Best Home Printers That Make Our Lives Colourful in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update January 11, 2021
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 LCD screen and the settings are accessible and easy to figure out. The device will be able to pump out 600 x 2400 dpi images. The automatic two-sided printing will work wonders reducing the machine's paper consumption. The noise levels do not go above 47 decibels.

CONS

It's quite bulky.

OUR VERDICT

The Brother HL-L3230CDW is relentless. This device will be able to produce consistent results even when the workload gets absurd. It will let you print wirelessly from most smartphones and tablets. The device's understated profile will be able to blend into most office settings.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Printer

COLOUR SUPPORT

Black, cyan, magenta, yellow

PRINTING RESOLUTION

600 x 2400 dpi

SCANNING RESOLUTION

N / A

PRINTING SPEED

18 ppm black, 18 ppm colour

INK YIELDS

In-box toner: 1000 pages

TRAY CAPACITY

Standard paper tray: 250 sheets

Manual feed slot: 1 sheet

FEATURES

Printing, mobile printing

OS COMPATIBILITY

Windows 7 or later, Mac OS X 10.13 High Sierra

CONNECTIVITY

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

Warranty

3 years

PROS

Since the colours are supplied individually, you can replace separate cartridges without wasting money replacing the ones that still have some ink left. The Wi-Fi Direct feature will let you print straight from smartphones and tablets without employing Wi-Fi routers.

CONS

Only the On/Off button is backlit.

OUR VERDICT

The Epson Expression XP-2100 can print, copy, and scan not just monochrome but also colour pages, which is no small feat given that the model costs no more than 40 pounds. What's more, the prints look pretty good, and the outlay is minimal.

detailed parameters
TYPE

All-in-One

COLOUR SUPPORT

Black, cyan, magenta, yellow

PRINTING RESOLUTION

5760 x 1440 dpi

SCANNING RESOLUTION

1200 x 2400 dpi

PRINTING SPEED

8 ppm black, 4 ppm colour

INK YIELDS

Black: 150 pages, 

Colour: 130 pages, 

XL Black: 500 pages, 

XL Colour: 350 pages

TRAY CAPACITY

Standard paper tray: 100 sheets

FEATURES

Printing, copying, scanning, mobile printing

OS COMPATIBILITY

Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later, Windows 7 or later, Windows Vista (32/64 bit), Windows XP SP3 or later (32-bit), XP Professional x64 Edition SP2

CONNECTIVITY

Wi-Fi, USB, Wi-Fi Direct, USB

Warranty

1 year

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

The HP Smart App guides through each step of the installation, making the process easy and quick. The printer has a capacious paper tray and features an 35-page auto feeder, saving you the need to load the paper manually.

CONS

The software isn't very user friendly.

OUR VERDICT

Being easy to set up and use, the HP DeskJet Plus 4130 can easily become a perfect all-in-one device for novice users. With that, it offers extended functionality like wireless faxing and automatic scanning, which makes it well-suitable for office use.

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

8.5 ppm black, 5.5 ppm colour

INK YIELDS

~120 pages black, 

~75 pages tri-colour

TRAY CAPACITY

60-sheet input, 35-page auto-feeder

FEATURES

Printing, copying, scanning, mobile printing, faxing

OS COMPATIBILITY

Windows 7 or later, MacOS Sierra v10.12, macOS High Sierra v10.13, macOS Mojave v10.14, macOS Catalina v10.15

CONNECTIVITY

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

Warranty

1 year

PROS

You can minimise the ink costs by 70% if you subscribe to one of HP Instant Ink plans (three levels). Both cartridge and delivery costs are already included in your monthly payment.

CONS

The instruction manual is not very clear.

OUR VERDICT

The HP Envy 5010 printer is a real find for those customers who need a good MFP primarily for printing high-quality photos. And with that, you get added benefits of scanning, copying, and printing documents in small batches.

detailed parameters
TYPE

All-in-One

COLOUR SUPPORT

Black, cyan, magenta, yellow

PRINTING RESOLUTION

4800 x 1200 dpi

SCANNING RESOLUTION

1200 x 1200 (Optical)

PRINTING SPEED

9 ppm black, 6 ppm colour

INK YIELDS

Black: ~120 pages

Colour: 100 pages

XL cartridges: 300 pages

TRAY CAPACITY

100-sheet input, 25-sheet output

FEATURES

Printing, copying, scanning, faxing, mobile printing

OS COMPATIBILITY

Android, iOS, Blackberry, Symbian, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows RT

CONNECTIVITY

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

Warranty

1 year

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Brother HL-L3230CDW

Accessible Enough

The Brother HL-L3230CDW is probably the most hardworking, relentless printer within its price range. Sure, the device is unable to copy and scan, which is something that some printers within this price bracket are able to do. At the same time, the machine's performance, form factor, and utility more than make up for its unitasking disposition.

