintenance tasks.

Consumables: C13T157190, C13T157290, C13T157390, C13T157490, C13T157590, C13T157690, C13T157790, C13T157890, C13T157990.

 

  1. Canon Pixma PRO-1 $1296.00 or less

If you want a printer that will capture every single detail Canon-Pro-1and print in ultra-high quality, then the Canon PRO-1 should be given serious consideration. The price point is extremely competitive when compared to other printers that are appropriate for the field of photography. This printer utilises FINE print-head technology and is capable of producing quicker print speeds with an impressive print resolution of 4800 x 2400 dpi. The Chroma Optimizer allows for a more accurate colour reproduction and the 12 LUCIA Pigment Ink System offers an exceptional colour range to capture all vibrant colours. The five monochrome inks deliver deeper blacks and smoother tonal gradations. This is an A3 photo printer which uses Canon’s Optimum Image Generating (OIG) System to analyses paper type and print mode for each print request and then intelligently and automatically calculates the optimum balance of inks to create the best possible results.

Sample Review: (verified purchase)

A whopping big piece of machinery but the print quality is excellent. Setup on Mac was easy and instructions easy to follow. Provided software is basic but easy to use. All up am very happy so far. Will be flogging the printer a but soon with some serious photo printing so we’ll see how she performs and then will submit a further review. Good product.

Features:

Printing Speed2

SG-201 A3+ bordered approx. 2 min 55 sec.

Printing Resolution – 4800 x 2400 dpi, 4 picolitre

Number of Nozzles – Total 12,288 nozzles (Y/M/C/R/PM/PC/MBK/PBK/DGY/GY/LGY/CO 1,024 nozzles each)

Borderless Printing – A3+, A3, A4, Letter, 5″ x 7″, 6″ x 4″, 8″ x 10″, 10″ x 12″, 14″ x 17″

Ink Tanks – PGI-29Y/M/C/R/PM/PC/MBK/PBK/DGY/GY/LGY/CO

Supported Paper Sizes – A3+, A3, A4, Letter, Legal, Ledger, A5, B5; Photo cards (4×6″,5×7″, 8×10″)

Supported Paper Weights – Plain Paper: 64-105 g/m2,

Windows: Solution Menu EX, M.Setup, Adobe RGB Profile for windows, Easy-WebPrint EX Downloader

General Features Bundled Software

Macintosh: Solution Menu EX, M.Setup, Easy-WebPrint EX Downloader, Mac OS EI X Capitan 10.11

Interface

PC: Hi-Speed USB (B Port) 7, Ethernet Camera Direct: Direct Print Port (PictBridge)6 (Connect your EOS or compatible camera directly to the PIXMA PRO-1)

Operating System

PC: Windows 7, Vista SP1/SP2, XP P2/SP3 Mac: OS.X (10.4.11 or later), Mac OS EI X Capitan 10.11

Consumables: PGI29C, PGI29CO, PGI29DGY, PGI29GY, PGI29LGY, PGI29M, PGI29MBK, PGI29PBK, PGI29PC, PGI29PM, PGI29R, PGI29Y.

What do you do with Empty Printer Cartridges?

After recently surveying 1,000 Australian men and women aged 18-65+, Ink Station found a staggering 45% throw their empty printer cartridges in the rubbish instead of having them refilled or recycling them correctly.

Why is this such a big issue?
Toner and ink cartridges are made up of fine plastic particles, carbon and toxic colouring agents, all of which are not something mother nature can easily degrade. It would take hundreds of years, at best, before the cartridges deteriorate. During that time, the ink or toner in the cartridge can seep into the surrounding soil or water, poisoning it for centuries long after the cartridge has degraded.

An article by Planet Green Recycle states that as much as 97% of an empty toner cartridge can be recycled and made again into a new cartridge.

Empty Print Cartridge Recycling Infographic

 

What about the other results?
We found, there are 39% who recycle but didn’t specify whether they throw the empty cartridge in a normal recycling bin, get their cartridge refilled or take them to a store or government official who can correctly recycle them.

It was surprising how low the results were for both refilling cartridges (7%) and recycling appropriately (7%).

Of the respondents, 2% throw their cartridges in a standard recycling bin. While they have the best intentions, the process required for recycling printer cartridges is different to that of plastic, paper or metal. Like mobile phones or batteries, printer cartridges need to be recycled in a particular way. You can use the Planet Ark website to find your local store that collects cartridge for proper recycling. Planet Ark are a not-for-profit environmental organisation.

Where do I take my empty print cartridges?
It was found that when asking people where they take their cartridges to recycle a majority, 46% to be exact, get their empty cartridges re-filled. Having your cartridge refilled is a great option, it helps the environment and is cost effective, but refilling is not something all printer companies support.

The next most popular option was Office works (18%). It’s no surprise since Officeworks are so well known for supplying and offering support with office stationery and devices. What you might not know is that Officeworks have collected over 5 million printer cartridges and have been a member of Planet Ark’s Recycling Program for 12 years. Other stores who participate in the program are Australia Post, Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi, and The Good Guys.

Local councils (1%) and libraries (3%) both have very low percentages. This may be due to a lack of knowledge that you can take your empty cartridges there or simply because going to a store is a lot easier to do.

The Conclusion
While people understand the importance of recycling paper, there is still a long way to go before they have the same mindset about recycling printer cartridges. With devices like mobiles and e-readers minimising the printing of newspapers and books, we are still far from having a purely digital lifestyle. Printing still has an important role in our lives and it is important that we raise awareness now and do what we can to minimise the damage that may exist in the future.

Top 5 printers for small businesses

Whatever the nature of your business, it is very rare that a week doesn’t go by when you need to use a printer. Thanks to all-in-one printers, that need may not always be to print a document or form, but simply to scan a document to attach the image to an email. In addition, with a small business, cash flow and running costs are always critical, so there is little point in spending thousands of dollars on something you only use a couple of times a week when that money could be better spent more directly on the business.

The truth is, you may not even need a full colour printer, though the price difference between entry-level colour printers and a good monochrome one is not significant. However, where you can save money is on ink cartridges, as black ink is less costly than colour ink.

Space is another aspect you have to take into consideration. If you have your own office, chances are you may be short on space, so the more compact the printer, the better. Some designs are more space saving than others. Don’t forget that most dimensions given for a printer don’t include the space you need to pull out the paper draw for when you need to refill it, or an extension to catch printed paper.

