Printers come in all shapes and sizes and can be simple one trick ponies or a smorgasbord of utilities rolled into an amazing all in one machine. Because users have hundreds of different needs there are just as many types of printers. We'll cover the best in printers for the home and office, the best portables, all in ones and photo printers. This Bright Hub compilation taps the best minds in the computer hardware community for their take on the printer's that make the most sense for you.
Take a bit of time to compare the various models discussed and then go see one in person. Let us guide you to a place you feel comfortable, maybe pick out one or two models that hold your interest, then take them for a test run. There are always a few intangibles that will sway your personal opinion whether it be the smooth print spooling or the crisp print quality, maybe just the sound (or lack thereof) that soothes you. If you find that this guide is lacking, let us know, but if it isn't and it helps you choose a printer let us know that, too.
Picking out the perfect printer for the home involves more than just grabbing the cheapest model on the rack. In fact, that cheap model may cost you quite a lot more than a premium model in the long run. Once you've read Bright Hub Figures Out the Real Cost of a Cheap Inkjet Printeryou'll be ready to make an informed decision concerning your choices for a home printing solution. Keep in mind, these printers are meant to be for home use (not home office use – the home office printers are found in the business section).
If you have a business that is heavy on the print need or you plan on printing high quality images it might be in your best interest to check out these laser printers for small to medium size businesses. These are also great for the home office, especially if you will be printing out color brochures or graphic inserts.
While there aren't many good, quality photo printers on the market today. For a serious photographer we have three exceptional choices, the Canon Selphy 750, the Sony Dpp-FP90 Photostation and the Canon PIXMA MP610.
If your home or office is laid out in such a manner that multiple people will be printing from multiple places a wireless solution might be the best bet for you. There are some special considerations if you are using a Windows 7 operating system as it is not backwards compatible will many of the popular low end printer models (the 64x has even less options than the 32x).
An all in one printer is one of the best solutions for either a home or business as it encompasses the functions of a printer, copier, scanner and often a fax machine – all of the essential print and communication tools. We start you off with a best of the best piece and then give you some more in depth, single model reviews.
The Bright Hub printer shopping guide serves as a primer for anyone looking to replace a printer that is on its way out. Hopefully you have found it before your printer has died and you have time to digest the multitude of choices. Happy printer hunting.