Starting with the form factor, the unit measures 41 x 46.1 x 25.2 centimetres, not necessarily the most compact printer we've ever seen but definitely up there with the more compact models. The weight's pretty bad though. Measuring 18 kilograms, the device is somewhat inconvenient to carry/move around since, like most printers, this device has no handles or anything like that. Of course, nobody carries printers around the office/home even on a semi-frequent basis, so that's not necessarily something we'd choose to complain about.

We might complain about the LD screen though. Sure, on one hand, this screen is pretty nice. The menu is accessible enough, the settings are intuitive, and the tools are easy to manipulate. That being said, the screen is pretty small, which is something that we would like to see improved in the next model's successor. As it is right now, the 1-line, 16-character LCD screen makes the aforementioned settings and tools somewhat inconvenient to manage.

Review of Brother HL-L3230CDW Colour Laser Printer

Printing Fast

From where we're standing, the model's downsides end with the small screen though. While the size is pretty standard, the printer's stylish design separates this device from its peers with similar price tags. The white body makes the unit look understated while the black lid adds maturity and nuance points, enabling this device to seamlessly blend into most office spaces.

Its print speed is brilliant too, able to produce as many as 18 pages per minute, including both colour and mono. The print quality matches the speed, making sure that this device can churn out high-res, 600 x 2400p, detailed images.

Meanwhile, the machine's automatic 2-sided printing will be reducing paper consumption, which is great since the printer's 250-sheets tray and the aforementioned printer speed will let you print like crazy. The recommended page volume allows that too, making sure you're able to comfortably print <1500 pages per month.

In short, the Brother HL-L3230CDW will be producing consistent results no matter the workload. You can put this device inside the busiest offices.

Brother HL-L3230CDW Colour Laser Printer in the use

Additional Info

    Manufacturer

Last updated price £289.99
Stock In stock
ASIN B07FY1MNC3

 

Epson Expression XP-2100

Printing, Copying, Scanning

The Epson Expression XP-2100 represents the company's cheapest line today. The model is not bad per se, but this is also not something you buy when you have the financial means to afford something a little more impressive. That being said, small offices these days seldom need more than this appliance can provide, so you can just as well pay ~40 quid and go with this one instead.

Is this the fastest printer yet? Not even close. Capping at 8 ppm (black) and 4 ppm (colour), this appliance is actually quite slow but, keeping in mind that you can print, scan, and copy, that this is not a monochrome model, and that, again, you're paying less than 50 quid, the aforementioned printing speed is nothing to scoff at, all things considered.

You would presume that, at the very least, you'll be sacrificing output quality yet almost the opposite is the case here. No, Epson's standard 4-colour 603 ink set will be able to provide reliable, vibrant, and crisp printing, all while reducing the outlay. Using pigment black and dye colour inks, the model churns out well-defined and vivid prints that look almost like the ones that you print with ~£150+ printers. Sure, photos and high-resolution images will not necessarily look stunning but the appliance more than covers graphs, charts, and handouts. Plus, the colours are supplied individually, meaning that when you run out of one, you'll only have to replace the colour(s) you need.

Review of Epson Expression XP-2100 Print/Scan/Copy Wi-Fi Printer

Integrating Into Homes and Modern Offices

Assuming you're not forgetting the low-low-end price bracket we're working with here, the model looks plenty stylish and should be able to easily integrate into an average office space. The touch buttons on the control panel are responsive, with generous spacing between them minimising misclicking. With the built-in Wi-Fi module, this appliance will also let you forego these buttons and print from Epson iPrint, from cloud services, and more. But the USB port has not gone anywhere too, meaning that you can also work with USB flash drives and different USB-enabled devices.

Last but not least, the unit measures 45.8 x 37 x 19.8 centimetres and weighs ~4 kilogrammes, not the smallest or the most lightweight model from the company yet but, looking at the competition, also not the bulkiest low-end representative.

To sum up, provided that you seldom deal with lots of paperwork, the Epson Expression XP-2100 will do just fine, scanning, printing, and copying documents without you paying more than 40 quid initially.

Epson Expression XP-2100 Print/Scan/Copy Wi-Fi Printer in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer

Last updated price £131.99
Stock In stock
ASIN B07VV6CPSB

 

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 Inkjet 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 Inkjet Printer in the use

Additional Info

    Manufacturer

Last updated price £94.99
Stock In stock
ASIN B07WV4XBSP

 

HP DeskJet Plus 4130

Fitted With Automatic Document Feeder

The HP DeskJet Plus 4130 is one of the latest releases from the brand that can become an ideal buy for home users looking for a reliable, easy-to-use device that can print, scan and copy fast and efficiently. It’s a sleek-looking printer that offers numerous useful features for home office use including some extras like wireless faxing from a mobile device and automatic scanning.

