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Updated: Nov 13, 2019 17:03
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HP Sprocket Studio

Bottom Line: The HP Sprocket Studio prints larger photos than previous Sprocket printers, and...

6 expert reviews

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Canon Pixma TS5320 Wireless Inkjet All-in-One

Bottom Line: The Canon Pixma TS5320 does a fine job with text, graphics, and especially photos...

2 expert reviews

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Canon Pixma TS8320 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One Printer

Bottom Line: The Canon Pixma TS8320 combines excellent six-ink photo and graphics output with a...

2 expert reviews

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alaScore 97

Xerox B210

Bottom Line: The Xerox B210 is relatively fast, it prints well, and its long-term costs are...

2 expert reviews

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alaScore 97

Canon imageClass LBP226dw

Bottom Line: The Canon imageClass LBP226dw is a monochrome laser printer that produces terrific...

2 expert reviews

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alaScore 97

Brother MFC-J5845DW INKvestment Tank Color Inkjet All-in-One Printer

Bottom Line: The Brother MFC-J5845DW prints good-looking documents up to tabloid-size quickly and...

2 expert reviews

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Epson EcoTank ET-2760 All-In-One Cartridge-Free Supertank Printer

Bottom Line: The Epson EcoTank ET-2760 is an entry-level inkjet all-in-one printer that produces...

2 expert reviews

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alaScore 97

Canon Pixma G5020 Wireless MegaTank Printer

Bottom Line: The Canon Pixma G5020 is a single-function bulk-ink printer that produces excellent...

2 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Epson EcoTank ET-2710

Compare the ET-2710 to other £170 devices and you’ll be disappointed, but it trounces entry-level...

3 expert reviews | 25 user reviews

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Epson Expression Premium XP-7100

Bottom Line: The Epson Expression Premium XP-7100 is a small but capable photo-centric all-in-one...

6 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Brother DCP-J572DW

The DCP-J572DW is a perfectly likable multi-function printer. Sure, it’s a bit on the slow side...

3 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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Canon Pixma TS6250 Series

It’s fairly well specified, costs less than the Pixma TS8250 and produces strong results. On the...

4 expert reviews

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HP Tango X

HP’s Tango and Tango X are very targeted print solutions. They are great for someone with limited...

10 expert reviews

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#14
alaScore 96

Kyocera Ecosys P5021cdw

A reasonably priced, reasonably good colour laser printer, the P5021cdw is let down mainly by its...

4 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Xerox B215

Bottom Line: The Xerox B215 is a fast monochrome laser all-in-one printer with good output...

3 expert reviews

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alaScore 95

Canon Pixma TS8250 Series

If you often print photos or images, the Canon Pixma TS8250 will appeal to you. With six...

3 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Brother HL-L2350DW

Bottom Line: The low-cost, entry-level Brother HL-L2350DW is a reasonably fast monochrome laser...

4 expert reviews | 19 user reviews

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Epson Expression Premium XP-6100

Bottom Line: The Epson Expression Premium XP-6100 is a small but capable inkjet photo all-in-one...

4 expert reviews

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alaScore 95

Brother VC-500W label printer

The new Brother VC-500W label printer uses Zink – zero ink – which means all the colours are...

2 expert reviews

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alaScore 95

Lexmark MB2236adw

Bottom Line: The budget-priced Lexmark MB2236adw monochrome all-in-one laser printer is fast and...

2 expert reviews

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alaScore 95

HP Sprocket New Edition

It’s a great toy for those who see the appeal, but we’d rather have HP’s prettier, original...

2 expert reviews

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alaScore 95

Monoprice Voxel 3D Printer

Bottom Line: The Monoprice Voxel is an under-$400 3D printer that's easy to set up and use. It...

2 expert reviews

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alaScore 95

Lexmark MC3326adwe

Bottom Line: The Lexmark MC3326adwe color laser AIO is fairly quick and prints well, though its...

2 expert reviews

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alaScore 95

Epson WorkForce WF-110 Wireless Mobile Printer

Bottom Line: The Epson WorkForce WF-110 is a compact and light low-volume mobile printer that...

2 expert reviews

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Epson WorkForce Pro EC-4030 Color Multifunction Printer

Bottom Line: The Epson WorkForce Pro EC-4030 color inkjet all-in-one prints well and offers...

2 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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