Best Inkjet Printer | Comparison & Test Winner 2016

Ink based printers, commonly referred to as inkjets, are an extremely popular choice for home offices and smaller organisations where only occasional use of a printer is required. Because of this popularity there are very many to choose from on the market and it can be difficult to work out which one will be best for you specific needs. To make an informed decision we have researched the commonest ones that are sold and laid out comparison data in the table below. So, depending on your printing needs, you should be able to locate a device that suits your budget and set up.

Inkjet Printer Brother DCP195C Canon Pixma iP4950 HP Envy 4500 HP Deskjet 2510 HP Officejet Pro 8100 HP Deskjet 2540 Canon Pixma iP7250
Score 8 / 10 6 / 10 10  / 10 6 / 10 9 / 10 8 / 10 7 / 10
Quality b/w
Quality colour
Weight 7.1 kg 5.7 kg 5.0 kg 3.9 kg 11.0 kg 5.2 kg 6.6 kg
Ink cartridges 4 5 4 4 4 4 4
Print resolution 6000 x 1200 dpi 9600 x 2400 dpi 4800 x 1200 dpi 4800 x 1200 dpi 4800 x 1200 dpi 5760 x 1440  9600 x 2400 dpi
Scan resolution 1200 x 2400 dpi / 1200 x 2400 dpi 1200 x 1200 dpi / 2400 x 1200 /
Speed b/w 33.0 s/min 12.5 s/min 21.0 s/min 8.0 s/min 20.0 s/min 7.0 s/min 15.0 s/min
Speed colour 27.0 s/min 9.3 s/min 17.0 s/min 7.5 s/min 16.0 s/min 4.0 s/min 10.0 s/min
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Last Update: March 2016

Remember that inkjet printers often have on-costs. This is usually because of the consumable cartridges that you need to buy once the ink has run out.

One of the most important criteria to bear in mind before buying an inkjet printer is the print quality. If you only need to print an occasional email or the odd invoice, print quality does not need to be that high. If, on the other hand, you need to print technical data, drawings or photographs, then you ought to select an inkjet which has a higher print quality – for both colour and black and white printing. Secondly, it is worth considering the connectivity of the printer you are thinking about buying. Some can be connected to a computer via a USB terminal only. Others can be shared by several computers over a wireless network, or WLAN. This second option is certainly worth considering for small office environments. We have tested all the products in the table for their connectivity and print quality, making it easy for you to compare.

Duplex printing is another function that is important, but often overlooked. It can be essential for certain types of print jobs. Simply put, a duplex-enabled printer means printing on both sides of a sheet is possible, which can save you money on paper costs. Some inkjets offer this feature, but many do not. Another thing to look out for, when comparing from the table, is the print speed. Slower printers are usually fine if you work alone, but a faster one is probably going to be preferable if several people will be sharing the inkjet in a work place set up.