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ImagePROGRAF iPF5000 large format printer

Canon’s imagePROGRAF iPF5000 represents a leap forward in the race to develop the ultimate photo printer.

Oki C6100dn color laser printer

If you’re in the market for a color laser printer, the Oki 6100dn has a lot to offer small and midsize workgroups. It offers great looking prints, built-in duplexing, quick print speeds, and easy network connectivity.

Epson AcuLaser CX11NF multi-function printer

The Epson AcuLaser CX11NF has it all: color laser printer, sheetfed scanner, a copier with networking capabilities and a built-in fax machine. Aside from the somewhat complicated network setup, this inexpensive color laser multifunction printer performed impressively.

Dymo LabelWriter Twin Turbo printer

The Dymo LabelWriter Twin Turbo with Dymo Stamps software is the only postage-and-label-printer combination for the Mac, and it’s a high-quality one at that. If you need to print labels on demand as well as postage, it will pay for itself quickly

Oki Data C5800Ldn printer

The Oki Data C5800Ldn is an inexpensive color laser with many thoughtful extras. It produces great looking photos and excellent black text. Unfortunately, its colored text printing was not as clean as its black text or as the color text from its competitors.

HP Officejet Pro K550 printer

If you are sharing a color inkjet printer at home or in a small workgroup, you should consider the HP Officejet Pro K550. Its text printing could be sharper, but its features allow you to spend more time printing than waiting or loading supplies.

HP Color LaserJet 3600n

The HP Color LaserJet 3600n is quick, capable of excellent text and fine-line prints, and definitely worth considering for people who plan to print primarily business documents containing text and pie charts.

Lexmark C522n

Lexmark’s inexpensive color laser offers quick print speeds, Bonjour support, and high-end features like Ethernet and PostScript 3 emulation. The C522n is an affordable way for small- and medium-sized businesses to add color to documents and presentations.

Xerox Phaser 6120/N

If you’re shopping for an inexpensive color laser printer, you should consider the Xerox Phaser 6120/N. It gives you excellent photographic image quality, networking and PostScript 3 features, and an abundance of high-end optional upgrades.

Quick printer guide

Looking for the best printer for photos? Need crisp, clear documents? Or maybe you just need an all-around performer? No matter the question, we have all the advice you need here with our quick guide to buying the right printer.

Epson Stylus C88

The Epson Stylus Color C88 is a good choice for those looking for an inexpensive general purpose ink-jet printer with water- and smudge-resistant prints. It does a very good job of printing text and graphics on plain paper.

HP Deskjet 5940

The Deskjet 5940 is a good all-around performer, with excellent text-printing capabilities and very good photo quality. Though it was poky on one of our speed tests, this printer is a good fit if you’re looking for an affordable, general-purpose color ink-jet.

HP Photosmart 8050

Though it has the smallest preview LCD and lacks some of the bells and whistles of its more expensive competitors, the HP Photosmart 8050 does a very good job of printing color photos.

Canon Pixma iP6600D

If you’re tired of waiting for someone else to process your digital snapshots, Canon’s Pixma iP6600D will let you print great, long-lasting photos from your Mac.

Epson Stylus Photo R340

If you want to print pictures at home, Epson’s Stylus Photo R340 prints the best color photos in its class. Its only weakness: black-and-white prints have a slight color cast.