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Updated: May 16, 2017 22:22
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#1
alaScore 98

HP PageWidde Pro 477dw

In the course of our tests, we found a ton to like about the HP PageWide Pro 477dw.

5 expert reviews | 28 user reviews

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Fujifilm Instax Share SP 2

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

11 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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#3
alaScore 96

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...

4 expert reviews | 177 user reviews

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alaScore 96

HP DeskJet 3720

This MFP is lighter than a laptop

10 expert reviews | 25 user reviews

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alaScore 95

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile AiO

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

6 expert reviews | 168 user reviews

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#6
alaScore 95

Canon Pixma MG 5750

The design isn't perfect, but a cheap cost and competitive running speeds coupled with good...

4 expert reviews | 251 user reviews

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#7
alaScore 95

HP ENVY 5540

The HP Envy 5540 All-in-One prints documents with category-leading quality, but missing...

11 expert reviews | 599 user reviews

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#8
alaScore 95

Epson EcoTank ET-2550

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

12 expert reviews | 802 user reviews

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#9
alaScore 95

Epson SureColor SC-P400

Epson SureColor P400 bring high-quality professional photo prints to a price point many of us can...

3 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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#10
alaScore 94

Epson Expression Premium XP-830

The Epson Expression Premium XP-830 Small-in-One is a fairly average inkjet printer, but it...

5 expert reviews | 432 user reviews

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#11
alaScore 94

HP Officejet 200 Mobile

Conclusion The HP OfficeJet 200 Mobile Printer is the best mobile single-function inkjet we've...

4 expert reviews | 379 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 94

Canon Pixma MG 7750

I use it to make brochures for a local club I am involved with and get good reports ,it comes...

5 expert reviews | 211 user reviews

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alaScore 94

HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw

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

15 expert reviews | 1478 user reviews

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alaScore 94

HP LaserJet Pro M477fdw

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

4 expert reviews | 199 user reviews

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#15
alaScore 94

LOMOGRAPHY Lomo' Instant

If you’re a fan of analogue photography, in particular the Lomo brand, you should be fairly...

9 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

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#16
alaScore 94

Canon imageCLASS LBP151dw

The Canon LBP151DW is a competent workhorse laser printer, but rival models offer more features...

5 expert reviews

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alaScore 93

HP OfficeJet Pro 8740 AiO

Conclusion As a must-see alternative to the HP OfficeJet Pro 8740 All-in-One Printer, the Epson...

2 expert reviews | 26 user reviews

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#18
alaScore 93

HP Officejet 7510

The HP Officejet 7510 delivers good quality print. However, the arrangement of its paper tray and...

4 expert reviews | 54 user reviews

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alaScore 93

Ricoh SP 150

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alaScore 93

HP Officejet 3830

This is a good, basic all-in-one with many of the features you'd be looking for in a home office...

6 expert reviews | 786 user reviews

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HP Envy 7640

The only Envy with an ADF, the Envy 7640 has many of the advantages as its Envy brethren, many of...

12 expert reviews | 3950 user reviews

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alaScore 93

Epson Workforce WF 7610 DWF

At the recommended retail price of £200, Epson’s WorkForce WF-7610DWF looks ideal for any small...

4 expert reviews | 589 user reviews

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alaScore 93

Brother MFC J 5320 DW

The MFC-J5320DW is a cheap way to tackle any print, scan, copy or fax job a small firm might need

6 expert reviews | 276 user reviews

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Brother MFC J 880 DW

Prints very well and takes up only a small amount of space.

3 expert reviews | 84 user reviews

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Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000

Conclusion The Canon imagePrograf PRO-1000 produces magnificent prints and grayscale images up to...

3 expert 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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