Best Home Printers That Make Our Lives Colourful in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 23, 2020
One can hardly overrate usefulness of having a printer at home. Be it a simple recipe, image or document to take with you to the meeting, a home printer will come in handy. Some printers also scan and copy. We offer you our assistance in choosing a printer from the great variety on the market! ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
TYPE
COLOUR SUPPORT
PRINTING RESOLUTION
SCANNING RESOLUTION
PRINTING SPEED
INK YIELDS
TRAY CAPACITY
FEATURES
OS COMPATIBILITY
CONNECTIVITY
Warranty
 
PROS

The real-time threat detection and software validation will make sure that you're not sharing private information with prying eyes.

CONS

The initial setup may be somewhat tricky. 

OUR VERDICT

The HP M283fdw offers streamlining productivity, accommodating mid-size workforces that require consistent high-quality printing. The text, charts, and graphics will be coming out well-shaped. Even inexperienced users will face no challenges navigating the touchscreen and its UI.

detailed parameters
TYPE

All-In-One  

COLOUR SUPPORT

Black, cyan, magenta, yellow

PRINTING RESOLUTION

600 x 600 dpi

SCANNING RESOLUTION

Up to 300 dpi (colour and monochrome ADF)
Up to 1200 dpi (Flatbed)

PRINTING SPEED

22 ppm (colour & black)

INK YIELDS

1350-page black toner

700-page colour toner

TRAY CAPACITY

Standard paper tray: 250 sheets

Automatic document feeder: 50 sheets

FEATURES

Printing, copying, scanning, faxing, mobile printing 

OS COMPATIBILITY

Windows 7 and later, Apple® macOS Sierra (v10.12) and later, Android, iOS, Windows mobile

CONNECTIVITY

Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port, Front Host USB

Warranty

3 years

PROS

It uses a five-ink system with both a pigment-based black and a dye black. Moreover, the five-ink system means that you can replace only the specific colour that has run out.

CONS

The power cord is a bit too short.

OUR VERDICT

The Pixma TS5050 is a sleek looking device that won't take much space on your tabletop but will bring great functionality to you. With decent scan/print speed and easy-to-use interface, it's a worthy purchase for home use.

detailed parameters
TYPE

All-in-One

COLOUR SUPPORT

Black, cyan, magenta, yellow

PRINTING RESOLUTION

4800 x 1200 dpi

SCANNING RESOLUTION

1200 x 2400 dpi

PRINTING SPEED

12.6 ppm black, 9 ppm colour

INK YIELDS

Pigment Black: 300 pages, Pigment Black XL: 500 pages, 

Black: 1795 pages, Black XL: 4000 pages, 

Cyan: 345 pages, Cyan XL: 715 pages, 

Magenta: 306 pages, Magenta XL: 645 pages, 

Yellow: 347 pages, Yellow XL: 715 pages

TRAY CAPACITY

Rear tray: 100 sheets

Paper input: 100 sheets

FEATURES

Printing, copying, scanning, mobile printing

OS COMPATIBILITY

Windows 7 and later, Windows Vista SP2, Mac OS X v10.8.5 - OS X v10.11, iOS, Android, Windows RT, Windows 10 Mobile

CONNECTIVITY

Memory card slot, USB port, Ethernet, Wi-Fi

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Thanks to the HP Instant Ink program, you won't need to worry about running out of ink: the next batch will be ordered automatically and delivered right to your door (3 months of free Instant Ink trial is included).

CONS

There is only one page of instructions. 

