Welcome to our list of the best printers in 2018. Here you'll find the very top models of printers, be they for the home or the office. This list is constantly updated, so you'll get top advice for buying the best printer for your needs.
There are so many decent multi-purpose printers at very competitive prices these days, so you're spoilt for choice when looking for a new printer. Some will even offer cashback incentives when you buy them, so it's worth keeping an eye out for those offers. To make things even easier, our list of the best printers cuts through the jargon to make buying your new printer as simple as possible.
We've also split this list into the best inkjet printers and the best laser printers, and we include standard printers as well as multi-function ones. No matter what type of printer you're after, we have one for you, and our price comparison tool makes sure you get the best deals on the printer of your choice as well.
The Deskjet 3630 is a decent printer for the price, offering reasonable print speeds and the ability to connect to mobile devices without breaking the bank. Just be wary as its ink cartridges can be priced when picked up from shops. It doesn't quite have the build quality of HP's more expensive Envy models, but if you're looking for an initially cheap model that catches the eye when sat on a shelf, the Deskjet 3630 is a great option.
Read the full review: HP Deskjet 3630
The WorkForce Pro WF-4630 is a solid printer for small businesses and workgroups given its fast print speeds, solid print qualities and remote printing and scanning capabilities. Using the larger XL print cartridges, the WF-4630 delivers economical print costs that rival laser printers.
Read the full review: Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4630
Great for the traveling professional or someone who needs a small printer for occasional use, printing photos or using the scanner function. It's a bit pricey to buy - and to run - but the flexibility and quality of the printouts is excellent.
Consumables are usually expensive when it comes to printers. So it is quite surprising that one vendor, Epson, single-handedly decided to challenge that status quo by allowing users to refill their printer using ink bottles. What's even more surprising is that Epson includes two years of ink with the package; no more expensive cartridges and instead, you have enough material to deliver 11,000 pages worth of black and colour inks (that's 700ml worth of liquid). Oh and there's even a three-year warranty making this a great choice for bean counters fixing the TCO of their printers. The ET-4550 lacks the features found on cheaper competitors – it is relatively slower (although it has a higher printing resolution) and has a small paper input tray.
If you're looking for a great all-round printer which doesn't skimp on print quality for your photographs, then we don't think you will be disappointed by what the PIXMA TS9150, Canon's flagship printer, has to offer.
While it's certainly more expensive than some of the cheap two in one printers you can pick up, it's not a bad price for something which produces high quality prints, especially if you only need to print at A4 or below.
Best of all, the print quality here is stunning, and it also has an attractive design. While the looks of your printer may not seem that important, it does mean you don't feel the need to try and hide it away out of sight if you're using it at home.
This temptingly priced printer offers 28ppm printing at up to 4,800 x 600 dpi (effective, rather than optical, resolution). With wired (Ethernet/USB) and wireless (Wi-Fi/NFC) connectivity, duplex printing, decent eco settings and support for a wide range of media, the Samsung is an excellent all-rounder, although the multi-purpose tray can only handle one sheet of media at a time. The main cassette has a more useful capacity of 250 sheets.
The M2070W delivers a lot of bang for your business buck – there's NFC printing from compatible smartphones, online document sharing, and a clever Eco system that supplements the usual toner saving mode with a feature to remove images from documents by replacing bitmaps with sketches.
Factor in claimed speeds of 20ppm, a clever scan to mobile feature and an effective print resolution of up to 1200dpi and you've got a multifunction printer that's well worth considering.
The DCP-9020CDW is a baby Brother – it's an entry-level all-in-one aimed at small offices, and with claimed speeds of 18ppm and a resolution of up to 2,400 dpi (effective) it has a decent spec for the price. It can upload to cloud services such as Dropbox and OneNote, it's wireless with WPS authentication and wireless direct printing, and its running costs are competitive. It also offers automatic duplex printing and its colour screen makes it easy to install and operate. This device is a solid all-rounder for PCs and mobile devices alike.
This is a colour laser printer, plain and simple. It has a relatively small footprint on the desk thanks to a surprisingly compact design. The printer is fitted with a 150-sheet main paper tray and a 100-sheet output tray, with an integrated drum/fuser unit and manual duplexing capabilities. Controls are adequate, with a two-line LCD display and a number of buttons for basic menu navigation. The C1760NW also offers an Ethernet connector, 802.11n Wi-Fi and a USB 2.0 port; although there is no USB host connectivity. The printer is aimed at office or small workgroups and has a high-rated speed of 15ppm for black and colour. This is a good workhorse for everyday printing, where colour isn't a major part of the mix.
