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Updated: Apr 13, 2024 16:24
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Epson EcoTank ET-2800

Epson’s EcoTank ET-2800 falls just short of making our list of the best inkjet printers, but for...

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HP - LaserJet Pro 4301fdw Wireless Color All-in-One Laser Printer...

The HP Color LaserJet Pro 4301fdw is an excellent all-in-one printer that anyone can enjoy using...

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Canon Maxify GX2050

The Canon MAXIFY GX2050 combines ink tank printing with a compact design and a decent set of...

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Anycubic Kobra 2

Anycubic's Kobra 2 entry-level 3D printer isn't perfect, but its high speed and a budget-friendly...

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alaScore 98

Canon Pixma TS6420a

The Canon Pixma TS6420a has excellent print quality, relatively quick performance, and is easy to...

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Epson Ecotank ET-14100

The Epson EcoTank ET-14100 is a fairly good printer, but it’s hard to work out exactly who it’s...

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alaScore 97

Fujifilm Instax Link Wide

The Instax Link Wide is easy-to-use and produces excellent photos. However, the app could do with...

3 expert reviews

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alaScore 97

Creality Ender 3 S1 Pro

You don't have to be a pro to appreciate the Creality Ender-3 S1 Pro, an easy-to-use 3D printer...

4 expert reviews

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Canon Selphy CP1500

Canon's Selphy CP1500 cranks out quick, high-quality dye-sub snapshots, with operating costs low...

7 expert reviews

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Canon Maxify GX6550

Canon’s whacky-looking MAXIFY GX6550 might be expensive to buy, but its ultra-low running costs...

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HP OfficeJet Pro 9012e

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9012e shows that cartridge-based inkjets can still be relevant. While it’s...

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alaScore 96

Canon Pixma Pro-200

The professional-grade Canon Pixma Pro-200 produces beautiful borderless photos and artwork on...

6 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Epson EcoTank ET-1810

The Epson EcoTank ET-1810 is a single function printer that lacks the ability to copy, scan or...

5 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Brother MFC-J6955DW

Brother’s big inkjet prints laser fast on A3 paper and it comes with every feature essential in a...

3 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

AnkerMake M5

Anker's debut 3D printer, the speedy AnkerMake M5, produces very high-quality prints and can even...

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alaScore 96

Canon IVY 2 Mini

Canon's improved IVY 2 Mini prints good-looking photos and stickers at competitive running costs...

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Canon PIXMA G3270

The Canon Pixma G3270 AIO is a touch above entry-level for a tank-based printer, thanks to its...

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Epson EcoTank ET-2850

The Epson ET-2850 offers a basic set of features best suited for the home. Offering a duplexer...

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alaScore 95

HP Color LaserJet Pro M255dw

High-quality prints delivered quickly and it's extraordinarily simple to set up and use

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alaScore 95

HP LaserJet Pro MFP M428FDW

A true speed demon, the HP LaserJet Pro MFP M428fdw is the only printer in our lineup to get a...

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alaScore 95

Epson EcoTank ET-4850

An MFP that almost perfectly balances performance, quality and running costs

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alaScore 95

Fujifilm Instax mini Link

The Instax Mini Link mobile printer uses motion controls to change settings, so you can tilt it...

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#23
alaScore 95

Epson EcoTank ET-3850

There's a lot to like about the Epson EcoTank ET-3850: once you get past the high upfront cost...

4 expert reviews

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Canon Pixma G650

It’s expensive to buy and slow to use, but don’t let that put you off. The Canon PIXMA G650 costs...

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HP Sprocket Select

Bottom Line: HP's Sprocket Select, an ink-free pocket printer, produces appealing wallet-size...

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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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