HP OfficeJet Pro 9010e
This one is a very smart choice of inkjet printer as it’s an all-in-one with the added bonus of a six- month supply of Instant Ink from the HP+ scheme. The printer itself offers speeds of up to 22 ppm, automatic two-sided printing, a 250-sheet paper tray and reliable Wi-Fi connectivity (so you can print wirelessly from, say, your mobile phone or tablet).
Epson Workforce WF-2840DWF
Another multifunction device, this printer also offers copy, scan and fax capabilities. It has print speeds of 33ppm (mono) and 18ppm (colour), and can handle A4 double-sided printing. Epson’s ReadyPrint means that whether you print a little or a lot, there’s a plan to suit your print needs, with automatic delivery of new ink delivered direct to your door.
Yet another great device, this A4 all-in-one model from Brother also has the added benefit of being able to take A3. Print speeds are up to 22ipm (mono) and 20ipm (colour), with automatic two-sided printing capability. The 9.3cm colour touchscreen LCD makes it easy to control print operations and other functions.
Canon MAXIFY MB2155
Ideal for demanding environments and easy to use, the MB2155 is an outstanding multifunction colour inkjet printer, scanner, copier and fax. It prints as fast as 19 images per page in mono and 13 images per page in colour whilst its first page print is just 6 seconds.
Inkjet printers in a nutshell
An inkjet printer is the perfect choice for the home office environment. It accurately sprays micro-amounts of ink onto paper to form the letters and images. An inkjet printer can produce several hundred pages before the cartridges of ink must be replaced. Inkjet printers tend to contain one black ink cartridge plus: Either one colour cartridge containing ink in primary pigments (cyan, magenta, and yellow); Or separate cartridges for each primary pigment. The high-quality colour images produced by inkjet printers make them the best choice for anyone intending to print photographs, graphic design images and so on. Inkjet printing is a reasonably fast form of printing, and it’s measured in ppm (pages per minute) and / or ipm (images per minute).
How to choose the right inkjet printer?
As ever, it depends on what you need the printer for, and there are a few things you should think about when you’re considering making a purchase. Cost is one of them – but going for the printer with the lowest price might not always be the best option for you. It may have a lower print speed when you’re in particular need of faster speeds, for example.
You could also consider tying in to schemes like HP’s Print At Your Service or HP+ cartridge replacement scheme (etc).
Here are a couple of things to think about when you’re in the process of choosing a new inkjet printer.
Print Speed: We just mentioned this one, but we’ll go over it in a little more detail. Inkjet printers are not usually up to the speeds you can get from laser printers, but that doesn’t mean they’re not quick enough! In any case, you’ll probably only require higher print speeds if you’ll be printing vast amounts of pages.
Price: Basic models of inkjet printer shouldn’t cost too much at all as the whole pricing scale for this type of device is very reasonable. For you, the customer, this has a knock-on effect: You can probably get a better printer for your money than you thought!
Here’s a handy list of some other important things to consider when you’re making the decision of whether to buy an inkjet printer.
• Good price range, nothing too expensive
• High quality images (particularly when used with photo paper)
• Great quality when in colour
• Ink can smudge when first printed if not handled carefully
• Higher cost per page of print than laser
• Lower print speed
Ebuyer stocks a huge range of inkjet printers, and you can browse them here. We have blogged about printers before, including this article about choosing a printer for all of the family to use, this one about cutting the cost of printing in the office, and this one revealing a bit more about all-in-ones.