Whether you're living with students or someone who tends to work from home, a home office printer makes a useful addition to your study.
Both of these colour inkjet printers also scan, copy, print and fax. You'll find an automatic document feeder on the top so you don't need to feed in multi-page documents by hand. They also support automatic double-sided printing – handy when you're churning out long essays and business reports.
These printers are fine for colour reports and school, but if you're primarily looking for a great photo printer look elsewhere. They're only four-colour inkjet printers – with cyan, magenta, yellow and black ink tanks. The best photo printers have room for extra ink tanks, like photo black, which help your photos look more realistic.
Along with a USB port for connecting to your computer, these printers feature an ethernet jack and Wi-Fi. If you don't have a home Wi-Fi network you can make a direct Wi-Fi connection from your devices. You can print via Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print, plus you can use smartphone apps to tap into cloud services like Google Drive, Dropbox and Evernote.
The Brother's ability to print on large A3 sheets and thicker paper, via the rear feeder, might win over creative types. That aside, if you're after a solid all-rounder you should lean towards the HP. The HP spits out long text documents twice as fast, plus its glossy photo prints look better.
The two A4/A3 models, MFP-J5320DW ($229 – exclusive to Office Works) and MFC-J5720DW ($299) use the same 22/20ppm inkjet engine that uses high capacity inks to get the print cost down. The main difference is the latter has a second 250-sheet tray and duplex scanning – it is the one to buy.
HP OFFICEJET PRO 6830
The HP turns out pages of text much faster than the Brother, plus it's also better with photos if you need the occasional glossy print. There's a front USB slot, which you can print from or scan to, but there's no SD card slot for inserting the memory card from your camera. It's also missing a rear paper slot for feeding in thicker paper which doesn't like to bend.
The Brother's hidden gem is the ability to feed A3 pages through the rear paper slot, letting you print on larger sheets and use stiffer paper than the HP. You'll find front USB and SD card slots, along with built-in near field communications for fast wireless connections with some Android devices.
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Google Cloud Print lets you send photos and documents to your printer from a wide range of desktop and mobile devices, either via your home network or across the internet. You can also use Google Cloud Print to connect a USB-only printer to the internet, via your computer. You can print straight from Gmail and Google Docs, plus Google Cloud Print works with lots of third-party apps.
View the orignal review by Adam Turner from the Canberra times here.