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Updated: Aug 22, 2019 07:04
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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...

7 expert 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...

5 expert reviews

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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 | 22 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...

11 expert reviews

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alaScore 97

Canon i-Sensys MF269dw

Bottom Line: The Canon imageClass MF269dw is an entry-level monochrome laser AIO printer with...

3 expert reviews

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Lexmark MB2236adw

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

3 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

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 96

Brother HL-L2350DW

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

4 expert reviews | 18 user reviews

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HP LaserJet Pro M15w

Bottom Line: The HP LaserJet Pro M15w is an excellent, inexpensive, and tiny monochrome laser...

7 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

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alaScore 96

HP OfficeJet Pro 9015

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

2 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Brother MFC-J5945DW

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

3 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

HP OfficeJet Pro 9025

Bottom Line: HP's stylish and compact OfficeJet Pro 9025 prints well at a competitive cost per...

3 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Lexmark B2236dw

Bottom Line: The Lexmark B2236dw is a single-function monochrome laser printer that produces...

3 expert reviews

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alaScore 95

Brother MFC-J6945DW

Bottom Line: The Brother MFC-J6945DW is a wide-format color inkjet all-in-one printer that prints...

2 expert reviews

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alaScore 95

Samsung SL M 2026 W

Compact and easy to set up. First copies come through reasonably quickly and very fast for...

1 expert reviews | 852 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Canon SELPHY CP1300

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

5 expert reviews | 45 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Dremel Idea Builder 3D40

Bottom Line: Dremel's easy-to-use DigiLab 3D40 Flex 3D Printer has user-friendly software, good...

2 expert reviews

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alaScore 95

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-M5799

Bottom Line: Loaded with productivity and convenience features, the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-M5799...

2 expert reviews

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alaScore 95

Kyocera Ecosys P5021cdw

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

2 expert reviews

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Canon i-Sensys MF264dw

Bottom Line: The Canon imageClass MF264dw is a fast entry-level monochrome laser AIO printer that...

2 expert reviews

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Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3733 All-in-One Printer

Bottom Line: The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3733 prints well and it comes with an unusually high...

2 expert reviews

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alaScore 95

Juku 3Doodler Create+ 3D Printing Pen Set

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Canon imageClass D1620

Bottom Line: Everything about the Canon imageClass D1620 makes it a great multifunction...

2 expert reviews

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Canon imageClass D1650

Bottom Line: The Canon imageClass D1650 is a super-fast, high-capacity monochrome all-in-one...

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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