Do you really need a printer? In reality, most of us do. Sure, the printer at work or at school suffices for the odd personal printout, but often you’ll find yourself in situations where having a printer at home could have saved you time, made life easier, inspired you or your kids creatively or helped you grow your business.
It’s not just a case of buying any printer, though. What you need depends on who you are. So read on to find out which printer is perfect for you.
The school years is when your child’s creativity kicks into gear. As a parent, you’ll be keen to keep your children creatively stimulated and prepared for all the challenges awaiting them in the new term. You’ll need a printer that is easy to use for regular assignment print-outs, but still offers an array of creative options, too.
The Canon PIXMA TS9551C is a compact, A3-capable printer with A4-scanner and copier featuring a large 10.8cm touchscreen with an intuitive interface that even young children can navigate. Explore a range of creative printing options and use different media, including Canon’s magnetic and re-stickable photo paper (available from December 2018). With a new nail sticker app for iOS and Android (available from November 2018), you can even print customised nail stickers. The Canon PIXMA TS9551C can also help you create your own wrapping paper and scrapbook pages directly from the touchscreen with a choice of 45 patterns.
There is endless fun in store for your children when they combine the use of the perfect printer with Canon’s free online service Creative Park. Here, a wide range of templates will allow your kids to print and put together anything from head masks and pop-up greeting cards to dolls, paper planes, dinosaur figures and model space ships.
As a keen photo enthusiast, or a photography student committed to your craft, you spend the majority of your time striving to take better pictures. Seeing your work in a tangible format helps you assess and improve it, and you regularly use an online supplier of prints to show your results to your teacher, your friends and peers. But rather than having to wait for your prints to be delivered, your workflow would be much more flexible if you had your own printer.
The key thing to look out for is the ability to produce high-quality borderless images up to A4 size, so you can get a good feel for the intricate details of each individual shot. The type of ink your printer uses is vital in this regard, and genuine Canon inks will ensure vibrant images. The stylish and wirelessly connected Canon PIXMA TS8250 Series uses six individual inks to produce detailed, high-quality prints. Like all the best new models on the market, it features seamless connectivity and compatibility with the Canon PRINT app – as well as AirPrint, Mopria for Android and Windows 10 Mobile – so you can easily print from a smartphone or tablet.