High printing speed and automatic duplex function make this printer especially convenient for those who often print a large amount of documents and photos.
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This MFP can provide you with crisp documents and photos, fast scanning, and quality copying. It works with most paper formats and easily synchronizes with all smartphones and tablets for printing on-the-go.
HP Thermal Inkjet
Print speed black: Up to 10 ppm
Print speed colour: Up to 7 ppm
Print resolution: Up to 1200 x 1200 rendered dpi black; Up to 4800 x 1200 optimised dpi colour
Scan resolution: Up to 1200 dpi
A4, A5, B5, DL, C6, A6
Supports printing from most smartphones and tablets using these operating systems: Android, iOS, Blackberry, Symbian, Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows RT. 4
Automatic (standard) duplex printing
Up to 100 sheets/Up to 25 sheets
5.5-cm hi-res monochrome LCD
1 year limited
This MFP can print photos and documents in high resolution. Also, it supports the Email Print function, which makes it possible to print from almost anywhere in the world, simply by sending files from your e-mail.
Only the On/Off button is backlit.
The XP 4100 proves that budget home printers don’t necessarily need to look cheap and play badly. It delivers clear, vibrant prints, and offers many connectivity options. And using the Epson Creative Print app, you can create and print custom greeting cards and more.
Epson Micro Piezo™ print head
Print speed black: Up to 10 ppm
Print speed color: Up to 5 ppm
Print Resolution: 5760 x 1440 dpi
Scan Resolution: 1200 x 2400 dpi
A4, A5, A6, B5, C6 (Envelope), DL (Envelope), No. 10 (Envelope), Letter legal, 9 x 13 cm, 10 x 15 cm, 13 x 18 cm, 13 x 20 cm, 20 x 25 cm, 100 x 148 mm
USB, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct
Supports mobile and cloud printing services (Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Epson Connect (iPrint App, Creative Print App, Email Print, Remote Print Driver, Scan-to-Cloud))
Automatic duplex (A4, plain paper)
100 standard sheets, 20 photo sheets
6.1-cm colour LCD screen
On purchasing this MFP, you'll get three trial months of HP instant ink program. With this program, you can save up to 70% of annual costs on original cartridges and never run out of inks.
The tray capacity could be larger.
The Epson Expression Home XP-442 is a compact and very nice-looking all-in-one printer that will blend beautifully into any interior. This budget-friendly appliance boasts decent print and scanning resolution. Ideal for small printing jobs!
Print speed black: Up to 7.5 ppm
Print speed colour: Up to 5.5 ppm
Print resolution: Up to 1200 x 1200 rendered dpi black; Up to 4800 x 1200 optimised dpi colour
Hi-Speed USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
HP Mobile Printing & Smart App (from a variety of smartphones and tablets)
1 year limited
Within the software suite, you'll find the My Image Garden program which allows you to organize images in the way you need, create photo collages, and even print images from Full HD videos.
The print tray isn't very ergonomic.
This multifunctional device totally keeps up with the Canon's high reputation. Text and graphics get bold and crisp, while photos are as good as an average inkjet produces. The images are grain-free, detailed, and sharp.
Print speed black: Up to 12.6 ppm
Print speed color: Up to 9 ppm
Print resolution: 4800 x 1200 dpi
Scan resolution: 1200 x 2400 dpi
Canon PRINT app (from a variety of smartphones and tablets)
Automatic double sided printing
Input: 100 sheets
6.2-cm colour LCD display
If you want to save some money on consumables, you can install XL-cartridges with increased capacity. These high-yield cartridges can reduce the printing cost up to 30%.
It requires different apps for different operating systems.
This easy-to-use MFP offers a bit more than basic models. It can print directly from your tablet and smartphone even without turning on the PC and installing drivers. It supports different paper formats and is ready for work almost instantly.
