The best HP printers in 2024

Best HP printers: HP Envy Inspire
(Image credit: HP)

A pioneer in desktop printing, HP made a big splash with its Thinkjet inkjet printers all the way back in 1988, before going on to launch massively successful mono and color DeskJet models in 1990 and 1991 respectively. The mid-1980s also saw the introduction of HP’s incredibly popular LaserJet series, which included the world’s first PC-compatible desktop laser printer. The first LaserJet was actually based on a Canon print engine and, indeed, HP has faced stiff competition from both Canon and Epson in the home and office printing sectors down the decades. Even so, HP still has a great deal (as well as some great deals) to offer in its current inkjet and laser line-ups.

As well as maintaining a good reputation for the reliability and dependability of its printers, HP is very up-front about ink and toner costs. The company’s ‘Instant Ink’ subscription-based service takes a lot of the guesswork and downright pain out of the equation. It enables you to sign up for various plans that cover anything from 15 to 700 pages per month for inkjet printers, and from 50 to 1,500 pages for lasers. The idea is that the ink or toner levels are monitored in the cloud, and replacement cartridges are automatically dispatched as and when necessary. There’s the flexibility to change plans if you need to, while benefits include avoiding the risk of running out of in or toner, making sizeable savings on running costs, and making use of the scheme’s inclusive recycling scheme. Many of HP’s current printers come with a free trial of the program.

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.