At the time of writing (January 2016), this Brother was Amazon's best-selling laser, and with good reason – for very little cash you're getting a superb wireless colour laser. However, at this price don't expect rock-bottom running costs – it's a printer for livening up documents with the occasional flash of colour, not constant photo printing.
It doesn't have automatic duplexing or an Ethernet port, but the HL-3140CW delivers superb print quality, reasonable mono running costs and good wireless features for a very low price.
Once upon a time, a new report about the potential of the blockchain published by an international bank could become a sensation. These times are long over, for the financial potential of the blockchain has long been universally recognised. Over the last years, many financial instruments emerged with the “blockchain-based” label, including money transfer services, decentralised exchanges, insurance services and decentralised asset management services. In the beginning of 2018, it can be said with confidence that the blockchain is “actively used in the field of financial and banking technologies” without exaggerating a bit. However, the potential of the blockchain is far from being exhausted: it promises to dramatically transform other spheres of life.
How does this technology become so promising? Blockchain is a database that exists simultaneously in the computers of a great number of people who do not know each other but, at the same time, it is protected from any outside interference and establishes a mechanism of trust connecting single persons to each other. This mechanism allows to exclude middlemen because the transactions are implemented automatically and there is no need for third parties with special powers. In the business context, this social feature helps solve an important problem, cutting down the expenses. It is no wonder therefore that one can run across the blockchain anywhere, from legal services to the data storage market.
One of the key principles of the blockchain, the immutability of the information once uploaded, makes it possible to use the blockchain as a modern counterpart of the notarial system. The blockchain is immutable and therefore can guarantee the existence and the authenticity of certain information – the lawyers were among the first to notice this.
The ‘classic’ use of the blockchain in the notarial field includes authenticity certification and notarisation of birth, marriage, and land ownership certificates as well as the legality check of concluded agreements. Moreover, it became even easier to check the authenticity of agreements because even a human is no longer needed for thee procedure.
The blockchain serves as base for decentralised applications with smart contract functions that are automatically executed after the transfer of the contractual amount by the payer to the account of the recipient.
The companies offering blockchain-based notarial services include BlockSign, Stampd and Stampery. Several years ago one of the American blockchain startups started to cooperate with the Holberton School in San Francisco: the graduate diplomas were planned to be issued with the help of the blockchain.
There is no doubt that the idea to record the land ownership register in the blockchain has already taken root. Preventing multiple transfers of ownership rights was discovered to be much easier when following the information in a register available on any computer of the ministry than when using a dusty physical ledger or a programme closed for everyone except several employees of a special agency. Such countries as Georgia, Swеden and Ukrаine have taken an active interest in implementing the blockchain technology for this use.
The blockchain’s capacity to fix the upcoming information and to carefully preserve in from unauthorized changes or theft was in great demand in the fields where it is important to guarantee the expression of the free will of the voters, from the election of the party members to the shareholder vote in a large IT corporation.
The Flux Party in Australia was among the first to suggest the implementation of a blockchain voting system: in 2016, the members of the party announced their desire to introduce the ‘democracy as a service’ pattern and launched a mobile application that accumulation the opinions of the citizens on particular draft laws and recorded them into the blockchain.
At the same time, the Libertarian Party in the USA declared that it would count the votes at the internal election of the delegates to the national Libertarian convention with the help of a blockchain machine provided by Blockchain Technologies Corp. When a QR code containing ballot was inserted into a vote processing machine, the data was automatically recorded in the distributed ledger protecting the data from falsification.
In Russia blockchain voting was implemented by the National Settlement Depositary team when testing an e-proxy voting system prototype running on a distributed ledger: the system made it possible to count the votes at the meetings of securities holders.
The blockchain mechanism suggests that the technology can be also used to protect the intellectual property rights. One of such projects is Ascribe, a service that enables artists to confirm their copyright for the object of art and to send already protected digital intellectual property by e-mail. Such applications are also important in everyday situations when it is important to check the authenticity of a photo, audio or video: a blockchain service would mark the file with a stamp certifying the time and the place of its creation and then upload such a certificate to the distributed ledger.
The blockchain also simplifies the channeling of goods and makes it more reliable because all the stages of the travel of the goods to the end buyer are recorded in the unique system and the substitution of goods in the travel line becomes impossible.
One of such companies, Provenance, tracks the goods, enabling users to follow the process online. The provenance of certain products can be checked by scanning a code on the package: the system will reproduce the whole information, up to the name of the factory worker that packed it.
Another service, Wave, solves other problems related to the global chains of delivery of goods, the issue of bills of lading. The service brings together all the members of the chain through a distributed record book where they can directly exchange documents and promises to render the global trade completely paperless.