OUR VERDICT

The HP ENVY 6020 will let you print, scan and copy your documents and photos via the HP Smart app, from anywhere in the world. Despite the modest price tag, the inkjet produces crisp, vibrant photos and sharp texts. With a 100-page monthly cycle, it's great for small-scale jobs. 

detailed parameters
TYPE

All-in-One

COLOUR SUPPORT

Black, cyan, magenta, yellow

PRINTING RESOLUTION

4800 x 1200 dpi

SCANNING RESOLUTION

1200 x 1200 dpi

PRINTING SPEED

10 ppm black, 7 ppm colour

INK YIELDS

Black: 120 pages, Colour: 100 pages
Black XL: 300 pages, Colour XL: 300 pages

TRAY CAPACITY

Rear tray: 100 sheets

Paper input: 100 sheets

FEATURES

Printing, copying, scanning, mobile printing

OS COMPATIBILITY

Windows 7 and later, MacOS Sierra v10.12 (previously OS X), macOS High Sierra v10.13, macOS Mojave v10.14, macOS Catalina v10.15, Android, iOS, Windows Mobile

CONNECTIVITY

Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port, Bluetooth

Warranty

1 year limited

PROS

The inkjet can produce borderless photos up to 5"x7". All of the images come up crips, bold and sharp, just like you'd expect from Canon.

CONS

LCD is small with limited functionality. 

OUR VERDICT

The Canon Pixma TS3320 is a good basic multifunctional device for people with moderate print and copy needs. Though the model doesn't print very fast, it is economical to run, not expensive, and prints really well, producing crisp texts, sharp graphics, and vibrant photos.

detailed parameters
TYPE

All-in-One

COLOUR SUPPORT

Black, cyan, magenta, yellow

PRINTING RESOLUTION

4800 x 1200 dpi

SCANNING RESOLUTION

600 x 1200 dpi (Optical)

PRINTING SPEED

7.7 ppm black, 4 ppm colour

INK YIELDS

Black and Colour: 180 pages

Black XL: 400 pages

Colour XL: 300 pages

TRAY CAPACITY

Rear tray: 60 sheets

FEATURES

Printing, copying, scanning, mobile printing

OS COMPATIBILITY

Windows 7 or later, OS X 10.11.6, macOS 10.12, macOS 10.14, iOS, Android, Windows 10 mobile

CONNECTIVITY

Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Thanks to the HP Fast Charge technology, you can charge this printer in just 90 minutes. So, if you often work on-the-go, it's a nice bet.

CONS

You'll need to download the utilities for iOs sierra.

OUR VERDICT

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.

detailed parameters
TYPE

All-in-One

COLOUR SUPPORT

Black, cyan, magenta, yellow

PRINTING RESOLUTION

Up to 1200 x 1200 rendered dpi black
Up to 4800 x 1200 optimised dpi colour

SCANNING RESOLUTION

Up to 1200 dpi

PRINTING SPEED

10 ppm black, 7 ppm colour

INK YIELDS

Black: 120 pages

Colour: 100 pages

Black XL: 300 pages

Colour XL: 300 pages

TRAY CAPACITY

100-sheet input, 25-sheet output

FEATURES

Printing, copying, scanning, mobile printing

OS COMPATIBILITY

Linux, Mac OS X, Windows 7 or later, iOS, Android, Windows Mobile, Blackberry, Symbian

CONNECTIVITY

USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n (dual band)

Warranty

1 year limited

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HP M283fdw

Compact Footprint and Top-Notch Security

Without unnecessary introductions, what catches the eye first about the HP M283fdw is that the unit is really compact for a laser printer, measuring 42 x 42 x 33 centimetres. This means even the smallest workplaces can fit this AIO printing machine without making considerable space sacrifices. Also, the device weighs 15 kg, enabling easy relocation. Needless to say, these are not the product's biggest highlights, but these details are not negligent too. So, what are the biggest highlights?

Well, some like the 5-cm LCD touchscreen, and we can certainly see why. Its interface is easy to navigate, adding three buttons (back, home, and help) to the touch module. Sometimes the objects on the screen will be pretty minute, so you'll have to concentrate to avoid misclicking. But, with practice, you'll start hitting them with sniper-like precision. Plus, the software includes customisable shortcuts, streamlining the operation and allowing you to execute comparable tasks within the shortest timeframe.

