Printers Buying Guide

A reliable printer is a must-have for the home offcie or photography enthusiast. Whether you’re printing out photos or important documents, there are many options on the market, from top-of-the-range models with incredible print quality, to simple, affordable printers. There is more choice in terms of printer functionality and quality than ever before, whatever your budget. The four maintypes of printer today are Inkjet, Laser, All-in-one and Photo printers. Within each of these categories there a tons of options with plenty to choose from. You can purchase printers direct from manufacturers like Epson, Lexmark, HP and Dell, or alternatively go to retailers which offer printers from a range of manufacturers such as PC World or Argos.

There are four main types of printers on the market today – inkjet, photo, all-in-one and laser. And with plenty to choose from in each category, there is bound to be one that’s right for you. Print sizes up to A3 are now easily available and wireless options offer more flexibility than ever before.

  • Inkjet printers – offer decent quality at low prices, the more dots there are per inch (dpi), the higher the quality of an inkjet printer. These are good choices for those who want to print out documents and photographs at home occassionally, but are not intending to put the printer to heavy use.
  • Laser printers – are the perfect choice for high-volume printing, favoured by businesses who do lots of printing, they are more costly than inkjet printers to buy but create high-quality copies quickly and are very cheap to run. Excellent for printing text but not the best with images.
  • All-in-one – a printer, scanner, fax machine and a photocopier combined, these multi-functional devices are perfect for small businesses and home offices. Relatively expensive, they offer great value for money with decentquality, but not for heavy use.
  • Photo printers – as you would expect from the name, these are perfect for printing images and most models allow you to plug your camera straight in and print directly from the camera, with no need to use a computer. Some photo printers have memory card slots so you can just plug in your memory card out of the camera. High end photo printers have an LCD screen on which you can select and edit the images you wish to print.