Best Printers

Whether you need one for work or home, there are printers that cater to different budgets and needs. Knowing the different features of everything from cheap inkjet printers to print out the occasional photo to premium multi-function laser printers that will product high volumes within minutes will help you find one that's right for you. Continue reading...

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Brother INKvestment MFC-J4440DW

Brother INKvestment MFC-J4440DW

5.0  (9)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $295
  • Printer TypeInkjet
  • Multifunction FeaturesCopier, Fax and Scanner
  • Two-sided PrintingYes
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Maggie3029
Maggie3029VIC164 posts
 
Brother HL-L2350DW

Brother HL-L2350DW

3.4  (22)
 Summary
  • Printer TypeLaser
  • Multifunction FeaturesCopier
  • Two-sided PrintingYes
Lloyd
LloydVIC2 posts
 
I.S.WH!Love my brother HL-L2350DW. She might not be the sharpest most Hi-def printer on the market, but when it comes down to brass tax, $50 second hand on facebook marketplace and a new toner to boot, this unit has got my back through university and beyond. Efficient and friendly, an industry standard workhorse, hands down. Show details
Replaced by Canon Pixma MG3560 2.8 
Canon Pixma MG2560

Canon Pixma MG2560

2.3  (144)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $59
  • Printer TypeInkjet
  • Multifunction FeaturesCopier and Scanner
  • Two-sided PrintingNo
Sam Grayson
Sam GraysonQLD20 posts
 
Lously printerThree years ago I purchased the printer, I have had a good run with Cannon printers in the past but this one has disappointed me as it no longer accepts new inks so the unit is completely useless. I have purchased inks for it but it still refuses to accept them. I have been told by a computer expert to replace it. Not happy cannon.
Canon Pixma MG3660

Canon Pixma MG3660

2.1  (101)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $89
  • Printer TypeInkjet
  • Multifunction FeaturesCopier and Scanner
  • Two-sided PrintingYes
George
George3 posts
 
Excllent productsI have purchased three major items from Kogan and they have been excellent and I have not had any problems with my TV, Washing machine and printer. Show details
Canon Pixma TS3160

Canon Pixma TS3160

2.8  (20)
 Summary
  • Printer TypeInkjet
  • Multifunction FeaturesCopier and Scanner
Fair
Fair61 posts
 
The worst canonNot a good printer, I have used many Canon printers they were very good but this one is totally useless, not worth it.
Brother MFC-L2750DW

Brother MFC-L2750DW

2.8  (18)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $329
  • Printer TypeLaser
  • Multifunction FeaturesCopier, Fax and Scanner
  • Two-sided PrintingYes
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Marlon K.
Marlon K.2 posts
 
Canon Pixma iP8760

Canon Pixma iP8760

3.7  (9)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $438.90
  • Printer TypeInkjet
Jason
JasonNSW3 posts
 
Canon Pixma Home TS6360a

Canon Pixma Home TS6360a

2.4  (26)
 Summary
  • Printer TypeInkjet
  • Multifunction FeaturesCopier and Scanner
  • Two-sided PrintingYes
secondchance
secondchanceQLD3 posts
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Worse than previous Canon printersI have been using Canon printers for 20 years. This is the worst printer I have ever used. Every time I try to print something, the printer refuses to print because of something wrong with the paper supply. I have wasted my money and have to buy another printer. Show details
Epson EcoTank ET-4750

Epson EcoTank ET-4750

2.1  (41)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $649
  • Printer TypeInkjet
  • Multifunction FeaturesCopier, Fax and Scanner
  • Two-sided PrintingYes
THor
THorQLD
 
Terrible PrinterQuite possibly the worst printer I have owned. Ink heads continuously block up despite regular cleaning. Docunet feeder jams all the time. First and last Epson I will ever own. Do yourself a favour and look at a different brand Show details
Brother HL-L2395DW

Brother HL-L2395DW

3.6  (8)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $214
  • Printer TypeLaser
  • Multifunction FeaturesCopier and Scanner
  • Two-sided PrintingYes
nonie
nonie20 posts
 