This is HP we're talking about, the company that doesn't always match Canon and Brother on the print speed and cartridge yield fronts but always delivering top-notch security solutions. Here, these solutions are represented by real-time threat detection and software validation, detecting and stopping attacks so that sensitive information that you do not want to share with the public remains private. You can even access backend web pages using basic but reliable HTML (SSL) authentication.

Review of HP M283fdw All-In-One Colour Laser Printer

Pristine Text

The unit holds 250 sheets, including the 50-sheet, single-pass ADF (automatic document feeder). These numbers are not as important as the printing quality though, which's mixed here. Now, the text comes out well-shaped and pretty easy to read, even at about 7 points, putting the unit above most mid-range printers but not quite among those who can print you those business documents that require fine print without making that print look a little muddled.

The Excel charts and PowerPoint handouts will look alright too, aside from occasional slight banding around gradients and dark background fills. Dark-green gradation might start turning a little black when these colours collide but, again, we're talking about slight, barely noticeable issues here.

Bottom line, the HP M283fdw will streamline productivity without sacrificing results and without forcing you to pay through the nose initially and down the road.

HP M283fdw All-In-One Colour Laser Printer in the use

Additional Info

    Manufacturer

Last updated price £299.99
Stock In stock
ASIN B081FGS43D

 

Canon PIXMA TS5050

Slim And Sleek

Meet one of the latest printers in the Canon’s lineup - the PIXMA TS5050. It's a smart-looking, slim MFP that has quite a lot to bring to the table. It's a fantastic offering inside and out.

Although the PIXMA TS5050 boasts all-round performance, it's perfectly proportioned. The printer is now 40% smaller and much slimmer than previous models. Clean lines, curved edges, and tapering contours make it appear even smaller and look more sophisticated. And behind that attractive appearance, the printer houses big functionality.

The PIXMA TS5050 is a Wi-Fi compatible device that can print, scan and copy. It's fitted with a standard 100-sheet paper feed at the rear and an output tray at the front. However, take note that the device doesn't support automatic duplex printing. That's the cost for its ultra-slim design.

On the upside, the Canon uses the proprietary five-ink system with both a pigment-based black for bold text and a dye black for contrast in photos.

Being an inkjet model, the printer requires you to buy costly cartridge refills for the rest of its life. But the price for consumables is surely no worse than that of its rivals. Moreover, the five-ink system means that you can replace only a specific colour that has run out. A quite economical solution.

Review of Canon PIXMA TS5050 All-In-One Printer

Simple Interface

Built for creative home use, the printer has an SD card slot enabling you to print photos and docs right from your SD memory card. As an alternative, you can also use special Android or iOS apps from Canon to print directly from your gadgets. The printer supports the Canon Print app, Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, to name a few. And using PIXMA Cloud Link, you can easily print right from social sites and popular cloud-based services. With that, you can also upload scanned images to cloud services.

Though some users find the setup process a bit tricky, the PIXMA TS5050 is very simple in terms of operation. We dare say, it's much easier to use if compared to other MFPs and Canon’s previous models in particular. The company has swapped its confusing mix of numerous buttons for simple controls. Now, you get a colour 7.5-cm LCD display and a cursor key with one button in the centre allowing you to cycle through settings and confirm choices. The navigation couldn't be easier.

To round things up, the PIXMA TS5050 is a sleek-looking device that won't take much space on your tabletop but will bring great functionality. With decent scan/print speed and easy-to-use interface, it's a worthy purchase for home use.

Canon PIXMA TS5050 All-In-One Printer in the use

Additional Info

    Manufacturer

Last updated price £104.95
Stock In stock
ASIN B01M06KK9D

 

HP ENVY 6020

Entry-level All-in-One Device

The HP ENVY 6020 is one of a few entry-level AIOs that strikes the perfect balance between the price and quality. Available for less than £100 and designed specifically to meet remote working and learning needs, it can be a strong choice for those families who look for a decent inkjet for moderate print, scan, and copy jobs.

