Buying Guide

Buyers' Guide

Shopping for a new printer? Confused by the choice?

Relax; we know buying a printer can be daunting, which is why we've assembled this handy printer buying guide to help you select the right printing equipment for your needs and buy a printer online. We want you to be 100% satisfied with both the model you select and the service you receive.

Whether you're looking for a great compact printer to use at home, or a new colour laser printer for the office, we’ll help you find which printer is best for your needs.

Forget jargon; our convenient printer buying guide will guide you seamlessly through the purchasing process to make choosing a printer affordable and easy.

Which is the best printer to buy?

Our customer often ask ‘what kind of printer should I buy?’ When buying a printer, the key is to try and not get bogged down by the choice of available printer models. To make life easier, we have identified the six main types of printer for home and home office use, as well as their uses:

Laser printers

With better text quality and a greater page capacity, laser printers are great for the home office. They can be expensive, but offer speed and durability, powering through high volumes of paper. Perfect for efficiency, high volumes and enhanced paper handling.

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On a budget? Inkjet printers tend to be cheaper than laser printers, but can be slower. Don't let this put you off; their smaller mechanical parts mean they make excellent portable printers – and Inkjet printer reviews are generally glowing. Ideal for home use.

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All-in-one printers

Scanning? Check. Copying? No problem. Printing? Of course! Meet all your computing needs with the all-in-one – available in laser or inkjet form. Perfect for the office or home use, these are mid-priced, multi-functional and consistent when it comes to quality.

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A3 printers

With better text quality and a greater page capacity, laser printers are great for the home office. They do tend to be more expensive, however, but they offer excellent speed and durability, powering through high volumes of paper with ease.

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Wireless printers

A wireless solution enables your printer to be as flexible as you need it to be, regardless of computer, tablet or phone. Multifunctional and boasting the same quality as their peers, wireless printers mean less cables; a simple solution for those on the move.

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Airprint / Cloud Print

Air and cloud technology enables you to connect your printers to the web, meaning you can print anything, anywhere and connect to any device. Print off those all-important documents on your way to work or before you get home without having to install any software.

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What to look for when buying a printer

Okay, so you know you want a new printer and you might even have your eye on a specific model. Here are a few more things to consider before taking the plunge and making that all-important purchase.


Price might be the most important factor – the good news is, there is a huge range of printers for an equally huge budget range.

Speed & Capacity

Have you thought of print speed and paper capacity, for example? Both key in your decision-making process.


What about space? Do you have ample room in your home or office? Or are you struggling to find somewhere to store your new gadget?


Looking for a slim, compact design that'll easily slot into your home office décor? No problem; we can help you there.

Picture Quality

Finally getting round to printing off those holiday photos and want a printer that'll produce great quality pictures to treasure forever? Come to us.

Let Printernet Help!

With so many people confused about how how to choose a printer, we want to make things easy. Here at Printernet, we won't push you into splashing your hard-earned cash on an expensive printer that isn't for you; we're dedicated to helping you find the right piece of equipment to suit your needs.

If aesthetics isn't an issue and you're looking for a no-nonsense product that'll last and do all your printing, copying and scanning tasks with ease, you've come to the right place. Whatever it is you're looking for, we can help. It's well worth doing your research before splashing out, though; having in mind exactly what you want to get out of your printer, and your available budget.

Once you're ready, you'll find this buyers' guide contains all the information you'll need to help you on your way to introducing a new piece of equipment to your home or office. Your new printer could be just a few clicks away; let's get started...