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Comparing inkjet printers

Inkjet printer comparison guide

When it comes to the best home printers, inkjet printers are an easy choice. Not only are they very affordable, compact and user friendly, they also excel when it comes to printing images. This is appealing for anyone looking to print some family photographs, or maybe some homework or presentations. Depending on its use, there are some different models to suit your needs. We’re here to help make your choice easier by comparing the most popular inkjet printers by category and explaining some common printer functions and useful features. 
 

Inkjet printers that are ideal for the home
Inkjet printers that are perfect for photos
The best A3 sized inkjet printers
Explanation of common printer terms

Inkjet printers that are ideal for the home  

These all-in-one inkjet printers make the perfect home printer. With an A4 size paper feeder, they are perfect for printing both black and white and colour prints. We recommend the inkjet printers below for home use.
Epson Expression
Home XP-2100

A4 inkjet printer
 
€ 86.50
Hp OfficeJet
Pro 8210

A4 inkjet printer
€ 149.50
Epson Expression
Premium XP-6100

A4 inkjet printer
€ 143.50
Scan & copy
WiFi
Print from mobile
Pages per minute 27 ppm 34 ppm 32 ppm
Automatic double-sided printing
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Inkjet printers that are perfect for printing photos 

We recommend one of the all-in-one inkjet printers below for those looking to print a lot of photographs and images. Photo printers often have multiple ink cartridges, which makes these printers stand out in terms of print and colour details. For example, light cyan and light magenta colour ink cartridges are available for some to create very specific colour shades. With these models, you can be sure to print clear, colour enriched photos.
Epson Expression Photo XP-970
A3 inkjetprinter
€ 274.50
Epson Expression Photo XP-8600 
A4 inkjet printer
€ 156.50
Epson Expression Photo XP-55
A4 inkjet printer
€ 153.50
Scan & copy
WiFi
Print from mobile
Pages per minute 28 ppm 32 ppm 32 ppm
Automatic double-sided printing
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The best A3 inkjet printers

These inkjet printers can print up to an impressive A3 size. A3 printers are Ideal for businesses or offices where presentations, posters and promotional materials are commonly printed. These models can also print in A4 format. Two A4 sized pages are often printed side by side as an A3 spread. We recommend the following A3 inkjet printers below.

HP OfficeJet 7110 
A3+ inkjet printer
€ 15950

HP OfficeJet Pro 7740
A3 inkjet printer
€ 295.50

Brother MFC-J5945DW
A3 inkjet printer
€ 424.50
Scan & copy
WiFi
Print from mobile
Pages per minute 22 ppm 22 ppm 35 ppm
Automatic double-sided printing
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Explanation of common printer terms

ADF:
 
Automatic Document Feeder. With an automatic document feeder, you can scan or copy an entire multi-page document without feeding each sheet individually.
 
Duplex:
 
Automatic two-sided printing is a feature that most modern printers have. This function allows a sheet of paper to be printed on both sides automatically.
 
Pages per minute:
 
PPM refers to how many pages can be printed per minute, which is a good indicator of print speed.
 
More printer terms:
 
We have a greater explanation of the printer features and their functions on the previous printer selection guide page.
 

Mobile printing

Printers that can connect to the WiFi network are suitable for mobile printing. Most printers have the option to print via a handy mobile app where you can send print jobs to the printer directly from your smartphone or tablet. This is particularly useful for those who do not wish to put the files on to the computer before printing. In the table below, we explain the different ways you can connect to the printer.  
 
Apple AirPrint: With Apple Airprint you can print wirelessly from Apple devices such as iPhone and iPad.
Google Cloud Print:      You can print wirelessly from your phone, tablet or computer via Google Cloud Print.  Note: Google Cloud Print is no longer supported since January 1, 2021. Instead, you can print from the Chrome app on your mobile device.
  Print app: Most printer brands have their own apps that allow you to send print jobs to your printer from your mobile device. These are free to download on your Android or iOS device.
NFC: Contactless printing works in a similar manner to contactless payment, it uses mobile devices with an NFC chip (in combination with an app).
WPS: The WiFi protected service is a feature supplied with many routers. It is designed to make the process of connecting to a secure wireless network from a computer or from any other device easier. This way, you can easily print from any device that is connected to the network. You can connect your printer to the network by holding down the WPS button on your printer, followed by the WPS button on your router (for a few seconds) until it flashes. This will establish a connection. If your printer has a screen or control panel, then you can connect to the router via a WPS pin. You can find this pin in the wireless settings and enter it on your computer to establish the connection.

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