Buying guides

Printers

PRINTERS

Our lives are increasingly paper-free, but sometimes there’s no substitute for a print-out. Whether you want to print from your laptop at the office or from your smartphone at home, this guide will help you find the solution you need.

WHAT KIND OF PRINTING DO I NEED?

Whatever printer you need, consider what you’ll need to print and who will use it.

Student

If your degree is essay-heavy? Need Quality color printing?  requires you to print out course material every week?

Here are three of our best quality printers:

Business

Small or large  business need to be able to print documents with speed, plus scanning and photocopying

Your printer types:

Printing photos

You're looking for a printer that can print high-quality colour photos

Your printer types:

WFH essentials

Bringing your work to life and any important documents you may need quickly instantly

Your printer types:

Selphy / Digital printing

TYPES OF PRINTERS

We offer a range of different printers, so consider the features each type offers:

Inkjet printers

Inkjet printers are ideal for lower volume printing in offices, and for personal use at home.

Features you'll like:

  • Prices start low
  • Huge variety
  • Highest photo quality when used with photo paper
  • Often better quality when in colour

Things to consider:

  • Ink can smudge when freshly printed
  • Higher cost per page than laser
  • Slower to print
inkjet

Laser printers

Laser printers are ideal for high-volume printing in offices where there's a lot of paperwork.

Features you'll like:

  • Highest text quality, fast print speeds, cheaper ink

  • Faster, smudge-free printing of a very high quality, especially when printing text

  • Faster printing in high quantities

  • Can print double-sided

  • More resilient printing

Things to consider:

  • More expensive – particularly if you want to print in colour

  • Colour quality isn’t as good as on inkjet printers

  • Lower photo print quality

Wireless printing

Wireless printing is cable-free, so allows you to print from wherever you are in your home.

HP ENVY Photo 7830 AIO Wireless Printer
HP Smart Tank Plus 570 Wireless All-In-One
Canon PIXMA TS9150 AIO Wireless Wi-Fi Printer

All-in-one printers

A complete home solution for inkjet printing, scanning, faxing and photocopying, while saving space. Some can print directly from the internet. Uses plain, coated or photo paper up to A3.

All In One

WHAT ARE MY DELIVERY OPTIONS?

Standard delivery

Standard delivery of your printer is free for orders of £50 and over. This can be as little as 3 working days, but you’ll be offered delivery slots at checkout.

Delivery by our approved supplier

Delivery by our approved supplier means the printer will be delivered directly by the manufacturer, or their chosen courier, and they will arrange delivery with you.

Click & collect

Click & collect is free for orders of £30 and over, or £2 if you spend less

Next day delivery

is available for most of our printers.

Mac Banner

GUARANTEE

2-year guarantee

All electrical products you buy from us are guaranteed for a minimum of 2 years, at no extra cost.

Protect Plus

Add to your piece of mind with accidental damage cover for your printer.

INK AND PAPER FOR YOUR PRINTER

We have a range of ink, toner and paper for your new printer.

Ink

Ink cartridges are designed especially for inkjet printers – if you have a laser printer, you'll need toner instead.

We sell ink cartridges for the brands below.  Head to the product page for more information on which cartridge you'll need.

Paper

Choose from different types of paper to suit what you're printing.

  • Photo paper: high quality paper that's glossy on one side

  • Plain paper: for everyday use

  • A3 paper: larger sheets – only for use with printers that can take A3 paper

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NFC connectivity

Devices with NFC can be tapped together to create a wireless connection, for sending or streaming files and other data

PPM (Pages per minute)

The number of pages of black text a printer can output in a minute – so "6 PPM" means that printer prints 6 black text pages in one minute

IPM (Images per minute)

The number of pages of images a printer can output in a minute – so "6 IPM" means that printer prints 6 image pages in one minute

DPI (Dots per inch)

The number of physical dots on the printed page: a higher number means more dots per inch on the page, which in turn means better quality.

Scanning resolution

See also: PPI

Direct printing

A feature that lets your printer connect to a compatible digital camera, without the need for a computer

Google Cloud print

Google Cloud print allows you to print directly from your tablet, smartphone or any Android device. It is included on all Android devices so there is no need to download any unwanted software. Simply create a Google account or log in to your existing account to get started.

Memory card slot

Allows you to transfer photos and files directly from a memory card

Duplex/double-sided printers

Duplex and double-sided printers can print on both sides of a sheet of paper.

Instant Ink compatible

An HP-specific service, in which the company will send you HP Instant Ink replacement cartridges and pre-paid recycling envelopes before you run out of ink

Automatic document feeder

Set a scanner or copier to automatically feed multiple pages of a document in for processing, one page at a time

Paper format

The types of paper or other media that this printer can print on

Ports

Ports used to connect other devices, for example a USB port to connect laptops or other devices, or HDMI ports to connect to a high-definition screen

Monochrome printer

Monochrome printers exclusively print black and white documents. Monochrome laser printers feature higher print speeds over standard inkjet printers.

Printing speed

How many pages or how fast a single photo can be produced per minute. Measured as Pages per minute (PPM) and Images per minute (IPM) See also: PPM and IPM