One aspect of printers today that is a huge plus for small businesses is the capacity to print remotely. If you are within a reasonable distance of the printer, you can print direct from a tablet or smartphone via a Bluetooth connection. However, you can print from the other side of the world if you have an internet-connected printer, usually via Wi-Fi. This is excellent for when you are away from the office, but maybe want someone in the office to get a physical copy of an image you need them to see. It can be a document you’ve photographed, or a picture you’ve taken with your smartphone. You can simply print via email and you need not come anywhere near your printer.

One final thing to take into consideration is running costs. A printer’s initial price may seem competitive, but if it guzzles ink, then over time it could turn out to be more costly than anticipated. Do some research and see what you can discover about cost per page for printing – this is always the best guide and you can usually find it out somewhere if you have the name and model number of the printer.

Below we’ve chosen five printers that we feel are well suited to the small business environment:

  1. Epson EcoTank ET-4550 $699.00 or less

The USP of this printer from Epson is the use of ET-4550_1ink tanks as opposed to ink cartridges. This helps considerably to reduce the running costs and per-sheet cost of printing, and the tanks are simply replenished from larger individual ink bottles in black, cyan, magenta and yellow. This is an ideal home-office all-in-one printer which not only prints but has fax, scan and copying facilities included.

The printer should be supplied with enough ink for two years’ use, so that you don’t have any ongoing costs once the initial purchase has been made, and ink supplies are sufficient for 11,000 pages of black text, and 8,500 pages in colour.

Sample Review (verified purchase)

I am so happy with this printer. The quality of the prints is amazing, I have even printed photos for the first time ever and they came out perfectly. I can also print long articles quickly and economically for my Uni work. The features of being able to print double sided, use the document feeder to scan multiple pages, program different print qualities depending on what I am printing, all have me amazed. Overall I am extremely happy with the functionality and totally looking forward to never running out of ink in the middle of the night again, or having to spend so much on replacing ink cartridges. Yay for Epson.

Features:

2 years of ink included – you can print up to 11,000 pages in black2 and 8,500 pages in colour

Start in 3 easy steps: 1. Fill, 2. Set Up, 3. Print – without concern, week after week, month after month

Low-cost replacement ink bottles – and easily refillable ink tanks

Powered by PrecisionCore technology – delivers laser-quality black text

Epson Connect™ – easily print from iPad®, iPhone®, tablets and smartphones, includes Wi-Fi Direct® for router-free printing

Do more – auto 2-sided printing; plus a 30-page Auto Document feeder

Easy setup and menu navigation – 2.2″ Mono LCD

Load paper less often – 150-sheet paper capacity

One-touch copying – get high quality copies fast

Product Protection you can count on4 – two-year Return to Base Warranty with registration

Small size, great performance – save space at the home office

Easy – user friendly control panel buttons

Consumables: C13T774192, C13T664292, C13T664392, C13T664492.

 

  1. Brother HL-L5100DN $299.00 or less

This is an excellent space-saving printer from HL-L5100DNBrother and for those in a rush, a printing speed of 42 pages per minute means this is no slouch. There is also a sensible amount of paper storage with a standard 250-page feeder tray, and a 50 sheet multipurpose tray for specialised media, which can be expanded to 1340 sheets with an optional feeder tray. The recommended monthly capacity is a remarkable 50,000 pages.

Wireless capability comes through the Ethernet and enables wireless connection to mobile devices so you can print direct from a smartphone or tablet, again adding to the time-saving design of this printer.

Sample Review: (expert)

With excellent speed and networking capabilities, the HL-L5100DN Monochrome Laser Printer from Brother is a versatile unit well-suited for use in a home or office. The printer will be able to work quickly and with precision with a 42 ppm print speed and a resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi. It can produce documents as large as 8.5 x 14″ and it will take less than 7.2 seconds for the first print out. Automatic duplex printing further enhances productivity and limits paper usage with its 2-sided output.

Features:

Fast, high-quality printing. With a print speed of up to 42 pages per minute, this printer is ideal for busy offices. Plus, it offers up to 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution for crisp, clear text and excellent graphics.

Built-in networking. Share the HL-L5100DN with multiple users on your network via its Ethernet interface.

Cost-efficient output. Help lower your operating costs via a high-yield 8,000-page replacement Brother toner cartridge.

Easily handle your large print jobs via an adjustable 250-sheet capacity paper tray and 50-sheet capacity multi-purpose tray. Additional optional paper trays are available in 250-sheet or 520-sheet capacities enabling users to configure the printer with multiple trays in a way that best meets their application requirements – up to 1,340-sheet total capacity.

Automatic two-sided printing. Use the duplex feature to produce professional brochures, documents and booklets. This feature can help save money and cut your paper usage by up to 50%.

Convenient mobile device printing. Print from your mobile device via‡: AirPrint™, Google Cloud Print™ 2.0, Mopria®, Brother iPrint&Scan, and Cortado Workplace

Advanced security features. Restrict unauthorized printing and help protect sensitive documents with a wide-range of security features including: Secure Print, Secure Function Lock, Enterprise Security (802.1x), IPSec, SSL/TLS and more.

Outstanding customer support. The Brother HL-L5100DN offers a 1-year limited warranty with free phone support for the life of your product.

Consumables:  TN3420, TN3440, DR3425

 

  1. Canon imageCLASS MF229dw $599.00 or less

As is common with a number of Brother printers, MF229dwthis is a swift machine which saves wasting considerable time. It is ready virtually instantly from sleep mode, and takes only 6 seconds to produce a first copy. Now that’s impressive. Once again we’ve got wireless connectivity enabling network access from mobile devices such as a smartphone or tablet, while minimal running costs are also a key feature of this printer.

Monochrome means that you can still scan in colour, but it will only print in black and white, or greyscale. This obviously saves on the cost of coloured ink or toner cartridges. This one operates with a toner cartridge which will further reduce per-copy costs. This is complemented by the duplex scanning and printing function which requires only one pass.

Sample review: (expert)

If you need a monochrome laser multifunction printer (MFP) with the ability to scan duplex (two-sided) documents, be sure to include the Canon imageClass MF229dw on your short list. It delivers speed and paper handling suitable for a small office, offers an easy-to-use, touch-screen control panel, and lets you copy or scan stacks of two-sided pages, courtesy of a duplexing automatic document feeder (ADF). For a micro office with moderate print needs, it could easily be the right fit.

Features:

High print resolution (27 ppm, 600 x 600 dpi / up to 1200 x 1200 dpi enhanced)

Convenient access to the front panel from a standing or seated position.

