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Updated: Apr 23, 2018 23:09
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#1
alaScore 100

HP Officejet Pro 7720

The HP OfficeJet Pro 7720 Wide Format All-in-One Printer has a lower purchase price than the HP...

8 expert reviews | 22 user reviews

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#2
alaScore 96

HP LaserJet Pro MFP M377dw

HP's PageWide is the latest innovation in printing technology, claimed to combine inkjet print...

2 expert reviews | 63 user reviews

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alaScore 95

HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw

Bottom Line: An entry-level color laser AIO printer, the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw prints...

3 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

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#4
alaScore 94

Epson Stylus Pro 7700

Epson EcoTank printers don't use traditional ink cartridges; rather they have built-in ink tanks...

3 expert reviews | 20 user reviews

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#5
alaScore 94

Fujifilm Instax Share SP-3

If you're a fan of instant prints, and are underwhelmed by the small image area delivered by...

2 expert reviews

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#6
alaScore 93

Epson Expression Photo XP-960

If you need to produce professional looking prints and posters in full colour, or A3-size...

6 expert reviews | 183 user reviews

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#7
alaScore 93

Canon Pixma TS 8050

When printing full colour documents and photos, Canon’s six ink system has a real advantage...

5 expert reviews | 197 user reviews

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#8
alaScore 93

HP DeskJet 3720

This MFP is lighter than a laptop

13 expert reviews | 392 user reviews

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#9
alaScore 92

HP PageWidde Pro 477dw

Like the higher-capacity HP 577dw, the HP PageWide Pro 477dw Multifunction Printer stacks up...

7 expert reviews | 73 user reviews

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#10
alaScore 92

HP OfficeJet Pro Pro 8710 AiO

Hailing from HP's popular Officejet range, the HP Officejet Pro 8710 is an all-in-one inkjet...

4 expert reviews | 279 user reviews

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#11
alaScore 92

Zebra Desktop GX420d

Bottom Line: The Zebra GK420d, the next step up from a consumer-grade label printer, provides...

5 expert reviews | 40 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 92

HP Sprocket Photo Printer

If you can afford its initial and ongoing costs and aren't looking to hang your work in a museum...

3 expert reviews | 523 user reviews

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#13
alaScore 92

Epson Expression Premium XP-640

The XP-640 offers helpful features, high-quality graphics and fast performance across the board...

5 expert reviews | 513 user reviews

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#14
alaScore 92

HP ENVY 5540

Conclusion If you need a printer for a home office, or for the dual role of home and home-office...

14 expert reviews | 1948 user reviews

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#15
alaScore 92

Epson EcoTank ET-2550

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

17 expert reviews | 1318 user reviews

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#16
alaScore 91

HP OfficeJet 6950 AiO

I bought this after my old printer broke which I had for years and didn't want to replace. I...

1 expert reviews | 83 user reviews

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#17
alaScore 91

Fujifilm Instax Share SP 2

Conclusions While serious photographers will feel underwhelmed with 1.8-by-2.4-inch prints, fine...

11 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

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#18
alaScore 91

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile AiO

Conclusion Not everyone needs to both print and scan while on the road, but if you do, you...

7 expert reviews | 201 user reviews

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#19
alaScore 91

Canon Pixma MG 7750

Sitting at the upper end of Canon's Pixma range, the Canon Pixma MG7750 is all-in-one machine...

8 expert reviews | 372 user reviews

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#20
alaScore 91

Epson Expression Premium XP-530

Epson says that the XP-530 doesn't use its photo black ink in plain paper printing, so it's not...

5 expert reviews | 193 user reviews

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alaScore 91

Canon Pixma MG 5750

The Canon Pixma MG5750 is an affordably priced all-in-one inkjet printer with wi-fi connectivity...

5 expert reviews | 2122 user reviews

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alaScore 91

Brother MFC-J6930DW

In addition, while both the Epson WF-7620 and WF-7610 are capable AIOs, since they've been out...

2 expert reviews | 87 user reviews

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alaScore 91

HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw

Conclusion Ultimately, the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw delivers a combination of fast speed...

17 expert reviews | 2148 user reviews

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#24
alaScore 91

Epson Workforce WF 3620 DWF

The Epson WorkForce WF-3620 will handle just about anything you’d need for a home or home office...

8 expert reviews | 5857 user reviews

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alaScore 91

HP LaserJet Pro M477fdw

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

5 expert reviews | 582 user reviews

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    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.



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    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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