Design 101: Finding a printer with flair

by Reads (1,969)

Not often do you hear the words sassy, vibrant or cutting edge when it comes to printer design.  More often than not, words like boring, boxy and gray are linked to printers.

But with ever changing technology, comes new, sleeker designs for consumer inkjet printers, and in some ways for the SMB laser printers.

Today, we’ll take a fun look at the new, different designs that manufacturers are presenting to jazz up the old printer standard of boxy, gray designs.

Brother MFC-495cw

The MFC-495cw All-in-One the MFC-495cw combines wireless networking functionality with print, scan, copy, photo print, and Super G3 fax capabilities for $129.99. But the real standout for the MFC-495 is the break out slanted design, mix of matte and gloss panels, a 3.3-inch LCD and front side ink panel for easy cartridge installation.

Read our full review of the Brother MFC-495cw All-in-One inkjet printer.

Canon Pixma iP2702

Canon has a fairly standard design when it comes to their Pixma line of printers but with the single function iP2702, they have taken a different approach.  The Pixma iP2702 has a sleek, compact design done in a sophisticated matte black with a glossy black rear tray.

Read our full review of the Canon PIXMA iP2702 single function inkjet printer.

Dell Wasabi

Dell followed up on the success of the Polaroid PoGo with an inkless mobile printer of their own: the Dell Wasabi.  Beyond the fun name, the handheld printer comes in multiple colors – blue, pink and black – with a checkerboard face.  Even the printer icons are festive with a happy and sad face signaling printing or an error.

Read our full review of the Dell Wasabi printer.

Epson Stylus NX515

Even the name “Stylus” hints at the stylish design of the NX515.  Beyond the featured three devices, quick print speeds, built-in card reader and wireless connectivity, the Stylus NX515 offers a sleek design in a glossy black with silver accents and a tilting 2.5-inch LCD.

Read our full review of the Epson Stylus NX515 All-in-One inkjet printer.

HP Officejet 7000

Even wide format business printers are getting an overhaul when it comes to looks.  HP has applied the popular Photosmart design to the Officejet 7000; a mixture of matte and glossy textures with a jet black exterior not to mention it weighs in under 16 lbs.  That’s impressive considering it prints full color media up to 13 x 19 inches.

Read our full review of the HP Officejet 7000 Wide Format inkjet printer.

Kodak ESP 9

Kodak beat many manufactures to the punch on new designs with the Kodak ESP 9 All-in-One inkjet printer.  A 4-in-1 machine with a dedicated photo tray, built-in network connectivity and low cost ink, the Kodak ESP 9 is features an attractive design with a black glossy exterior and a 10-inch touch panel with a 3-inch LCD screen.

Read our full review of the Kodak ESP 9 All-in-One inkjet printer.

Lexmark Prestige

Along with featuring print, scan, copy capabilities, built-in duplexing, 50-page ADF, print resolution up to 4800 x 1200 dpi, and Wi-Fi, the lexmark Prestige is one of four web-connected all-in-one inkjet printers.  Thanks to this new technology roll out, the Prestige got a 4.3-inch touch LCD along with a more compact design, and a black exterior in mixture of glossy and matte with silver accents. 

Read our full review of the lexmark Prestige Web Connected All-in-One inkjet printer.

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