Inkjet printers, of all the types of printers, are cheaper and more user-friendly. Choosing the right one, however, can be tricky. Aside from the cost of the unit itself, you must factor in the price of the replacement cartridges, the type of ink it uses, how many pages you can expect to get from each ink cartridge and most importantly, the quality of the actual print. Here at IntelliReview, we comb the internet for reviews, good or bad, and calculate the product ranking based on the amount of positive and negative reviews given by consumers. Using this method, we can help you save time when shopping for an inkjet printer and let you focus on quality and performance as well as price. If you want a printer that is going to last and one that produces high quality copies at an affordable per page price, start browsing below. We ranked the top inkjet printers around based on the opinions of thousands of people, allowing you to skip the hassle of going through all the reviews on your own. As a result, this can help you narrow down your choices and increase your chance of getting the best inkjet printer for your needs.
Pros: Small size makes it perfect for travel, High quality prints
Cons: Bluetooth requires a separate adapter, No Wi-Fi capability
Review: The biggest advantage of the Canon Pixma IP100 is its high compatibility with the mobile lifestyle. The extremely compact form factor of this printer, which is about the size of a notebook PC, means that it's very easy to slip into your laptop bag for on-the-go printing. The folding paper tray holds 50 sheets of paper and the print head system is based on the patented nozzle technology that delivers a high-speed (20 pages a minute for black, 14 for color) and high resolution (600 X 600 DPI black, 9600 X 2400 color) printout. The specific type of cartridge that it uses has the nozzles built into the cartridge body, so it's recommended to stock up on ink if you expect to go somewhere where that particular cartridge may be hard to find. The printer offers two ways to save on ink, though: By reducing the amount of black ink and by printing in a composite of the three other colors to form black. It also has a basic color correction function if you need one. For a mobile printer, the Canon Pixma IP100 inkjet printer does not offer the current standard for wireless connectivity, 802.11. Rather, it uses a USB connection to connect to a computer. Working with media stored on memory cards may be a problem too as it does not have compatible ports for those. It does have a PictBridge connection for digital cameras, though. A Bluetooth interface is available but a separate adapter is needed to access that feature. We would have liked that instead of the available IrDA (infrared) capability, as the former is much more common on mobile devices nowadays. Finally, the IP100 runs on AC power but a DC backup power brick is also available.
Pros: Photo printer, Impressive color reproduction, Touch screen control panel allows basic photo editing, Fax uses web service
Cons: Scanner bed is small, No USB port, No wired Ethernet connectivity
Review: For both photo and text document printing needs, the HP Photosmart 6520 All-in-One Inkjet Printer is probably the best device to get. This compact all-in-one handles ordinary and special printing tasks with ease, producing printouts in brilliant color. What's more, the multifunction features of this printer handle any other tasks you might have. Designed roughly like a compact box, the HP Photosmart 6520 has a touch screen control panel built into the front of the printer, just over the output tray. The display, with a graphical, icon-style interface, serves as both as a control panel as well as an easy status monitor for viewing status, or programming the printer. Underneath, you get the 80-sheet paper input tray for letter and legal-size paper, with a special 20-sheet feeder for 4 X 6 or 5 X 7 photo papers. As it is a photo printer first and foremost, the HP Photosmart 6520 does a pretty impressive job with full-color images, with its ability to accurately render colors. Glossy and matte papers work well with this printer, as the ink will dry out easily, keeping the printed picture smudge-free. However, when it comes to ordinary paper, the 6520 does falter a tiny bit, with images coming out less crisp than expected. The 6520 produces printouts at a respectable rate, although not the best in its class. The 6520's scanner, copier, and fax functionality is par for the course. It should be noted though that instead of using a physical phone line, the 6520 provides a subscription to a web-based fax service that lets you send a certain amount of faxes for free. Also, the scanner bed on this all-in-one is limited to 8.5 X 11-inch documents. The 6520 supports auto duplexing for documents, but you can choose to toggle this feature on or off using the control panel. HP's Photosmart 6520 has slots for SD/MMC memory cards as well as for Memory Stick Duo. The printer offers basic photo retouching and editing functions that are accessible through the control panel. However, it does not have a Type-A USB port, so printing directly from cameras using PictBridge or from thumb drives isn't possible. Finally, being branded as a wireless printer, with a wide range of support for wireless printing services like AirPrint or ePrint or cloud storage, the HP Photosmart 6520 All-in-One Inkjet Printer does have a robust wireless connectivity option aside from the standard USB cord. However, it does not have Ethernet connectivity at all, limiting the choices significantly.