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Printer Buyer's Guide--A Guide to Buying Printers

Printer Best Buys

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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.

The Top Printer and Scanner Picks of 2011

Photo courtesy Epson
Photo courtesy Epson

Here are some top picks for 2011 chosen from my best-buy lists of the Best Printers, Document Scanners, and Photo Scanners I've tried. You'll find a great variety at good prices. But the choices change often, so come back and check often.

Best Printers Under $100

Photo courtesy Epson
Photo courtesy Epson

If you've got limited cash to burn but are still in the market for an excellent printer, there are still a lot of great options. This list of the best printers I've tested that are under (or almost under) $100 will give you some great printers to choose from (inkjet, photo, and even laser printers), even when money is tight.

Best All-in-One Printers

Photo courtesy Canon
Photo courtesy Canon

When you've got a small home office, an all-in-one printer, also known as a multifunction printer (MFP), is a great buy. All-in-one printers can print, scan, copy, and sometimes fax. All-in-one printers are also reasonably priced. Here are some of the best all-in-one printers I've tested. Some notes on terminology. Purists will insist that "all-in-one printer" have a fax, otherwise it's a "three-in-one." I rarely use a fax machine, though, so I think if it has a scanner and copier, it counts.

Best Wireless Printers

Photo courtesy Brother
Photo courtesy Brother

Wireless printers offer great convenience for small or home offices, or simply where desktop space is tight. Wireless printing is becoming more and more of a standard rather than an option. Here is a list of some of the best wireless printers I've tried. Keep in mind that wireless printers don't have to be expensive--in fact, as wireless is offered more often, you can find it in some very reasonably priced laser printers, such as the Brother HL-2270DW.

Photo Printer Best Buys

Photo courtesy Polaroid
Photo courtesy Polaroid

Photo printers are a great buy. Nearly everyone has a digital camera, and while it’s easy to share digital photos online, there are still lots of good reasons to print out your photos. Photo printers are inexpensive (all the ones here are under $200, and some are under $100), easy to use, and do a great job at printing photos. Here are my choices for the Top Budget Photo Printers.

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