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Printer buying guide

Here are 5 things to consider when buying a new printer.

Home printing is easier than ever, with loads of cool features helping to make printing photos and documents hassle-free. We’ve picked out 5 of the most important features to look for when buying your new printer.

Wireless printing

Messy cables can become a thing of the past, as many of our printers can connect completely wirelessly. All you need to do is add the printer to your home WiFi network and send documents or photos straight from your computer, phone or tablet without needing to plug in.

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All-in-one printers

All-in-one printers offer all your home office needs in one handy piece of kit. They include the option to scan and photocopy as well as print, and some let you fax files too. So backing up photos or making duplicates of important documents is a cinch. Consider a plug-and-play option that comes with scanning software, so you don’t have to buy additional photo editing or scanning programs.

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Mobile printing

Downloading photos to a computer before printing is an additional hassle, so It’s worth checking out printers with the mobile printing feature. This means can print directly from your smartphone or tablet with needing to use a computer. If you’re an Apple product owner, then keep an eye out for the AirPrint feature, so you can print straight from your iPhone, iPad or Mac.

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Double-sided printing

For larger documents, why not save paper by using both sides of the sheet? Many printers come with double-sided printing functionality, but automatic double-sided printing keeps things both easy and quick. This means pages are orientated and printed for you, without the need to figure out which way to feed the paper back into the printer.

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Paper size

A4 paper is the most common size for standard documents, but there are lots of printers that can print both A4 and A3. This is handy if you’re printing photographs for larger frames or want to create big, bold posters for your business or school projects.

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