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Wednesday 26 November 2014

TeleBest reviews: Ten best printers

Best for plug-and-play printers:
Don't need extra features or sophistications? This simple inkjet printer is easy to use and has straightforward colour printing at an affordable price. The colour inks all come in one cartridge, which is not as cost-efficient when it comes to replacing them. HPDJ1660, £34.99, www.argos.co.uk
Best for plug-and-play printers:
Don't need extra features or sophistications? This simple inkjet printer is easy to use and has straightforward colour printing at an affordable price. The colour inks all come in one cartridge, which is not as cost-efficient when it comes to replacing them. HPDJ1660, £34.99, www.argos.co.uk
Best for homeworkers:
With fantastic print quality and a great deal of versatility this printer is ideal for the home office. You can scan and copy as well as print and the wireless connectivity allows easy printing from multiple computers in different rooms. Good for photos as well as office documents. HPPhotosmart Q8444B Wi-fi, £69.99, www.comet.co.uk
Best for budget buyers:
There are cheaper printers (though not by much) but this model offers amazing value because it has Epson's excellent quality. It has four ink cartridges meaning they're better value to replace and can scan and copy as well as print. Epson Stylus SX125, £39.99, www.pcworld.co.uk
Best for style freaks:
This monochrome laser printer also scans and copies and is small enough not to spoil the look of the study (it's the world's smallest mono laser printer). Best for printing text rather than images, it's reasonably fast, too. Plus, it's wireless compatible. Samsung ML1665, £75, www.samsung.com/uk
Best for photo fans:
The quality of prints here is excellent: rich, detailed and vivid. And it's quick at printing them, too. It is fine for text and graphic documents, but excels for photos. Also boasts wireless connectivity, and of course a camera memory card slot to make printing your pictures as easy as possible. Canon Pixma MP640, £120, www. canon.co.uk
Best for budget snappers:
This printer is outstanding value because the replacement ink costs are lower than elsewhere, lowering the cost in the long run. From Kodak, it's great at printing photos and there's an iPhone app to make the process even easier. It boasts wireless connectivity. Kodak ESP5250, £89, www.amazon.co.uk
Best for wireless workers:
You and the laptop are in the bedroom, but the best place for the printer is in the study downstairs. This excellent printer, copier, scanner and fax has wireless connectivity so you can print from bed, if you must. Lexmark Platinum Pro905, £375, www.pcwb.co.uk
Best for novelists:
If you just want to print out your magnum opus and every draft of it, thank you, a mono laser printer is ideal, with great quality for crisp, sharp documents. This printer isn't sexy but it prints fast and won't break the bank. Canon I-Sensys LBP 3010, £89.95, www.comet.com
Best for students:
It's hard to beat the price on this all-in-one printer, scanner and copier. The machine's looks belie its low-price and printing quality is more than acceptable. It's not wireless, but is compatible with both PCs and Macs. Canon Pixma MP250, £34.99, www.argos.co.uk
Best for road warriors:
Small and light enough to take on tour, this portable number is still a powerful and versatile printer. It weighs just over 2kg and uses cost-effective ink. You can add wireless capabilities but it doesn't come as standard. HP OfficeJet H470wbt Mobile Inkjet, £199.99, www.play.com

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