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Updated: Dec 18, 2014 12:32
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#1
alaScore 100

HP Officejet PRO 8620

Basically the same printer as the HP Officejet Pro 8630 e-All-in-One, the HP Officejet Pro 8620 e...

6 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

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#2
alaScore 99

Fujifilm Instax Share SP 1

Merging old and new, Fujifilm's Instax Share SP-1 is a fun, portable wireless instant photo...

8 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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#3
alaScore 99

Samsung Printer Xpress M2835DW

We've tried to find fault with this printer, but it really has been difficult. Print quality is...

4 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

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#4
alaScore 98

Canon Pixma MG 7150

An affordable all-in-one photo printer with Wi-Fi connectivity and a touchscreen

16 expert reviews | 549 user reviews

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#5
alaScore 98

HP ENVY 4500

The HP Envy 4500 is a highly capable multifunction photo printer for the home that’s low in price...

17 expert reviews | 383 user reviews

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#6
alaScore 97

Canon Pixma PRO 1

The choice is not an easy one. The Pixma Pro-10 costs more than the Pixma Pro-100 initially, and...

56 expert reviews | 422 user reviews

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#7
alaScore 97

HP Officejet Pro X576DW

The Officejet Pro X576dw is an inkjet that thinks it’s a laser printer – a very fast laser printer.

17 expert reviews | 113 user reviews

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#8
alaScore 97

HP Envy

The HP Envy Recline 23-k010qd is a great all-in-one PC that offers a slew of robust features...

6 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

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#9
alaScore 96

Samsung Printer Xpress C1810W

A great colour laser that costs less to run than many competitors

2 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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#10
alaScore 96

Brother HL L 8350 CDW

If you compare features on Brother's website, you'll quickly conclude that the Brother HL...

5 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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#11
alaScore 96

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4630

The WF-4630's new PrecisionCore print head produces near laser-like print quality. Throw in great...

2 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 96

Samsung SL-M2070

The M2070W doesn't look as polished as we'd like, and the absence of auto duplexing is surprising...

7 expert reviews | 199 user reviews

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alaScore 96

HP Officejet Pro 8610

Aimed primarily at micro offices, the HP Officejet Pro 8610 e-All-in-One ($199.99) offers a full...

4 expert reviews | 42 user reviews

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#14
alaScore 95

Brother HL L8250 CDN

While the Brother HL-L8250CDN ($349.99) matched the Editors' Choice Xerox Phaser 6500/DN in our...

4 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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#15
alaScore 95

Brother HL-L2360DW

The HL-2360DW is a strong choice if you're shopping for a text-only printer that can print from...

1 expert reviews | 46 user reviews

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#16
alaScore 95

Samsung SL-M2022

Samsung's smallest mono laser printer punches out rapid, good-quality pages well above its modest...

5 expert reviews | 161 user reviews

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#17
alaScore 95

HP Officejet 4630

As a budget inkjet multifunction printer (MFP) geared to home offices, the HP Officejet 4630 e...

7 expert reviews | 89 user reviews

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#18
alaScore 95

HP Photosmart 7520

The HP Photosmart 7520 earns its "all-in-one" moniker and adds cloud printing, remote...

31 expert reviews | 1174 user reviews

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#19
alaScore 95

Epson WorkForce WF 3640

As the next-generation version of the Editors' Choice Epson WorkForce WF-3540 that it's replacing...

3 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

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#20
alaScore 94

Brother MFC-J870DW

The compact Brother MFC-J870DW all-in-one printer provides a typical home user with fast, high...

10 expert reviews | 89 user reviews

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#21
alaScore 94

Canon Selphy CP 910

Canon's newest iteration of its thermal-dye dedicated photo printer design, the Canon Selphy...

8 expert reviews | 213 user reviews

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#22
alaScore 94

Brother HL-2070 Series

If you want a speedy and quality black and white printer, the Brother HL 2270DW is worth looking...

3 expert reviews | 24 user reviews

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#23
alaScore 94

Brother MFC J 4510 DW

The Brother MFC-J4510DW all-in-one printer leads with a stylishly compact chassis and its Web...

24 expert reviews | 515 user reviews

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#24
alaScore 94

Brother MFC J 6920 DW

With a massive A3-size scanner platen, excellent performance, decent output, and 500-sheet paper...

10 expert reviews | 127 user reviews

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#25
alaScore 94

Epson Expression Photo XP 950

The next step up in price in Epson's Expression line from the Epson Expression Photo XP-850 Small...

14 expert reviews | 55 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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