Fitted with a 35-page automatic document feeder, it scans documents with minimum supervision required on your part. With that, the printer works steadily and efficiently, scanning at a remarkably good resolution of 1200 dpi. Also, it has no issues with paper jams even when you need to scan multiple documents at once.

Despite the addition of an automatic feeder, it’s a relatively compact device that has a quite small footprint and can be neatly stored in a drawer if needed. The flip side of the coin, it also offers less room for paper - the input tray capacity makes 60 sheets of plain paper, while the output capacity is even more limited at 25 sheets. That said, given that the HP DeskJet Plus 4130 is intended for home needs first and foremost, these numbers will suffice to most small printing jobs.

Turning to the performance, the printing results of the HP DeskJet Plus 4130 are quite good too, with a print resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi for monochrome and a maximum resolution of 4800 x 1200 dpi for colour. The printing quality is no slouch either, especially when it comes to glossy photos - along with a separate black cartridge, the printer utilises a tri-colour one where all colours come combined in one. And if you'd like to save money on consumables, you can subscribe to HP instant ink service, and the company will send you ink when there is a notification that your cartridges are getting low. This way, you will not only get rid of the need to track the ink level in the printer but also save up to 70% on printing costs in the long run.

Review of HP DeskJet Plus 4130 All-in-One Wireless Inkjet Printer

HP Smart for Easy Connection

Not dissimilar to other all-in-one printers, this HP provides both simple USB and Wi-Fi connectivity options (USB cable isn’t included in the pack). However, unlike most of them, this model doesn't require you to synch through an array of apps and drivers. Thanks to an HP Smart App, the printer can be simply connected via your smartphone or tablet. All you need to do is scan a bar code on the printer box with your camera and download the app that will guide you through each step. Once you're done, all printing tasks will be controlled from your mobile device or a desktop PC.

To summarise, if you’re not willing to mess around trying to get your new printer to recognise the router and typing tricky passwords, the HP DeskJet Plus 4130 is a go-to option. Thanks to the one-step Wi-Fi connection, it’s fairly easy to use and set up, which surely makes it one of the best models for novice users. That said, its great printing abilities and automatic scanning feature make it a suitable choice for advanced tasks as well.

HP DeskJet Plus 4130 All-in-One Wireless Inkjet Printer in the use

Additional Info

    Manufacturer

Last updated price £99.49
Stock In stock
ASIN B08DJ62VP3

 

HP ENVY 5010

Make Them Envy Your Photos

HP printers are widely known for their exceptional printing quality of photos, and this one is no exception. The HP Envy 5010 really excels at its ability to deliver crisp, clear texts and glossy, high-quality images. So, if you're a photo lover or simply a person who would like to save your precious memories on photo paper, the Epson Expression Photo XP-8500 is here for you.

The HP Envy 5010 really delivers photos that can make people around become envious. And the quality is superb either on plain sheets or photo paper. Even tiny details will be extremely sharp and colourful. As a result, you'll get crisp, true-to-colour photos, which are perfect for everyday photo albums.

Positively, the HP multicolour cartridge is already included with the purchase. Also, you get 2 months of Instant Ink Trial included. Although the original HP 304 ink cartridges are a bit too pricey, you can minimise the costs by 70% if you subscribe to one of HP's plans (three levels). Both cartridge and delivery costs will be already included in your monthly payment.

Review of HP ENVY 5010 All-in-One Wireless Printer

Upgraded

The ENVY 5010 is a new release by the brand. It has been redesigned a bit to become more compact, functional. and easier to use. Additionally, it's now a bit smarter compared to previous models. It supports dual-band Wi-Fi and ensures a steady connection and performance. The MFP lets you make prints from social media and the cloud storage services, as well as print from a variety of smartphones, tablets, and even right from Wi-Fi-enabled cameras.

Like the majority of similar HP devices, this one is designed with a standard horizontal paper tray that can hold 80 sheets of paper only. That's the cost for a small profile. Yet, owing to an extremely small footprint, this printer neatly fits on any standard home desk leaving plenty of room for computers, peripherals, stationery and other stuff.

Lastly, the ENVY 5010 has an upgraded touch screen panel that is very responsive and can provide quick access to all the basic functions. Instead of tapping an arrow, now you can swipe the setting to navigate the menu.

All things considered, the HP Envy 5010 All-in-One Printer is definitely a great value. It's a real find for those customers who need a good MFP primarily for printing high-quality photos. And with that, you get added benefits of scanning, copying, and printing documents in small batches.
HP ENVY 5010 All-in-One Wireless Printer in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer

Last updated price £159.97
Stock In stock
ASIN B07KNVYQ8R

 

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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