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Updated: Aug 29, 2015 09:50
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HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw

The HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw ($429.99) is a highly capable color laser multifunction...

5 expert reviews | 118 user reviews

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HP Color Laserjet Enterprise M 553 X

As the flagship model in Hewlett-Packard's 500 series of workgroup color laser printers, the HP...

3 expert reviews

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HP Color Laserjet Enterprise M 553 DN

The HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M553dn ($599) leaves off a few of the extras found in the HP...

2 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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alaScore 98

Canon PIXMA PRO-100S

The PIXMA PRO-100S is a superb A3+ printer for pro and semi-pro photographers. For anyone else...

2 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

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alaScore 98

Canon PIXMA MG7550

We recommend the Canon Pixma MG7550 especially for photo enthusiasts and people who sometimes...

9 expert reviews | 641 user reviews

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alaScore 98

Epson SureColor P600

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

9 expert reviews | 7 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.

18 expert reviews | 298 user reviews

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#8
alaScore 97

Polaroid ZIP

Of all the dedicated photo printers we've seen that are designed primarily as camera-phone...

7 expert reviews | 169 user reviews

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#9
alaScore 97

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 | 7244 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Epson Expression Home XP-420

Don't be fooled by its small stature: the Epson Expression Home XP-420 all-in-one inkjet printer...

2 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Canon PIXMA MG6650

The PIXMA MG6650 is a great all-round MFP for the home

3 expert reviews | 120 user reviews

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alaScore 96

HP Officejet PRO 8620

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

8 expert reviews | 1728 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Canon I-Sensys LBP 6230 DW

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

3 expert reviews | 49 user reviews

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alaScore 96

HP Officejet Pro 6830

A very quick colour all-in-one bristling with print, copy, scan and mobile printing options the...

5 expert reviews | 932 user reviews

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alaScore 96

HP Officejet 4630

The HP Officejet 4630 isn't the fastest printer on the market, but it delivers professional...

9 expert reviews | 2044 user reviews

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#16
alaScore 95

Brother HL L 2300 D

The Brother HL-L2300D monochrome laser printer ($119.99) is small enough to sit on your desk...

2 expert reviews | 294 user reviews

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#17
alaScore 95

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 | 83 user reviews

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#18
alaScore 95

Fujifilm Instax Share SP 1

One part retro, one part modern, and thoroughly fun to use, the Fujifilm Instax Share SP-1 ($199)...

7 expert reviews | 74 user reviews

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#19
alaScore 95

Epson EcoTank L355

An excellent, multipurpose printer with a refillable ink reservoir

4 expert reviews | 103 user reviews

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alaScore 94

HP LaserJet Pro M252DW

There’s a lot to like about the HP Color LaserJet Pro M252dw, from its smart looks to its...

1 expert reviews | 90 user reviews

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alaScore 94

Samsung Xpress M2835DW

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

5 expert reviews | 197 user reviews

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alaScore 94

Brother MFC L2740 DW

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

2 expert reviews | 146 user reviews

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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 | 3270 user reviews

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HP Envy 7640

A capable home or small office printer with plenty of features that's let down by its middling...

5 expert reviews | 1838 user reviews

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alaScore 94

HP Officejet 7612

A versatile MFP delivering good quality water-resistant prints.

4 expert reviews | 87 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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