For some, a printer is a key partner in the home office. But with so many different options available, which one suits your needs?

An ink jet printer is cheaper, but the cartridges are expensive, so it’s best suited for occasional use. For high-volume printing, a laser printer is a solution. Although the initial cost is high, a laser printer uses powder-based ink, which is cheaper to replace. Printers that use ink tanks allow individual colours to be replaced instead of the entire cartridge. It saves on waste and cost. A good option for an all-rounder is a multifunction printer that can print, scan and copy, while a duplex printer saves on paper by printing on both sides.

The HP Instant Ink subscription
The HP Instant Ink subscription service is a great idea for volume printing. A monthly fee depends not on the amount of ink used, but on the paper printed. The model offers five tiers from 50 pages right up to 1500, and whatever you don’t use is credited to your account. If you print more than usual, the ‘smart’ cartridge (via the home network) will automatically send out an SOS, and more ink will be sent. Used cartridges can be sent back to HP. It’s a win-win.

HP OfficeJet Pro9010e All-in-One Printer
Print, scan, copy, and even fax (remember that?) with this sizeable 250-sheet all-in-one Wi-Fi printer.

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Epson ET-2810 Multifunction Printer
This multifunction printer utilises big ink tanks as opposed to cartridges for large printing jobs.

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