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Updated: Feb 7, 2016 08:59
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Epson EcoTank ET-2550

With its ultra-low-cost refillable ink bottles, this clever little Epson EcoTank printer does...

5 expert reviews | 149 user reviews

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Canon Pixma MG 5750

The right balance of features, performance and quality makes the PIXMA MG5750 a winner for Canon

3 expert reviews | 42 user reviews

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HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw

The HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw ($429.99) is a highly capable color laser multifunction...

14 expert reviews | 1074 user reviews

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Epson SureColor P800

Versatile media handling. Accepts media up to 1.5mm thick and can print on roll media with the...

6 expert reviews | 12 user reviews

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HP ENVY 4520

The HP Envy 4520 is a capable all-in-one that combines a printer, copier and scanner with two ink...

4 expert reviews | 805 user reviews

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HP LaserJet Pro M477fdw

Conclusion The HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdw's modest size and paper capacity, but...

3 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

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HP LaserJet Pro M252DW

If you need a color laser printer for heavy-duty personal use or light-duty shared use in a micro...

6 expert reviews | 403 user reviews

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Canon Pixma MG 7750

A very sleek and attractive looking printer with quite a large footprint whose print quality is...

3 expert reviews | 82 user reviews

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Epson ECO TANK ET 4550

Coming up with a simple characterization for the Epson WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank All-in-One...

5 expert reviews | 166 user reviews

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HP Officejet Pro X576DW

If someone gave you an HP Officejet Pro X576dw Multifunction Printer to work with and didn't tell...

22 expert reviews | 845 user reviews

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Polaroid ZIP

Of all the dedicated photo printers we've seen that are designed primarily as camera-phone...

9 expert reviews | 875 user reviews

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HP Envy 7640

A capable home or small office printer with plenty of features that's let down by its middling...

10 expert reviews | 3531 user reviews

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Canon Pixma MX495

The MX495 isn't perfect, but it's great if you're setting up a home office on a budget

9 expert reviews | 186 user reviews

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HP Deskjet 3630

The up-front cost of the DeskJet 3630 is genuinely good value for money. The colour ink...

5 expert reviews | 151 user reviews

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HP Officejet Pro 6830

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12 expert reviews | 2654 user reviews

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Epson Expression Premium XP-630

The Epson Expression Premium XP-630 Small-in-One inkjet multifunction printer (MFP) offers a...

2 expert reviews | 39 user reviews

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Ricoh SP 3600 DN

Fast and robust, with good print quality and low costs, Ricoh's SP 3600DN is a winner

2 expert reviews

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Epson Expression Photo XP-860

The Epson Expression Photo XP-860 is an all-singing all-in-one crammed with features, including...

5 expert reviews | 354 user reviews

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Epson Expression Home XP-420

With the Expression Home XP-420 Small-in-One ($99.99), Epson makes it absolutely clear in the...

4 expert reviews | 1873 user reviews

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Brother DCP J 4120 DW / DWG1

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9 expert reviews | 244 user reviews

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Dell E525W

As an LED printer—which makes it nearly identical to a laser, except that it uses LEDs instead of...

5 expert reviews | 110 user reviews

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Makerbot Replicator Mini

Conclusion According to MakerBot, the Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer is geared toward...

6 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

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HP Color Laserjet Enterprise M 553 DN

The HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M553dn ($599) leaves off a few of the extras found in the HP...

3 expert reviews | 17 user reviews

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Epson SureColor SC-P600

Epson labels the SureColor P600 inkjet printer ($799.99) on its website as being for creative...

16 expert reviews | 53 user reviews


    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - Printers

    Printers are among the most popular of computer accessories, but many consumers are content to accept any printer that is packaged with their computer. It is important to note that different printer types offer very different results, and you may be better served making your own choice. When deciding what type of printer to purchase, you will first have to ask yourself the question, 'What type of printing will I be doing – mostly text, graphics, or photos?' With the answer to this question in hand, you will be ready to make a decision.


    Types of Printers

    InkJet: InkJet Printers utilize ink cartridges for printing, usually a single black cartridge and a combination cyan/magenta/yellow cartridge for colors. The emphasis is on picture quality, and InkJet Printers are generally relatively slow (15-25 pages per minute). InkJet Printers are the preferred choice for printing photos, and better models can achieve almost true photographic quality.

    Laser: Laser Printers offer one clear advantage over InkJet Printers: speed. Print speeds of 30+ pages per minute are standard, and the fastest models may exceed 50 pages per minute. The vast majority of laser printers are monochrome (black and white), they generally offer improved clarity and crisper edges when printing text and simple graphics, and a relatively low cost per page. Until recently color laser printers were too expensive for individuals or small businesses, but there are now several models for less than $500.

    Multifunction Printers: Both InkJet and Laser Printers offer a number of models that are true 'Multifunction Printers' and can operate as a printer, scanner, copier, and fax machine. Multifunction printers are available with either laser printers for speedy text and occasional graphics, or inkjet printers for vibrant photos. The only disadvantage to these printers is that they are larger than standalone printers, and require additional desk space. Prices for Multifunction Printers have come down to such an extent that there is really no other reason anymore to choose a standalone printer – you're almost always better off going with the versatility of a multifunction model.

    What to Look for in a Printer

    Resolution: Measured in dots per inch, resolution is usually the most important factor for consumers. 600dpi is the low end of the scale, 1200dpi has become the standard, and pricier models feature 2400dpi. Advanced models may offer 'edge enhancement', a feature that improves resolution by filling in the gaps between dots on the edges of text and graphics. Regardless of dpi count, InkJets remain better at printing photos, and Lasers are superior for text and graphics.

    Speed: As noted above, Laser Printers offer a clear advantage in speed, but there are notable differences within the types. High volume printing, especially in a professional or office setting, demands a faster printer. The high end for speed is measured for black & white printing – color printing is slower no matter what the model.

    Connectivity: Wireless connectivity (Ethernet, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi) is the preferred choice for most users, due to the popularity of laptop computers. A USB connection has become the secondary standard, and many new printers do not offer the old-style parallel connection. If you have an older computer, make sure you can connect to any printer you are looking to buy.

    Popular Printer Brands

    HP still dominates the market for printers, and they offer a wide selection of all types. Canon has concentrated its offerings at either end of the market – pricy models for high-end users, as well as bargain models. Lexmark and Brother are known for their bargain models, but have also introduced some upscale platforms recently.

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