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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.

Printing at home

At-home printing, for documents,  plane boarding passes and the occasional photo

Your printer types:

Small business use

You have a small to medium-sized business, and need to be able to print documents with relative speed, plus scanning and photocopying

Your printer types:

Larger business use

Your larger business requires fast printing for many people

Your printer types:

Specialist printing

You need a printer for larger or ultra-portable printing

Your printer types:

Printing photos

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

Your printer types:

Printing directly from devices

You're looking for a printer that makes it easy to print straight from your laptop, smartphone, tablet, camera or even a memory card. Some printers can even be put into your pocket and used on the go

Your printer types:

Mobile Printer

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

laser

Photo printers

Prints high-quality photos at home. Reads from memory card or connects to digital camera. Uses plain, coated or photo paper up to A3.

Photo 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.

Added Care

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.

Toner

Toner is a powder ink made especially for laser printers – if you have an inkjet printer, you'll need ink cartridges instead.

We sell toner cartridges for the brands below. Head to the product page for more information on which toner 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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WiFi / Wireless printing

Print wirelessly from laptops, phones and other devices by connecting to the internet

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

Mobile printing / Mobile printing services

Print wirelessly from compatible smartphones, tablets and other internet-connected devices

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

Printing resolution

The higher the dots per inch (DPI), the greater the definition of the image. See also: DPI

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