The best HP printers have been around since the company built its first desktop laser printer all the way back in 1984, known as the LaserJet. As one of the biggest names when it comes to printers, the company produces some of the best printers on the market.
When it comes to HP printers, no one model is necessarily the best because they come in such a broad range. So, all sorts of users, from photographers, business owners, and home users can find a printer that’s most suitable for them.
The downside of HP having such a large range of options is that it can be tough figuring out which one is right for you and which feature you might need, whether it’s copying, scanning, wireless compatibility, or voice control. Luckily, we’re here to set you on the right path with our recommendations for the best HP printer.
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The HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202nw is the first printer to employ a refillable toner tank instead of a disposable cartridge. It’s a win for both the environment and your print budget, which could cost as much as 60% less than regular toner cartridges. This inexpensive all-in-one lacks an auto-duplex mode, but for basic monochrome printing and copying duties, it is hard to beat on total cost of ownership. There’s enough black toner in the box for 5,000 pages and refuelling is as simple as injecting the toner from syringe-type canister into the printer.
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An excellent all-rounder, this all-in-one is more expensive than the competition but you pay for what you get. It offers an exhaustive list of features such as a large automatic document feeder (ADF) tray, fast printing speeds and large paper handling capacity - plus it's HP Instant Ink compatible. It sports a boxy two-tone design that's professional-looking without being boring, but be aware that it will be slightly too big to fit on some desks comfortably. It's compatible with a range of cloud-based mobile apps which thankfully means you won't have to rely on its small LCD display for many functions.
Read the full review: HP OfficeJet Pro 9025 all-in-one inkjet printer
Portable printing is now an option thanks to the All-in-One 250, which crams printing, scanning and copying into a machine small enough to fit into a suitcase or backpack. It's not so light that you won't notice it, though, weighing around the same as 1.5 13-inch MacBook Pros. On the plus side, this HP model offers surprisingly sharp print quality for such a small package alongside features such as manual duplex printing, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct and USB connectivity. There’s also a 10-sheet ADF, 50-sheet input tray and a rechargeable battery for true portability.
HP’s latest cartridge-free inkjet printer smashes the per-page cost of colour printing and includes enough bottled ink in the box for 12,000 black pages or up to 8,000 colour. This is HP’s entry-level model in the Smart Tank line and it lacks an auto-duplex mode, sadly. However it does offer both dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE, which makes it easy to use the helpful iOS/Android companion app to set up the printer and operate it wirelessly from your smartphone. It prints surprisingly quickly at 11ppm (pages per minute) in mono, or 22ppm in draft mode and can handle almost any kind of printable media up to A4 in size.
The HP Envy Pro 6420 is a compact and inexpensive inkjet with all the features you could ask for from a home office printer. It can print, scan, copy and even fax (via your smartphone). The print speed is slow but steady and it can duplex print and photocopy a stack of up to 35 pages with its inbuilt ADF (automatic document scanner). Instead of an Ethernet port, you have both Bluetooth and self-healing Wi-Fi built in, making mobile printing via HP’s iOS/Android app particularly easy. Having just two ink cartridges (one for color, one for black) is convenient, but might not be cost effective if you tend you use one particular color more heavily.
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An update to the entry-level Designjet T120, the T125 is one of the best large format printers offers wide multi-format printing (or MFP) at an affordable price. Ideal for printing CAD or construction drawings (or A3 photos for framing), it excels in printing high quality graphics in color, and does a great job in mono too. Its print resolution of 1,200 x 1,200 dpi is high quality enough to meet most needs, and its other features include a card reader, Wi-Fi connectivity, ability to print from mobile devices and easily replaceable CMYK ink cartridges.
Printing, scanning, copying and even faxing – the M227fdw does it all (just as long as it's in black and white). This mono printer is a great fit for offices thanks to its large paper draw and fast print speed, which churns out copy at a clip. It sports Wi-Fi connectivity (though not NFC), an ethernet port and compatibility with cloud apps for mobile printing, alongside a USB drive for printing from thumbsticks. HP reckons you'll get 30,000 pages from a single high-yield toner cartridge, making it an economical option in the long run.
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Some clever design means this all-in-one inkjet device can print, scan and copy A4 paper even though its footprint is actually less than a sheet of A4 in depth. The rear-loading paper tray can hold media including envelopes, glossy photo paper, or up to sixty sheets of A4 and print at a rate of 8 pages per minute, or 19 in draft mode. The narrow bar scanner draws paper through, scanning each sheet at it scrolls through. There’s no duplex mode, but it does have inbuilt Wi-Fi with AirPrint compatibility. As is always the case with cheap printers, the cartridges are the killer, but this model is at least compatible with HP’s Instant Ink subscription service which mails you replacement carts at cheaper rate.
The HP Color LaserJet Pro M283fdw is a mid-priced multifunction laser printer that is so well featured, it could fit into almost any small to medium sized office and live up to expectations. It is compact, with scope to add further paper trays as required and it prints quickly at 22 pages per minute for either color or monochrome documents. There’s an automatic document scanner for copying up to 50 pages, fax, Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct. It is compatible with Google Cloud Print and Apple AirPrint and there’s a USB port at the front for walk-up printing from, or scanning to a thumb drive. In short, it can do everything (except duplex scan) and it do it all very well.
The HP LaserJet Pro M15w is the size of a shoebox and is capable of printing a thousand documents in a snap, all with consistent output. The M15w is more affordable than other printers in its class and is especially effective for those who work from home or cramped offices due to its smaller size. Moreover, once you've sped through its straightforward initial setup using HP's Smart app, this model prints quickly and reliably - albeit with a noticeable lack of definition. There's no automatic duplex printing either, which could increase your paper cost in the long run.
Read the full review: HP LaserJet Pro M15w
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