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They might be called printers, but these days they’re as likely to be able to scan and copy as print out documents and photos. Whether you need to to print and sign legal documents, create hard copies of emailed worksheets for the kids, or simply want your favourite pictures on the wall rather than in your phone, there’s a machine that will fit the bill.

Double-Sided Action

High speed, high volume model with an auto-order feature when your inks are running low. Amazon

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One of the things that’s worth considering if you’re buying a printer is how much you’re going to be printing, and how long you want to wait for it. While a basic printer might be able to print eight black and white pages in a minute and four colour ones, if you regularly want to print 100-page documents, that’s not going to be satisfactory. Instead, take a look at a printer like this one. With a 250-sheet input tray, an out tray than can hold 60 pages, and print speed of up to 22 pages per minute, it’s pretty close to pro specs but without the price and the footprint of an office printer.

Clear LCD Screen

With long-lasting ink reservoirs, there’s no need for cartridges making printing cheaper and more environmentally friendly. Amazon

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Printers are inexpensive, ink is pricy. Those tiny cartridges seem to last no time at all, or dry out entirely, and you either have four spare in the cupboard, or none at all. There’s also the environmental aspect. While some can be refilled or recycled, very often they’re just another chunk of plastic going to landfill. However, Epson has devised an alternative. Their EcoTank printers not only come with the equivalent of 88 cartridges of ink—enough for up to 14,000 black and white pages and 5,200 colour ones—but have simple, hassle-free, mess-free bottle refills for when you do run it. It’s better for the environment and saves you around 90 per cent on what you’d usually pay for ink.

Get Creative

Wireless model with access to amazing online craft resources. Amazon

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You might think that the printer in your home office is just for you, but your children know better. Whether it’s worksheets from school that need printing, a copy of their latest artwork that they want to send to both grandmas, or some craft project, you can guarantee that they’ll want to lay claim to it too. That might be why this printer gives you access to an online resource that lets you download all sorts of craft projects from home decorations, paper sculptures, pop-up greetings cards, and much more. It’s perfect for a rainy day—for you, or the kids.

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