Don't-Miss Printer Stories
Dedicated label printers such as the Seiko Smart Label Printer 430 promise convenience and ease of use. Unfortunately, there are problems with both print quality and design with this model.
Compact photo printers like the Canon Selphy DS810 are aimed at people who would rather push a button on the go and get great prints instantly.
The Phaser 8500DN is a great office printer—it’s fast, and its management tools make it feel more like a full-featured medium workgroup printer than an economy color laser.
The Pixma iP4200 is a great all-around ink-jet printer. It can automatically print on both sides of a sheet a paper and it excels in printing both office documents on plain paper and high-quality, long-lasting photos on Canon’s own photo papers.
Its colorful prints, and the ability to print panoramas make the HP Photosmart 385 GoGo a real contender in the fast-growing portable photo printer market.
Though innovative, the Photosmart 8250 photo printer’s key new features were a little disappointing. Fast speeds and durability were made less impressive by the quality of the printed output.
The latest Magicolor printer from Konica Minolta has everything you could want in a sub-$1,000 color laser printer—including PostScript Level 3.
The HP Photosmart 8750 is a good, large format desktop photo printer and a good choice for the advanced hobbyist looking to make larger prints at home. But slow print times, long drying times, and lack of individual ink tanks will have professional photographers looking elsewhere.
The LaserJet HP2600n’s price is hard to beat, but picky printer shoppers might want to spend a little more for a printer with better image quality.
You can’t ask for a better, more convenient portable ink-jet printer than the PictureMate Deluxe Viewer Edition. Its speed and image quality are great, but the new 2.4-inch LCD and the optional rechargeable battery make this little printer shine.
With an attractive low price, accurate and saturated color prints, and unique features like PictBridge camera printing, the Magicolor 2430DL could be a great buy for a home or small workgroup.
The Epson Stylus Photo R1800 sets the standard for versatile, high-performance, large-format desktop photo printing. It’s speedy and it produces beautiful prints. It doesn’t get any better than this, and certainly not for this price.
The HP Photosmart 8450 is a great choice for those looking for a feature-packed photo printer to share over a network.