One of the latest trends on the blockchain market is the decentralised cloud data storage. The services of decentralised data repositories offer individual providers to lease unused computing capacities and users to save money on powerful hardware. Many of them use blockchain platforms, rendering such services much safer than the traditional cloud repositories provided by large corporations.
While the providers of computing capacities receive a fee for the space they offer, for end users the decentralised storage service may be cheaper than Amazon or iCloud.
The year 2017 saw emergence of such projects as Storj, Filecoin and Sia. They plan to create decentralised data repositories that would be targeted both at the business and at the general public.
Some of these services are based on certain blockchain platforms (especially Ethereum), losing a part of the crypto market, for instance, the decentralised applications (dApps) based on other platforms (Graphene, EOS, Waves). The Casper API project announced an elegant multiplatform solution, including a single decentralised cloud storage infrastructure that can be employed by all the dApps, both existing and not yet created.
Casper API solves the problem of data storage safety by the preliminary encryption of the information received, and then copying it and storing in four replicas. The data is also fragmented. Therefore, no network node will get an access to the whole information, and will not be able to fully use it even if it manages to steal and decipher it.
First available indicator, the results of the ICO of the FileCoin project, testify to the need for such services: during the ICO, the project rаised more than $257 million, becoming one of the greatest crowdsales of 2017. Who knows, perhaps the decentralised data storage will become the second largest (after the financial sphere) field for blockchain technologies?
From smartphones to smart fridges, technology has played a major role in advancing most areas of our everyday lives - but it is also transforming the world of industry.
Industry 4.0 is the label given to the gradual combination of traditional manufacturing and industrial practices with the increasingly technological world around us.
This includes using large-scale M2M and Internet of Things (IoT) deployments to help manufacturers and consumers alike provide increased automation, improved communication and monitoring, along with self-diagnosis and new levels of analysis to provide a truly productive future.
Factories will become increasingly automated and self-monitoring as the machines within are given the ability to analyse and communicate with each other and their human co-workers, granting companies much smoother processes that free up workers for other tasks.
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Industry 4.0 is not a new technology, nor is it a business discipline, but in fact a new approach to achieve results that weren't possible 10 years ago thanks to advancements in technology.
Some will also tell you that it's in fact the fourth industrial revolution - but what does that mean?
The first industrial revolution saw Britain move from farming to factory production in the 19th Century. The second spanned the period from the 1850s to World War I and began with the introduction of steel, culminating in the early electrification of factories and the first spouts of mass production. Finally, the third industrial revolution refers to the change from analogue, mechanical, and electronic technology to digital technology that took place from the late 1950s to the late 1970s.
The fourth, then, is the move towards digitisation. Industry 4.0 will use the Internet of Things and cyber-physical systems such as sensors having the ability to collect data that can be used by manufacturers and producers. Secondly, the advancements in big data and powerful analytics means that systems can trawl through the huge sets of data and produce insights that can be acted upon quickly. Thirdly, the communications infrastructure backing this up is secure enough to be used by heavy industries.
Smart factories, which will be at the heart of Industry 4.0, will take on board information and communication technology for an evolution in the supply chain and production line that brings a much higher level of both automation and digitisation. It means machines using self-optimisation, self-configuration and even artificial intelligence to complete complex tasks in order to deliver vastly superior cost efficiencies and better quality goods or services.
A German government memo released way back in 2013 was one of the first times that 'Industrie 4.0' was mentioned. The high-tech strategy document outlined a plan to almost fully computerise the manufacturing industry without the need for human involvement.
Angela Merkel, German chancellor, spoke glowingly of the concept in January 2015 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, calling 'Industrie 4.0' the way that we "deal quickly with the fusion of the online world and the world of industrial production."
To that end, the German government is investing some €200 million (around £146 million, $216 million, or AU$278 million) to encourage research across academia, business and government, and Germany isn't the only country where advancements are taking place.
The United States has the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC), a non-profit organisation made up of manufacturers, suppliers, technology firms, government agencies, universities and laboratories that all have the common goal of advancing the way of thinking behind Industry 4.0.
It is aiming to construct an open, smart manufacturing platform for industrial-networked information applications. The hope is that it will eventually enable manufacturing firms of all sizes to gain easy and affordable access to modelling and analytical technologies that can be customised to meet their needs.
Anything attached to the Internet of Things or increased automation is worth a tidy sum and Industry 4.0 is no different.
Recent figures from KPMG has estimated that the component markets of Industry 4.0 are estimated to be worth more than US$4 trillion by 2020.
