Don't-Miss Printer Stories

Pixma mini320 compact printer

Though the mini320’s prints are attractive and the scroll-wheel interface is fun to use, the printer isn’t a very wise investment given its increased cost per print. Pitted against the PictureMate Zoom, which prints superior photos at faster speeds for a cheaper price per print, the mini320 almost doesn’t stand a chance.

Photosmart A626 photo printer

Attractive, easy-to-use, and innovative, the A626 should make a good travel partner for scrapbookers and hobbyists. The ability to print up to 4-by-12-inch panoramas is a very useful option, but the A626’s small paper capacity is a strange, questionable limitation.

Epson Stylus Pro 3800 large-format printer

If you are a professional photographer or serious amateur looking to reproduce your work at large sizes and with extremely high quality, the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 Standard Model is a great printer.

HP Photosmart A826 photo printer

The HP Photosmart A826 is a great choice for beginning photographers who want to print their digital photos as easily as possible. The printer’s case design could use some improvement for greater ease of handling, and dark prints appear a little dull; but overall, the A826 is an attractive, fun device.

Epson PictureMate Zoom PM 290 photo printer

The PictureMate Zoom PM 290's improvements over its predecessor are subtle but significant. Faster, more affordable, and problem-free, the Zoom is the best portable photo printer you can currently buy, if you don't mind its print-size limitation.

Lexmark X500n multifunction printer

At $499, the Lexmark X500n is a bargain for a device of its kind. Although it’s slow with scanning and its copies lack some detail, this MPF is fast, easy to use, and a strong overall performer.

Kodak EasyShare 5300 multifunction ink-jet printer

The Kodak EasyShare 5300's impressive performance in printing, scanning, and copying adds up to a solid all-around device, and the low cost to refill it with ink adds extra value. Despite the flaws in its scanner software, the EasyShare 5300 is an impressive MFP that represents a strong start for Kodak in the consumer ink-jet printer market.

Canon Pixma Pro9500 color inkjet printer

Canon takes first step into photo pro printer market

Xerox Phaser 6180/DN color laser printer

Though you won’t get premium color or image quality, the 6180/DN’s generous set of features won’t leave you asking for much more from a sub-$1,000 color laser printer.

Epson Stylus Photo 1400 ink-jet printer

Epson’s Stylus Photo 1400 is an affordable alternative, providing great prints that last a long time, at larger sizes that can make your photos look very impressive.

Ricoh Aficio CL3500N laser printer

Small offices and workgroups will appreciate that the CL3500N is priced reasonably for what it offers: excellent prints at relatively fast speeds and PostScript 3 compatibility.

Oki Data C6000dn laser printer

The Oki Data C6000dn is a fast, affordable color laser printer with networking and tree-saving duplex printing included as standard features. The printer displayed a few problems with our graphics tests.

Canon Pixma iP1800 ink-jet photo printer

The iP1800 exceeded our expectations of how well a $50 printer could perform. Though shadow detail was lacking and blacks appeared too light, the iP1800’s ability to produce very good photos was impressive for a printer at this price.