Printer Holiday Buyer’s Guide 2009: Inkjets

by Reads (3,000)

Inkjet printers have been a staple of the consumer printing market in 2009 because of the low initial cost, ease of use, and little to no maintenance required. Not to mention the bevy of features offered in conjuntion with these devices; forget printing, now you can scan, copy, fax, print photos, save files to flash drives, even surf the web over a wireless or wired connection. Ask and you will receive.


The biggest issue with inkjets are ink costs; consumers want a printer at a reasonable cost AND cartridges that won’t cost an arm and a leg. Over the past year, manufacturers have heard these demands and supplied new products that conserve ink while adding high capacity ink cartridges to their lines.

So lean back and check out some of the top inkjets we’ve reviewed this year broken down by price.

Stocking stuffers

Ink, paper, and cords

Stuff their stockings with the necessary supplies so they’ll be off and printing. Ink, paper, photo paper, USB cables, Ethernet cablesare just a few possible options. Looking for free or discounted supplies? Join Staples Rewards program and receive $3 to be used on future purchases for each used cartridge turned in!

‘Easy’ recycling at Staples

Less Than $100

Canon Pixma MX330

Need an All-in-One printer for under $100? Your prayer’s have been answered with the Canon Pixma MX330 AIO. It is a 4-in-1 device (inlcuding Super G3 fax) that has been the top searched printer on for four months!


HP Deskjet D2600 series

This isn’t the first time theHP Deskjet D2660 has made a buyer’s guide. Why? Because it’s compact, affordable, offers good print quality, and it’s made from 50% recycled materials. How can we say no to such an responsible purchase?



Canon Pixma MP990

The Canon Pixma MP990 All-in-One barely makes this price bracket with a suggested retail price of $299.99 but it easily makes this buyer’s guide as our newest Editor’s Choice award winner. The sleek, stylish MP990 offers film scanning, a large 3.8 inch LCD, and the excellent photo quality we have seen on other Pixma models.


Epson Artisan 710

We first fell in love with the Epson Artisan line last year when reviewing the Artisan 800. And while the 800 is still a worthy purchase in our opinion, it’s 2009 and Epson has brought us a new generation of Artisan printers including the note worthy 710. For about $150, this 3-in-1 device delivers excellent photo quality and solid text documents making it a great choice for a home.


HP Photosmart Premium with Fax

The HP Photosmart Premium with Fax is another Editor’s Choice winner gracing this buyer’s guide with a suggested $299.99 price tag. But unlike the MP990, the Photosmart Premium with Fax has been on the market long enough for the price to drop! This industry first DLNA certified printer offers great quality, intuitive menus, and unique features.


Epson Stylus NX515

This great little AIO is listed officially as $129.99 but can usually be found for $99.99. And that’s steal considering you’ll get four devices (print, scan, copy, fax), an adjustable color LCD, and wireless connectivity. The Stylus NX515 could be the perfect companion for most students. 

Brother MFC-495cw

Brother MFC-495cw

The newest printer to grace our list is a 4-in-1 unit (print, scan, copy, fax), with excellent print quality, an adjustable color LCD, and wireless connectivity.  Not to mention that at $129.99, the MFC-495cw is easy on the wallet. 

$300 +

HP Photosmart Premium with Touchsmart Web


When HP announced the industry first Photosmart Premium with Touchsmart Web, I knew it couldn’t be long until others followed in suit and it wasn’t with Lexmark hot on HP’s tail.


What makes the Photosmart Premium with Touchsmart Web so neat is the instant access to the internet without the need for a computer. Users can download apps from a HP’s App Store to their printer and then print movie tickets, Google maps, recipes, coupons, games for kids of all ages, and Snapfish photos. Not to mention, that the Photosmart Premium still performs the printing, scanning, copying and faxing duties of your typical all-in-one printer. Fun, huh? The Photosmart Premium with Touchsmart Web is available for the estimated retail price of $399.99.



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



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