2 FINE Cartridges (Black and Colour) Inkjet
Print speed black: Up to 7.7 ppm
Print speed colour: Up to 4 ppm
Print resolution: Up to 4800 x 1200 dpi
Scan resolution: 600 x 1200 dpi
A4, A5, B5, Letter legal, 10x15cm, 13x13cm, 13x18cm DL (Envelope), COM10 (Envelope)
Hi-Speed USB (B Port), Wi-Fi: IEEE802.11 b/g/n
Supports printing from most smartphones and tablets using these operating systems: iOS, Android, Windows 10 Mobile
Max. 60 sheets (plain paper)
3.8-cm LCD display
HP ENVY 5030
For High-quality Photos
Everyone will definitely envy your sharp photos printed by the HP Envy 5530. The images produced by this printer will always get incredibly crisp and vivid. The Envy can provide you with 4800 x 1200 dpi pictures in full colour if used with specific HP photo paper. As for printing on plain paper, the device ensures 1200 dpi mono printing resolution. However, the printer is a bit slow - it produces black-and-white docs at 10 PPM and colour ones at 7 PPM. A pretty handy option is that the output tray extends automatically when the device starts printing.
Being an all-in-one product, this printer can print, copy, scan, or fax any document or image. To make navigation as easy as possible, it’s equipped with a 5.5-cm mono touchscreen display. You can scan some documents directly to your business partner's email by using the intuitive touchscreen menu. If you connect the printer to the Internet using Wi-Fi option, you'll be able to print from different websites even without using your computer. You just need to download the free HP Printer Remote mobile App that is compatible with Android, iOS, Symbian, Blackberry, Windows 8, Windows RT, and Mopria systems. Also, the HP 5530 supports Apple AirPrint for printing from iPhones.
Although this HP all-in-one printer doesn't offer plenty of office-oriented features, it’s good for daily use or home cabinet. With increased versatility, it allows you to scan and print high-quality photos right from your mobile phone.
Pay Less, Get More
Typically, running costs of inkjet printers are rather high, and the cartridges needed for the HP Envy 5530 aren’t very affordable as well. That's why the HP company offers you unique Instant Ink subscription program that can help you save up to 70% on cartridges. The program offers you three different subscription plans (£1.99 for 50 pages per month, £3.49 for 100 pages, and £7.99 for 300 pages). You’ll need to choose the preferable plan based on the number of pages you usually print per month. When your ink cartridge runs low, the printer will automatically re-order it and a new cartridge will be delivered right to your door. You'll have an opportunity to upgrade/downgrade your plan wherever you need. Also, you can opt out the chosen plan if you are planning a long trip, for example. And the great news is that you can get 4-month free trial after purchasing this HP all-in-one printer. So, subscribe to Instant Ink program, save your money, and don’t worry about inks. Your HP Envy 5530 will always be ready to print.
As a result of extensive and continual research, the folks at Epson have come up with a middle-range home printer from the newest Epson’s 2019 line-up. It’s the improved version of the famous Expression Home XP-452 model that is now more functional and stylish. Actually, the XP 4100 proves that budget home printers don’t necessarily need to look cheap and play badly. For less than £55, you can have a slim-profile sleek printer with a colour screen and smart capabilities.
As you’ve probably guessed, this all-in-one device offers much more than just the basics. Actually, it delivers clear and vibrant prints. It deftly combines a standard four-ink print system, a 1200dpi scanner, and copying facility in one unit. However, take note that it isn’t an office product and monochrome text pages arrive here at a relatively slow rate of 11.3ppm (draft mode can raise the speed up to 18.75ppm). Naturally, colour prints need a bit longer time. But when it comes to duplex printing, the XP-4100 isn’t slow here. It hits speeds of approximately 7 ppm taking into account pushing the paper out and sucking it back in.
Moving on, we would like to note that the XP-4100 has no SD card slot, unlike the previous model. It has only a USB Type-B port for a direct connection to your computer, meaning this MFP focuses more on wireless printing. It boasts both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct and can print without a wireless network.
Also, it offers a wide range of other extras for your convenience. You can print and scan from your mobile devices using Epson’s free iPrint app. And in case you want to make something creative, you can print photos directly from social networks, create custom stationery, greeting cards and more using the Epson Creative Print app. In addition, the Email Print facility makes it possible to print by simply emailing files to the XP-4100 printer from any corner in the world.
HP Deskjet 2630
Great Functionality for a Reasonable Price
The HP Deskjet 2630 is another budget inkjet all-in-one device. The printer already comes with a USB cable and 2 ink cartridges and is very easy to set up. Just plug in the printer and install ink cartridges. Then, plug in the USB cable into your computer so that it recognises the new device and download the needed software and drivers from HP. Once you download the software, the printer will be recognised by all other PCs or laptops in your network automatically. HP company has launched a useful HP App for Android or Apple mobile devices that gives you the freedom of printing or scanning from almost anywhere in the world.