To begin with, the printer has a quite space-saving design that won't take much space on your desk. Also, it looks very nice featuring an all-white casing with pleasant lighting that changes colour depending on what's going on. What's more, the printer even plays a nice jingle when it finishes certain tasks.

It shouldn't come as a surprise that a compact unit like this has only one tray. This tray can hold up to 100 plain sheets, 40 sheets of premium photo paper, or 10 envelopes. It's also not surprising that the speed at which the printer takes the media is mediocre as well, making 10 ppm for monochrome and 7ppm for colour. However, whereas the print rate of the HP ENVY 6020 might not be very impressive, there will be no complaints about the output quality. Your texts will come out sharp without ink distribution flaws and your graphics and photos will be accurately coloured and well-detailed.

Upon subscribing to HP's Instant Ink program, the prints will cost you about 3 pennies per monochrome or colour page. As a nice touch, the manufacturer offers the first three months of subscription for free, so you'll have an opportunity to test the program and see if it's worth it.

Review of HP ENVY 6020 All-in-One Printer

Easy Setup

Like that majority of all-in-one printers, HP provides both simple USB and Wi-Fi connectivity options. However, unlike most of them, it doesn't require syncing through an array of apps and drivers and can be simply connected via an HP Smart App. This app provides several ways of linking your computer, smartphone, or tablet, as well as printing straight from cloud websites, e-mails, workflow profiles, and more.

The initial setup should be performed entirely from your phone by scanning a bar code on the printer with your phone's camera and downloading the HP Smart app. Afterwards, the app will guide you through each step and the self-healing Wi-Fi module will automatically detect and resolve connectivity issues to prevent interruptions. Once you're done, all functions can be implemented from either your mobile device or a desktop PC.

All things considered, the HP ENVY 6020 All-in-One Printer offers an excellent value for the buck with its suggested monthly volume of 100-300 prints and low ink costs. Also, it is one of the best models for novice users thanks to its one-step Wi-Fi connection via the app.

HP ENVY 6020 All-in-One Printer in the use

Additional Info

    Manufacturer

Last updated price £107.95
Stock In stock
ASIN B086LRTY7X

 

Canon Pixma TS 3350

Great for Occasional Use

If you're looking for an affordable all-in-one device for occasional use, the Canon Pixma TS3350 inkjet is surely worth your closer attention. It's an entry-level consumer-grade MFP that's affordable enough to appeal to any casual user. Although it's not the fastest printer we’ve seen, it offers a high quality of printing and versatile connectivity.

To begin with, the Pixma TS3350 provides an impressive 4800x1200 dpi print resolution with lower 1200x600 dpi scanning resolution which should be enough for occasional document or photo scanning. For easy control, the printer has dedicated buttons for copying and scanning, as well as many other ones for some simple configuration procedures. On the top, you’ll also find a small, mono LCD display that shows the current status of the inkjet.

Do note that there is no SD card slot for printing right from a memory card, but the device offers alternative connectivity options including USB and Wi-Fi, as well as mobile access options (AirPrint, Mopia, Canon iPrint, Google Cloud Print, and more). So, you shouldn't have troubles when printing or scanning through mobile apps and services.

Speaking about compatible sheet formats, the printer has a 60-sheet rear tray and is capable of printing on a wide variety of papers and other media, including square 5"x5" photo sheets. The inkjet doesn't offer an automatic duplex printing, so it requires your supervision for two-sided prints.

Review of Canon Pixma TS 3350 All-in-One Printer

Slow but Methodical

The area where the Pixma TS 3350 shines is the high printing quality. It really provides crisp and sharp texts, and even can give laser printers a run for their money. At 7.7 ppm, it's not particularly fast but fine for those who are going to print text documents, homework assignments, college projects, flyers, or every now and then.

