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Updated: May 22, 2015 10:26
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Epson SureColor P600

With its extensive media-handling capability and excellent print quality, the P600 is an...

7 expert reviews

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Canon I-Sensys LBP 6230 DW

The Canon imageClass LBP6230dw ($169) is a personal monochrome laser printer that is both small...

3 expert reviews

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#3
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HP Officejet PRO 6230

If you need an inexpensive inkjet printer to share in a micro-office or use as a personal printer...

2 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

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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 | 1769 user reviews

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alaScore 98

HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw

If you're looking for a high-quality photo printer then inkjet printers still have the edge there...

3 expert reviews

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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 | 211 user reviews

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alaScore 97

HP Officejet PRO 8620

The DT Accessory Pack Up your game and the get the most out of your gear with the following...

7 expert reviews | 42 user reviews

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HP Envy 5640

HP touts the HP Envy 5640 e-All-in-One ($129.99) as "the easiest way to print from your...

5 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Canon Pixma MG 7150

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

16 expert reviews | 649 user reviews

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alaScore 96

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 | 34 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Epson EcoTank L355

An excellent, multipurpose printer with a refillable ink reservoir

4 expert reviews | 46 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 95

Samsung Xpress M2835DW

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

4 expert reviews | 163 user reviews

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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 | 334 user reviews

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alaScore 95

HP Envy 7640

What about the cost of consumables? Please when reviewing printers give some idea of cartridge...

4 expert reviews | 318 user reviews

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HP Officejet Pro 6830

Any attempt to reduce the cost of running a printer is obviously welcome, but you need to think...

2 expert reviews | 257 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Epson EcoTank L555

If low running cost is your primary requirement and you have £350 to spend upfront, the EcoTank...

6 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

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#17
alaScore 95

Brother HL-3170

The Brother HL-3170CDW color laser-class (LED) printer offers good speed and adequate print...

11 expert reviews | 291 user reviews

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#18
alaScore 95

Epson Expression Photo XP 950

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

15 expert reviews | 128 user reviews

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alaScore 94

Canon Pixma Pro-100

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

18 expert reviews | 321 user reviews

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alaScore 94

Brother HL L8250 CDN

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

5 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

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alaScore 94

Canon Pixma Pro-10

As the midlevel model in Canon's professional inkjet photo printer line, the Canon Pixma PRO-10...

14 expert reviews | 93 user reviews

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Canon Selphy CP 910

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

8 expert reviews | 617 user reviews

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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 | 132 user reviews

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Brother MFC L2740 DW

The Brother MFC-L2740DW ($299.99) delivers a lot more than you might expect from a monochrome...

2 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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alaScore 94

Samsung Xpress C1860FW

We like the C1860FW. It’s fast and the output is really good-looking – even with photo prints...

3 expert reviews | 56 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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