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The Best Printer To Buy

If you're searching for the perfect printer to buy for your home or office, the right choice will depend mostly on your needs and habits. The type of printer that's best for you depends on how many pages you print, how often you print, and the type of media you print. For example, if you're shopping for your small office, features like a high page yield at a cheap cost and an automatic document feeder are good to have. On the other hand, if you want to print pictures, then a color printer that produces good-looking photos and is compatible with photo paper is ideal.

the best printer to buy

We've tested over 120 printers, and below are our recommendations for the best printers you can buy. You can also check our picks for the best home printers, the best all-in-one printers, and the best small business printers.

The best printer we've tested is the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw, an all-in-one color laser model. It feels super well-built, with a design that allows easy access to paper jams and cartridges, making maintenance a breeze. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, USB, and Ethernet, and it can also print directly from a USB flash drive. Its ADF-equipped scanner produces outstanding scans and processes double-sided sheets in a single pass. Printing-wise, it produces very high-quality documents, prints quickly at 29 pages per minute, and doesn't cost much to maintain because the toner cartridges last a long time. The cartridges also contain the drum, meaning you won't need to replace the drum separately.

If you don't need all the features the MF743Cdw has and want to save some money, you can go with one of this printer's variants, like the Canon imageCLASS MF741Cdw, which performs similarly but lacks duplex scanning. There's also the Canon imageCLASS MF644Cdw, which has nearly the same features as the MF743Cdw, but prints slightly slower and yields fewer prints. You can see more variants and details in our full review.

If you only print black and white documents, get a monochrome model instead. We recommend the Brother MFC-L2750DW, an all-in-one laser printer. In addition to the usual Wi-Fi, USB, and Ethernet connectivity, it supports NFC, meaning you can tap your NFC-enabled device against the printer to connect. The scanner processes multi-page documents quickly through its automatic feeder and scans double-sided sheets in a single pass. The toner cartridge yields about 1200 prints and is cheap; plus, since it's a monochrome printer, you only have one cartridge to replace. The drum is a separate unit, although you likely won't need to replace it often since it usually lasts a long time. As for its printing performance, documents look incredibly sharp, and they come out quickly at 36 pages per minute.

If you want something more modest for home use, we recommend the Brother MFC-J4335DW, one of the best color printers we've tested. This well-built inkjet all-in-one has plenty of features and a high page yield to help keep your maintenance costs low. You can connect to the printer via USB or Wi-Fi, and it's compatible with Brother's mobile companion app, which you can use to print, scan, copy, and perform maintenance tasks.

It produces high-quality documents, and while it doesn't have the best color accuracy or color range, printed photos still look very detailed. It prints quickly at 17 black or 15 color pages per minute and doesn't take long to wake from sleep. Its ADF-equipped scanner scans up to 20 pages per minute but doesn't support duplex scanning, so you'll still have to flip the pages manually when scanning double-sided sheets.

Our best budget printer pick is the Brother MFC-J1205W, also sold as the Brother MFC-J1215W at Walmart. This inkjet all-in-one produces very sharp black and color documents as well as detailed and reasonably color-accurate photos. It also doesn't cost much to maintain as the ink cartridges yield a large number of prints and are relatively cheap. You get the usual USB and Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as support for Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service.

If you only need to print once in a blue moon, you might want to consider a cheap printer. We recommend the Canon PIXMA MG3620. Although it doesn't feel particularly well-built and only has a basic flatbed scanner, it still prints good-quality documents and photos. It takes a little longer than most inkjet printers to initialize and prints only nine black or three color pages per minute, so patience is a must. You still get USB and Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service support.

The best photo printer we've tested is the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300. This professional-grade photo printer produces incredibly detailed, colorful, and color-accurate photos. It supports borderless printing and various paper sizes up to 13" x 19". It uses nine cartridges, including specific photo cartridges that work only on glossy photo paper, so you won't have to worry about depleting the photo ink when printing documents. The downside is that the cartridges only yield around 400 color prints, and they aren't exactly cheap, so it can get expensive to maintain if you print a lot. Also, this is a print-only model, meaning it doesn't have a scanner.