Auto duplex for easy double sided printing and copying via the Duplexing Auto Document Feeder

Easy set-up mode will search for access points to connect to – ensuring trouble free network connections.

50-page Duplex Automatic Document Feeder (DADF) for fast unattended copying and faxing.

Huge fax memory of up to 256 pages to ensure there are no lost message.

CCD scanning at 600 x 600 dpi (optical) and 9600 x 9600 dpi (interpolated)

All-in-one printer cartridge system meaning only 1 consumable to stock

(requires Wi-Fi connection)

Useful toner gauge function to confirm remaining toner quantity

Consumables: CART337

 

  1. Samsung M2885FW 4-in-1 Multifunction Xpress $299.00 or less

Samsung have produced a very competitively SL-M2885FWpriced all-in-one printer, fax machine, copier and scanner in an eye-catching and impressive space-saving design. Advanced ReCP (Rendering Engine for Clean Pages) helps to ensure that you get crisp and clean prints and scanned copies. The large Samsung toner cartridge reduces risk of running out of ink at vital times, while also helping to reduce per-page printing costs.

Download the Samsung Mobile Print app for both iOS and Android platforms and you will be able to control the printer from your smartphone, enabling you to wirelessly use all four functions.

Sample Review (verified):

I just replaced my Epson XP-800 with this, and am very pleased with its performance thus far. This is a workhorse of a printer for those who want efficient and speedy printing of black-and-white documents.

Features:

Print, Scan, Copy, Fax

NFC, Mobile Print, WPS

600 MHz Processor

2-line LCD Operational Panel

128 MB Memory (Standard)

Interface (Standard) Hi-Speed USB 2.0 / Ethernet 10 / 100 Base TX / Wireless 802.11b/g/n

Power Consumption – 400 watts (Printing) / 50 watts (Standby) / * 1.6 watts (Power Save) * (Wi-Fi Direct on: 2.4 watts)

Dimension (WxDxH) 401 x 362 x 367 mm (15.8″ x 14.2″ x 14.4″)

Weight 11.3 kg (24.9 lbs)

Max. Monthly Duty Cycle 12,000 Pages

Print Speed (Mono) Up to 28 ppm in A4 (29 ppm in Letter)

First Print Out Time (Mono) Less than 8.5 seconds (From Ready Mode)

Resolution 4800 x 600 dpi effective

Windows 8 / 7 / Vista / XP / 2000 / 2008R2 / 2008 / 2003, Mac OS X 10.5 – 10.8, Various Linux

Consumables: MLT-D116S/SEE, MLT-D116L/SEE, MLT-R116/SEE

 

  1. HP Colour LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw $549.00 or less

Jet intelligence ensures that you get peak performance MFP M277dwfrom this laser printer to minimise running costs, while speed of printing helps save considerable time. Both wired and wireless functionality means you can operate this printer remotely and print direct from mobile devices such as a smartphone or tablet. The all-in-one design saves on space in your office, which is usually at a premium, so in one workhorse you can print, scan, fax and copy documents on full colour or black and white.

At just over $500.00 this fits in well against stiff competition in this sector of the printer market, but with HP’s name for robust and reliable printers and other computer-associated hardware, you’re pretty well guaranteed trouble-free performance.

Sample Review:

Fuss-free setup and easy to use features. Fax worked for me via a splitter. Able to print via iPad, scan to USB. Duplex printing is a breeze. Still checking out all its capabilities though – would love to know how to automatically scan to both sides of the paper. Really small footprint to boot!

Features:

Accomplish more with your time

Create professional-quality color documents, and speed through tasks with super-fast two-sided printing.

Choose the MFP that’s the smallest in its class, and prints from sleep mode faster than comparable devices.

Access time-saving apps from the 3-inch (7.6 cm) touchscreen, and scan directly to email and the cloud.

Easily print Microsoft® Word and PowerPoint® documents—now directly from your USB drive.

Easy mobile printing options

Print to this MFP with just a touch of your NFC-enabled mobile device—no network needed.

Count on wireless direct printing in the office—from mobile devices—without accessing the company network.

Easily print from a variety of smartphones and tablets—generally no setup or apps required.

More. Pages, Performance, and Protection.

Get more pages than ever before—using Original HP High-Yield Color Toner cartridges with JetIntelligence.

Count on professional quality at high speeds—HP ColorSphere 3 toner works best with your HP printer.

Get the authentic HP quality you paid for with anti-fraud technology.

Print right away with preinstalled HP toner cartridges. Replace them with optional high-yield cartridges.

Meet every day IT challenges head-on

Safeguard data and easily manage devices with a suite of essential security and management features.

Easily access, print, and share resources with Ethernet and wireless networking.

Increase security, restore control, and help avoid additional expenses—with HP JetAdvantage Private Print.

Consumables: CF400A, CF401A, CF402A, CF403A, CF400X, CF401X, CF402X, CF403X

Top 5 printers for graphic designers

In this day and age where so much of what we do is Internet-oriented, it can be easy to forget that while such professions as graphic design use the most up-to-date software to assist with creating their designs, they don’t all end up getting sent to clients in a digital format. Yes, the likes of websites often never see ‘hard copy’ of their layout design, but we still use brochures, instruction leaflets, hard copy advertisements and other promotional materials, along with a whole raft of business-related documentation, such as letterheads, corporate logos, presentation documentation, etc.

Now for a skilled graphic designer, there can be nothing worse than creating the perfect image in high definition on your computer screens, only to find that a ‘printed’ version just doesn’t have the same crispness, clarity or definition of colour. Graphic design is a mixture of complex yet subtle design, together with the careful use and marriage of colours. If a printer doesn’t have the capability of faithfully reproducing the skills of good designer, then that defeats the whole object of the exercise. Clever and successful graphic design rests solely on visual impact, something a printer cannot reproduce if it does not have the power to.

Because quality counts and you only ever get one opportunity to make a good first impression, a reputable name with the capability of dealing with large files is essential. The capacity to deal with anything up to A3 paper is a must, while the greater the number of printer ink cartridges, the better. It is unlikely that a single ink cartridge printer will do anywhere near the job you will need it to. You should check the maximum resolution of the printer; the greater the resolution, the better the quality of the printed matter. Paper quality can also be critical as the better the paper, the better the quality of the print – especially if printing on photo-quality paper.

We have assembled a list of five printers that we consider well suited to the environment of graphic design.