Once you purchase this HP Deskjet printer, you can join the HP Instant Ink program and get 3 trial months for free. The great news is that these 3 months can easily become 5 months if you use the code "FREEINK". The HP Instant Ink can save you a lot of money, and you can be sure that you’ll always get genuine HP ink cartridges timely. This subscription program has 3 tiers (the lowest option is £1.99 for 50 pages per month, the middle one is £3.49 for 100 pages, and the largest plan offers 300 pages for £7.99). The trial period gives you the maximum of 300 pages per month. However, after trial months, you can reduce the number of pages to your preferences. The delivery of cartridges is fast and efficient. The HP company sends you a set of ink cartridges right after registration. Therefore, you’ll always have a spare set in your drawer and won’t suddenly run out of inks. This smart program can help you save up to 70% on consumables. If you have printed a bit more pages than your subscription plan includes, you’ll need to pay an additional charge for extra sheets (the price varies with the plan).
Canon PIXMA MG5750
High Printing Quality and Low Running Costs
Canon needs no presentation. It’s that brand that is widely known for its high-quality cameras and fantastic sharpness of shots they make. And this multifunctional device totally keeps up with the company’s reputation, so it won’t disappoint you.
The Pixma MG5750 is a bright example of a great MFP created for home use. Made from high-quality plastic, it's smart-looking, compact, and integrates beautifully just into any interior. With that, it's very functional - it can print, scan, copy, and deliver duplex printing. And in any mode, the quality is great.
Text and graphics are bold and crisp, while photos are as good as an average inkjet produces. The images are grain-free, detailed, and sharp. Photocopies also get very close to originals. As for the scans, they have a high dynamic range and true, accurate colours.
Surprisingly for a mid-range device, the Pixma boasts five-ink print engine that optimally combines dye-based black, cyan, magenta and yellow with a bigger pigment black cartridge for better document printing.
Naturally, this home printer isn’t that fast - it delivers text documents at 11.5 ppm and complex colour graphics at 3.6ppm. The scanner is fairly quick at low resolutions but requires more than a minute for the maximum 1200 x 2400 dpi quality.
Take note that fax facility isn’t included here, but you get connectivity to cloud-based services and can print right from them. It goes without saying that printing from a Google Drive, for example, may take you some reasonable time. The process isn’t very straightforward and far more involved than it is for competitors. That’s largely owing to a bit clunky controls. The printer uses old-style buttons rather than touch-sensitive ones. That is to say, you should navigate the menu with a four-way rocker switch along with three dedicated buttons under the screen.
Canon PIXMA TS3150
Sleek and Quick
The MG3150 has a glossy black housing which makes it a nice-looking machine for any environment. However, take a note that the printer is quite large (approximately 45 x 30 cm), and that's even without extended input and output paper trays. There is a simple paper tray at the back and an output tray at the front. When not in use, the 100-sheet rear tray can be flipped and act as a lid. The foldable output tray has a swivelling extension and a flip-up paper tab that stop printed pages from falling on the floor. At the top, you’ll find a small, mono LCD screen that shows status messages. For example, if you're using the photocopying feature, the screen displays the currently-selected number of copies. There’re lots of tool buttons near the screen. Besides dedicated buttons for copying and scanning, you’ll notice buttons allowing you to clean the cartridge head, turn on/off the wireless connection, print an alignment page, and other simple configuration procedures. We would like to note that all these functions are represented by single letters on the screen and you’ll need to cycle through the buttons to select the required function. So, it’s by far more easier to perform all the functions using the My Printer software on your computer. The installation is pretty straightforward. Plus, the package includes a step-by-step manual that guides you through the setup process.
The Pixma TS3150 inkjet multifunction peripheral supports wireless technology, thus, you can connect it up to your PCs, smart devices, Wi-Fi cameras and print without USB connection. Moreover, the Easy-PhotoPrint app enables you to print from any Android device or iPhone even without a need to install drivers. Overall, the MG2150 boasts such features as a duplex printing, wireless support and mobile printing.
