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HP’s Photosmart A646 compact photo printer offers a few surprising features for its midrange price.
This printer has the speed and generous paper handling that workgroups need, but its toner could be cheaper.
The Epson PictureMate Charm PM 225 is not as versatile as other snapshot-printer contenders, but it functions well at what it does. It’s also cheap to buy and refill, which is a trade-off worth considering.
The Selphy CP780 is an inexpensive and nearly idiot-proof snapshot printer, but you make major compromises in performance and price per page.
This printer is cute and stylish, but it wastes ink and has an awkward paper-handling setup
This app, which aims to let you print from your iPhone to a printer on your network, has a lot of promise. Unfortunately, the current version commits too many unpredictable errors to be worth your download.
Slower than its Epson cousins but also a little cheaper, the Charm is a good choice for a basic photo printer.
For those looking for a tabloid-sized multifunction printer, the MFC-6890CDW is a decent option. It has a ton of features and prints good quality office documents.
Konica Minolta’s magicolor 1690MF is a compact multifunction device with a color laser printer, flatbed scanner, and fax.
The Photosmart C6380 printer is best designed for the photo enthusiast who also needs occasional plain paper output and document copying.
HP’s Officejet 6000 Wireless is an inexpensive four-color ink-jet printer that, as its name implies, has wireless 802.11b/g connectivity.
In the universe of sub-$1,000 color laser printers, the Xerox Phaser 6280/DN is a fair performer. It has high-capacity input trays and toner cartridges, and an average cost per print and purchase price. It’s fast at printing longer text documents, but slower at graphics-intensive documents.
The compact Konica Minolta magicolor 1650EN, with its strong color and black text printing quality, can be ideal for low-capacity printing in a home or small business setting. Home users who may never burn through thousands of pages may well find the 1650EN appealing.