Buyers Guide to a Printer - Top Five InkJet Printers

Buyers Guide to a Printer - Top Five InkJet Printers
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Canon Pixma ip4500

I am a Canon person. Be it a DSLR, digital camera, camcorders, and even printers. I’ve always have a high regard for all things Canon especially when it comes to digital printing. And in the printer department, particularly inkjet printers, the Canon Pixma ip4500 is among the company’s best products. This Canon printer features a five-color ink system with 4,608-nozzle print head that is capable of delivering lifelike color and laser-quality text. It boasts of a maximum 9600 x 2400 color dpi resolution - thanks to its print head which can eject precision droplets which are as small as one picoliter. Other features of this Canon inkjet printer include fast 4-by-6-inch borderless photo printing in 21 seconds, dual paper trays, four dye-based inks combined with pigment-based black ink, two-sided document printing, wireless printing via infra-red, PictBridge capability and a built-in image editing feature with its Easy Photoprint EX software. The Canon Pixma ip4500 also boasts of 24ppm color print speed and 31ppm black print speed. You’ll get all this features for $115.99.

Lexmark Z1420


Aside from its relatively low suggested retail price (SRP), this Lexmark inkjet printer also lets you print wirelessly through its 802.1 b/g connectivity feature. This thermal inkjet printer claims to have a print speed of 24ppm for black and 18ppm for color printing. And with a print resolution of up to 4800 x 1200 dpi for color prints and 1200 x 1200 dpi for black prints, this inkjet printer can give you decent quality documents as well as photo prints. With it’s current price of $59.99, the Lexmark Z1420 is definitely a good buy for your home printing needs.

HP Photosmart D5360


This HP inkjet printer offers color printing that ranges within six ink color with an optional photo inkjet print cartridge. It lets you edit, print, and share photos with the provided HP Photosmart Essential software. The Photosmart D5360 boasts of 24ppm color printing speed and photo printing speed of 26 seconds. Additionally it lets you save on paper with dual printing as well. Other features of this HP inkjet printer includes a 1.5-inch display, HP Red Eye Removal function, automated photo paper tray, up to 4800 x 1200 dpi color resolution and 1200 input dpi for automatic duplex printing, and support for various memory card formats. The HP Photosmart D5360 will set you back $89.12. Considering that its an inkjet printer that allows high-quality photo printing aside from the usual plain black and colored text documents, the price is certainly worth it.

Brother MFC-465cn Color Inkjet Multi-Function Center with Networking

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It’s seldom that we encounter a top-notch printer not carrying any of the four major brand names - Canon, HP, Epson, or Lexmark. So, its a breather to have this brother inkjet printer dubbed the MFC-465CN color inkjet printer. This Brother inkjet printer boasts of a 2-inch flip-up color LCD display, Ethernet interface for network sharing, direct photo preview, editing and printing functionality, and automatic document feeder feature. The printer offers a maximum 6000 x 1200 dpi resolution and a droplet size of 1.5 picoliters. It also lets you print directly from your USB flash drives and PictBridge enabled digital cameras. But, that’s just about the printing features of the Brother MFC-465CN printer. Like its name says, this inkjet printer is a multi-function unit, so you can also scan and fax documents. Speed-wise, this inkjet printer can do 30ppm for black and 25ppm for color. And price-wise, you won’t have to spend too much on this one as it will set you back $130.31.

Epson Stylus C88+ Ink Jet Printer


At an SRP of $81.71 this Epson inkjet printer is surely a winner especially with its DURABRITE Ultra pigment ink which could give you incredible printing results, be it a text document or a photo print that you’re up to. The Epson Stylus C88+ Ink Jet Printer boasts of 23ppm black print speed and 14ppm color print speed. That’s in addition to its maximum of 5760 x 1440 optimized dpi resolution. The printer also features 3 picoliter ink droplets which assures you of long-lasting print quality. In addition, this printer uses individual ink cartridges so you can use only the cartridges for the color prints that you need. And aside from its capability to print high-quality photo images, the Epson Stylus C88 is also optimized for plain paper printing since it utilizes a CMYK drop-on-demand Micro Piezon ink jet printing technology.

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