Printers: Ratings of Sources
Total of 19 Sources
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by Editors of PCMag.com
Our AssessmentPCMag.com occasionally evaluates inkjet printers, and presents balanced, comparative and thorough reviews that include detailed benchmark results and a helpful comparison chart. Testers judge text, graphics and photo quality, then rate each printer. Several receive Editors' Choice designations.
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org editors test several inkjet printers, analyzing photo, text and graphics quality before giving each one an overall score. Not as many recent models are covered here, but the website provides detailed tests and reviews to subscribers.
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by Editors of Shutterbug
Our AssessmentShutterbug occasionally evaluates inkjet photo printers, and offers an image-quality-oriented perspective that's missing from many other reviews. Write-ups are illustrated with print reproductions and screen shots of driver controls, but products aren't rated or ranked and most reviews are favorable. Text quality isn't addressed, reviews don't include meaningful comparisons and only high-end models are evaluated. However, if photo printing is your sole buying consideration, Shutterbug is an exceptional source for reviews.
by Editors of PrinterInfo.com
Our AssessmentPrinterInfo.com's reviews are comprehensive, balanced and neatly arranged. While the reports are more technical in places than some consumers might like, conclusions are in plain English and each contains a comparison section. Printers are sub-rated within each review and PrinterInfo.com provides overall rankings.
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by Melissa Riofrio
Our AssessmentPC World's reviews focus on features and speed, providing useful details on how long it takes a color, black or photo document to print. Most printers are tested.
by Mike Pasini
Our AssessmentThis website devoted to digital photography evaluates inkjet printers on occasion and in detail. Reviews are comparative and lushly illustrated. Photos of prints are occasionally shown, but only to illustrate Pasini's points rather than for comparative purposes. Opinions are offered, but printers aren't rated or ranked.
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by Simon Williams
Our AssessmentThis U.K. website regularly reviews inkjet printers, but many aren't sold in the U.S. Evaluations are balanced, occasionally comparative, objective and performance-oriented. Print speed, quality, noise and cost per use are tested and briefly discussed. Each printer gets an overall rating with sub-scores for value, print quality, print speed and features.
by Vincent Oliver
Our AssessmentThis British site used to be one of the better resources for photo inkjet printer reviews, but it hasn't tested a new model in some time. Still, some of the top-rated printers remain available. Reviews are detailed and emphasize image quality over text and speed, with tons of photo samples so users can judge print quality for themselves. Ratings are provided, and the best printers get a Golden-i award. Many of the models are available in the U.S.
by Editors of CNET
Our AssessmentCNET tests and reviews printers, but the bulk of its coverage is directed toward all-in-one models. Printers are evaluated for features, speed, image quality, service, support and more. Editors also assign ratings, making it easy to see how printers compare. Reader reviews are posted for many.
by Editors of PC Pro
Our AssessmentBritish magazine PC Pro reviews a modest selection of inkjet printers that are available in the U.S. Reviews are short, but succinctly cover most of the major buying considerations. Few evaluations are directly comparative, but all products are rated 1 to 6 stars with reasonable variation. Not all printers are available in the U.S.
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by Editors of PC Advisor
Our AssessmentPC Advisor regularly reviews inkjet printers but write-ups are uneven; this U.K. site also posts reviews from sister publications, including U.S. magazines such as PC World and Macworld. Subcategory ratings for build quality, features and value are often the only criteria compared.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com customers contribute reviews and ratings of products they've purchased. However, all current and discontinued inkjets are lumped together without adequate sorting tools. Many printers score similarly, so reading the actual posts tends to be more illuminating than relying solely on the rating system.
by Contributors to Staples.com
Our AssessmentStaples.com provides a 5-star rating system and a useful Pros and Cons breakdown. As with most retail websites, the quality of its owner reviews varies widely; some are in-depth and informative while others are brief.
by Contributors to BHPhotoVideo.com
Our AssessmentThis photo, video and audio superstore in New York allows customers to post reviews on its website. Photo enthusiasts and professional photographers are especially keen to weigh in on photo printers. The site has a helpful filter that lets you choose features and specifications for your ideal printer.
by Editors of Digital Photography Review
Our AssessmentThis site offers reviews of just two photo printers -- the Epson Stylus Photo R3000 and the Canon Pixma Pro-1 -- but tests and analysis are extensive. The evaluations cater to photo enthusiasts and pros.
by Editors of TechRadar.com
Our AssessmentU.K.-based TechRadar.com rates and provides in-depth reviews of nearly 300 printers, using both a star system and "for" and "against" summaries that list the strengths and weaknesses of each. These lengthy, meaty reviews are a real selling point here, and all printers are tested.
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by Editors of Laptop Magazine
Our AssessmentLaptop Magazine evaluates relatively few printers, but products are tested and reviews are detailed. The website uses a convenient star system as well as an easy-to-read list of pros and cons.
by Contributors to PCRush.com
Our AssessmentThis tech retailer offers customers the chance to review and rate their purchases on its website. While many printers have no reviews, some of the better-selling models have several dozen that offer helpful insights.
XXII TIPA Awards (2012)
by Editors of Technical Image Press Association
Our AssessmentEditors of the Technical Image Press Association's 29 member magazines worldwide meet every year to vote on the best cameras, lenses, printers and other photo-related equipment. Each gets a one-paragraph explanation. TIPA says editors name the very best products in each category based on their own testing.