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Updated: Apr 16, 2019 21:07
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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...

5 expert reviews

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Epson Expression Premium XP-6100

This is a great MFP, with all the features the typical home needs, but it’s a very tight choice...

3 expert reviews

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HP Tango X

Bottom Line: HP's Tango X "smart printer," the first we've tested with voice activation and smart...

7 expert reviews

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Brother MFC-J5945DW

Bottom Line: The feature-rich Brother MFC-J5945DW is a wide-format inkjet AIO that produces good...

2 expert reviews

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Canon Pixma G4510

If you simply want the best home office MFP, the WorkForce WF-7710DWF is the inkjet to go for...

3 expert reviews

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alaScore 97

HP Sprocket Plus

Bottom Line: An update to HP's popular Sprocket portable photo printer, the Sprocket Plus prints...

4 expert reviews | 73 user reviews

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HP LaserJet Pro MFP M148fdw

Bottom Line: The HP LaserJet Pro MFP M148fdw is an inexpensive and compact monochrome...

2 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

HP Officejet Pro 7720

The HP OfficeJet Pro 7720 Wide Format All-in-One Printer has a lower purchase price than the HP...

12 expert reviews | 66 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Canon SELPHY CP1300

Bottom Line: Canon's Selphy CP1300 Wireless Compact Photo Printer ups the screen size of its...

3 expert reviews | 42 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Brother HL-3045

Bottom Line: The Brother HL-L3290CDW is a fast color LED printer that produces excellent output...

4 expert reviews | 50 user reviews

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alaScore 95

HP Envy Photo 6230

We all snap away on our smartphones and digital cameras, but why not print those photos to fully...

3 expert reviews | 241 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Fujifilm Instax Share SP-3

If you're a fan of instant prints, and are underwhelmed by the small image area delivered by...

7 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Canon PIXMA PRO-100S

The PIXMA PRO-100S is a superb A3+ printer for pro and semi-pro photographers. For anyone else...

11 expert reviews | 194 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Epson SureColor P800

Conclusion The nice thing about machines like the Epson SureColor P800 is that if you're into...

10 expert reviews | 29 user reviews

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HP Tango

It might not have a screen or even a USB port but the HP Tango is a stylish smart printer that...

4 expert reviews | 37 user reviews

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alaScore 94

Brother MFC-L2750DW

Bottom Line: The Brother MFC-L2750DW XL is a well-connected monochrome laser AIO printer that...

4 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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alaScore 94

Brother HL-L8360CDW

Granted, the Brother HL-L8260CDW is an excellent value in its own right, but for just $70 more...

3 expert reviews

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Canon Pixma TR8550

The Canon Pixma TR8550 packs a lot of key features into its neatly folding desktop design...

4 expert reviews | 17 user reviews

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HP Envy Photo 7830

HP’s premium Envy model has all the features you might need in your home office and specialises...

9 expert reviews | 58 user reviews

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alaScore 94

Canon PIXMA TS6150

Just like its predecessor, the TS6050, the Canon Pixma TS6150 is an all-singing, all-dancing...

4 expert reviews | 47 user reviews

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HP LaserJet Pro M15w

Laser printers usually cost more than £100 to buy, so to see the HP Laserjet Pro M15w at an...

4 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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alaScore 94

Brother HL-L2395DW

Pick up this basic monochrome laser printer when it's on sale and your printing frustrations will...

3 expert reviews

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alaScore 93

Fujifilm Instax Share SP-2

An adorable photo printer filled with joy...and film.

13 expert reviews | 19 user reviews

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alaScore 93

HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw

Bottom Line: An entry-level color laser AIO printer, the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw prints...

4 expert reviews | 94 user reviews

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alaScore 93

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 AiO

Bottom Line: The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 is an excellent inkjet all-in-one printer that's up to the...

2 expert reviews | 48 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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