  1. Epson Artisan 1430 $399.00 or less

With six individual printer ink cartridges immediately Artisan1430you know that the quality of image reproduction is going to be above average, with crisper and clearer colours. This is very much a colour inkjet printer for the technical and graphic-oriented environment. Of particular note is the ability of the printer to use ink droplets as small as 1.5 picolitres thanks to the MicroPiezo print head. Epson have used printer ink cartridges using Claria ultra-high definition photographic ink, you can be assured of bright, vivid images which are resistant to fading, have smooth tonal gradation and fine detail.

An added plus is the Wi-Fi connection which allows you to ‘print on the run’ by not having to connect your smartphone or tablet to the printer before reproducing photographs and images.

Sample Review:

Have had an Epson stylus photo R1800 for almost 10 years and there was a need to replace it. Installation procedure for the Artisan 1430 was very easy and went without a glitch. Have started printing and find the quality of the prints excellent. Looking forward to many years of hassle free photo printing.

Features:

Brilliant large size photos – borderless photos up to A3

Ultra High Definition prints – Claria 6 colour ink for the ultimate photo quality and longevity (prints last up to four times longer than photo lab prints)

Connect to your wireless network in seconds – Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n makes it easy; up to 2.5 times faster transfer speeds than the previous 802.11g

Superior image enhancement tools – automatic colour and lighting correction for the best quality photos

Remarkable image quality – MicroPiezo print head technology, up to 5760 x 1440 dpi resolution and ink droplets as small as 1.5 picolitres provide the finest in colour and detail

Professional looking CDs/DVDs – print directly onto inkjet printable CDs and DVDs without labels

Individual ink cartridges – replace only the colour you need

Epson Connect – print and share via e-mail

PictBridgeTM – Connect your camera directly for simple photo printing

Achieve the results you want – choose from a variety of paper finishes; the Artisan 1430 supports a large range of media

Consumables: C13T111192, C13T111292, C13T111392, C13T111492, C13T111592, C13T111692, C13T111792

 

  1. Canon Pixma Pro-100 $729.00 or less

If you are looking for extra-sharp and vivid Canon PRO100reproduction in an A3 printer, then you shouldn’t have to look much further than this Pixma Pro-100 with its ability to print at a resolution of 4800 x 2400dpi. Incorporating Canon’s 3PL FINE print-head technology together with an 8-ink dye system premium quality, borderless prints are packed with remarkable colour and glossiness. This Canon printer features three monochrome inks that produce smooth tonal gradations, along with an Optimum Image Generating System to create the perfect balance of inks with precise ink placement. Use the PRO Mode to ensure the colour you see on screen matches the colour in your prints, while an advanced software plug-in will further adjust settings and colour management. Ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity means that you don’t have to physically connect any devices to start printing.

Sample Review: (expert)

Despite the competitive price, this is still an expensive printer, and it certainly doesn’t look or feel like a budget model. The thick plastic body encases a print engine that’s strengthened with metal for better precision, while the main paper input and output trays feel like they’d survive a small explosion. The single-sheet multipurpose feed at the rear can print different sizes or types of paper without unloading the main tray.

Features:

Printing resolution 4800 x 2400 dpi

3 picolitre FINE print-head technology

8 individual colour ink tanks giving supreme quality to photo prints

A3+ bordered colour print in 1 minutes and 30 sec

Apple Air Print and PIXMA Cloud Link available from smart or tablet

Access Point Mode

Energy Star

Quoted photo durability (source)             30 years (Canon)

Standard interfaces        USB, Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless

Optional interfaces         None

Dimensions (HxWxD)     215x689x385mm

Weight 19.7kg

Duty cycle (pages per month)    Not stated

Standard paper trays (capacity) 2 (151)

Maximum paper trays (capacity)               2 (151)

Duplex  No

Direct (PC-less) printing                PictBridge USB

Memory card support    None

Supported operating systems    Windows XP or later, Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later, Android, iOS.

Consumables: CLI42BK, CLI42C, CLI42GY, CLI42LGY, CLI42M, CLI42PC, CLI42PM, CLI42Y

 

  1. Canon iP8760 $384.00 or less

This printer is ideal for graphic designers, students and IP8760 - Copyphoto enthusiasts who want to see vibrant results from A3+ printing. The iP8760 produces high quality A3+ prints, at speeds of ISO 14.5ipm for mono and 10.4ipm for colour, providing the most outstanding detail, thanks to a minimum of 1-pixel ink droplets and an exceptional 9600 x 2400dpi resolution that you would not expect to find at this price point. The Canon printer cartridge six-ink system which features an individual grey ink, produces beautiful photos and smooth graduations in mono prints. Wi-Fi operation allows you to print on the go from any mobile device, with iP8760’s connectivity features including Apple Airprint™, Google Cloud Print and PIXMA Printing Solutions App.

This printer represents one of the best solutions for those requiring exceptional quality images for graphic artwork or photographic images, at a very competitive price.

Sample Review: (expert)

Considering that the iP8760 focuses on photos, what matters most is the photo quality, which is precisely what the printer does well. Although its color photos aren’t a match for output from top-tier printers, like the Epson R3000, they are a clear step above typical drugstore prints. And unlike the Canon iX6820, the iP8720 also prints black-and-white photos at the same high level, with no obvious tint and with appropriately subtle shading.

Features:

Printer Category: Ink Jet

Type: Printer Only

Color or Monochrome: 1-pass color

Ink Jet Type: Photo All-Purpose

Connection Type: USB, Wireless

Maximum Standard Paper Size: Supertabloid

Number of Cartridges: 6

Number of Ink Colors: 6

Direct Printing from Cameras: Yes (via wireless)

LCD Preview Screen: No

Input Capacity (printer input only): 150 sheets

Print Duplexing: No

Uses Canon ink cartridges: PGI650BK, CLI651BK, CLI651C, CLI651M, CLI651Y, CLI651GY, PGI650XLBK, CLI651XLBK, CLI651XLC, CLI651XLM, CLI651XLY, CLI651XLGY, CLI651XLVP.

 

  1. Canon HL-L8350CDW $499.00 or less

For those who are fans of the quality of laser printing, HL-L8350CDWyou won’t be disappointed with this affordable brother colour laser printer which is very well suited to photographers and designers alike. The Brother’s HL-L8350CDW is an impressive high-speed, colour laser printer with 30ppm output in both colour and monochrome. Wi-Fi technology makes printing a breeze from any portable device, while direct cable connection via your PC is also possible. The HL-L8350CDW features automatic 2-sided (duplex) printing which certainly reduces hassle when double-sided printing. High page-yield replacement Brother toner cartridges help you to achieve maximum output at reduced costs. Added and more unusual benefits include Secure Function Lock 3.0, while BRAdmin also adds to confidentiality, convenience and efficiency.

