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This Month in Ink-Jet Printers

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Price when rated: $200
Lowest price: $219.00 via Amazon.com Marketplace

Pros

  • Quiet operation
  • Individual ink tanks
  • Photo quality close to six-color photo ink-jets
  • Compact design

Cons

  • None significant
Canon, Inc 7816A001
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Price when rated: $180

Pros

  • Built-in memory-card reader
  • Individual ink tanks
  • Fast print speeds
  • Strong image and text quality

Cons

  • Banding in darker areas on plain paper
Canon, Inc 7820A001
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Price when rated: $149

Pros

  • Excellent text quality

Cons

  • Two ink cartridges are less efficient than individual cartridges
  • Mediocre photos
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Where to buy
Price when rated: $150
Lowest price: $196.00 via A Matter of Fax

Pros

  • Six-color photo printing via optional cartridge
  • Good all-around output

Cons

  • Two ink cartridges are less efficient than individual cartridges
  • Mediocre photos
Hewlett-Packard C6487C#A2L
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Price when rated: $149

Pros

  • Individual ink tanks
  • Long-lasting, waterproof inks
  • Very good text and graphics output

Cons

  • Photos printed on glossy papers don't look as good as photos printed with dye-based inks
Lexmark International, Inc 13D0280
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