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Updated: Sep 30, 2016 00:12
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Epson Expression Home XP-430

The Epson Expression Home XP-430 combines reliable do-it-all multifunction printing and a space...

5 expert reviews

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Epson EcoTank ET-2550

With its ultra-low-cost refillable ink bottles, this clever little Epson EcoTank printer does...

9 expert reviews | 624 user reviews

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Canon imageCLASS LBP151dw

The Canon LBP151DW is a competent workhorse laser printer, but rival models offer more features...

4 expert reviews

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alaScore 98

Epson Expression Premium XP-830

Essentially, this is the fourth time we’ve looked at this printer. The XP-800 models have had a...

4 expert reviews | 222 user reviews

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HP Officejet 200 Mobile

Conclusion The HP OfficeJet 200 Mobile Printer is the best mobile single-function inkjet we've...

2 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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HP ENVY 4520

The HP Envy 4520 is a capable all-in-one that combines a printer, copier and scanner with two ink...

6 expert reviews | 1411 user reviews

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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...

15 expert reviews | 1372 user reviews

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Brother HL-L5200DW

Conclusion The Brother HL-L5200DW is a strong choice in a mono laser printer for up to heavy-duty...

2 expert reviews

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Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000

Conclusion The Canon imagePrograf PRO-1000 produces magnificent prints and grayscale images up to...

3 expert reviews

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HP PageWide Pro 552dw

Conclusion For higher-quality text than the HP PageWide Pro 552dw Printer offers, consider the...

2 expert reviews

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Epson SureColor P800

Versatile media handling. Accepts media up to 1.5mm thick and can print on roll media with the...

7 expert reviews | 20 user reviews

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HP ENVY 5540

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HP LaserJet Pro M477fdw

Conclusion The HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdw's modest size and paper capacity, but...

4 expert reviews | 173 user reviews

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Canon SELPHY CP1200

The Canon Selphy CP1200 is an excellent choice if you need a portable photo printer, especially...

3 expert reviews | 68 user reviews

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HP Deskjet 3630

Deduct 2 stars if you don't go for Instant Ink: normal cartridges have high per-page costs.

9 expert reviews | 464 user reviews

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Epson Expression Premium XP-630

Conclusion The Epson Expression Premium XP-630 Small-in-One is worth a look for its combination...

3 expert reviews | 139 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Brother HL-L6200DW

Conclusion Offices that need somewhat better text quality than the Brother HL-L6200DW delivers...

2 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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Brother MFC J 5920 DW

Brother’s Business Smart multifunction printers stand apart from the office-printing pack in a...

1 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

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HP Officejet Pro 8740

Conclusion As a must-see alternative to the HP OfficeJet Pro 8740 All-in-One Printer, the Epson...

2 expert reviews

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Canon Imageclass LBP 6030

Amazing little printer compact quiet A**

2 expert reviews | 24 user reviews

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Brother MFC-J885DW

Brother certainly makes a lot of very respectable work-friendly all-in-one printers, but the...

3 expert reviews | 92 user reviews

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Epson Expression Home XP-432

Epson's XP-432 is small and smart, but there are better MFPs at this price

3 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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Epson SureColor SC-P600

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

20 expert reviews | 64 user reviews

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HP Laserjet PRO 200 Color M 201 DW

The HP LaserJet Pro M201dw is a perfectly adequate home-office mono laser printer, with good...

5 expert reviews | 392 user reviews

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HP LaserJet Pro M452dw

Conclusion If text quality is a key concern for you, consider the HP M252dw as a light-duty...

2 expert reviews | 11 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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