With the peak speed of 4 ppm for graphics, the colour printing is fairly slow too. However, the photo quality is worth the wait. The images get crisp, bold, and sharp. Plus, the printer can produce borderless photos up to 5"x7".

To sum up, the Canon Pixma TS 3350 isn't a workhorse printer for heavy use but it's certainly great for occasional use at home or dorm. It ensures high printing quality and multiple connectivity features for convenient use.

Canon Pixma TS 3350 All-in-One Printer in the use

Additional Info

    Manufacturer

Last updated price £62.66
Stock In stock
ASIN B07WV4XBSP

 

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.

Review of HP ENVY 5030 All-in-One Printer

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.

HP ENVY 5030 All-in-One Printer in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer

Last updated price £69.99
Stock In stock
ASIN B074PMB9C9

 

What Is a Home Printer?

Just like a laptop, a printer is an important part of gear that can be found in most households. Printers are helpful devices that allow us to save quite a lot of money down the road, providing us with a quick means of printing any kind of document, be it term paper, essay, legal documents, photo, presentation, book and many more. With a printer at home, you can save not only money that you'd otherwise spend on the printing services but also your time, printing as much as necessary in the privacy of your home. Printers can help transfer anything on paper and they don't cost too much. You can find a good printer in any price category and capable of performing a whole variety of functions, including not only printing but also scanning and copying, thus serving as a 3-in-1 device. In this article, we don't only review the best home printers but also help you deal with the selection and types of such devices.

There are also options for wireless printing. You can learn about them in our brand-new wireless printers review. Additionally, consider our review of all-in-one printers.

What Features to Compare

Printing Capabilities

Choosing a printer for home, first of all, you should pay your attention to the major feature - printing capabilities. The first parameter to consider it is a printing technology used in the device. There are 2 most widely-used ones: laser and ink-jet.

  • Ink-jet printers use a multicolour ink for printing. The advantages of this kind of printing are a reasonable price of the printer itself as well as the consumables, a high printing speed, a good quality of images and a capability of printing colour documents. The cons are: a relatively low page yield of default cartridges, which is enough for around 150 copies (on average), and also a limited time of a standby - the printer should print at least once in 2-3 weeks to not let the ink get dry.
  • Laser printers can be of 2 types: monochrome (black-and-white) and colour. The most widespread and popular are the monochrome ones. Among the benefits of a laser printer, we can mention a high printing speed and a huge page yield - from 1,000 pages at a single toner. Laser printers are perfect for printing B&W documents but are often inferior to inkjet printers when it comes to printing of images.

Printing Resolution

The second factor affecting the quality of a document printing is the printing resolution - the higher it is, the better the quality. If you are searching the printer for a home photo printing, we'd say that the best choice here is the ink-jet printer with extended colour packs providing correct shades and colour transition. A significant aspect is also a speed of documents printing, measured in pages per minute (ppm).

Cartridge and Tray Capacity

Another important feature is the cartridge and tray capacity. Depending on the printing technology, each type of printers is capable of printing its individual number of copies at a single cartridge. Some manufacturers offer cartridges with extended capacity that help you save your money by increasing the number of pages they can print. It is also worth checking the paper tray capacity because this feature seriously impacts the device's usability.

Functions

Having decided on the technical side of printing, you should assess the possibilities of a printer itself, for example, functions. There are 2 categories of printers: MFP (multifunctional printers) and regular printers. MFP combine several devices in one: a copier, a scanner, and a printer, sometimes even a fax. Also, in addition to the standard set for the MFP, the device may have additional features such as printing from a memory card, photo editing directly on the printer owing to the built-in display and software.

Connectivity

Finally, you should decide what devices you could sync with the new printer. For this pay your attention to connectivity. The hi-tech devices support not only a cable connection but also a wireless Wi-Fi network, which significantly extends the list of gadgets you can sync with the printer.

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