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Updated: Sep 16, 2014 03:27
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HP ENVY 4500

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

12 expert reviews | 1583 user reviews

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Fujifilm Instax Share SP 1

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

6 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Samsung SL-M2022

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

5 expert reviews | 153 user reviews

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HP Officejet Pro X576DW

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

13 expert reviews | 107 user reviews

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HP Officejet Pro 8610

Fast, flexible and very affordable, this is a strong small office inkjet, with irritating drivers

3 expert reviews | 96 user reviews

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Brother HL L 8250 CDN

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

3 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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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 | 6 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...

5 expert reviews | 208 user reviews

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Brother MFC-J870DW

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

10 expert reviews | 90 user reviews

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HP Envy

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

3 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Epson WorkForce WF-3640

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

2 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

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Canon Pixma PRO 1

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

46 expert reviews | 411 user reviews

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Samsung SL-M2070

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

6 expert reviews | 178 user reviews

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HP Photosmart 7520

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

25 expert reviews | 3451 user reviews

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Canon Pixma MG 5550

The MG5550 is a well-built all-in-one printer, with excellent print and scan quality for an...

8 expert reviews | 208 user reviews

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Canon Pixma MG 7150

With PIXMA Cloud link, you can also call down files stored online, directly from the printer. The...

10 expert reviews | 419 user reviews

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HP Deskjet 2540

Can this low-cost printer deliver a high-quality performance?

8 expert reviews | 559 user reviews

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HP Officejet 4630

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

6 expert reviews | 613 user reviews

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HP ENVY 5530

With a street price of about a hundred bucks, the 5530 is a good, affordable contender the next...

5 expert reviews | 233 user reviews

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Canon Pixma IP 2850

Canon's stripped-down basic inkjet printer produces high-quality print results and costs less...

4 expert reviews | 18 user reviews

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Epson Expression Premium XP 610

The Epson Expression Premium XP-610 Small-in-One Printer ($149.99) is a compact inkjet...

4 expert reviews | 291 user reviews

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Canon Pixma IP 8750

Canon's PIXMA iP8750 is the A3+ inkjet printer that serious photographers and illustrators have...

6 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

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The HP Envy 120 is for those who do only a little printing and a little scanning, but who want to...

20 expert reviews | 448 user reviews

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Brother MFC J 4510 DW

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

21 expert reviews | 865 user reviews

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Brother Business Smart MFC-J6920DW

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

6 expert reviews | 119 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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