This is definitely a printer that hits all the right marks and has the great name of Brother behind it.

Sample Review: (verified purchase)

I’ve been running my Brother printer for about a month now and am happy with it for many reasons: including 1. It’s an affordable colour printer with all the required functions – including Duplex printing which I’ve now come to love. 2. the consumables are reasonably priced and seem to be lasting a good length of time. 3. It connects to all sorts of devices, Window, Mac, IPhone and works seamlessly on my network using the IP address functions – there are so many other printer services that it supports that I’m not surprised it works so well.

Features:

Duplex Print:      Built-in @ Up to 14 sides per minute (7 sheets per minute)

Interface:            Hi-Speed USB2.0, 10Base-T/ 100Base-TX Ethernet and IEEE 802.11 b/g/n Wireless

Standard Paper Capacity:             Up to 250 Sheets

AirPrint:               Yes

Wi-Fi Direct:       Yes

Google Cloud Print:         Yes

Warranty:            12 Months Return To Base

Up to 30ppm print speed colour & monochrome

Automatic 2-sided (duplex) Printing

Hi-Speed USB 2.0, Wired & Wireless Network

128MB Memory (expandable up to 384MB)

250 sheet lower paper tray & 50 sheet Manual Feed Slot + optional 500 sheet paper capacity

Apple AirPrint & Google Cloud Print

Wi-Fi Direct

Standard & High-yield toners 2,500Bk, 1,500CMY / 4,000Bk, 3,500CM

Consumables: TN341BK, TN341C, TN341M, TN341Y, TN346BK, TN346C, TN346M, TN346Y, DR341CL, BU-320CL, WT-320CL

 

  1. HP Officejet Pro X576dw $899.00 or less

At this price you start entering the realms of a X576dwhigh-quality colour printer for individuals and businesses that are highly image oriented where printing requirements are concerned. The HP printing system is designed to minimise ink use while maximising quality thanks to top performance HP ink cartridges. Speed is also of the essence with this inkjet printer, producing up to 70 pages per minute. The printer is designed for medium print level demands, with a recommended 6000 pages per month usage, and with the paper tray over 1000 pages can be loaded at a time. Ink use should see you get approaching 9000 pages per ink cartridge.

Wireless technology allows you to print direct from smartphones and tablets without the need for any Internet connection or router either, making this very much a printing hub for a busy office environment.

Sample Review: (expert)

Fast 70-page per minute print speeds and economical print costs are enough to make this a top-rated printer, but the Officejet X576dw doesn’t skimp out on business-friendly features, including wireless and network connectivity, solid print quality and easy-to-use touchscreen controls.

Features:

Functions – Print, copy, scan, fax

Multitasking supported -Yes

Print speed black: ISO: Up to 42 ppm

Draft: Up to 70 ppm

ISO: Up to 42 ppm

Draft: Up to 70 ppm

First page out (ready) Black: As fast as 9.5 sec Color: As fast as 9.5 sec

(No heating or fusing warm up time required)

Duty cycle (monthly, A4) Up to 80,000 pages

(Duty cycle is defined as the maximum number of pages per month of imaged output. This value provides a comparison of product robustness in relation to other HP LaserJet or HP Color LaserJet devices, and enables appropriate deployment of printers and MFPs to satisfy the demands of connected individuals or groups.)

Recommended monthly page volume

1000 to 6000

(HP recommends that the number of printed pages per month be within the stated range for optimum device performance, based on factors including supplies replacement intervals and device life over an extended warranty period.)

HP PageWide Technology with pigmented inks

Print quality (best) Color: Up to 2400 x 1200 optimized dpi from 600 x 600 input dpi (on HP Advanced Photo Papers)

Black: Up to 1200 x 1200 optimized dpi from 600 x 600 input dpi (on Unspecified, Plain, HP Premium Presentation Matte, and HP Brochure Matte)

Display – 4.3″ CGD (color graphics), touchscreen

Processor speed – 792 MHz

Number of print cartridges – 4 (1 each black, cyan, magenta, yellow)

Consumables: CN621AA, CN622AA, CN623AA, CN624AA, CN625AA, CN626AA, CN627AA, CN628AA.

Top 10 most economical printers for students

If you are a student, or about to go to college, the chances are you’ll be looking around for essential purchases, one of which is likely to be a printer. Below you will find a list of the best printers for students, which we hope will help you on your way.

Make your money last

When you become a student, often it is the first time in your life you have had compete control of your finances. It is also at this point you discover that as a student, money doesn’t go very far and that every penny really counts. The sooner you discover that shopping wisely will pay dividends in the long run, the further your money will go. Nobody likes being in debt, so there are steps you can take along the way to minimise the risks.

Save money on essentials

As a student, there are certain things that are essential, including books, a laptop, and a printer, as well as food and beer! Where books are concerned, you have the option of reducing your costs by buying your books from a senior student who no longer needs his own copies. Where a laptop is concerned, if money is extremely tight, you can find excellent reconditioned models at greatly reduced prices. However, because you will keep so much vital information on your laptop, whether brand new or reconditioned, we cannot stress the importance of regularly backing up your content to an external memory source.

What, exactly, are you likely to be printing most?

When it comes to choosing the right printer, you might think “A printer is a printer” and not consider more closely what functions each printer has which, ultimately will affect the price. Additionally, and of perhaps greatest importance if you are going to use your printer regularly, is the rate at which you have to change the ink cartridges, and whether the printer cartridges you need to buy are ‘all-in-one’, or individual colours for each ink cartridge.

If the majority of your printing is going to be text in black and white, then it may make more sense to buy a printer which has a separate black ink cartridge from the colour ink cartridges, as otherwise you are paying for coloured ink you don’t use. If the volume of work you are going to be printing is high, then you need to make sure you don’t get a printer that guzzles ink!

Even more economical, if you know you won’t be needing any colour, you can buy monochrome printers which saves you having to buy any colour ink cartridges, or colour toner.