This is a great MFP for people who don’t print many documents that often, since the weakest point of this device is its print speed. The peak speed for black text makes 7.7 PPM and 4 PPM for colour graphics. And the printer needs 65 seconds to produce a colour photo. Yet, all prints, scans, and photocopies are excellent with crisp text and bold colours. However, the best part is that it can produce borderless photos up to 5" x 7".
What Is an All-In-One Printer?
An all-in-one printer is an indispensable device that combines multiple features in a single unit. It can be a printer, a scanner, a fax, and a copier altogether. This distinctive feature makes an all-in-one printer second-to-none when dealing with a range of simultaneous tasks. Due to the wide variety of options for processing digital documents, as well as digitizing printed sources, this product is easily a must-have assistant for your office or home. Such printers take up less space than all listed devices, and you don't have to buy supplies for each separately. An all-in-one printer combines all essentials for working with paper and electronic documents, offering users maximum efficiency during the whole process.
If you do not use a fax or a scanner and you are more interested in printing documents in small quantities, we highly recommend you to consider one of the home printers models. And if you need a super portable option, you may be interested in mobile printers.
What Features to Compare
The first important feature that we need to point out is the performance. It covers both the print method and the print speed of a device. Accordingly, all printers can be divided into ink-jet and laser models. For those who plan to print a small number of documents, it is worth considering ink-jet models, which are known for their average productivity and relatively low cost (including consumables). On using these printers, you'll get high-quality print images and documents without spending a great deal of money. Those who plan to use a printer for business purposes should consider laser models since they can cope with large batches with no effort at all and are easy-to-maintain. Also, you need to keep in mind that printing speed is what determines the overall performance of the unit. The common average print speed gets up to 20 pages per minute (ppm), however, there are high-performing models where the speed may get up to 30 ppm. Consider the print/scan resolution as well since these are the parameters that specify the unit performance in more details; the higher this number is, the better the scan/print quality will be.
The second most important feature you need to pay attention to is the material that a printer can handle. It is important to learn what paper sizes can be processed; the supported sizes clearly illustrate the chosen printer's versatility. Not only present-day models work with a standard A4 paper size but also can print on the A5, A6-sized paper, and envelopes of different sizes. Printers with such functions can be used for making colourful greeting cards on any occasions and events. All-in-one printers do an excellent job at photo printing, today they can even print out on CDs/DVDs. Since many of these models are acquired for office use, it is worth noting the capacity of a paper tray. Most models come with trays that can accommodate 250 sheets, which is an average figure, but there are models with several trays.
Speaking of interface connection, most modern all-in-one printers allow for wireless connection through Wi-Fi and support USB and Ethernet. In order to make prints directly from your gadgets (such as iPhone, iPad or any Android smartphone), all-in-one printers support technologies like AirPrint or Mopria Print Service. Aside from printing from mobile devices, some models can print out right from cloud services (e.g. Google Cloud Print) and scan to e-mails.
Convenience of use
And the last but not the least feature to consider is the convenience of the printer. It is better to choose a model with a wide display where you can view all current information and the operating mode. Having picked a model that can perform duplex print, you will get a device that can perform two-sided printing with no manual effort. There are also models which use a duplex feature not only for printing but also for sending faxes, scanning documents, and even copying. It is necessary to consider a model with an ADF (Automatic Document Feeder) but, as a rule, all present-day all-in-one printers have got one.
Did you know?
What is the difference between a photocopier, printer and multifunction device?
A photocopier is a simple device that makes copies of photos and documents without computer connection (however, it can be networked), while a printer requires information sent from a computer, smartphone, tablet, etc. A multifunctional device combines a printer and a photocopier. It can also scan, email and fax.
How do inkjet printers work? What are they best for?
Inkjet printers are more affordable and compact than laser models. They are perfect for small businesses that don’t need large volumes of printing, However, they require high-quality colour documents or photos. They typically use two liquid ink cartridges with black, cyan, magenta and yellow inks. These colours are sprayed in different combinations to produce any colour you need. The ink is well-absorbed into the paper, thus inkjet printers create long-lasting images and documents. The only disadvantage of inkjet models is that they need the frequent change of ink cartridges which are usually rather costly. Yet, many companies offer more economical XL cartridges or special subscription programs that can help you save some money on consumables.
How does a laser printer work?
A laser printer produces text and graphics with a laser beam. The beam repeatedly passes a negatively-charged coated metal cylinder (or drum) creating a static charge. When the cylinder rolls around, it collects electrically charged toner particles and transfers the image to paper.
