There are many different variations of printers these days. Inkjet printers, laser printers, all-in-one printers, photo printers, wireless printers. You’d be forgiven for not even knowing where to start when trying to figure out the best printer available. That’s where we come in with our handy guide to the best printer of 2017, at least so far.
Top pick: Canon Pixma MG5750
Our top pick for the best printer on the market right now goes to the Canon Pixma MG5750. For years, Canon’s Pixma series has delivered fantastic performance with a wide array of features. As an all-in-one multifunction printer (or MFP, if you prefer) the Pixma MG5750 is the best printer around for a few reasons.
Wireless printing technology makes it incredibly easy to use, backed up by a pairing system that is simple to set up. Impressively, the Pixma MG5750 ends up one of the cheapest printers to run using Canon’s XL print supplies. Add to that, full scanning capabilities, the best photo printing quality available, an LCD display with a controllable on-screen menu, the ability to print from any smartphone, and the comparatively low price tag and you have a range of reasons as to why the Canon Pixma MG5750 has ended up at the top of our list.
HP Envy 5640
Another all-in-one printer making our list is the HP Envy 5640. This printer includes many of the features that make the Canon Pixma so appealing, though not all. It is, however, a fairly well priced wireless printer, fully capable of working as a scanner, printing from any smartphone and delivering excellent photo prints. It’s also one of the simplest printers we’ve ever seen in terms of setting up and using day to day. One feature seen here that isn’t seen elsewhere is the ability to print wirelessly without needing to connect to a central router. Overall, the HP Envy 5640 is a solid choice for a wireless printer and an all-in-one printer, though perhaps the Canon Pixma MG5750 is a marginally better option, depending on the price.
Epson WorkForce WF-3620DWF
One of the all-time best all-in-one printers available in recent years, the Epson WorkForce WF-3620DWF may have a rather clumsy name but it makes up for it by performing impeccably well in a whole variety of ways. It can be operated using wired or wireless networks, is capable of scanning, copying and faxing if you really need it, it’s also speedy at switching between tasks on the go. Print-wise, it performs smoothly when printing text and documents but slows to a crawl when printing photographs, which is worth noting if speed is a factor for you. It features a touch-screen as well as physical buttons (and a lot of them) but the menu system leaves a lot to be desired. As a well-built, taskforce of a printer, however, it performs admirably.
HP Officejet Pro 6230
The HP Officejet Pro 6230 is not the first HP printer to grace our list but it’s definitely the least stylish of the three. As far as inkjet printers go, though, the Officejet Pro 6230 stands out from the crowd due to its range of printing options as well as automatic duplex printing and inexpensive running costs. It’s a little on the bland side to look at but this printer gets the job done effectively and with a level of efficiency that is sure to put aside any doubts you may have had based on looks. This is very much a no-frills printer, however, and the lack of a screen, USB port or any discernable stand-out style may mean it’s not the best printer for everyone. That being said, it’s hard to argue with the price.
Epson Expression Photo XP-760
Here’s the thing about the Epson Expression Photo XP-760 printer – it has the word ‘photo’ in the name for a reason. When it comes to printing photos, graphical prints or anything similar, this printer excels past most of its competition. It is absolutely superb in those cases. For regular everyday document printing, however, it fails to impress past many of its competitors. Glossy paper prints pop and shine with a crisp clarity, however, so if your primary use of a printer is for more creative endeavours than wordy text-based documents, the Epson Expression Photo XP-760 is bound to impress.
Special mention: HP Sprocket Photo Printer
There’s just enough time on this list to give a small shout-out to the adorable little HP Sprocket Photo Printer. Designed to print single photographs this palm-sized printer comes in black or white and is as stylish as it is easy to use. This is very much a print-and-go printer, enabling you to print photos from your smartphone directly onto glossy paper without any fuss. It’s not cheap and the running costs are sure to add up if you get a lot of use out of it, but as far as centrepieces or talking points, this nifty little luxury item is one to look out for. Plus, it’s called ‘sprocket’, which is adorable.
There you have it, those are our top picks for the best printer 2017. Have we missed something big that you think we should know about? Feel free to give us a heads up over on Twitter or Facebook and we’ll take a look.