The Best Printers of 2017

Wanting the best printer is easy, but picking the right one is hard. In a world of portable printers, all-in-one printers, office printers, 3D printers and so on, we’re spoilt for choice. Brands like Brother and Canon normally guarantee quality, but specific needs require specific printers, and we’ve put together a list of the best printers of 2017 to help you with your purchase.

If none of these scratch your itch, then you could also visit the article we wrote last year on the best printers of 2016.

Epson Workforce WF-2760dwfEpson Workforce printer for ePrint Digital article

Price: £99.00

Link: http://amzn.to/2up3qjO

The Epson Workforce WF-2760dwf doesn’t let the low price tag get in the way of it being a quality device. While it is a little noisy, the calibre of the colour and photo printing means minor faults like that are easy to overlook.

As is true for most printers, this takes four separate colour cartridges; black, cyan, magenta and yellow. We wouldn’t recommend the use of the standard capacity inks too highly as approximately 175 pages in black and 165 pages in colour means that this has a fairly small yield. The XL ink cartridges, however, are much easier to recommend with nearly three times the amount of printing possible. The depth in dark colours don’t match that of the next printer, but for a budget office model, you could be in for a surprise.

Other features include:

  • 7″ touchscreen display
  • Scanner functionality
  • Copier functionality
  • Fax capabilities
  • Ethernet capabilities
  • NFC printing
  • Wireless printing
  • 30 page Automatic Document Feeder (ADF)
  • AirPrint functionality
  • Google Cloud Print functionality

Brother HL-L8360CDWBrother printer for ePrint Digtal article

Price: £375.00

Link: http://amzn.to/2uoZnYN

The price might seem steep when compared to the Epson printer above, but that is an exceptionally cheap printer; this is an exceptional printer. The Brother HL-L8360CDW is about as well rounded as a printer gets, but users will be particularly impressed by the print quality overall. Some online believe the photo print quality isn’t up to the same standards as its regular document reproduction, but the people around our office are still fans of the results.

Speed is important when it comes to printing, and this model certainly isn’t slowed by its excellent print quality with a consistent rate of 33 ppm (pieces per minute) on default settings for coloured printouts. In an office setting where there are multiple people printing multiple documents, this excels.

Other features include:

  • 7″ touchscreen display
  • USB 2.0 functionality
  • AirPrint functionality
  • Google Cloud Print functionality
  • Brother’s iPrint & Scan
  • Fax capabilities
  • Ethernet capabilities

HP Pagewide Pro 477dwHP Pagewide for ePrint Digital article

Price: £340.00

Link: http://amzn.eu/2mbUxBF

The California-based company have knocked another printer out of the park, and if you’ve owned a HP before, that probably comes as no surprise to you.

The superb print quality means it lives up to the £300+ worth of hype, but it’s the print speed that truly sets this apart from other printers. Using a printhead that covers the width of the page, as opposed to printheads that move back and forth across the page like conventional printers, gives this a staggering prints per minute rate; close to 56PPM in certain modes, all while retaining a good level of detail and definition. This makes it a perfect choice for an office environment, as it should put an end to massive queues at the printer.

Other features include:

  • 3 inch touch screen
  • Scanner functionality
  • Copier functionality
  • Near-field communication (NFC)
  • Two-sided printing
  • Direct printing via USB
  • Ethernet capabilities

Canon Pixma TS6050Canon Pixma for ePrint Digital article

Price: £79.99

Link: http://amzn.eu/duF54bB

We’ve featured HP, Brother and Epson so far; if you’re playing ‘printer company’ bingo at home, consider this a full house as Canon and their Pixma TS6050 definitely belong on this list.

In the interest of fairness, it might be best for interested buyers to only compare this to the Epson featured at the top of this list, as they’re roughly the same price when the two featured prior to this are three times as expensive or more. While every printer featured here has great print quality (it wouldn’t be on this list if it didn’t have the basics covered), this printer is let down by its print speed. At seven pages per minute in black and white, and four pages per minute in colour, this printer definitely isn’t made for a busy office environment.

However, it’s testament to how good the printer is overall that we still really enjoy this piece of technology, even despite the print speed. It will be difficult to find a better quality of printed photos at this price range, double-sided printing means you won’t need to manually swap the paper around like the olden days, and the ability to scan and copy means you’re getting great value for your money.

Other features include:

  • 3” touch screen
  • SD card reader
  • AirPrint functionality
  • Google Cloud Print functionality
  • PictBridge support

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Did we miss out a 2017 printer that you really enjoyed? Do you still need help with your printing needs? Be sure to contact us on 0161 682 5809 or enquiries@eprintdigital.co.uk if you want to discuss printing any further.