Printer Holiday Buyer’s Guide 2009: Dedicated photo

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This section of the buyer’s guide is a bit different since it encompasses three diiferent sytle of printing: inkjet, inkless, and dye sublimination. What the three have in common are that all styles are used by manufacturers to create dedicated photo printing products.

 

But why buy a dedicated photo printer when so many all-in-one printers feature photo printing? For a variety of reasons including: portabiliy, a larger range of colors for better accuracy, a wider variety of print media, and special features for displaying photos more naturally, to name a few.

 

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Dell Wasabi


This dedicated photo printer isgreat for on the go photos at the push of a button and because its Bluetooth enabled, users can print photos from phones, cameras or notebooks wirelessly. The Wasabi uses inkless technology to accomplish this feat; no need for ink of any kind, the printer and paper do all the work. The Dell Wasabi is available for the estimated retail price of $79.

OUR REVIEW

$100-$300


Canon Selphy ES40


The Canon Selphy ES40 is Canon’s newest addition to its Selphy portable photo printer line. Canon’s Selphy line uses dye sublimination so there is no ink, in the typical sense. Instead, you load the Selphy printers with a dry ribbon and special photo paper to get the lab quality prints that this line is known to produce. What’s unique about the ES40 is the voice guidance feature making it incredibly easy to use and a true family printer. The Selphy ES40 starts at $149.99.

OUR REVIEW

Canon Selphy CP790


I fell in love with the Selphy CP790 the minute I saw it; the bright lime color, the cool storage bucket, and a large, easy-to-read control panels, what’s not to love? But more than that, the CP790 also produces quality photo prints on either postcard (4×6) or card sizes and again needs no traditional messy ink to print. Plus, the CP790allows foran optional battery making it truly portable. The Canon Selphy CP790 is available for the estimated retail price of $179.99.

OUR REVIEW

$300 +

Canon Pixma Pro9000 Mark II


This budget friendly second generation printeris a photographer’s dreamwith eight individual dye ink tanks, Ambient Light Correction, a print resolution up to 4800 x 2400 dpi and a PictBridge port for $549.99.

OUR REVIEW


Epson Stylus Photo R1900


The Epson Stylus Photo R1900 is a great wide-format photo printer and it offers incredible print quality, versatility, and speed so you can make lab-quality photos in your office or home for aMSRP of $549.99

OUR REVIEW

Canon Pixma Pro9500 Mark II


The Pixma Pro9500 Mark II is also a second generation dedicated photo printer but unlike the Pro9000 it uses ten pigment ink system including gray, photo black and matte blackfor great black and white prints. The Pro9500 also features Ambient Light Correction, a print resolution up to 4800 x 2400 dpi and two-way paper feeding. The Pixma Pro9500 Mark II is available for the estimated retail price of $849.99. OUR REVIEW

 

 

Keep in mind that this list doesn’t include every dedicated photo printer currently available on the market. This section of our buyer’s guide merely highlights some of the recent dedicated photo printers we’ve reviewed that our editors think deserve your attention. Check back soon for new additions throughout the holiday season!

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