Printers:

Best printers of 2014

Updated

More often than anything else, we get the question, "What's the best printer for me?" It's a tough question to answer, because it all depends on what you want to do with your printer. Whether you want a high-quality printer, an all-in-one workhorse, a compact photo printer, or a simple single-function inkjet, we've got you covered. We've picked the five printers, across all categories, with the highest CNET rating from the past calendar year to satisfy your curiosity. If you're interested in specific categories, check out our top products lists on the left.

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Best workhorse multifunction

HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus e-All-in-One

If you can find a desk to accommodate its large size, the HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus all-in-one printer serves up top-shelf output quality at rapid print speeds, suitable for offices, home users, and photo enthusiasts hunting for an upgrade.

4 stars Excellent

Best multifunction inkjet under $200

Epson WorkForce 845 - multifunction printer ( colour )

Though it's slightly more expensive than competing inkjet workhorses, we recommend the Epson WorkForce 845 for its refined design and Epson's Connect cloud-printing portfolio.

4 stars Excellent

Best multifunction inkjet under $100

Epson Stylus NX430 Small-in-One - multifunction printer ( colour )

The Epson NX430 "Small-in-One" printer is a solid investment for students and office jockeys who print high-quality photos and documents but don't have the space for a large format device.

4 stars Excellent

HP LaserJet Pro P1606

Fast, cheap, and compact, the HP LaserJet Pro P1606dn offers a winning combination of value and performance for home offices or small businesses in need of a monochrome laser printer.

3.5 stars Very good

Best laser under $100

Brother HL-2270DW - printer - monochrome - laser

With improvements to its output speed, the Brother HL-2270DW improves on its legacy model and provides small businesses an efficient output device for high-volume black-and-white prints.

Price: $64.25 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Samsung Xpress M2020W

The Samsung SL-M2020W is the best laser printer you can buy in the ultrabudget price range.

Price: $168.98 Check prices

4 stars Excellent