HP OfficeJet Pro 7740

HP OfficeJet Pro 7740

2.3  (28)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $299
  • Printer TypeLaser
  • Multifunction FeaturesCopier, Fax and Scanner
  • Two-sided PrintingYes
Tim
Tim
 
The worst experienceI consider myself tech savvy, and for the life of me I cannot get this new HP OfficeJetPro working. Why is it so hard? I wish I had never bought this horrible device. The Printer is connected, drivers installed - but remains "OFFLINE". I have the same issue with my other HP printer at home. Why did I buy another HP printer? Rubbish Show details
Brother A3 Multi-Function MFC-J6930DW

Brother A3 Multi-Function MFC-J6930DW

2.7  (14)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $499
  • Printer TypeInkjet
  • Multifunction FeaturesCopier, Fax and Scanner
  • Two-sided PrintingYes
Marc G.
Marc G.WA5 posts
 
Brother MFC-J6530DW

Brother MFC-J6530DW

2.3  (21)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $349
  • Printer TypeInkjet
  • Multifunction FeaturesCopier, Fax and Scanner
  • Two-sided PrintingYes
Fairlyeasy
FairlyeasyWA7 posts
 
HP OfficeJet Pro 9010

HP OfficeJet Pro 9010

2.0  (34)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $269
  • Printer TypeInkjet
  • Multifunction FeaturesCopier, Fax and Scanner
  • Two-sided PrintingYes
david P.
david P.
 
Brother MFC-L3750CDW

Brother MFC-L3750CDW

2.4  (17)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $397
  • Printer TypeLaser
  • Multifunction FeaturesCopier, Fax and Scanner
  • Two-sided PrintingYes
Flerenze x.
Flerenze x.3 posts
 
Epson Expression Home XP-4105

Epson Expression Home XP-4105

2.0  (32)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $79
  • Printer TypeInkjet
  • Multifunction FeaturesCopier and Scanner
  • Two-sided PrintingYes
Epson
EpsonVIC
 
Crap printerIt should be illegal to sell this heap of crap which never worked properly. Show details
Brother MFC-L8690CDW

Brother MFC-L8690CDW

2.8  (11)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $799
  • Printer TypeLaser
  • Multifunction FeaturesCopier, Fax and Scanner
  • Two-sided PrintingYes
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Apple
AppleBrisbane38 posts
 
Epson Expression ET-2700

Epson Expression ET-2700

1.8  (43)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $545
  • Printer TypeInkjet
  • Multifunction FeaturesCopier and Scanner
David P.
David P.2 posts
 
Worst printer I have ever ownedWorst printer I have ever owned. I have to clean the heads multiple times just to print a clear page.
This seems to be a known issue ... don't buy one.
Canon Pixma TS5160

Canon Pixma TS5160

1.7  (58)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $98
  • Printer TypeInkjet
  • Multifunction FeaturesCopier and Scanner
  • Two-sided PrintingYes
Donna
DonnaVIC3 posts
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Epson Workforce Pro WF-3720/WF-3725/WF-3730

Epson Workforce Pro WF-3720/WF-3725/WF-3730

1.8  (43)
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  • Price (RRP) $219
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Jim H.
Jim H.
  WF-3720
$80 for ink,really ?Print heads dry up if not used daily,but you can only use Epson ink due to their sleazy online update,one round of ink(one of each of three colors and XL black) will cost you $80 price set by Epson's crooked CEO's.It would be cheaper to buy another brand of printer then pay outrageous Epson ink price.Shop for another brand. Show details
Epson EcoTank ET-2811

Epson EcoTank ET-2811

2.0  (21)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $399
  • Printer TypeInkjet
  • Multifunction FeaturesCopier and Scanner
  • Two-sided PrintingNo
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calafradulistic
calafradulisticQLD8 posts
 
terrible productthe instructions are hopeless, I cannot connect to it with a cable let alone wi-fi. The menus, well there aren't any and the blinking lights are meaningless. Terrible product. Worst printer I've ever had the misfortune to have. Show details
Epson WorkForce WF-2830

Epson WorkForce WF-2830

2.0  (22)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $129
  • Printer TypeInkjet
  • Multifunction FeaturesCopier, Fax and Scanner
  • Two-sided PrintingYes
Sarah F
Sarah FWA
 
