2009 Christmas Gadget Countdown - 12. Printers

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Nigel Harris
Burton Sweet
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I thought we'd have a gentle run up to the traditional gadget frenzy this year. Let's start with a category that's tax-deductible, you can claim the VAT back, and you'll use it all year - yes, a printer.

And what a great time this is to treat yourself to a new printer. You can have a standalone printer or an all-singing multi-function device, inkjet or laser, mono or colour, desktop or workgroup, and now wireless too. We did a lot of work researching what's available this year, and readers gave us their recommendations too - for more details of our in-depth coverage of printers this year, go to our Printer page or download one of our Business Buyer's Guides to Printers.

Don't forget to add an ink or toner cartridge to your Christmas list though, the cartridge provided with your new printer will almost certainly be a cut-down, reduced capacity version. If you're on a tight budget and only want a desktop printer your best bet is probably to buy your own printer and ask Santa for the replacement cartridges – many printers still cost less than the ink to keep them going!

Do you think something as unexciting as a printer deserves the Gadget of the Year accolade? And if so, which model? The prize will be awarded on the basis of popular acclaim via comments posted below and on our Christmas Gadget Countdown news item. As with previous years, similar polls will be running on other Sift Media communities including Finance Week, Business Zone, UK Business Forums and Training Zone. In addition to each community nomination, we will pool all the feedback to select a Sift Media Gadget of the Year winner.


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10th Dec 2009 10:10

Here are a few nominations from the Buyer's Guide

From the Desktop edition:

If you're only dealing with small volumes and use a lot of graphics, you could stick with ever-popular inkets such as HP's OfficeJet Pro 8000 and its multifunctional counterpart, the 8500. Canon's Pixma MX850 was the most popular inkjet in our user survey and has a good photographic pedigree. The mono Kyocera FS1028 looks to have everything you'd want from a multifuction device. If you're after a desktop MFP with four-colour output, try the Konica Minolta Magicolour 1690MF.

Workgroupnetworked models:

It's a new model, but we liked the look of the Brother HL5350DN mono laser MFP, while Oki’s 5650dn scored top marks in our user survey for both printer quality and speed. Brother had two highly rated mono MFPs - the MFC 7440N and the 8880. Canon's iSENSYS MF4270 colour multifunction device did well and given the manufacturer's good reputation with users, we're very interested in its new imageRUNNER ADVANCE family.

Enterprise models

The most impressive performers in our user survey were a variety of models from Canon, HP and Xerox. Xerox's solid ink Phaser range deserves a special mention - because the toner comes as solid sticks, they don't need complicated plastic cartridges and output good quality type and graphics for less than their laser counterparts.

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