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Updated: Jan 27, 2023 16:27
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Epson EcoTank ET-1810

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

4 expert reviews

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Fujifilm Instax Link Wide

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

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alaScore 99

Creality Sermoon V1 Pro

Plug and play 3D printer

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#4
alaScore 98

Canon MAXIFY GX5050

Canon's business-orientated ink tank printer cuts down on frills but delivers office basics with...

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Brother MFC-J6955DW

The Brother MFC-J6955DW is an office inkjet powerhouse, printing pages at a phenomenal rate

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alaScore 97

Canon Pixma Pro-200

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

5 expert reviews

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alaScore 97

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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alaScore 97

Mingda Magician X

Easy setup and auto leveling.

3 expert reviews

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Brother MFC-J5340DW

The speedy, tabloid-size Brother MFC-J5340DW delivers good output quality, making it an option...

2 expert reviews

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Epson WorkForce WF-2960

The Epson WF-2960 delivers good-quality text and graphics at default settings, making it an easy...

2 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Canon Selphy Square QX10

Canon's Selphy Square QX10 is a portable, if not quite pocket-size, photo printer based on dye...

3 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Brother DCP-L2530DW

Copy, scan, print and fax - the Brother DCP-L2530DW does it all. This mono laser printer does a...

4 expert reviews | 16 user reviews

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alaScore 96

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 96

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820

The WorkForce Pro WF-3820 prints well and fast for its entry-level purchase price, and it has...

2 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Fujifilm Instax mini Link

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

8 expert reviews

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#16
alaScore 96

Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000

This A3 printer doesn't take up much more space than a standard A4 printer and produces glorious...

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#17
alaScore 96

Voxelab Aquila S2

If you’re looking for a budget printer that can handle high-temperature filaments and deliver...

4 expert reviews

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alaScore 95

Cricut Joy

The Cricut Joy is a small, inexpensive crafts machine that can automatically cut or draw on paper...

5 expert reviews

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alaScore 95

Epson SureColor SC-P7000

The Epson SureColor P700 churns out superb photos and artwork on large (up to 13-inch-wide)...

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Brother MFC-J4540DW

This feature-rich 4-in-1 has everything you need to work at home, including plenty of ink.

3 expert reviews

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HP 381374001

I bought this product because I previously misplaced this item at my best friend's wedding. I...

4 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Hp Color Laserjet Pro M255dw A4

A colour laser printer that produces excellent prints at a reasonable price and rate of knots

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Epson Ecotank Et-8550

The ET-8550 prints excellent photos and other high-definition images, from snapshot-size to...

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alaScore 95

HP Sprocket Select

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

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Brother DCP-J1200W

Basic business printer with lots of ink and little else

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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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