When you have a particular task in mind – be it printing photographs or producing hefty documents in no time at all – it’s important that you choose the printer that can meet your needs. So before you shell out any cash, take a look at this quick guide with all you need to know about some of the best printers out there.
- Great for speed: Lomond EvoJet Office
The makers claim that compared to the moving print head of the standard inkjets out there, the fixed head is more durable. The static 223mm-wide head uses 70,000 print nozzles to deliver a “waterfall” of ink, as PC Pro puts it, onto the page in astounding time.
The loading tray holds 250 sheets and can print photos (on A4 paper) – there’s also a “best” mode that’ll print improved quality images at a rate of 30ppm. While the quality is better, the experts at PC Pro could barely see a difference as the top speed output was so impressive.
Lomond’s EvoJet Office costs less to run than most colour laser printers, and at a cost of 1.1p for a mono page and 3.1p for colour, the price tag of £659 (inc VAT) is somewhat offset.
- Great for its compact size: Brother HL-2135W Wireless Mono Laser Printer
When space is an issue, either at home or in a small office, a compact printer like this is a good choice. Measuring just 368 x 360 x 183mm without its carton and 475 x 454 x 331mm with, it can deliver quality prints at a rate of 20ppm (mono) and has a One Touch Wireless connection, as well as a USB connection, so you can send documents to print from anywhere. It may be small but it can still hold 250 sheets for less refilling.
If energy consumption is a key concern of yours, the “deep sleep” mode on this printer means it uses minimal energy when not in use. You can find out more about Brother printers by clicking here.
- The all-rounder: Canon Pixma MG6250
If you want your photos printed to an unparalleled level of quality, and quickly – we’re talking a 6 x 4in “best” quality photo in 44 seconds here – as well as clear and defined images and diagrams at above average speeds of 11.5ppm in mono and 6.1ppm in colour, this is the printer for you. One thing to weigh all this up against, however, is the running cost: it works out to about 2.9p for an A4 page in mono and 8.7p for a colour print. PC Pro concludes this debate by saying that 14.5p for a 6 x 4in photo isn’t bad at all considering the high quality.
This model can also print directly to CDs via an adapter (which comes with it) and can print over wireless or USB connection, and holds 150 sheets in the input tray.
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