Brother MFC-J6730DW

Brother MFC-J6730DW

2.3  (13)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $297
  • Printer TypeInkjet
  • Multifunction FeaturesCopier, Fax and Scanner
  • Two-sided PrintingYes
TasDarren
TasDarren
 
Epson EcoTank ET-2750

Epson EcoTank ET-2750

2.0  (21)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $499
  • Printer TypeInkjet
  • Multifunction FeaturesCopier and Scanner
  • Two-sided PrintingYes
Mark
MarkQLD2 posts
 
Epson EcoTank ET-2810

Epson EcoTank ET-2810

2.2  (13)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $399
  • Printer TypeInkjet
  • Multifunction FeaturesCopier and Scanner
  • Two-sided PrintingNo
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Jack D.
Jack D.
 
Why? Only good thing is the tanksIs espon going backwards? No Bluetooth. No double sided printing. Not photo quality prints. Way overpriced. Show details
Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830

2.8  (8)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $269
  • Printer TypeInkjet
  • Multifunction FeaturesCopier, Fax and Scanner
  • Two-sided PrintingYes
tony l.
tony l.QLD7 posts
 
Brother HL-L3230CDW

Brother HL-L3230CDW

2.1  (15)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $299
  • Printer TypeLaser
  • Multifunction FeaturesCopier
  • Two-sided PrintingYes
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Kylie
KylieQLD
 
Canon Maxify MB5460

Canon Maxify MB5460

1.9  (20)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $229
  • Printer TypeInkjet
  • Multifunction FeaturesCopier, Fax and Scanner
  • Two-sided PrintingYes
InnercityT
InnercityTNSW2 posts
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Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3825

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3825

2.2  (12)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $219
  • Printer TypeInkjet
  • Multifunction FeaturesCopier, Fax and Scanner
  • Two-sided PrintingYes
Leesa
Leesa2 posts
 
Canon Pixma MG3060

Canon Pixma MG3060

1.9  (16)
 Summary
  • Printer TypeInkjet
  • Multifunction FeaturesCopier and Scanner
Anna1056
Anna1056AU4 posts
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A black printer scanner on a desk in a brightly lit home.

Types of printers

Inkjet printers • See all

Inkjet printers spray ink droplets onto paper to create professional files or colourful pictures. The printer ink releases from cartridges that you load into the printer during set-up, and require replacement as you continue to print. Inkjet printers are the most commonly bought type of printer.

Pros
Prints higher quality photos. The printer and computer collaborate to produce the colours you request by mixing together the primary colours (yellow, cyan, and magenta).
Higher compatability with materials. Ink also works well with materials other than paper. Inkjet printers can print onto such as cardboard, which makes ink ideal for occasions you want to show off your prints - such as a photography exhibition.
Cons
Expensive. Ink cartridges are more expensive than toner, and have a shorter lifespan.
Prone to smudging. When the paper comes out of the printer, the ink is often wet-to-touch. It’s recommended to handle the pages by the edges to avoid touching the ink as it dries.
Ink can dry up if the printer hasn’t been used in a while and will require replacing. Although, If this happens, there are plenty of DIY videos that suggest ideas for bringing dried ink back to life.
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Left: an inkjet printer. Right: a laser printer.

Laser printers • See all

Laser printers are powered by a complex laser system that involves using static electricity and toner to print onto paper. Unlike ink, toner is powder-based. Toner contains a mixture of plastic particles, carbon, and colouring agents. Laser printers are often found in professional settings, such as offices or universities, as they are efficient at producing large volumes of printed pages, rapidly. Many people also choose to buy laser printers for their homes.

A laser printer with colour functions allows you to enjoy the benefits of scanning and printing vibrant-coloured pages while simultaneously taking advantage of the rapid, high-volume printing features of a laser printer.

Pros
Cost-effective. A toner cartridge can produce a much higher quantity of pages than an ink tank can.
Cons
Pricey. If you're considering investing in an advanced colour laser multifunctional printer, expect to pay at least around $800.
Comprise on quality. Overall, laser printers don’t produce as vibrant of a colour as an inkjet printer. A laser printer is more suitable for home memories instead of professional quality pictures.

