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:
- HP Officejet Pro 8730 $283.00 or less
This is an impressive all-in-one printer with a very appealing and 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.
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
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.
- HP Officejet Pro 8620 e-All-in-One Printer $499.00 or less
This printer delivers on quality of reproduction thanks to 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.
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.
- Brother MFC8910DW $899.00 or less
This laser printer is for the busy office/business environment, ideally 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
Print Speed 40ppm (A4)
250 Sheet Paper Capacity
iPrint & Scan
PCL6 & BR-Script
Direct Print from USB Devices
Uses all Windows OS including Windows 10
Standard Warranty 12 Months Return to Base
Consumables: TN3310, TN3340, DR3325.
- Brother HL-L2340 $149.00 or less
As a laser printer, this is a neat package with print 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.
Up to 26ppm print speed
Automatic 2-sided (duplex) Printing
Hi-Speed USB 2.0 & Wireless Network + Wi-Fi Direct
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.
- Brother MFC-6890CDW $699.00 or less
This Brother inkjet printer is very much geared towards the 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].
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 Load Type Automatic, Manual
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.
- Epson Expression Home XP-420 $129.00 or less
This is a well-designed printer which epitomises 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. 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.
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.
- Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4630 $399.00 or less
The small footplate belies the multiple capabilities of a printer 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.
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.
- Xerox DocuPrint M255Z $299.00 or under
Xerox have lived up to their name for quality printers and copiers 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.
Print, Copy, Scan, Fax
Resolution 1200 x 1200 dpi
First page out time as fast as 7 seconds
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.
- Fuji Xerox DocuPrint CM305 df $429.00 or less
The perfect printer for the small-to-medium-sized business, the 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.
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
- Canon MG6860 $129.00 or less
Described as a journeyman of printers, Canon never produce 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.
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.
Direct Wireless Connection
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New and Improved Inks
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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
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Consumables: PGI670BK, CLI671BK, CLI671C, CLI671M, CLI671Y, PGI670XLBK, CLI671XLBK, CLI671XLC, CLI671XLM, CLI671XLY.