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Selecting the best printer for your home or office

Printer comparison and selection guide

When choosing a new printer, it can be a little overwhelming with all the choice out there. We’re here to make your decision easier by breaking down the most commonly asked question about printers. Whether you’re looking for an affordable home printer or a fast office printer, you can easily make an informed choice. One of the first choices you will come to is whether to buy an inkjet printer or a laser printer. We will list the most common features and advantages of both inkjet printers and laser printers below. 

What are the main differences between an inkjet printer and a laser printer?

Inkjet printer Laser printer
Uses ink cartridges.
Uses laser toners.
Excels at printing images.
Excels at printing sharp texts.
Mainly for home printing or small office.
Mainly for medium to large business offices.
Achieves medium to fast print speeds.
Achieves very fast print speeds (black and white).
Modern inkjet printers can also scan, copy and fax.
Extended laser printers can also scan, copy and fax.
Inkjet printers are often cheaper to buy than laser printers.
The printing costs of laser printers are lower than that of inkjet printers.
Compare inkjet printers Compare laser printers

Best-selling inkjet printers:


Canon Pixma
A4 inkjet printer
€ 74.50

WiFi and wireless printing
Print speed of 10ppm (colour)

Canon Pixma TS705a

Best-selling laser printers:

Brother HL-L5000D
A4 mono laser printer
€ 253.50

Black and white (mono) laser printer
Print speed 40ppm (mono)
To print

Brother HL-L5000D

Some questions to ask when selecting a printer

  • How many users will the printer have?
  • Do you require WiFi or mobile printing?
  • Is the printer for home or business use?
  • Do you require copy, scan and fax functions?
  • Do you want to print in black and white or in colour?
  • What type of documents will you be printing?
  • What paper sizes do you wish to print on?
  • How much floor/desk space do you have?
  • What is your budget? Printer prices are closely related to their speed and features.
By asking these questions, you will be able to determine which printer features to look out for. This information is visible in the specifications box under each printer.

How many users will the printer have? 

By determining in advance how many users the printer will have, you can choose the right network options. For example, WiFi or wireless connection is particularly useful if you are sharing the printer with family members, housemates or colleagues. Mobile printing is another great option for those who are sharing and offers additional benefits for those with a busy schedule.

A larger paper tray would be useful for several users, as it accommodates greater speed and efficiency. You can also buy separate paper trays to use with your printer if required.

Is the printer for home or business use?

There are a number of useful features that are suitable for business environments with large daily volumes and many users. One such feature is the duplex feature that allows you to save paper and time, by printing on both sides of the paper, or the ADF (Automatic Document Feeder) which will feed the paper automatically into the printer, saving valuable time. 

If you are in an office setting or working from home, you are more likely to require a copy, scan or fax feature. If you are just looking to print only, then you can opt for a more basic model.

The PPM (Page Per Minute) refers to the number of pages the printer can print per minute. Inkjet printers usually have a PPM rate from 10 to 33 pages per minute, while laserjet printers tend to run faster with an average print speed of 20 pages per minute. (for black pages). A higher PPM rate would be a smart choice for a busy office environment where time is a valuable asset. If you are using the printer less frequently or are printing lower volumes, then you can afford to choose a printer with a lower PPM. 

What type of documents will you be printing?

The type of document you are looking to print, of course, plays an important role. If you intend to print colour documents or are looking to print images or photographs with the printer, then an inkjet printer would be the right choice. Different requirements are needed for printing large amounts of texts daily, as opposed to fewer, high-quality colour documents or images. 

If you are printing images or documents that require finer or sharper detail, then a good feature to look out for is the DPI or print resolution. A higher DPI (Dots Per Inch) will yield greater quality results.

What paper sizes and paper weights do you wish to print on?

The paper size required differs based on your needs. If you are looking to print in A3 size, for example, then you will need to opt for an A3 printer. This would be useful if you were printing, for example, promotional material. A3 printer paper is also frequently used in laser printers to output two A4 pages as a spread.

Another aspect to consider is the paper weight or paper thickness that the printer can handle. If you’re looking to print material with a paper weight of 250gsm or more, then you will need to choose a specialist printer that can accommodate these needs. 

How much floor/desk space do you have?

The amount of space that you have to place the printer is another factor to consider. There are plenty of compact printers that can be placed on desks or stored away easily when not in use. Larger freestanding laser printers are great for offices with plenty of space and contain added features for the office, designed to be more efficient and fast.

What is your budget?

Finally, budget plays a big role in your decision. There are plenty of low-medium priced inkjet printers and affordable laser printers that are perfect for occasional printing needs. If, as aforementioned, the printing jobs require greater speed and efficiency, such as in business office environments with multiple users, then a higher budget would be required for additional features (A higher PPM, an ADF, a large paper tray are some examples).


Tip: save money by opting for a printer with cheap cartridges or toners!

Although there is an initial cost of buying the printer, most of the costs related to printing are incurred when buying ink cartridges and toners. With this in mind, a smart decision when buying a printer is to choose a printer that has cheap ink cartridges or toners or a printer that is economical with ink. Looking at these factors before purchasing will save you a lot of money in the long run when buying ink or toner. With every printer displayed on our printer page, you will find the relevant printer consumables for your particular printer linked. If there is a compatible 123ink cartridge or toner available, it will be displayed as the recommended option. If you are deliberating between two or more printers with similar features, a smart deciding factor would be to choose the printer with the cheapest ink cartridge or laser toner available.

Choose the 123ink compatible brand for the best value ink cartridges and toners!

With 123ink compatible ink cartridgestoners and drums you can save up to 70% instantly compared to original consumables, with no change in quality! All 123ink branded inks and toners work perfectly with your inkjet and laser printers and often come with a higher quantity of ink than the originals. All of our printer ink and toner cartridges are tested in our own quality control department and come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. You can also save money on your ink costs by opting for a multipack and in particular, a 123ink compatible multipack.

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