Printers are very different to most other hi-tech gadgets. They’re as much mechanical as they are electronic, meaning build quality and reliability are extremely important. The last thing you want to find when you need a hard copy of an important document is a dodgy printer chewing up your paper and spitting ink everywhere.
Good printers also last longer than a lot of other devices. While you may want to replace your laptop, phone or tablet every couple of years, most people are happy with a printer as long as it’s in good working order. This makes it even more important to get your purchase right the first time.
That’s not to say that they can’t be cutting edge. The best wireless printers are adding Wi-Fi, Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud support, as well as colour touchscreens, to enable you to easily print documents from your smartphone or tablet with as little fuss as possible.
Price is another key thing to consider, and we’re not simply talking about how much you’re willing to spend on the printer itself. While our round-up includes sub-£100 printers, as well as models costing over £600, you need to think about maintenance costs too. How much will it cost per page? What’s the largest compatible ink cartridge available? These are all important questions.