Printer Buyer’s Guide: Spring 2009

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It’s that time again – the trinity of Spring gift giving: moms, dads, and grads. The first of the holiday events – Mother’s Day and graduations – are just around the corner, so the staff at PrinterComparison.com has pulled together a handy buyer’s guide to help you find the perfect gift.

Moms, Dads, and Grads

Since we all aren’t made of money, we’ve split our guide into three price ranges to makes things as simple as possible. So what are you waiting for? Go on, find the perfect printer for your mom, dad, or grad.

Under $100 | $100-$300 | Over $300 | More Guides…

arrow Under $100

HP Deskjet D2600

HP Deskjet D2600


A single function color inkjet printer that is under $100 and made from 50% recycled materials – perfect for the green at heart and the student who needs to print hundreds of papers.

Canon Pixma iP4600

Canon Pixma iP4600


More interested in printing photos than papers? Take a look at Canon’s Pixma ip4600, a great photo printer that can handle a ton of paper types.

Dell Wasabi

Dell Wasabi


Love taking photos on the go? Miss the old days of Polaroid instant photos? Check out the new Dell Wasabi, released earlier this year. It may only print 2×3 inch photos but it could be the perfect gift for your grad about to head off to college!

arrow $100-$300

Canon Pixma MX860

Canon Pixma MX860


Canon may be known for photo printers but the office line of Pixma printers can hold its own. The MX860 and its little brother, the MX330, are both all-in-one printers that focus on the business side of printing while offering color photos.
Epson Artisan 800

Epson Artisan 800


The Artisan 800 is the creative person’s all-in-one printer. I still have yet to see a multifunction inkjet print photos like the Artisan 800 – or any inkjet in this price range for that matter. Plus, Epson offers a ton of features for designing and creating projects and crafts on through the provided software and the Epson website.

arrow Do you need an all-in-one printer?

Canon Pixma MX860

The answer is maybe. These days it makes sense to reduce your impact on the environment and your bank account by purchasing three or four devices in one. For the everyday user at home or school there is much to be done with an all-in-one device and the prices on these machines have really fallen. The flip side is that depending on your needs you may not want to pay extra for devices you will never use. Most major manufacturers have reliable single function printers on the market for $150 or less. Or it could be that you need a high grade scanner, which is very hard to find on an all-in-one printer.

Our suggestion? Make a list of the functions you’re looking for in a device – color photo prints, Super G3 fax, laser quality text, etc. – and then do some research on what different brands and machines offer.

Epson WorkForce 600

Epson WorkForce 600


While the Artisan hits that creative niche, the Workforce 600 comes in for some serious business. The Workforce 600 is a do it all machine with print, scan, copy and fax capabilities. It definitely takes it up a notch from the smaller WorkForce 40.
HP Photosmart Premium

HP Photosmart Premium


The latest Photosmart all-in-one from HP comes with all the bells and whistles standard. It prints, scans, copies, faxes, prints photos and CD/DVDs. It is also DLNA certified (first in the industry) meaning the Premium will print wirelessly from any DLNA certified device (think PlayStation 3). It could be the perfect machine for everyone in your home!

HP Officejet Pro 8000

HP Officejet Pro 8000


Don’t need all the gizmos? Check out the single function Officejet Pro 8000 that can give users a laser quality print for an inkjet price. How can you beat that?

Kodak ESP 9

Kodak ESP 9


If you haven’t seen Kodak’s Print and Prosper campaign then you might not know that the ESP line of printers could save you some serious dough when it comes to ink costs. Plus, its prints great color photos.
Lexmark X6650

Lexmark X6650


One of the newest members of Lexmark’s home and student line, the X6650 barely makes it into this price bracket with a price of $129.99 on the Lexmark website. This all-in-one is easy to use and could be great for a dorm.
Samsung ML-2851ND

Samsung ML-2851ND


This monochrome laser printer is perfect for an office with a heavy workflow that doesn’t want the hassle of color printing. Priced at around $200, this laser is a steal.

arrow Over $300

Xerox Phaser 8860

Xerox Phaser 8560


If you haven’t heard of solid ink, you should take a look at the Phaser 8560. It gives users the professional laser quality print in black or color while cutting down on the muss and fuss of toner with solid ink sticks that resemble a large crayon. Plus, the quality is perfect for any style of paper so you can buy cheap copy paper and still get great results.
Canon Pixma Pro9500 Mark II

Canon Pixma Pro9500 Mark II


Have a serious photographer in the family? Get them a professional photo printer! The new Pro9500 Mark II comes with 10 individual ink tanks including photo black, matte black, and gray, and is perfect for black and white prints as well as great color photos.

arrow Looking for more?

Moms, Dads, and Grads

Has Dad been dropping hints that he’d really like an iPhone this year rather than another “#1 Dad” mug? Is your grad ready for a new notebook? Let the editors of TechnologyGuide.com help you pick the right camera, smartphone, printer, desktop, or notebook, with our Moms, Dads and Grads Buyer’s Guide.

To see our top tech picks in all categories – not just printers – visit our main buyer’s guide page on TechnologyGuide.com.

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