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By: Tara Tuckwiller on June 08, 2018

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Tony Hoffman and Editors of PCMag, April 12, 2018

PCMag regularly tests standalone inkjet printers, including high-end photo printers, and the top models are listed here. Links lead to reviews that 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.

Editors of Consumer Reports, Not dated

Consumer Reports editors test 14 standalone inkjet printers covering a wide range of prices and types, including mobile, office- and photo-centric printers (but not professional photo printers). Testers analyze speed and photo, text and graphics quality, as well as maintenance ink use, convenience, power saving, versatility and cost of ownership in a handy chart, before giving each printer an overall score. This report hasn't been updated in a while, but most of the models tested are still current.

Editors of Shutterbug, As of June 2018

Shutterbug regularly tests high-end home and professional inkjet photo printers from an image-quality-oriented perspective. 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. However, if photo printing is your prime buying consideration and you want to examine the subtle differences between models, Shutterbug is an exceptional source for reviews.

Amadou Diallo, Updated May 29, 2018

Professional photographer and digital printmaker Amadou Diallo spends 76 hours researching and testing personal inkjet photo printers from Epson and Canon (single-function printers, capable of printing on 13-inch-wide paper, ranging from about $400 to $1,000). Diallo picks three winners at different price points, clearly outlining their strengths and weaknesses. However, he publishes only one test photo comparing their prints. Text quality isn't addressed. The most recent update states that no new printers fitting the criteria have debuted since the test.

Editors of Photography Blog, As of June 2018

Photography Blog reviews photo inkjet printers from a professional/enthusiast photographer's standpoint. Current medium- to high-end photo printers are covered, along with snapshot printers. Well-illustrated reviews analyze (and rate, on a scale of 1 to 5) the printers' design, features, ease of use, image quality and value. Each printer gets an overall rating (1 to 5 stars), making it easy to pick the best ones.

Keith Cooper, As of June 2018

This 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.

Editors of Imaging Resource, As of June 2018

This pro photo website reviews few printers, and none in recent years -- but its older in-depth reviews of Canon and Epson's pro photo printers, the Canon ImageProGraf Pro-1000 and Epson SureColor P800, are a must-read if you're deciding between these two. Although he doesn't compare them directly, tester Jeremy Gray covers every aspect of the printers in detail, with several color and black-and-white test images to show color performance, richness and detail with various settings and papers.

Contributors to Amazon, As of June 2018

Amazon 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.

Contributors to Staples, As of June 2018

Staples allows users to rate and post comments about printers that they have purchased. As with most retail websites, the quality of its owner reviews varies widely; some are in-depth and informative, while others are brief.

Contributors to B&H Photo, As of June 2018

This 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.

Contributors to Best Buy, As of June 2018

Best Buy sells all of the latest inkjet printers from Epson, Canon and HP and attracts a healthy number of printer reviews. You can filter the printers by star rating, so it's easy to find the best ones.

Ben Z. Gottesman, July 26, 2017

Each year, PCMag 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. Canon and HP score at the industry average, good enough for tie for third place -- the best showing among standalone inkjet manufacturers.

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