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Printer / Scanner Reviews and Recommendations

With so many printers and scanners to choose from, it's hard to know which are good (and which aren't). I'll give you the pros and cons of the ones I've researched. You'll find detailed information about inkjet printers, laser printers, photo printers, photo scanners, document scanners, and much more.
  1. All-in-One (AIO) Inkjets (29)
  2. Inkjet Printer Reviews (99)
  3. Laser / LED Printer Reviews (51)
  4. Photo Printer Reviews (31)
  5. Reviews of All-in-One Printers (112)
  6. Scanner Reviews (41)
  7. Specialty Printers (17)
  8. Wide-Format, Tabloid (11x17) Printers Increase Productivity (7)

Top Business Inkjet AIOs
Business oriented all-in-one, or AIO, multifunction printers have ADFs, automatic duplexing, faxing, copying, scanning, often high-volume, a low CPP.

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4630 All-in-One
Epson's WorkForce Pro WF-4630 All-in-One Printer, a PrecisionCore AIO with faster print speeds and a lower cost per page, CPP, than inkjets and lasers

Canon Pixma MX532 Wireless Office All-in-One
Canon's Pixma MX532 Wireless Office All-in-One Printer delivers good-looking prints, but slowly and at a higher cost per page, CPP, than competitors.

Top Alternative Inkjet Printhead Printers
Alternative inkjet printhead technologies, HP's PageWide and Epson's PrecisionCore, outperform several laser and LED printers in print speeds and CPP.

HP Officejet 7610 Wide Format e-All-in-One Printer
HP's Officejet 7610 Wide Format e-All-in-One Printer prints, copies, scans and faxes wide-format tabloid (11x17 inches) and supertabloid (13x19) pages

HP Officejet Pro X551dw Color Printer
HP's PageWide fixed printhead Officejet Pro X551dw Color Printer - laser printer-like speed and quality, with an exceptionally low cost per page, CPP.

Epson WorkForce WF-7610 All-in-One
Epson's PrecisionCore fixed printhead WorkForce WF-7610 all-in-one (AIO) printer delivers laser-like print speeds and competitive cost per page, CPP.

Alternative Printhead Inkjet Printers
HP PageWide and Epson PrecisionCore fixed printhead printers match and exceed laser printers in speed and cost per page savings.

Epson WorkForce WF-3640 All-in-One Printer
Epson's WorkForce WF-3640, a PrecisionCore based all-in-one, or AIO, with print speeds and cost per page, or CPP, rivaling, and often exceeding lasers

Top Wide Format (Tabloid) Printers
Wide format tabloid ( 11x17 inches ) and supertabloid ( 13x17 inches ) printers and AIOs provide a wider range of document and image printing options.

OKI Data C831n Wide Format Color Laser
OKI Data's C831n wide format color laser-class single-function LED printer prints good quality tabloid ( 11 x 17 inches ) quickly and relatively cheap

HP Officejet Pro 8620 e-All-in-One
HP's Officejet Pro 8630 e-All-in-One business printer is fast, prints well, and delivers an excellent cost per page, or CPP, operational cost.

Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4590
Epson's high-volume WorkForce Pro WP-4590 all-in-one, or AIO, inkjet printer is fast, has high print quality, and a very low cost per page, or CPP.

HP Officejet Pro X576dw Multifunction Printer
HP's Officejet X576dw Multifunction Printer, a high-volume all-in-one, AIO, with excellent performance, print quality, and low cost per page, CPP.

The Best Bets from 2011
With lots of printers tested in 2011, there were a handful that were just better than the rest. Here you'll find a list of the top printers and scanners I tested. And a note--some of these actually were tested before 2011, but were so good that they just keep making it to the list!

Printer Buyer's Guide--A Guide to Buying Printers
Looking for a new printer? There are a lot of excellent options, and it can be hard to sort through all the options. Here you'll find some ideas for the best printers I've tested and reviewed so far.

Submit Your Printer Review
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Tell Us the Pros and Cons of Your Scanner
Do you have experience using a photo or document scanner? Share that experience with the world here! Was it worth the money? Did you have any problems? Did it work even better than you hoped? Is it worth five stars, or one? Share your story.

Which Printer Will Work Best in a Small Office?
To be effective in a home or small office, a printer needs to have a better duty cycle--that means how much it can realistically print each month without wearing out in six months. That's one spec you can look for, particularly if you print a lot. But you'll also need some options such as automatic document feeders, automated duplex printing, and networking capability. You'll find some good choices for your small office here.

Guide to the Best Printers, Scanners, and Photo Scanners
There are a huge number of printers and scanners to choose from, and every year, manufacturers update their product lines with a few dozen more options. That makes it difficult to start looking for a new printer or scanner. Not to worry. I've tested and reviewed many of these, and you can not only find their pros and cons here--you can also find...

Finding the Best Price on a Printer or Scanner, Online or Offline
Whether you're holiday shopping, looking for a birthday gift, or a back-to-school deal, you can always locate great deals on printers and scanner here. You'll get a warts-and-all review, a list of specs, and a link to the best online prices. I'm here to help make it easy for you to shop for a printer or scanner.

Finding a Photo Printer That Won't Break the Bank
Photo printers are dedicated to one thing: printing photos. Many of them are portable (some run on batteries) and include the ability to print wirelessly, typically via Bluetooth, which is found in all smart phones. And some even come in cool form factors, like a bucket-shaped Canon printers. The best news is you don't have to spend much to get a great photo printer--here's a list of photo printers that come in under $150 and provide great results.

The Creme de la Creme of Multifunction Printers
One of the best things about multifunction printers (aka all-in-ones) is that just because they do more than one job doesn't mean they deliver substandard quality on any of them. In fact, you'll find that most all-in-ones do a fantastic job of printing everything, from a smart-looking color presentation to a photo of an exotic location. Plus...

Laser and LED Printers: Great Value, Great Results
Look out, inkjet printers: Laser and LED printers are getting cheaper. That's great news for you, because laser and LED printers give fantastic results (except in the photo-printing category, where inkjet printer excel) and they're much cheaper when it comes time to replacing the ink (in this case, toner cartridges which are expensive, but last...

Unchain Yourself from the Network and Go Wireless with Your New Printer
Most of us with home offices don't have a lot of extra space. Having a big all-in-one printer on your desktop can mean there's not much room for anything else, and who wants wires all over the place? Never fear--wireless printers are here to make your life easier. When you have a wireless printer, you can put it across the room, in a closet, or...

A List of the Best Photo Scanners I've Tested
Got a shoe-box full of old and yellowing photos? A closet full of slides that you don't have a slide projector to see? Torn packages of negatives stuck in a drawer? Never fear: You can digitize all of these, and you can restore them while you're at it so they'll look as good (or possibly even better) than they did when they were new. The photo...

Finding a Great Deal for a Little Cash
If you're looking for a printer but you don't want to spend a lot, no problem. There are lots of options for you that deliver high-quality results but which don't cost very much. You'll find great photo printers (even some portable ones in your price range, so you can take them to a birthday party, happy hour, or the beach), all-in-ones, and...

A Guide to Buying Printers for the Holidays
When the holidays (and birthdays, and graduation) arrive, it's no fun trying to figure out the best gift. I'd recommend a new printer, since they're practical, last a long time, and don't cost a fortune--even if you want to buy an excellent color laser printer. A printer or scanner makes a great gift for students, graduates, home office workers,...

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