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Updated: Aug 18, 2018 22:33
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#1
alaScore 100

HP Envy Photo 6230

We all snap away on our smartphones and digital cameras, but why not print those photos to fully...

3 expert reviews | 159 user reviews

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#2
alaScore 99

Brother MFC-L2750DW

Bottom Line: The Brother MFC-L2750DW XL is a well-connected monochrome laser AIO printer that...

3 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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#3
alaScore 99

HP Officejet Pro 7720

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

10 expert reviews | 35 user reviews

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#4
alaScore 98

HP Envy Photo 7830

HP’s premium Envy model has all the features you might need in your home office and specialises...

5 expert reviews | 64 user reviews

#5
alaScore 97

Canon Pixma TR8550

The Canon Pixma TR8550 packs a lot of key features into its neatly folding desktop design...

5 expert reviews | 20 user reviews

#6
alaScore 96

HP Sprocket Plus

Bottom Line: An update to HP's popular Sprocket portable photo printer, the Sprocket Plus prints...

2 expert reviews | 29 user reviews

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#7
alaScore 96

Canon Pixma TS3150

Compatible with family-friendly Canon services and software including Creative Park, Creative...

7 expert reviews | 43 user reviews

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#8
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...

4 expert reviews | 78 user reviews

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#9
alaScore 95

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 AiO

Bottom Line: The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 is an excellent inkjet all-in-one printer that's up to the...

1 expert reviews | 51 user reviews

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#10
alaScore 94

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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#11
alaScore 94

Brother MFC-J5330DW

Bottom Line: The business-oriented Brother MFC-J5330DW is a capable wide-format, low-volume color...

5 expert reviews | 27 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 94

HP Sprocket

If you want to print small snapshots exclusively from your phone or tablet—whether from its photo...

13 expert reviews | 791 user reviews

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#13
alaScore 94

Epson Expression Premium XP-6000

Bottom Line: The Epson Expression Premium XP-6000 Small-in-One is a basic but capable photo...

3 expert reviews | 54 user reviews

#14
alaScore 94

Brother HL-3045

The Brother HL-3045CN color laser offers output quality that's good enough for most business use...

2 expert reviews | 45 user reviews

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#15
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 | 188 user reviews

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#16
alaScore 93

Epson Stylus Pro 7700

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

3 expert reviews | 28 user reviews

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#17
alaScore 93

HP PageWidde Pro 477dw

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

8 expert reviews | 97 user reviews

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#18
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 | 199 user reviews

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#19
alaScore 93

HP Officejet 3830

Bottom Line: The low-price, entry-level HP OfficeJet 3830 prints well and at reasonable running...

8 expert reviews | 1174 user reviews

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#20
alaScore 93

Formlabs Form 2

The Form 1 made the case for at-home SLA 3D printing, and the better-in-every-way Form 2 is...

12 expert reviews

#21
alaScore 93

Epson Expression Home XP-445

A compact, well-featured all-in-one that’s good at working with PCs and mobile devices alike, but...

3 expert reviews | 80 user reviews

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#22
alaScore 92

Fujifilm Instax Share SP 2

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

12 expert reviews | 12 user reviews

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#23
alaScore 92

Epson SureColor SC-P600

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

25 expert reviews | 102 user reviews

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#24
alaScore 92

HP Envy Photo 7855

Bottom Line: The HP Envy Photo 7855 is a solid choice for a home photo all-in-one, provided that...

3 expert reviews | 25 user reviews

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#25
alaScore 92

HP Envy Photo 6255

Bottom Line: The Envy Photo 6255 is a small, lightweight, and attractive consumer-grade AIO that...

1 expert reviews | 9 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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