This is above the expected value of the Internet of Things (IoT) market, which Gartner has estimated will be worth almost US$3.7 trillion by 2020.
Businesses everywhere are thought to be able to benefit from embracing Industry 4.0, with a recent government report claiming that utilising this advanced technology could benefit the nation's manufacturing sector by around £445 billion and create around 175,000 jobs,
Much of this is down to the thirst for higher productivity and cost reductions from using real-time data. This can also be another area where technologies of the future, such as 5G, will have an effect and make sure the "things" are buzzing away at optimum efficiency.
TfL has revealed that London's transport network is going increasingly contactless when it comes to payments, with over half of all journeys now paid for this way.
Transport for London has released new figures showing that over 17 million pay as you go (PAYG) trips are being paid for using a contactless debit or credit card, or smart device.
At some stations, including popular commuter locations such as Blackfriars, Shoreditch High Street and Clapham Common, the figure is even higher, nudging over the 60 percent marker.
And along with contactless cards, the number of payments using a mobile device has also risen sharply, with around one in eight contactless journeys in London now being made using a smartphone or other connected device.
Since the launch of contactless payments on the TfL network back in September 2014, more than 1.7 billion journeys have been completed across the capital.
On buses and trams, the use of contactless has also increased rapidly - with around 45 percent of all pay as you go journeys now using contactless.
Travellers using London's airports are also increasingly contactless, with more than 35 per cent of PAYG journeys from Heathrow airport, and more than 55 per cent of trips from Gatwick airport towards London use the technology.
“Contactless ticketing has made travelling in and around London and the South East by bus, Tube or rail quick, convenient and affordable," said Shashi Verma, TfL's chief technology officer.
"We’re delighted with how popular this innovation has become and, with the future extension of this technology across the Elizabeth line, even more customers will benefit in the future. We are also now working with other world cities to share our experience and knowledge to help them introduce a similar ticketing system in the coming years.”
TfL also revealed that work is now underway to expand the reach of contactless pay as you go journeys across more of its network in the coming months. This includes the new Elizabeth line, set to open later this year, as well as TfL Rail services to Heathrow from May 2018, and journeys as far as Reading in December 2019.
If you thought using Facebook was free, think again.
The old adage “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” holds true for Facebook’s business model, which many pundits have argued it build on trading users’ personal data as currency. And what the social media platform does – or allows others to do – with that data has recently copped a lot of criticism in the wake of the ongoing Cambridge Analytica Scandal.
Facebook has a tough fight ahead of it as it tries to restore its name and win back public trust, and the latest shot in that war is an official blog post titled Hard Questions , which seeks to reassure Facebook users that they “are not the product”.
In the post, Facebook’s vice president of advertising, Rob Goldman, addresses the question, “If I'm not paying for Facebook, am I the product?”
“No,” is Goldman's answer. “Our product is social media – the ability to connect with the people that matter to you, wherever they are in the world. It’s the same with a free search engine, website or newspaper. The core product is reading the news or finding information – and the ads exist to fund that experience.”
While Goldman is quick to compare Facebook to a “website or newspaper”, the social media platform has historically fought against any suggestion that it’s a media company.
In fact, when questioned by the US Senate as to which companies are Facebook’s direct competitors, CEO Mark Zuckerberg struggled to come up with an answer.
It's hard to define what service Facebook truly offers, even for its CEO. It not only owns the world's largest social media network, but sells advertising space and, now, hardware such as the Oculus Rift VR headset and it's seemingly delayed smart speakers.
While the company may claim its main product is the social media site itself, it's not hard to understand why Goldman's statement rings hollow.
Strictly following the flow of money, Facebook's free social networking site is largely able to make a profit through the collation and collection of user data, which is then supplied (usually indirectly) to advertisers in order to target ads.
Most would argue that this structure makes the advertisers the clients – no matter how Facebook wants to spin it – and this blog post likely won't do much to change that perception.
Finding the best 3D printer doesn't need to be difficult or expensive thanks to our guide to the best 3D printers on the market today. In this list, we provide clear and concise information on a wide range of 3D printers, helping you to choose the best 3D printer for your needs.
Our very own price comparison tool also scours the internet to find the very best deals on 3D printers, so when you've found the 3D printer that's right for you, you can buy confident in the knowledge that you're paying the best price.
From compact 3D printers that can sit on your desk, to budget 3D printers and huge industrial-grade 3D printers that can create large 3D printouts, we've listed the very best 3D printers available in 2018. Read on to find the best one for your needs.
