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Updated: Apr 24, 2014 02:34
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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...

42 expert reviews | 382 user reviews

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#2
alaScore 99

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 | 95 user reviews

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#3
alaScore 99

HP Photosmart 7520

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

25 expert reviews | 3013 user reviews

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#4
alaScore 98

Samsung SL-M2070

The necessary details are then transferred automatically between device and printer, so printing...

4 expert reviews | 122 user reviews

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#5
alaScore 98

Brother MFC-J870DW

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

7 expert reviews | 65 user reviews

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#6
alaScore 98

HP ENVY 4500

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

7 expert reviews | 1196 user reviews

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#7
alaScore 97

Brother MFC J 4510 DW

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

22 expert reviews | 702 user reviews

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#8
alaScore 97

HP ENVY 120

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

19 expert reviews | 406 user reviews

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#9
alaScore 97

Brother Business Smart MFC-J6920DW

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

6 expert reviews | 84 user reviews

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#10
alaScore 97

Epson Expression Photo XP 950

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

7 expert reviews | 53 user reviews

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#11
alaScore 96

Samsung SL-M2022

The printer driver includes Samsung’s Easy Eco panel which previews a print job and enables you...

3 expert reviews | 108 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 96

HP Officejet PRO 276 DW

The OfficeJet Pro 276dw is expensive, but it's a Cadillac among inkjet MFPs—fast and capable—and...

9 expert reviews | 525 user reviews

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#13
alaScore 96

HP Deskjet 2540

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

6 expert reviews | 392 user reviews

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#14
alaScore 96

Canon Pixma MG 5550

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

6 expert reviews | 132 user reviews

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#15
alaScore 96

Canon Pixma MG 7150

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

9 expert reviews | 277 user reviews

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#16
alaScore 96

Epson Expression Premium XP 810

The ink costs more than it should be for a higher-end printer, but we have no complaints about...

8 expert reviews | 172 user reviews

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#17
alaScore 95

Canon Pixma MX 925

Print costs based on Canon's XXL ink cartridges are surprisingly cheap, working out at 1.9p for a...

10 expert reviews | 499 user reviews

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#18
alaScore 95

Canon Pixma MG 6350

Canon updates its high-end printer

12 expert reviews | 515 user reviews

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#19
alaScore 95

OKI C831dn

The OKI C831dn ($1,929 list) is a rarity, a sub-$2,000 color laser-class printer that can print...

2 expert reviews

#20
alaScore 95

Canon Pixma MX 455

Can this cut-price Canon keep up with the big boys? We find out

8 expert reviews | 233 user reviews

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#21
alaScore 95

Dell C2660DN

A low-cost A4 colour laser with good print speeds and impressive colour output quality

2 expert reviews

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#22
alaScore 95

HP Laserjet PRO 400 Color M451DW

Well, that sums up the list of features, let’s have a look at the real world performance of the...

30 expert reviews | 730 user reviews

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#23
alaScore 95

Epson Expression HOME XP 412

My Epson Portal looked as if it might be a handy utility, too, but all text within it was in...

3 expert reviews | 264 user reviews

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#24
alaScore 95

Epson Expression Premium XP 510

Software is a little sparse, without the ABBYY OCR software supplied with more expensive machines...

4 expert reviews | 19 user reviews

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#25
alaScore 95

Dell C 2665 DNF

The four toner cartridges are stacked like a staircase behind the front cover and it’s...

4 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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