If you need a printer that supports tabloid-size paper, get the Epson EcoTank ET-15000. It's an inkjet supertank model that yields thousands of prints, making it a great choice for printing large posters in bulk. It prints fairly quickly, and its input tray holds 270 sheets of paper, meaning you can complete large print jobs with minimal interruptions. One thing to note is that while it has duplex printing capability, it doesn't work when printing tabloid size. It has a high-resolution scanner with an ADF; however, it only processes up to five pages per minute through the feeder and lacks duplex scanning capability.

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here's the list of all our printer reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no printer is perfect for every use, most are good enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.

The problem with definitively choosing the best printer on the market is that there are so many things to consider. Is it best to go with an inkjet or laser printer? Cartridges or refillable tanks? Do you need a multifunction printer (MFP) that also scans and copies, or are you after something that just prints? When similar-looking printers cost anywhere between 30 and 300, how much do you need to spend?

As their print heads usually need to move about to cover the page, inkjet printers tend to be slower than lasers. Also, because the ink takes a second or two to dry, they might be slower still when duplex (double-sided) printing.

Print speeds vary greatly between models. Very generally, inkjets are quicker to start printing, whereas lasers are faster once they get going. We test how many pages per minute (ppm) a device reaches when printing a 25-page text document, as well as a complicated 24-page colour document that contains a mix of text and graphics. We also measure how long each printer takes to produce a page from sleep. On shorter jobs, a fast warm-up is more important than the quoted speed.

Print and scanning software makes a big difference to what a printer or MFP is like to use. We test each device on a PC and at least one mobile platform (Android, iOS), and we will mention any connectivity or usability issues.

It connects to your network using Wi-Fi or Ethernet, and can be stacked up with 350 sheets of paper across two paper trays. The printer produces two-sided prints automatically to save on paper and the top-mounted automated sheet feeder makes short work of copying jobs.

If you work your printer hard and produce a lot of printed documents, you might also spend a lot of time waiting for them to appear. The HP OfficeJet Pro 9022e inkjet aims to make this wait a thing of the past, producing mono text documents at a blistering 20.5ppm.

The printer is easy to connect to Wi-Fi or Ethernet for sharing around the home or office, and uses the HP Smart app, so you can print and scan from any device with ease. It has two 250-sheet paper trays, so you can stock it up with plenty of paper.

There's never been a better time to join the world of 3D printing or, for experienced makers, to upgrade to a new model. With the right 3D printer, you can make toys, table-top models, stands, hooks, replacement parts for plastic devices or a new case for your Raspberry Pi. You can get one of the best 3D printers and plenty of material for less than $250 (sometimes even less than $200) or you could spend a bit more for special features such a larger build volume, higher resolution or faster output.

The two most common types of home 3D printers are resin MSLA (Masked Stereolithography) and filament FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling). The best 3D printers for beginners or those with children, FDM printers use reels full of plastic filament that is fed into a hot nozzle and extruded out layer-by-layer to form a solid model. MSLA printers use a UV-cured resin material to form a model layer-by-layer as it rises from a vat of toxic liquid that requires very careful handling and post-processing.

High-speed 3D printers are the new hotness, with the AnkerMake M5 leading the way. Launched as a Kickstarter campaign in April, the machine is now available for retail with a price of $799. The printer has a standard speed of 250 mm/s, which is five times faster than the average 50 mm/s recommended for Cartesian type printers.

Its smaller build volume is perfect for gaming miniatures and trinkets but not larger models. And though its 2k resolution may not be the most detailed among resin printers, it is miles ahead of the quality you can achieve with a filament-based machine.

We have a bone to pick with so-called experts who recommend cheap, unassembled kit printers to raw beginners. The theory is that building a printer from scratch is the only way to learn about their new machine. The truth is that kits can be frustrating to build, and bare-boned machines are a pain to get working correctly. 041b061a72


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