The MakerBot Replicator+ is the successor to the popular MakerBot Replicator 3D printer, and the new version has brought improvements to nearly every part of the Replicator. This means the Replicator+ is faster and quieter than the previous version, while maintaining its excellent design and safety features. This desktop 3D printer is expensive, but it offers excellent print quality, and uses 1.75mm polylactic acid (PLA) filament. It's also user-friendly enough for home users and hobbyists to use - as long as your budget can stretch to the high asking price.
If you're looking for a budget 3D printer, then there really is no better option than the XYZprinting da Vinci Mini. It remains one of the most affordable ways to get into 3D printing, and also the easiest, thanks to an easy-to-use interface. Just because it's a budget model, doesn't mean it doesn't produce good results, and the 3D printed objects it creates are very impressive considering the price - and size - of this 3D printer. Speaking of size, the XYZprinting da Vinci Mini is an impressively compact printer that makes it easy to store in an office or on a desk.
The Ultimaker 2+ is a 3D printer that offers amazing print quality, making it one of the best 3D printers for professional use. It is incredibly reliable when it comes to producing 3D models, and the accuracy of the 3D replications is incredibly impressive. If you need a 3D printer that can reliably reproduce many 3D objects accurately, this is a fantastic choice. However, it is expensive, and the fact that it is aimed at professional environments means it's less beginner-friendly than some of the other 3D printers here. Home users are better off looking elsewhere.
The Formlabs Form 2 is an excellent 3D printer for enthusiasts who don't mind paying extra to get the very best print quality. It's a beautifully-designed 3D printer, and can be connected to PCs via USB, Wi-Fi and Ethernet. It doesn't quite have the print reliability of the Ultimaker 2+, but the print quality more than makes up for a few errors.
The M3D Micro 3D Printer is an excellent 3D printer for beginners. Its low price means you're not investing lots of money if you're not entirely sure 3D printing is for you, while the compact, cube, design means it can be easily placed within the home or office. It looks good, and is impressively quiet when in use. The print quality isn't the best, however, and it is only able to make small models (not too surprising, considering the diminutive size). However, if you're looking for your first 3D printer, this is an excellent choice.
The FlashForge Creator Pro 2017 is the best 3D printer that sits between budget 3D printers and expensive professional models. It's a lot cheaper than pro models, though it maintains the build quality and reliability that you'd come to expect from a professional 3D printer. It's not quite as cheap as the budget and beginner models in this list, but it offers greater accuracy when printing 3D models. It is a tad noisy in use, however.
If you're looking for a first 3D printer to learn the ropes with, then the LulzBot Mini is another excellent choice. It's got a decent price, and is easy to use, though the print speed is quite slow. The hardware is open source, which means it has a flexibility that propitiatory hardware lacks, as a committed community of makers can work together to create add-ons for the printer.
The bulk of home 3D printers are limited to one- or two-colour printing, but the CubePro Trio has the capability to print three different materials in one session. This can be especially useful if you want to create an enclosed mechanism: nylon can be used for the gears, ABS for the surround and PLA for the support structure that can then be dissolved with caustic soda. The CubePro is an ideal solution for modellers and engineers who need to create 3D prints with moving parts.
In general terms 3D printers are designed as boxes with purpose, however BeeTheFirst has created a printer with both quality of print and actual design in mind – this is a machine that really wouldn't look out of place in a modern living room. BeeTheFirst has also thought about how and where people will be wanting to use their printers – at work, home or both – and has incorporated a thin design with a handle that enables the printer to be easily transported.
Initially you might be hard pressed to see the differences between the Taz 5 and 6; both feature a solid open frame build, large print base and ease of use.
However take a closer look at the refinements in design and improvements in usability and the upgrades quickly stand out. Features such as the auto leveling base has evolved from the one featured on the Luzbot Mini and works just as well on this larger scale, and the slight changes to frame layout and control panel are all welcome.
The Taz 6 is a big machine with an impressive print area of 280mm x 280mm x 250mm, with a 0.5mm nozzle capable of a minimum layer height of 75 microns and takes 2.85mm filament.
Image credit: GMTO Corporation/Mason Media Inc.
Astronomy is essentially about studying light, and when it comes to giant telescopes, it's visually a case of bigger is better. Cue a whole new generation of awesome-sized observatories due to go online in the early 2020s.
The very finest telescopes are almost always built in the same places on our planet. Chile's dry Atacama desert is a favorite for telescope builders, largely because there are over 300 clear nights a year, and it's possible to build on freezing cold mountaintops at a whopping 10,000ft or higher.
That puts the telescopes high above the hottest, densest part of the Earth's atmosphere, thereby avoiding distortion.
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Start: 04 Apr 2017 | End: 01 Feb 2018