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Updated: Jun 24, 2021 16:14
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Canon Pixma TR8620

The Canon Pixma TR8620 all-in-one inkjet scans and prints excellent text, graphics, and photos...

3 expert reviews

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HP OfficeJet Pro 8022

A solid office all-in-one printer with fast mono printing and low running costs

4 expert reviews

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Canon Pixma TS7450

The Canon PIXMA TS7450 is an all-in-one colour printer/copier/scanner, with the ability to...

4 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

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Canon Pixma TR7020

The Canon Pixma TR7020 handles all kinds of printing tasks well, especially photos, making it a...

2 expert reviews

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HP NeverStop Laser 1202NW

A stupendously cheap laser printer to run, the Neverstop Laser 1202nw uses refillable tanks to...

3 expert reviews

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HP OfficeJet Pro 9015

Bottom Line: HP's OfficeJet Pro 9015 All-in-One Printer churns out quality output at a low cost...

3 expert reviews

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HP Sprocket Select

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

6 expert reviews

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HP Envy Pro 6420

The HP Envy Pro 6420 is an all-in-one colour printer that requires an Instant Ink cartridge...

6 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850

The Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850 AIO prints well and inexpensively, and it offers generous input...

2 expert reviews

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Epson Expression Photo XP-8600

Bottom Line: The Epson Expression Photo XP-8600 Small-in-One Printer is a consumer-grade all-in...

6 expert reviews

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Canon Pixma TS8320

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

5 expert reviews

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Epson EcoTank ET-2750

The Epson Expression ET-2750 EcoTank All-in-One Supertank Printer sacrifices some features found...

4 expert reviews | 214 user reviews

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Epson Expression Photo XP-970

Bottom Line: The Epson Expression Photo XP-970 Small-in-One is a wide-format consumer AIO capable...

6 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Canon Pixma TS205

The Canon Pixma TS205 is a cheap, lightweight printer. However, it lacks scanning and copying...

2 expert reviews

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Brother MFC-L3710CW

Bottom Line: The Brother MFC-L3710CW is a solid color laser-class all-in-one printer for budget...

3 expert reviews

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alaScore 95

Epson Expression Premium XP-7100

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

8 expert reviews

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Canon Selphy Square QX10

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

2 expert reviews

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HP Envy Photo 7830

The Envy Photo 7830 turns out to be a great all-rounder, pumping out everyday black-and-white or...

2 expert reviews

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HP Neverstop Laser 1001nw

The first entry-level, cartridge-free mono laser, the HP Neverstop 1001nw prints for a fraction...

2 expert reviews

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alaScore 95

HP Sprocket Studio

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

7 expert reviews

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Epson WorkForce WF-110

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

6 expert reviews

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Polaroid PlaySmart 3D Printer

Bottom Line: The Polaroid PlaySmart 3D Printer is a compact, stylish 3D printer with above-par...

3 expert reviews

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Brother HL-L3210CW

Bottom Line: Brother's HL-L3210CW is a capable, if basic, color laser-class LED printer for small...

3 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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alaScore 94

Kyocera Ecosys M5526cdw

The M5526cdw is fast, fully-featured and won't cost the earth to run

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Canon Pixma TS8250 Series

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

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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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