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Best home printers 2020: Wireless and photo-ready devices for your home office

Laura Hampson
·5-min read

If there’s one thing we’ve come to the stark realisation of during the past six months of working from home, it’s just how much we rely on our office printers.

Whether it’s printing off meeting notes or a cheeky personal document, we didn’t realise just how much we use it. But with working from home becoming the new norm (and government-enforced for the next six months at least), there’s set to be a surge in this oft-forgot home necessity.

Not only are they great to have for printing off assignments or for proof-reading work, they are especially handy for those who run small businesses from home. And when travel picks up again, you won’t need to run around last minute looking for somewhere to print your plane tickets, you can simply do it from home.

But where to start? While some can be pricey, from our research the pricier printers not only offer better results but also produce a lower ink cost per page, essentially saving you money in the long run. Yet whether you want fancy or basic, there’s something for every printing need.

Read on to see our pick of the best at-home printers for 2020.

Epson EcoTank ET-2720

Best for: all-in one printing

Paper capacity: 30 Sheets on output tray
Paper sizes: A4, A5, A6, B6, Letter, Legal, Executive, B5, 10 x 15 cm, 13 x 18 cm, C6 (Envelope), DL (Envelope), No. 10 (Envelope)

Print resolution: 5,760 x 1,440 dpi

Ink needed: Epson 104 (BK/C/M/Y) Black & Colour Ink Bottle 4 Pack, £36.39
Wireless connection: yes

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If you’re looking for a smart printer that can cater to all of your needs (and not break the bank with ink replacements), Epson EcoTank ET-2720 should be just the ticket. As its name suggests, this 3-in-1 printer (it can scan and copy, too) is eco-friendly thanks to its cartridge-free printing which can also save up to 90 per cent on ink costs.

The printing quality is excellent and there’s an easy-to-use control panel on the front. It can wirelessly connect to your smartphone or laptop, and while its size is relatively big in terms of home office printers (179 x 375‎ x 347mm) you should find that it can fit snugly on your WFH desk.

£229.99 | Amazon

Brother QL-810W Wireless Label Printer

Best for: professional label printing

Paper speed: 110 labels per minute
Paper sizes: 62 mm (maximum label width) and up to 1m in length

Print resolution: 300 x 600 dpi
Ink needed: no ink or toner needed (it prints in black and red only)
Wireless connection: yes

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If you’re running a small business from your home, you’re going to need a label printer. From producing shipping labels to printing custom labels, you’ll use it more than you realise. One of the best options on the market is Brother’s QL-810W Wireless Label Printer.

Sleek and simple to use, it seamlessly connects to your laptop or smartphone via a USB or Wifi to produce high quality labels. Black and red labels can be printed without the need for ink or toner, and you can print labels up to 1m in length too. The set up is easy, and it can print a whopping 110 labels per minute - you’ll wonder why you hadn’t bought it sooner.

£113.49 | Amazon

HP SprocketSelect

Best for: printing keepsake photos


Paper capacity: 10 sheets

Paper sizes: 5.8 x 8.7 cm

Print resolution: 321 x 600 dpi
Ink needed: no ink needed but it only works by using HP Zink Photo Paper, £9.99 for 20 sheets
Wireless connection: yes

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As we settle into working from home for another six months, it’s time to spruce up our home office, and what better way than with pictures of our favourite memories. HP’s SprocketSelect will print high quality images of your trip to Ibiza, or last Christmas with your family for you to plaster on your makeshift office walls.

One of the best photo printers on the market, HP SprocketSelect is also one of the most compact. It’s an ink-free printer that can fit into your pocket and wirelessly connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth to print wallet-sized photos. While the price per print remains relatively high (£9 for a 20 pack of HP ZINK photo paper), you can personalise each of the images with borders, emojis and stickers.

£139.91 | Amazon

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