What are the benefits of multifunctional printers?
The main benefit of any all-in-one printer is that you can save space and money. Many small home offices just don’t have enough room for separate dedicated devices for printing, copying, scanning, and faxing. All-in-one printer combines all these important office features in one compact box. Using less space, it will help you declutter your office and keep it more organized. The majority of all-in-one printers are wireless, which means that you or people in your office can use the printer without the need to be physically connected to it. A multifunctional unit is also easier to maintain, as you won’t need to download/update different drivers and purchase consumables for different machines. An MFP also consumes much less power than three or four devices. Less space, lower running costs, and fewer maintenance hassles!
The world’s first printing machine!
The prototype of a printer was a printing press. It was a device that applied pressure to an inked surface resting upon paper, thus, transferring the ink. Johannes Gutenberg, the German goldsmith, created the first printing press around 1439. This revolutionary device launched the mass production of books in Europe. However, actually, the history of printing began in China nearly 600 years before the Gutenberg’s invention. Chinese monks invented block printing.
Q: How to connect a printer to Wi-Fi if I use Windows computer?
A: Many people wonder how to connect wireless printer to a computer, however, it's actually even easier than setting up a USB connection. You just need to connect the printer to your network. If you use Windows computer, first open the Control Panel and choose "Devices and Printers". Then click "Add a printer" button and select your printer. The Windows OS will automatically install the needed drivers for your printer.
Q: How to add a printer to a Mac computer?
A: If you have a Mac computer, you should first check if your printer is Mac-compatible. If everything is OK, you can add it by selecting "System Preferences" in the Apple menu. Then choose the "Print & Scan" button and click the "+". Choose your new printer and follow all the directions to install necessary drivers.
Q: Can my confidential documents be reliably protected when printed, copied, or scanned on an MFP?
A: It depends mainly on the security of your network and linked devices. If you need extra protection, look for MFPs that allow password protection.
Q: What file format should I use when sending an electronic document for printing?
A: It’s better to choose PDF (Portable Document Format), as it’s the most suitable format for submitting digital documents. Almost any program on PC can generate a PDF file for printing. In addition, you can easily download free PDF print drivers from different sources.
Q: Why do coloured documents or photos look different from those on my screen?
A: Actually, printers and monitors produce colours in completely different ways. While computer screens use the RGB (red, green, blue) colour scheme that supports a wider spectrum of colours, printers use the CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) colour scheme. The CMYK colour model can’t reproduce all the colours of the RGB colour model - it usually matches about 90% of the colours in the RGB scheme. If the required colour is out of the range of the CMYK scheme, the program or application chooses the closest matching colour. Yet, some programs like Adobe Photoshop and other professional photo editors allow you to choose which colour will be replaced.
Q: How to maintain my MFP? How to clean printer heads?
A: If you want to avoid paper jams, smudges, printing errors and prolong the lifespan of your all-in-one printer, you should clean the printer heads timely. Once you see lines running across the printed text or graphics, this means that the printer heads are clogged and require cleaning. Before opening the printer for cleaning, first turn it off. Then, look in the instructions to find out how to clean the heads on your printer. However, we don’t recommend you to clean the heads too frequently, as the cleaning will require some amount of ink. By the way, most high-end printers have a self-clean function.
Dust and other debris inside your printer may cause jams or ink streaks on prints, so you’ll also need to remove the build-up from time to time. The quickest and the safest way is to use a small vacuum. It effectively removes dust rather than spraying it inside of the printer. If a paper jam occurs, refer to the manual that comes with your printer or visit a website to find the best way to fix this problem. Most likely you’ll need to use your both hands to slowly pull the jammed paper out.
To clean the scanner glass of your MFP, you need to wipe off the dust from the glass using a microfiber cloth and then clean it with a dry cloth. Also, you can add a special glass cleaner if there are some stains on the scanner glass. However, avoid cleaning agents that contain acetone, ammonia, benzene, or carbon tetrachloride, as they might damage the surface.
Q: Can I use non-genuine inks for my all-in-one printer?
A: The market offers tons of cheaper alternatives to genuine cartridges. But if you use one of them, the manufacturer of your printer will not be responsible for product failure and won’t cover the repair.
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