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Looking for a new printer? We've scoured the market for the best machines, with helpful guides to point you in the right direction to guarantee print quality at an affordable price.

 When Buying A Printer

  • Check the price of cartridges it takes
  • Check how many pages the cartridges do
  • Read uses reviews online
  • Consider different brands
  • Think what you need to print

 Shop Smart: Don't...

  • Buy a printer because it is on sale
  • Assume cheap cartridges are better value
  • Blindly follow in-store recommendations
  • Buy a top-pick printer assuming it suits you

 Always Ask Yourself

  1. How many cartridges does it take?
  2. Are compatibles/refills available?
  3. Do I need to print photos?
  4. Do I need Wireless or AirPrint?
  5. Is it suited for how much I print each month?

Printer Features: What do they mean?

It's a fairly common story: "Hooray my printer has all the bells and whistles... I just don't know what they mean". This list will help:

Feature What it does
ADF Standing for Automatic Document Feeder, this means your printer can scan multiple pages at once without you manually doing each sheet
AirPrint Print via wireless to your printer from an Apple device.
Card Reader If you use digital cameras, or other card-devices a lot, a card reader lets you plug-in and directly print
Duplex Print onto both sides of the page automatically, a great money-saver if your home printer does a lot of work documents.
ePrint You can email your printer documents and it will automatically print them, perfect for leaving things ready for you at home.
Networking Also known as an Ethernet port, this is for a physical cable to connect you to a network
PictBridge Essential for budding photographers, some printers now even support Wireless PictBridge to automatically connect your camera.
Paper Trays Extra paper trays and feeds are ideal if you find yourself printing on different paper frequently.
Wireless The printer can connect to a wireless network. (This DOES NOT mean it also has a physical network port.)

Printer Names: What do the letters at the end of models stand for?

Nowhere does anyone explain what those printer suffixes mean, it's all a little confusing. If you're looking at a printer code that makes no sense, consult this list:

Letter What it does
B Battery: You'll see this one pretty rarely, it means the printer can be powered by battery, making it portable!
BT Bluetooth: You can print by Bluetooth
C Colour: Not all colour printers have this C, it's a bit of a pointless suffix.
D Duplex: You will be able to print onto both sides of the page automatically.
F Fax: Your printer will allow for ye ol' communication method. 
H Hard Disk: Opens up printer features such as user profiles and scheduled print jobs.
i Card Slots: Similar to colour, not all printers that have card slots will have an i. Not helpful.
MFP Multi function printer: Generally means the printer is an all-in-one and likely has a scanner, copier, possibly a fax.
N Network: On it's own usually means there is an ethernet port for physical network. If NW it can mean either/or wireless and ethernet.
S Stacker OR Stapler: Check which the printer means as this letter means one of the two.
SK Stacker AND Stapler: No need to check, it has both.
T Extra Paper Tray: Allows for more paper space
W Wireless: You won't need a physical cable for network capabilities.
X Duplex, Extra Tray & Networking: This can also be shown as "dtn" but some manufacturers use a single X.

These letters combine for your overall printer functionality

For example if you were looking at the MFC 320dn it would mean:

  • Your printer model is the MFC 320
  • It has duplex (d)
  • It has a physical network port (n)
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About Our Printer Guides & Reviews

Here at Stinkyink we have the unique position of being "printer neutral". It makes no difference to us what printer you have, we just want you to be happy using a quality printer (and use us for your printer cartridges obviously)! Combine this with our extensive knowledge of what cartridges are affordable, and which printers have the best reliability, we are  able to review and recommend from a position of complete independence.

This means that, unlike other reviewers, we are not encouraged to review certain models & we don't make more money from certain brands. 

If we wouldn't personally use a printer, whether at home or in the office, it will review poorly. This could be down to high running costs, misleading print speeds or quality that just isn't up to scratch; when you read a Stinkyink recommendation you know it comes from a user just like yourself. This is how the internet should be.