If you’re keen on printing photos, it might be cheaper in the long run to print out photos yourself, instead of employing a photo printing service.

Multi-purpose printers

If you’re aiming to set up a home office, the idea of purchasing separate devices can seem overwhelming, and like a potential strain on the budget. The good news is that many home printers are multifunctional and include in-built scanners, fax machines, or copiers.

Scanners • See all

Scanners store a digital copy of your document onto your computer. You might assume a printer that offers scanning and printing features will result in a dramatic price rise, but this isn’t the case. In reality, the cheapest laser printers are also laser printers with scanners.

Copiers • See all

A copier, also known as a photocopier, creates duplicates of documents and pictures. A copier prints the words and images onto a blank piece of computer paper, but doesn’t provide a digital copy.

Fax Machines • See all

A fax machine sends documents electronically over a telecommunications network. These are declining in popularity with most opting to send emails instead, so a printer and fax machine hybrid may be harder to come by.

What to consider when buying a printer

Connectivity

Printers will generally have a USB connection that lets you connect it directly to your computer. However, some also have Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection options.

Wi-Fi: Once you've connected your wireless printer to your home Wi-Fi, you can use any device - such as a phone, laptop, or tablet - to send a document to the printer. Often, to set up or use a Wi-Fi printer, you don't even need to be in the same room as it.

Bluetooth: A similar concept applies to a Bluetooth printer, except that a Bluetooth connection is required. You'll need to confirm the connection request on the printer before you can print your documents. It can be as simple as selecting 'accept'.

Features

Printers can have a suite of useful features that make them more convenient to use and give you more printer options.

  • Duplexing: Duplex printing is automatic double-sided printing.
  • Manual feed: A manual feed makes it easier to print on papers of uncommon sizes, such as envelopes.
  • Optical character recognition (OCR): Some printer scanners OCR, which scans a hard-copy document to be read as a text file.
  • Memory card slot: A memory card slot can let you print pictures without needing a computer or mobile device.
  • Borderless printing: This is useful if you're printing images, as this can print right up to the edge of the paper.
  • Poster printing: This lets you section a large file into smaller pages, so that you can join them together after printing to create a poster.
  • Watermark: A watermark feature lets you print a light outline on the page without needing to edit images beforehand.
  • Disc printing: Some inkjet printers have let you print on CDs and DVDs, although this requires specialty CDs and DVDs.

Ease of use

Nowadays, most printers feature an LED touch screen that makes it easier to select the printing options on offer. Some will also have troubleshooting indicators which tell you why the printer isn't working as intended, such as 'paper jam' and 'low ink'.

Price

It's not difficult to find a multi-function printer that's both efficient and inexpensive. You can find inkjet printers for as low as $50, with more higher end models costing up to $300. Laser printers will usually cost between $150 and $500.

Both mono printers will offer basic functions, including black and white printing and one-sided printing. However, your best bet is to invest a little more cash upfront; a cheap printer might seem like a tempting offer, but in reality, it's more likely to be unreliable and prone to breaking down a lot earlier than expected.

Speed

A printer's speed is measured in pages per minute (ppm). If you're expecting to be printing off many pages frequently, then look for a high ppm.

Tray size

Most printers will have a tray that can hold around 250 sheets of A4 paper. The more paper it can hold, the less often you'll have to load up the tray. Some printers will also have a second tray for different types of paper.

Ink and toner

Ink cartridges cost around $40 to $60, and last for a few months. There isn’t necessarily a printer with the lowest ink cost, as the price of ink will depend on the type you buy and how often you’re printing. Toner is more expensive but longer lasting; expect to spend a minimum of $100, but this will last up to 2 years.

Always switch to grayscale when you're not colour printing

Whether you’re using an inkjet or laser printer, remember to switch your printer back to black-only printing when you’re not using colour. Ink and toner lives are both extended when the printer is set to black-only printing. You don’t want to be in a rush to print something, only to realise that you’ve used up all of the coloured ink.

Paper

Standard printing paper is inexpensive; you can find a pack of 500 sheets for as low as $5, working out to be only 5 cents per page.

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