Gear of the Year Awards – Printers

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We love to hate them, but printers are an undeniably useful part of our modern digital lives and we’d be lost without them, as we print literally billions of photos and documents each and every year both at home and at the office. Here is our readers’ top pick for their favourite printer of 2016.


Canon PIXMA Range
Price: From R999

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  • Inkjet Technology
  • Built-in WiFi
  • USB and Wireless LAN ports
  • 4800 x 1200 DPI resolution
  • AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Canon iEasy


Even though it was up against some stiff competition from other companies trying new things, Canon’s PIXMA workhorse all-in-one inkjet printers still managed to come out on top of our awards. And not by a small margin, either – the PIXMA range came in with an impressive 31.7% of the votes, 12.6% clear of its nearest competitor, a colour multi-function laser printer from Samsung.

This, despite PIXMA being pitted against other powerful devices like HP’s amazing PageWide technology, which forgoes a moving print head for one that sits across the length of the page.

Even though HP’s new tech is a genuinely exciting development in the printing world (certainly for techies who no longer have to deal with printers with moving parts), South African consumers stuck with the PIXMA, likely for its versatility, reliability, overall print quality and, that all-important South African factor, affordability.

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Percentage of votes: 31.7%
Runners-up: Samsung CLX-4195 (19.1%), HP Pagewide Pro 552dw (17.3%)

Journalist’s choice

Deon du Plessis

Me, I’m far more a fan of HP’s newer PageWide technology than I am the same old print-head tech we’ve been seeing for years now, so my vote goes for the HP PageWide 552W. Why, you ask? Because with a print head the length of the paper, there are fewer moving parts, which means slower wear and tear and also fewer mechanical problems over time compared to traditional printers. Of course it’s more expensive, but that’s the price of progress I’m afraid.

Deon du Plessis

Deon du Plessis

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.