Our Top Ten Printers for Students

  1. Brother HL-L2340 $149.00 or less

As a laser printer, this is a neat package with print HL-L2340 quality up to 2400 x600 dpi in monochrome. It is ready to print within 30 seconds of powering up and 8.5 seconds from sleep mode. What we like about this printer the most is the size (365mm x 360mm x 183mm) and wireless function, making it ideal for those with limited space.

We also liked the fact that Brother toner cartridges and Brother ink cartridges will cover between 1,200 and 2,400 pages so you won’t be forever running out of ink at vital times.

Sample Review (verified purchase)

5* Great printer, cheap, fast and easy to set up. I bought this printer recently and have been impressed by the cost of ownership, it’s speed, the print quality and the ease of set up. Would recommend.

Features:

Up to 26ppm print speed

Automatic 2-sided (duplex) Printing

Hi-Speed USB 2.0 & Wireless Network + Wi-Fi Direct

32MB Memory

250 sheet lower paper tray

Apple AirPrint & Google Cloud Print

Standard yield toner up to 1,200 & High-yield toner up to 2,600 pages

Consumables: TN2330, TN2350, DR2325

 

  1. Fuji Xerox DocuPrint P265DW $89.00 or less

It is difficult not to be drawn to this printer with its P265DW two-tone design which makes it stand out from the competition. Quality isn’t sacrificed for cost as this laser printer will produce copies at 2,600 x 600 dpi resolution. It’s no slouch either, producing up to 30 ppm on A4-size paper, holding up to 240 pages in the input tray. Add wireless technology to a small and compact unit and this is ideal for students who have limited space.

We also liked the toner conservation feature to reduce ink use.

Sample Review (verified purchase)

Can’t fault it for home use. The genuine (Fuji Xerox) cartridges are a bit expensive but you can still get discounts around. I think some of the issues other reviewers experienced were resolved. I have installed the latest drivers (I am using it from Windows 7 and Windows 10) and have no issues with printing or Wi-Fi.

Features:

Print up to 30 ppm (A4)

Wi-Fi Enabled

AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Print Utility and Mopria

266 MHZ processor

Robust & Compact design

Print resolution up to HQ1200 technology (2400 x 600 dpi quality)

Input tray holds 250 sheets

Consumables: CT202329, CR202330, CT351055

 

  1. Brother DCP1510 $149.00 or less

Another great and compact little printer from DCP-1510Brother. For a wireless monochrome printer this certainly meets your needs and can operate at speeds of up to 26ppm on A4 paper. Wi-Fi compatible means no need for messy cables (apart from the power one!) and dual-sided printing helps reduce running costs. Crisp sharp printing comes from the 2400 x 600 dpi capability. No waiting for it to warm up either; 17 seconds from start up or 8.5 seconds from standby makes this a dream for those who don’t need a printer running 24/7.

Sample Review (verified purchase)

Fast and easy to use. My first laser printer, very happy with speed and easy to use. Compact for small areas

Features:

Up to 26ppm print speed

Automatic 2-sided (duplex) Printing

Hi-Speed USB 2.0 & Wireless Network + Wi-Fi Direct

32MB Memory

250 sheet lower paper tray

Apple AirPrint & Google Cloud Print

Standard yield toner up to 1,200 & High-yield toner up to 2,600 pages

Consumables: TN1070, DR1070

 

  1. Fuji Xerox DocuPrint P115w $30.00 or less

An ultra-compact wireless printer with an P115weye-catching design and great price sets this Fuji Xerox printer aside from many of its competitors. This definitely falls into the affordable entry-level type of printer with a great name behind it. The ‘toner save’ mode will help reduce the running costs and will save you from running out of Fuji Xerox toner or Fuji Xerox ink at vital moments too!

Sample Review (verified purchase)

Easy setup with no fuss on windows 10 good quality printing. The price it’s great for a cheap laser printer.

Features:

The DocuPrint P115W prints documents of up to A4 size.

It can print at speeds of up to 20 impressions per minute.

The print resolution of 2400 x 600 dpi ensures your documents look great.

Always have paper ready to go with a 150 sheet capacity.

It utilises USB 2.0 and Wireless IEEE 802.11b/g/n connectivity.

It is compatible with the following Fuji Xerox consumables: CT202137 toner (approx. 1,000-page yield) and CT351005 drum unit (approx. 10,000-page life).

It is recommended for environments with a monthly print volume of between 250 and 1800 pages.

You can print from your mobile or tablet device using the Fuji Xerox Print Utility App.

The machine comes with a USB cable for your convenience.

Consumables: CT202137, CT351005

 

  1. Epson Expression Home XP-420 $129.00 or less

This is a well-designed printer which epitomisesXP-420 Epson’s commitment to quality and functionality. This is a small yet powerful colour printer (390mm x 300mm x 145mm) with the option of either a 2.0 USB connection, or wireless Wi-Fi to save on cable tangles. Scanning is such a useful option on a printer, and this one scans at a resolution of 1200 x 2400dpi, while printing at a range of clarity and precision, up to an impressive 5760 x 1440 dpi. Speed is competent at 33ppm B&W and 15ppm colour.

Sample Review (verified purchase)                                                 

The main reason for purchasing this printer was the Wi Fi direct feature, this enables you to print directly from a smart phone to the printer without using a Wi Fi router.

Features:

Small size without compromise – space-saving design with great performance.

Easy set up and menu navigation – large, intuitive 2.5″ colour LCD and touch panel means easier navigation and easily view, crop and print photos.

The complete wireless solution1 – connect to wireless network in seconds including Wi-Fi Direct.

EPSON Connect™ – easily print from iPad®, iPhone®, tablets and smartphones; print and share from anywhere.

Remarkable print quality – get crisp, sharp documents and brilliant colour photos.

Print customised & borderless photos – built-in card slots for PC free photo printing.

Better image enhancement tools2 – red-eye removal, photo restoration and correction of over/under exposed images.

Print templates – easily create calendars, envelopes, message cards and lined paper.

Simple to use – easy to set up in minutes, with one-touch copying and scanning; intuitive touch panel for ease of use.

Epson DURABrite® Ultra resin coated pigment ink – for water resistant and highlighter friendly laser sharp results.

Brilliant results, smart value – 4 individual Epson ink cartridges and only replace the colour that is used.

XL size cartridges – For 2.5x more prints, 3 different sizes to suit your needs.

Quiet operation – Whisper-quiet printing and scanning prevents noisy distractions.

