Printers have never been known as the most fashionable of accessories. On most occasions, the quality of the print, how many pages per minute it can manage and the cost of ink have been the main reasons people opt for one printer over another when they buy from retailers such as Phoenix Direct.
However, with computers and their accessories becoming an increasingly more important part of every day life, homeowners have started to think about how these look in their home. As such, printers can now be both good at their job and stylish as opposed to the old-school grey or beige boxes they once were. But which printers out there look best in a modern home?
HP Envy 114
This is one printer that your guests will have to look twice at. At first glance, it could be a DVD player or a game console but really it is a sleek black printer packaged in a neat, foldaway manner.
Good looks aren’t all it has going for it as beneath the shiny façade is a high-spec unit. It is wireless, to help keep everything neat, and it is rapid – capable of up to 30ppm in black and white and 25ppm in colour.
The quality of the printing is right up there too with up to 4800 x 1200 dpi providing photographic quality. At upwards of £200, however, it is a real investment.
HP Photosmart eStation
This printer has more traditional looks that you would expect from a printer. It has a flip top for scanning and putting in the paper but the real stylish selling point is its detachable tablet control panel.
Simple remove this touchscreen tablet from the front and you can control your wireless printer from anywhere in the house and even browse the internet. There is a separate print tray for photo size and it prints up to 9600 x 2400 dpi. The price of between £250-400 makes this a printer for the dedicated only.
The Lexmark Genesis brings printers into the modern age. It could be mistaken for a speaker system or a large router from the front and has a sleek black and silver style and a clear display on the front.
This 33ppm black and white and 30ppm colour printer utilises automatic double-sided printing and has a stylish 4.3” web enabled touch screen. With prices started at less than £100, it offers great value for money too.
This printer is designed with typical Samsung style in the shape of a busy office printer and boasts sleek dimensions at less than 40cm across. A big feature is the print screen button which eliminates the need for expensive photo software. At roughly £100 it is also an inexpensive option.
Canon PIXMA MG8250
Curvy and suave, this printer offers many modern features. Including transparency scanner and direct printing to CD and DVD, it is ideal for photography enthusiasts. The touchscreen on top is well implemented and with a maximum 9600 x 2400 dpi the print quality is excellent. Prices start from around £200 which may make it unsuitable for some buyers.
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