Printer Buying Guide
Whether you need a printer for home, office or student use, it’s important to choose the right one to suit your printing needs. Have a think about what type of printer is best for you and consider what additional features may come in handy. Learn more before you purchase with this helpful printer buying guide from Officeworks.
If you have a lot of lecture slides, essays and assignments to print out for school or university, a printer with all the basic features is your best bet. Print sharp, crisp text clearly and efficiently with a mono laser printer, or have the option of colour with a small inkjet multifunction.View Range
When printing at home, a versatile printer that can handle a variety of printing jobs is important. Consider features such as auto 2-sided printing, WiFi Direct, or mobile printing. A multifunction printer with the ability to copy, scan and even fax is perfect for the home office or for general use.View Range
Printers for the office or small business are designed for frequent use with faster print speeds, higher sheet capacities and better printing economy. These printers deliver higher volume output and improve productivity for heavier workloads, while still maintaining great print quality.View Range
Photo printers offer a high print quality, often with specialised inks. Comparing print resolution and ink technology are great ways to identify a quality photo printer. These printers are a great option for photo printing, delivering high definition prints with vivid colour and fine detail.View Range
Laser printers are reliable and highly efficient for both the home and the office and offer a fast way to print high quality documents to suit any purpose.
- Heavy or frequent printing
- High quality text
- Fast print speeds
Inkjet printers are the most commonly used type of printers with the ability to print on a range of media including paper, labels and CD/DVD media.
- Everyday printing
- High quality images
- Multiple media print options
At Officeworks we offer a wide range of inkjet and laser printers including multifunction, wide format and portable printers from brands including Brother, Canon, Epson, Hewlett-Packard, Fuji Xerox and Samsung.
Laser printers are suited to students, the home workspace and the small office. Available in both monochrome and colour models they are an ideal choice if all you’re looking for is an efficient and reliable printing machine.
Laser Multifunction Printers
A laser multifunction has all the benefits of a laser printer with additional features such as copying, scanning and faxing. Laser multifunctions are best suited for the small office and small to medium business environments.
Inkjet printers are generally designed for printing colour images on a variety of print media. Inkjet printers come in a range of options from basic home workspace printers to the more specialised professional photo printers.
Inkjet Multifunction Printers
Inkjet multifunction printers give you access to copying, scanning and faxing features. Multifunction printers are ideal for the home workspace and small to medium businesses.
Wide Format Printers
Wide format printers are suited to printing larger scale jobs such as project plans and posters. They can print on a variety of page sizes from A3 and up and are suitable for the home workspace and small to medium businesses.
Mobile or portable printers are a convenient option for anyone who needs to print documents while on the go. These devices offer a variety of options including wireless, colour, and mobile printing and scanning.
A 3D printer creates physical objects based on a design in a digital file. Instead of ink, it uses filament, which is melted down to create very fine layers. It puts down layer upon layer of this material, then fuses them together to bring the design to life.
Continuous Ink Printers
Continuous ink printers use external ink tanks instead of traditional ink cartridges. You can print thousands of pages before needing to replace ink. No more replacing cartridges regularly, which is great for the environment – and you enjoy substantial savings with low-cost refillable ink bottles.
Print speed can be measured by Impressions per Minute (IPM). IPM values are determined by the International Organisation for Standards (ISO). Higher print speeds are important if printing large documents.
Print resolution is measured in Dots per Inch (DPI). DPI measures how many dots of ink the printer can print over an inch. The more dots, the higher the quality of the print. Consider DPI if printing images.
Sheet capacity is the number of sheets of paper that can be stored in the printer paper tray(s), ready for use. Consider sheet capacity if you intend to print large documents or print often.
WiFi Direct devices communicate with each other directly, without the need for a router and is easy to set up. Consider a printer with WiFi Direct to make setting up your printer easier.
Near Field Communication (NFC) allows you to wirelessly transmit data from your printer to your phone or tablet by touching the devices together. NFC provides a quick and secure way to print wirelessly.
Mobile printing technologies like AirPrint™ allow you to print from your wireless device. Google Cloud print allows you to print from anywhere via an internet-connected device.
Auto 2-sided Printing
Auto 2-sided printing allows you to print on both sides of a page without having to turn the paper over yourself. This feature allows you to print sustainably by using half as much paper.
Automatic Document Feeder
An Auto Document Feeder (ADF) enables you to scan and copy multiple pages automatically. The ADF feeds pages through the scanner automatically, saving time and effort when scanning or copying documents.
Consumables & Refills
Both inkjet and laser printers require periodic refills of ink and toner cartridges respectively. Some laser printers also use a drum cartridge that needs to be replaced less frequently than toner cartridges.