Printer recommendations

Epson vs Brother vs Canon vs HP
Home and small business inkjet printers can basically be broken down into two different printhead types. Micro Piezo (electronic) heads and thermal heads.Canon and HP use thermal print heads whilst Epson and Brother use electronic heads.
Electromechanical (micro piezo) transfer method
In the electromechanical transfer method, piezoelectric elements deformed by electrical pulses cause ink droplets to be ejected. Deformation of piezoelectric elements puts pressure on the ink chamber through the intermediary of flexible substances, which generates ink ejection energy. The image the the right shows the principle of the electromechanical transfer method. This is the method used in Epson brand home inkjet printers.
Electric thermal transfer method
In the electric thermal transfer method, bubbles are generated in the ink chamber, and the expansive force of the bubbles causes ink droplets to be ejected. The ink is rapidly heated and vaporized by the heater in the ink chamber until bubbles are generated. The pressure of bubbles generates the required ink ejection energy.The image below shows the principle of the electric thermal transfer method. A similar method is used in the Canon and HP printers.
What printers do rihac recommend when using a Inklink™ system 

As a very generalised rule of thumb, electronic print heads last considerably longer and are more reliable than thermal heads. The downside is that they tend to be slower printers than those using thermal heads (although there are some exceptions to this like the Epson Artisan 730 and Artisan 837).

At rihac we see thousands of printers and the assessments we make are based on what problems
we see with printers both with and without our ink supply systems.

Epson printers tend to be the best photographic and general use printers of the bunch.
They offer considerably longer print head life and unlike the thermal heads, electronic heads
are easy to manually clean.

Brother MFC-J4620DW

Perfect for: Home, small office
Install Difficulty: Very Easy
Install Time: 5-10 minutes

This new multifunction is the best printer that brother have produced. It will produce a beautifully vivid photo quality prints and also has all the features you want for home or a small office environment. The added feature of the ability to print A3 documents from its single feed rear tray means it's a winner in our books. The static cartridge bay means it is a breeze to install and the top of our list for home and small office printers. FIND OUT MORE

Canon Maxify

Perfect for: Office
Install Difficulty: Moderate
Install Time: 15-25 minutes

The Canon Maxify range of inkjet printers are built to rival laser printers. Their high speed printing, lets you print, copy, scan and fax – delivering outstanding quality each and every time you use it. You can use the handy 3-inch colour touchscreen, you can use your smartphone or tablet, or you can use MAXIFY Cloud Link, Google Cloud Print or Apple Air Print – from anywhere in the office, or the world! Various sizes available to suit your needs. Rihac offers both CISS and refillable carridge options FIND OUT MORE

Epson Artisan 1430

Perfect for: Home, Studio
Install Difficulty: Moderate
Install Time: 15-25 minutes

In our opinion the Artisan 1430  is the best A3 printer currently available.
It's ease of set-up, speed and quality of prints means it is on the top of our list of A3 printers. As a bonus this printer also offers CD/DVD printing and WiFi capability. The Artisan 1430 is printer suitable for a wide range of applications from photographs through to business documents. The Artisan 1430 allows you to produce high quality borderless prints in a wide range of paper sizes, varying from 6"x4" all the way up to A3+, meaning it is the perfect printer for people wanting to print a varying range of documents. The rear paper feed means this printer is perfect for using thicker and speciality papers. FIND OUT MORE

Brother MFC-J6920DW

Perfect for: Home, Business
Install Difficulty: Easy

Install Time: 5 - 10 Minutes

Here's a machine that really means business. You can print, copy, scan and fax up to an impressive A3 size - with up to A3 double-sided printing and A4 double-sided copying and scanning to help you save paper and time. It's fast too, with a 22/20 images per minute mono/colour print speed saving you valuable time. Add in other features such as an automatic document feeder and 2x 250-sheet paper trays for less refilling and a rear paper feed for those thicker papers. FIND OUT MORE

Epson SC-p600

Perfect for: Photo Printing
Install Difficulty: Easy

Install Time: 5 - 10 Minutes per cartridge

The Epson SureColor P600 uses nine individual pigment-based inks, which offer significantly superior resistance to fading and environmental degradation compared to the dye-based inks in most printers. Wired Connection: Hi-Speed USB, Ethernet, Epson iPrint™ Mobile App, Apple® Airprint™, Google Cloud Print™. FIND OUT MORE

EPSON XP-420

Perfect for: Budget
Install Difficulty: Moderate
Install Time: 15-25 minutes

This Small-In-One is a sleek little printer great for the moderate home user. It delivers great print quality and its rear feed means you can print on to heavy papers and card stock. Wi-Fi, With the built in scanner and copy this printer is a great little all-rounder which you can pick up for around $100 so it won't break the bank. FIND OUT MORE

EPSON Workforce 3620

Perfect for: All Round
Install Difficulty: Moderate
Install Time: 15-25 minutes

Fast print speeds with a 35-sheet automatic document feeder and offers duplex print, scan, copy and fax functions. Connect to your wireless network. FIND OUT MORE

Please note: Our inks and InkLink™ Systems are not manufactured by Epson, Brother, HP or Canon. All brand names and trademarks are the property of their respective holders and are used for reference only
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