Last updated on October 3rd, 2017 at 12:22 pm
If finally saying goodbye to summer has got you a bit blue, why not try injecting some colour into your life with an inkjet printer. For households and students alike searching for a new printer, an inkjet offers unparalleled versatility for everything from A3 art projects to stunning family photographs. You’ll also find they offer some truly amazing prices, making them perfect for smaller budgets in the run up to Christmas.
Why choose an inkjet printer?
There are plenty of general benefits of choosing an inkjet printer, but the real question is whether an inkjet printer is suitable for your printing needs. The laser versus inkjet debate often simply comes down to what you need to print, with inkjet taking the award for best colour every time. With that in mind, here’s how an inkjet printer could be the right choice to meet your specific needs.
Affordable home printing
If you’re simply looking for an affordable home printer an inkjet could very well be the perfect fit. The initial purchase price is often much lower than laser printers, making them the ideal first-time option for students or just an affordable choice for small families with occasional printing needs. While multifunction inkjets provide some additional versatility, for sporadic printing and basic family requirements a standalone printer can offer appealing price savings.
They also tend to have a small footprint. Their compact size makes them ideal for small homes and apartments where clutter or space is a problem, or even for home offices that are typically small and struggle for room. While you may find slower print speeds and slightly higher cartridge costs with an inkjet printer, for families with smaller print needs they are often an affordable option. Stunning photo-quality means you can create and print special family moments within the comfort of your own home.
Photography and design projects
Modern inkjet systems can offer exceptionally high resolutions, making them ideally suited to printing high-quality photographs and other full-colour prints. This technology is more affordable than ever with a wide range of budget options now available. Students studying photography or design subjects will find plenty of inkjet options to meet all their needs at a reasonable price, while photography and other design enthusiasts can satisfy their hobby without breaking the bank.
You’ll also find that inkjet printers often come with a range of other features to complement photographs and full-colour prints. Borderless printing, for example, means photographs are printed right to the edge of the paper. This means stunning full-page photographs straight from the printer, no trimming needed and ready to frame. You can also opt for an A3 capable printer, ideal for design projects such as floor plans and presentations. A3 printers are also often capable of handling a range of media, including special glossy photo paper and thicker paper types often used in art and design.
Versatile office printing
While mono laser prints have the speed and efficiency desired in office environments, they are limited in the print jobs they can handle. Opting for an inkjet printer for your small office will give the whole workplace the ability to execute even demanding print jobs. From full-colour presentations to marketing materials such as booklets and leaflets, you’ll be guaranteed high-quality colour graphics and photographs for a professional looking finish.
With inkjet technology priced so reasonably, you can now get even more efficiency-boosting features for a fraction of the cost and size of a laser printer. You’ll now find many all-in-one inkjet printers come equipped with the latest wireless, mobile and cloud printing technologies to make sharing and printing documents between teams or work and home environments even easier. That means seamless connectivity to print on the go from any of your devices and from your favourite cloud apps, perfect for small but busy offices and workgroups.
Our inkjet picks
If you think an inkjet printer could be the right fit for you but are still overwhelmed by the range of choice available, have no fear. We’ve selected four of the latest and best to suit a range of needs and budgets, perfect for families, students, photographers and small business owners alike.
The family budget printer
This simple Canon printer is perfect for families on a budget. A small but mighty inkjet, this printer packs a wide range of features into a sleek and compact design. Get full connectivity with complete wireless, mobile and cloud printing options to suit busy on the go families. You can also print, scan and copy to meet all your basic needs, enabling you to scan to your favourite cloud apps and print on the go from your mobile with ease. You can even print straight from social media with PIXMA Cloud Link and the Canon PRINT app making this the ideal crossover for family, school and work life.
The savvy student printer
Students will love the quality offered by this affordable printer. With complete all-in-one functionality, wireless connectivity and Windows 10 compatibility it’s ideal for any modern or tech-savvy user looking for a printer to fit seamlessly into their life. Even more importantly you’ll get special HP pigment ink for superb colour that can last without fading or smearing and incredible resolutions of up to 1200 x 1200 dpi. Additional features such as borderless printing and A3 capability all come together to ensure no print job is too big for this printer to handle, and a sleek compact design means it won’t be out of place in even the smallest dorm room.
The versatile photography printer
If you’re looking to take your photography hobby to the next level but still need a printer up to your home and work demands, this Brother all in one printer could be the right choice for you. An incredible 4800 x 1200dpi resolution, new pigment inks and A3 printing will ensure all your photographs or design projects get the quality they deserve. There’s also extremely versatile advanced media handling, perfect for anything from thick paper design projects, booklets or leaflets. Plus, high yield cartridges mean you can print projects, office work and other everyday home print jobs for even less cost per page.
The efficient office printer
When it comes to productive and cost-efficient office printing you won’t do better than the new Epson EcoTank range. This model offers ultra low-cost printing with savings of up to 74% thanks to its innovative EcoTank system. Say goodbye to cartridges and easily refill its high capacity ink tanks. Get two sets of ink bottles included in the box, enough for up to 11,000 pages of black and colour. If saving money wasn’t enough, you’ll also find speedy print times of up to 13.7ppm for black and 7.3ppm for colour with complete wireless, mobile and cloud connectivity. That’s everything you’ll need to efficiently print work documents and presentations without any nasty surprise costs.