Best home printers to buy in 2012
16th Apr 2012 | 15:13
Brother has always specialised in cost-effective office-ready printers, and the HL-4150CDN continues the trend. It prints both mono and colour documents at 24ppm, and uses high-yield toner and double-sided printing as standard to keep running costs to a minimum. It even protects your more sensitive items with a pin, so that only a pin-holder can print the document.
Laser printers used to be extremely expensive at the point of purchase. Although Brother quotes a price of £490 for the HL-4150CDN, you can pick one up much cheaper online and be sure that the HL-4150CDN will save you plenty of cash without sacrificing quality.
The PIXMA MG8250 is a fantastic little home printer, packed full of useful little features. Dropping your cash on this pretty machine gets you a transparency scanner, direct printing from CD or DVD, as well as from the PIXMAs cloud link. The print quality is also excellent, and is particularly noticeable on photographs.
It’s compact frame and print quality comes at a price: the ink cartridges are not the biggest and compulsive printers will find themselves buying new toner more often than they would like.
Printing in mono at 11ppm, and in colour at 7.5ppm, the Photosmart 5510 isn’t the fastest printer out there. But it makes up for this with a wealth of useless – particularly wireless and PC-free – features.
You can print wirelessly via HPs mobile printing apps, or via AirPrint if you’re running an iOS device. Additionally, anything you ever receive in your inbox can be printed at the click of a button, thanks to HP ePrint. And all of it comes out at a very reasonable max colour DPI of 4800 x 1200 - outstanding quality for the price.