Best Buy printers unveiled in latest Which? testsPrinter tests reveal low running-cost models

20 June 2010

Mono laser printer

Mono laser printers are quick and produce crisp, clean text

The latest Which? printer tests of brands - including Brother, Epson, Kodak and Lexmark - reveal cheaper printing models and new Best Buys.

As well as inkjet printers - a popular choice for home printing - Which? has put a range of laser printers through their paces.

Inkjet or laser printer?

Inkjet printers are popular in homes because they're smaller than laser printers and more versatile. Most inkjet printers can be used to print mono and colour text, graphics and photos. 

Laser printers are bigger and better suited to offices or home offices. Text usually looks sharper when printed on a laser printer and for printing lots of pages they tend to be quicker. You can get mono lasers - that won't print in colour - or colour lasers that can print colour text and graphics. 

Laser printers capable of printing photos are less common. 

Keep ink costs low

Ink can be very expensive and every page you print will cost you in ink. 

The Lexmark Prestige Pro805 in our most recent test is compatible with Lexmark's cheaper code 105XL black ink cartridge. 

However, ink running costs aren't only about the retail price of a cartridge - different printers may use different amounts of ink to print the same documents and photos. So the amount of ink a printer uses to print each page will have an impact on running costs. 

Printer reviews

Find out more about the recently Which? tested inkjet models by reading the full reviews:

  • Brother DCP-365CN review
  • Brother DCP-395CN
  • Brother MFC-255CW review
  • Brother MFC-295CN review
  • Kodak ESP Office 6150 review
  • Kodak ESP 7250 review
  • Lexmark Prospect Pro205 review
  • Lexmark Prestige Pro805 review

Laser printers on test:

  • Epson Acculaser M1200 review
  • Samsung ML-2525W review