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Best inkjet printers of 2015 UK: The 13 best inkjet and gel printers of 2015 - best printers for value, best printers for performance | Best printers for home and office

The best inkjets you can buy in the UK in 2015

Inkjet and gel printers

PC Advisor reviews the 13 best inkjet printers you can buy in the UK today. The best inkjet printers and best gel printers of 2015 UK.

13. HP Envy 5640 e-All-in-One

The 5640 looks brilliant, and has some very nice features. Its performance, though, doesn't quite match up to the exterior. Compared to the cheaper Canons, its output isn't quite as glorious, and its running costs marginally higher. It's a beautifully turned-out device, but it falls short of inspiring true envy.

12. 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.

11. 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.

10. 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.

9. 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.

8. 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.

7. 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.

6. 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.

5. 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.

4. Canon Pixma MG5550

The MG5550 isn't perhaps the best featured or best designed MFD we've seen. However, once you strip away the rarely-used fastest mode, the Pixma offers excellent speed and quality. As performance goes, this is the #1 sub-£100 model on the market. As such, it's perilously close to a gold award.

3. HP OfficeJet Pro X551dw

The HP makes some proud claims, and it more than satisfies the majority of them. Very cheap to run, and with a string of strong features and good paper handling, it works exceedingly well. Speed is searing too, outpacing many a laser printer. The text quality isn't quite as dark as we'd like it in order to place it on a par with good laser models. We don't like the tacky installation routine, which (provided you pick the default option) loads your machine with uninvited visitors like the Bing Toolbar. In most respects, though, this is a sensational printer.

2. Epson Ecotank L555

If you just need a personal printer for occasional use then you may still be better off buying a conventional low-cost inkjet printer. However, the Ecotank printers offer big savings for businesses that need to print text and graphics documents on a daily basis. There are a few rough edges, but Epson's Ecotank printers represent a real breakthrough in the cost of printing.

1. Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5190DW

Many models have tried to be all things to all users. Few, to my recollection, have succeeded. The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-5190DW, though, might well be the exception. More welcoming than lasers, but packing many of the same connectivity, security and management features, it also offers superb performance in both text and colour photographs. The running costs are good, and the energy usage economical. Its RRP of almost £347 may seem slightly steep, but having put this model through its paces, that tag seems nothing less than value for money. The really good news, though, is that if you shop around, you can find it available for under £200. And given everything we've said, that rather makes it look like the bargain of the decade. Astonishing.

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