Consumables: C13T293192, C13T293292, C13T293392, C13T293492, C13T293692, C13T294192, C13T294194, C13T294292, C13T294392, C13T294492, C13T294692

 

  1. Canon PIXMA MG2960 $34.00 or less

This may be described as a basic printer, MG2960and at this price point you’d think you wouldn’t be getting much. Well think again. This is a great printer for students with the world-renowned name of Canon behind it. While you can connect this via a 2.0 USB, this gem has Wi-Fi capability, allowing you to print direct from your tablet or phone, as well as offering ample cloud storage which you can print direct from. We particularly liked ‘quiet mode’ which is ideal if you are working in a group and all need access to the printer.

Sample customer review (verified purchase)

Wi-Fi etc., quality ok, every day use, good enough. will last for 7 years.

Features:

Printing Resolution 4800 x 600 dpi

Print Speed B&W: 8.0 ipm Colour: 4.0 ipm

Supported Paper Sizes A4, A5, B5, LTR, LGL, 4″x 6″, 5″ x 7″, European DL/US Com

Wireless LAN Range. Indoor 50m (depends on the transmission speed and conditions)

Scanning Resolution 1200 x 600 optical dpi

Scanning Bit Depth (Input/Output) Greyscale: 16bit/8bit, Colour: 48bit/24bit (RGB each 16bit/8bit)

Maximum Document Size A4/LTR (216 x 297 mm)

Dimensions (W x D x H) 426 x 306 x 145 mm

Consumables: PG645, CL646, PG645XL, CL646XL

 

  1. HP Envy 4520 $99.00 or less

This is a great all-in-one printer having the HP_Envy4520almost obligatory scanning function as well as good-quality printing capabilities. We particularly liked the wireless easy photo printing option to enable you to print direct from your smartphone. Any phone or tablet can be wirelessly connected, saving on messy USB cables, while the 2.2-inch display makes choosing the right printing options as simple and uncomplicated as possible. Add the optional ‘quiet mode’ to auto deploying output tray, and we like this printer a lot.

Sample review (verified purchase)

Features are awesome, I especially love the fact that it prints both sides without having to do it manually. Easy to use and convenient. Great value for the price. Highly recommended!

Features:

Copy resolution (black text)

600 x 300 dpi

Copy resolution (colour text and graphics)

600 x 300 dpi

Copy reduce / enlarge settings

25 to 400%

Copies, maximum 50

Print quality (best) Colour: Up to 4800 x 1200 optimized dpi colour (when printing from a computer on selected HP photo papers and 1200 input dpi)

Black: Up to 1200 x 1200 rendered dpi (when printing from a computer)

Minimum dimensions (W x D x H) 445 x 367 x 128 mm

Consumables: F6U61AA, F6U62AA, F6U63AA, F6U64AA

 

  1. Epson WorkForce WF-2630 $129.00 or less

Epson are well known for printers, and this WF2630all-in-one model with 4 separate Epson ink cartridges and Wi-Fi capability, all at under $130.00 is a great buy. Only lightly bigger than some other models, this is still the most compact one in its specific class; the power of this printer and ease of use will more than make up for it. We particularly like the fact you can change each individual Epson ink cartridge as it runs out as seldom do we all use equal amounts of the same colour, especially black!

Sample review

Very happy with my new printer. It was easy to install and has high quality print. Has Fax & Copy functions which is useful. Cartridges are reasonably priced which was a big consideration for me.

Features:

Fast printing – professional-quality prints at speeds of 9 ISO ppm (black) and 4.7 ISO ppm (colour).

Wireless and Wi-Fi Direct® – easily print from iPad®, iPhone®, tablets and smartphones.

Affordable individual Epson ink cartridges – replace only the colour you need.

Smallest footprint in its class – save space in your home office.

Do More – 100-sheet paper capacity; plus a 30-page Auto Document Feeder.

Documents that last – smudge, fade and water resistant prints.

Sharp documents – professional-quality black text delivers crisp, high-quality proposals, reports and brochures.

Increase productivity – print, copy, scan and fax; plus scan to the cloud.

Consumables: C13T293192, C13T293292, C13T293392, C13T293492, C13T293692, C13T294192, C13T294194, C13T294292, C13T294392, C13T294492, C13T294692.

 

  1. Epson Expression Home XP-220 $89.00 or less

A keenly priced 4-function printer/scanner with a XP220great space-saving design. Epson have a reputation for making some of the most reliable printers available today, and this one also comes with the added advantage of having four individual Epson ink cartridges which makes it even more economical to run for students. W-Fi capability allowing you to do without annoying USB cables also means you can connect via any Wi-Fi-enabled device such as a smartphone or tablet – printing photos direct from your phone is a real treat.

Sample review (verified purchase)

I have had an Epson printer/scan/copy for a long time when you find something good you stick with it

Features:

Small-in-One printer – space-saving design with great performance.

Wireless printing and scanning – share one Small-in-One Printer at home.

Simple to use – easy to set up in minutes, with one-touch copying and scanning. The intuitive touch panel gives you everything you need, right at your fingertips.

Epson DURABrite™ Ultra resin coated instant-dry pigment ink – water, fade, and smudge resistant, laser-sharp results – ideal for text documents.

4 individual ink cartridges – only replace the cartridge colours that are used, with a range of Epson ink cartridge sizes available.

Variable Sized Droplet Technology – delivering enhanced productivity, enabling users to admire accurate document and photo reproduction at up to 5760 dpi resolution.

EPSON Connect2 – print and share from anywhere – convenient mobile printing from smartphones, tablets and more.

Consumables: C13T293192, C13T293292, C13T293392, C13T293492, C13T293692, C13T294192, C13T294194, C13T294292, C13T294392, C13T294492, C13T294692.

 

  1. Canon PIXMA MG5760 $89.00 or less

Compact, stylish and very capable. At under MG5760$100.00 this is an excellent student-level printer with great all-round capabilities. Wi-Fi capability allows you to connect to all your Wi-Fi enabled devices such as a tablet or smartphone – allowing you to print photos direct as opposed to downloading images first. The 2.5” LED screen makes operating this printer very simple, while quality is what you would expect from a name like Canon.

Sample review (verified purchase)

Great printer for the cost. Perfect photo quality prints and fast. As for the other review, the machine has a pull out guide which is designed to stop the paper in the tray from falling to the floor. Easy to setup, great photo software

Features:

Various Colour Options

Direct Wireless Connection

Quick Prints

Auto Two-Sided Printing

Easy Printing App

Smartphone Based Printing

Printing Resolution 4800 (horizontal) 1 x 1200 (vertical) dpi

Print Speed B&W: 12.6 ipm, Colour: 9.0ipm, 4”x6” photo paper: Approx. 41sec

Wireless LAN Range indoor 50m (depends on the transmission speed and conditions)

Dimensions (W x D x H) Approx. 455 x 369 x 148 mm.

