Printers: Ratings of Sources
Total of 17 Sources
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Regular Printer Ratings
by Editors of Consumer Reports
Our AssessmentConsumer Reports editors test nine standalone inkjet printers -- a wide range of prices and types, including office- and photo-centric printers. Testers analyze speed and photo, text and graphics quality before giving each printer an overall score. The website provides detailed tests and reviews to subscribers. However, the tested models aren't always the most current, and high-end pro photo printers aren't covered.
by Editors of PCMag.com
Our AssessmentPCMag.com tests lots of all-in-one inkjet printers (that can also copy, scan and fax), but only occasionally tests standalone inkjet printers (including high-end photo printers). The reviews are balanced, comparative and thorough, with detailed benchmark results and helpful comparison charts. Testers judge text, graphics and photo quality, then rate each printer. The best printers earn Editors' Choice awards.
Printer Reviews, Ratings, and Pricing
by Editors of ComputerShopper.com
Our AssessmentComputerShopper.com is another great source for printer reviews. Tests are thorough (covering speed, print quality, features and more), and editors give each printer a star rating and pick the best buys. This site tests mostly multifunction printers, but a few stand-alone inkjets (including pro-quality photo printers) do earn Editors' Choice picks.
Scanners and Printers
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, and only high-end models are evaluated. However, if photo printing is your sole buying consideration, Shutterbug is an exceptional source for reviews.
Reviews -- Printing
by Keith Cooper
Our AssessmentThis U.K. website is another outstanding source for photo printer reviews. Keith Cooper tests printers aimed at pro photographers and serious enthusiasts, with a keen eye for photo quality and a firm grip on which printer features can really make a pro's life easier (and which ones don't matter). Cooper doesn't pick any favorites, but his detailed, well-illustrated reviews provide valuable insight into each printer.
by Mike Pasini
Our AssessmentThis website devoted to digital photography evaluates inkjet printers 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. This site hasn't reviewed any new printers in the past year, but it has tested still-current models in the Canon Pixma Pro and Epson Stylus Photo series.
by Editors of DPReview.com
Our AssessmentThis photography site reviews just three current pro photo printers -- the Canon Pixma Pro-1, Canon Pixma Pro-10 and Epson Stylus Photo R3000 -- but tests and analysis are extensive. The evaluations cater to photo enthusiasts and pros. All three printers earn the site's Gold Award, and the reviews offer lots of insight about the printers' differences, strengths and weaknesses.
by Editors of Photo Review
Our AssessmentThis Australian photo magazine tests pro and enthusiast photo printers, as well as some regular inkjets that print excellent photos. Tests are complete and detailed, but without the sample images that illustrate the best tests. Editors rate each printer on a 10-point scale and name Editors Choice picks.
nkjet Printer Reviews
by Editors of Expert Reviews
Our AssessmentBritain's Expert Reviews tests a good selection of stand-alone inkjet printers, both office- and photo-oriented models. Each printer gets a star rating, so it's easy to see which ones are best. Printers are thoroughly tested, but reviews aren't quite as detailed as the top sources' reviews.
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 TechRadar.com
Our AssessmentU.K.-based TechRadar.com rates and provides in-depth reviews of just a few current inkjet printers, using a star system and "for" and "against" summaries that list the strengths and weaknesses of each. The lengthy, meaty reviews are a real selling point here. However, only one stand-alone inkjet printer -- the Canon Pixma Pro-100 -- has earned a Recommended tag recently.
Readers' Choice Awards 2013: Printers
by Ben Gottesman
Our AssessmentEach year, PCMag.com surveys its subscribers to find out which printer brands they like best. Readers rate the brands on their reliability, tech support and frequency of repair. They also say how likely they would be to recommend the brand to others. For the fifth straight year, Brother wins. Canon is its co-Readers' Choice, both with very low repair rates.
Printer Reviews: Reliability
by Editors of Which? Magazine
Our AssessmentThe U.K.' s Which? Magazine (similar to Consumer Reports in the U.S.) surveyed nearly 12,700 subscribers to find out which printer brands are most reliable. Canon wins, followed by Brother and Samsung. Trailing are HP, Epson, Dell, Lexmark and Kodak (in last place). Which? also tests 118 printers, but none of its 31 best buys is a stand-alone inkjet.
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.
XXIII TIPA Awards (2013)
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. The Canon Pixma Pro-10 is named Best Expert Photo Printer, with a paragraph explaining why.