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Best inkjet printers of 2014: The 8 best inkjet and gel printers of 2014 - best printers for value, best printers for performance

The best inkjets you can buy today

Inkjet and gel printers

PC Advisor reviews the best inkjet printers you can buy in the UK today. The best inkjet and gel printers of 2014.

8. Canon PIXMA iP2850

Canon's stripped-down basic inkjet printer produces high-quality print results and costs less than £40 but dearer ink costs, photo restrictions and very limited functions might prove a deterrent.

7. Canon Pixma iP8750

Canon's PIXMA iP8750 is the A3+ inkjet printer that serious photographers and illustrators have been waiting for - low on frills, easy to use and high on quality.

6. Brother MFC-J870DW review

There's no question that the Brother MFC-J870DW has a host of excellent features including optical-disc direct printing and touchscreen controls. While it showcases NFC capability this will be of limited appeal since photo print speeds are very disappointing.

5. Canon SELPHY CP910

If you already own the SELPHY CP900 there will be no need to upgrade to the Canon SELPHY CP910 unless you want to make the most of direct Wi-Fi printing. However if you're starting from scratch, this will be a fun way to print smartphone photos wherever you are.

4. Ricoh Aficio SG 2100N

The Aficio SG 2100N provides good performance for such an inexpensive printer, and Ricoh's Geljet technology does work well when printing colour graphics on plain paper. Unfortunately, its high running costs make it harder to recommend – even for basic mono printing. The next model in the range is the Aficio SG 3110DN, which costs £90 and provides duplex printing as well as the option to use high-yield cartridges, so it may be worth paying more up front for that model in order to keep your long-term running costs under control.

3. Canon Pixma MX535

Canon's MFD are ever-reliable, and the MX535 is very much a device that aims at excellence in all of its facilities, rather than merely concentrating on the printing. The latter isn't bad, though, and businesses and home offices alike should find it a very likeable addition. If you want just printing, the Photosmart 7520 perhaps offers a little more speed. As an MFD, though, the Canon is another highly functional model.

2. Canon Maxify MB2050

The monolithic appearance of the MB2050 isn’t going to win any awards for elegant design, but it does provide a good, affordable workhorse printer for small businesses and home workers. The lack of Ethernet interface may deter some potential users, but its speed, quality and running costs will appeal to many people – just as long as you make the effort to shop around for good prices on those replacement ink cartridges.

1. Brother MFC-J870DW review

There's no question that the Brother MFC-J870DW has a host of excellent features including optical-disc direct printing and touchscreen controls. While it showcases NFC capability this will be of limited appeal. Wireless photo print speeds are very disappointing.

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