Consumables: PGI670BK, CLI671BK, CLI671C, CLI671M, CLI671Y, PGI670XLBK, CLI671XLBK, CLI671XLC, CLI671XLM, CLI671XLY.

How Does a 3D Printer Work?

Title How Does a 3D Printer Work

The 3D printer is changing the way we think about manufacturing. As the emerging technology continues to improve, and materials become cheaper and cheaper, what was once the exclusive technology of only the top universities and private companies around the world, is fast becoming available to more and more individuals – from backyard innovators to ambitious students.

History and development

The first ever 3D printer was developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the early 1990s by a company called 3D Systems (source). Since then they have continued to improve the technology, and to this day remain the leaders of the field.

However, even before the development of the 3D printer, many companies in the 1980s experimented with an earlier form of additive manufacturing called rapid prototyping (RP). RP allowed manufacturers to produce prototypes much quicker than usual – sometimes in as little as a day – and marked a positive step forward in the eventual evolution of the 3D printer.

These days, significant improvements in the areas of efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and accessibility have enabled this technology to flood into the wider arena.

How does 3D printing work?

A 3D printer uses additive manufacturing technology to build 3-dimensional objects from a standard Computer Aided Design (CAD) file. Usually used for prototyping purposes, a 3D printer uses different types of plastic filament (ABS plastic, PLA, Nylon and Polycarbonates) which is melted to create solid objects – layer by layer.

Let’s take a look at the specific steps involved in creating a 3D printed object:

  • First, the object is virtually designed in a CAD file using 3D modeling software such as TurboCAD or Trimble. Alternatively, a 3D scanner can be used to scan an existing object and turn it into a digital file that can then be imported into 3D modeling software.

  • Once the object exists in a digital format, the 3D modeling software reads this CAD data and then slices the digital object into hundreds, if not thousands, of individual horizontal layers – much like slicing a salami.

  • When the object has been sliced into enough layers, it is then sent to the 3D printer for printing. Layer by layer the entire object is created by fusing the plastic filament together. This process can take anywhere from between 10 minutes (e.g., a bottle opener) to up to two days (e.g., an actual, working car!) – depending on the size and complexity of the object.

The current cost of plastic filament hovers between $20-$50 for 1kg – enough filament to make over 100 small solid chess pieces. Recently, a number of 3D printers have entered the market, some weighing as little as 1.5kg and costing a just over $2000.

Uses and applications

There is a ton of excitement building over just what 3D printers can currently do, and what they’ll be capable of in the near future. It has been suggested by some advocates of additive manufacturing that 3D printers will completely revolutionise the nature of the manufacturing industry. Innovators will now be able to manufacture their own products, rather than having to contract with plants and factories all over the world. (source)

It’s already possible for 3D printers to print in different colours and materials (including brass, steel, and ceramic) to create fully-functional objects. Indeed, just recently the first 3D-printed aircraft and car were created, signaling a significant step forward in the technology’s continued evolution. 3D printing also allows the production of objects with such intricate and complex designs that it’s simply impossible to recreate using any other technology.

3D printing also has a number of uses and applications in a wide range of industries. For example, 3D bioprinting will allow doctors and researchers to print organs and human tissue. Already, many 3D printers on the market are able to print at such high resolutions: necessary when dealing with the human body. The food industry can also benefit through this emerging technology. Edible objects can be created by printing objects using edible materials.

What is the best printer to use with an iPad and iPhone?

Thanks to Apple’s native AirPrint wireless technology, gone are the days of tangled printer cables and centralised printing. And this makes sense: wireless technology is everywhere, and everyone expects it these days.

With AirPrint, it’s now possible for users to print photos and documents in a flash from literally anywhere in their home – or office – that’s within reach of a Wi-Fi signal. Simply connect your iPad, iPhone or any other iOS device to that printer on your network, and you’re good to go. If you’re in the market for one of these fantastic pieces of technology, then read on. Here are 3 of the best affordable wireless printers to use with your iPad or iPhone.

Epson Expression XP-850

An affordable all-in-one wireless printer that’s compatible with both the iPhone and iPad, the Epson Expression XP-850 is capable of printing top quality photos and easy to read text. It also doubles as a scanner, fax, and copier, making it ideal for the home office or the busy professional. The XP-850 is easy to setup, energy efficient and features an intuitive touchscreen for simple navigation. Keeping printing costs down is made easy due to the printer’s high-capacity ink cartridges – print more for less. The printer is able to automatically print on both sides of the page and features a 30 sheet paper tray.

HP Officejet Pro 8610.

With built-in AirPrint technology, a low cost-per-page, and print speeds of up to 19 ppm, the HP Officejet Pro 8610 is a solid all-in-one wireless printer that’s perfect for those users looking to print professional looking documents and photos. It’s a true workhorse, allowing users to print from their iOS devices without effort of fuss. A printer, copier, scanner and fax, the Officejet Pro 8610 features a 250 sheet page tray and is also packed to the brim with other useful features, such as USB connectivity, scan to email, duplex printing, and an intuitive touchscreen display. If you’ll be printing more documents than photos, the HP Officejet Pro 8610 is a great wireless printer to have around. Ink cartridges for HP Officejet Pro 8610 can be found here.

Canon PIXMA MX892.

Designed with overall performance and image quality in mind, the Canon PIXMA MX892 is an all-in-one wireless printer that simply delivers. Working seamlessly with the iPad and iPhone, this small, yet feature packed wireless printer is able to print photos at a resolution of 9600 dpi – that’s a high enough resolution for the pros. Users can also edit their photos from the convenience of the intuitive 3-inch LCD screen with the PIXMA MX892. Featuring a 35 sheet page tray and requiring little in the way of setting up (no additional drivers are needed; simply plug it in, connect to the network, and you’re ready to roll), the Canon PIXMA MX892 is a user friendly Apple compatible wireless printer that would make a welcome addition to any home or office. Canon ink cartridges can be found here.

Before making any purchase, it pays to be clear on what you need out of a wireless printer. So sit down, have a think about what kinds of documents you’d like to print, as well as what features you need, and then make your decision. That way you’ll pick the right AirPrint enabled printer for your home or office.