Epson Artisan 1430
Epson Artisan 1430

Best printer

The best do-it-all printer, the Epson Artisan 1430 delivers high-quality photos (up to 13 by 44 inches), graphics and text. It can print wirelessly from a computer, tablet or smartphone and comes bundled with Adobe Photoshop Elements software. The total package impresses even tough experts, who recommend the Artisan 1430 for home and small-office use.
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HP Officejet Pro 8100
HP Officejet Pro 8100

Best home-office printer

Reviewers cheer the HP Officejet Pro 8100's speed of up to 20 pages per minute, two-sided print option and good-quality prints, calling it an ideal home-office printer. The 8100 offers several wireless connectivity options, including the ability to send documents to the printer over the Internet, and draws kudos for sipping ink rather than guzzling it.
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Epson Stylus Photo R2000
Epson Stylus Photo R2000

Best photo printer

The Epson Stylus Photo R2000 prints nearly pro-quality photos -- for hundreds of dollars less than a pro photo printer. Just like pricier models, the R2000 prints up to 13 by 19 inches, with pigment inks and a chroma optimizer to refine glossy photos. It has fewer ink hues and smaller cartridges than a high-volume pro printer, but it nicely fills the bill for photo enthusiasts.
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Canon Pixma Pro-1
Canon Pixma Pro-1

Professional photo printer

For busy pro photographers who demand truly exhibition-quality results, experts recommend the Canon Pixma Pro-1. It prints up to 13 by 19 inches, with 12 high-capacity ink tanks, fast automatic black ink switching (for glossy and matte papers) and a chroma optimizer that smoothes out flaws usually found in glossy prints. It's refreshingly easy to operate -- and reliable too.
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Canon Pixma iP100
Canon Pixma iP100

Mobile printer

If you need to print on the go, experts recommend the Canon Pixma iP100. It's speedy, lightweight and prints text and photos nearly as well as a full-size printer. It's ultra-convenient too, with a rechargeable battery, car adapter and the ability to print directly from a camera or phone.
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Printers Runners Up:

Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Est. $650

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Canon Pixma Pro-10 Est. $700

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Canon Pixma Pro-100 Est. $395

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Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Est. $1,100

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HP Officejet 6100 ePrinter Est. $85

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Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4020 Est. $120

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Beware of hidden costs for replacement ink

All-in-one printers that can scan, copy and fax are wildly popular, but there are still great reasons to buy a stand-alone inkjet printer instead. All-in-ones are expensive if you don't need the extra functionality, and they can take up considerably more space on your desk. ConsumerSearch.com covers all-in-one printers in a separate report.

Stand-alone basic inkjet printers are the cheapest, and are ideal for personal use or in a home office. Even low-cost inkjet printers now compare favorably to laser printers in text quality and speed. Photo quality is typically good, but not great. Still, for families and others who just want to be able to print out a snapshot now and again, a low-cost inkjet will probably suffice.

At the other end of the cost spectrum are sophisticated photo printers: They're pricey, but essential for professionals and many serious photo enthusiasts. Dedicated photo inkjet printers can now produce images that rival those from any lab.

Regardless of the type of printer, watch out for the cost of ink (or toner, in the case of laser printers). Big ink cartridges cost less per ounce. To save money, buy a printer that accepts extra-capacity cartridges.

Speaking of ink cartridges, before throwing your old ones in the trash, see if they can be recycled. Several companies will buy used cartridges, and sometimes charities or schools will collect them to raise money. Some manufacturers like HP provide postage-paid mailers bundled with new inkwells, so you can send in the old ones. Most office-supply stores accept used cartridges for recycling too, and they may offer store reward points in exchange.

This report covers full-size inkjet printers and inkjet photo printers. All the models discussed are Windows- and Mac-compatible and have a one-year limited warranty unless otherwise specified. If you're interested in a dedicated snapshot printer that prints only 4-by-6-inch or 5-by-7-inch photos, they're covered in our separate report on photo printers.

ConsumerSearch.com chooses its best-reviewed inkjet printers using sources ranging from the user reviews at retailers like Amazon.com to experts such as those at PCMag.com, ComputerShopper.com and specialty photo sites. We consider the speed, quality of prints, design, features and durability of printers, as well as ink consumption, because it greatly influences the long-term ownership costs of a printer.

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