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Top Inkjet Printers by Consumer Reviewers

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.

Ranking Updated: June 2014
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  1. Standard inkjet printers have four ink tanks, while photo inkjet printers have an additional two tanks which make it better for printing images.
  2. To cut costs on equipment purchases, a multifunction inkjet printer is a handy alternative, especially if you have a small office.
  3. Get a printer that supports wireless networking if you need to use it alongside many computers.
  4. Consider portable inkjet printers if you work outside most of the time and need a mobile printing solution.
  • Canon PIXMA MG6320 All-in-One Inkjet Printer - Black (15 ipm, 9600x2400 DPI, Color, Wi-Fi, PC/Mac)

    Pros: Easy to set-up, Great print quality, Intuitive touchscreen interface, Flexible connectivity
    Cons: Large footprint, Noisy, Consumes a lot of ink

    Review: With office-centric features, the Canon PIXMA MG6320 is a worthy purchase. It can scan up to 8.5" x 11.7" documents with a maximum optical resolution of 2400 x 4800 dpi, produce copies in just 14 seconds and print on plain paper, photo paper, U.S.# 10 Envelopes or even on printable CDs ,DVDs and Blu-ray Discs. Printing is totally seamless, featuring both wired and wireless connectivity, and print quality is above par too, producing sharp images and lifelike colors. It is not that uncommon for all-in-one printers to support mobile printing but the MG6320 has a lengthy list of devices that it can recognize. You can print documents and photos from your iPhones, iPods and other mobile devices, either through AirPrint or Google Cloud Print. The built-in card slot supports SD, SDHC, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, MultiMediaCard, MultiMediaCard Plus, CompactFlash and Microdrive, as well as other media cards with the use of an optional adapter. The MG6320 adds gray ink to the usual 5-ink color system of most printers, making printed images look more realistic. It can be quite an ink hog though so remember to have extra cartridges on stock for printing heavy loads. Also, it is not as quiet as we would’ve liked but that is just a minor quibble for such an amazing printer. If you’re a tablet or smartphone user, you will be right at home with its responsive 3.5" LCD Touch Screen. Having both wired and wireless interfaces and offering full compatibility with most operating systems including Windows 8, RT, 7, Vista, XP and Mac OS X v10.5.8, 10.6 and 10.7, the printer should not give you any problems with regards to set-up. An impressive software suite even provides a fun printing experience. Lastly, the Canon PIXMA MG6320 is a real beauty but rather bulky at 18.4" (W) x 14.6" (D) x 5.9" (H).

  • Epson Stylus C88+ Inkjet Printer - Color - 5760 x 1440 dpi Print - Plain Paper Print - Desktop (23 ppm Mono / 14 ppm Color Print - 120 sheets Input - USB)
  • Canon PIXMA iP100 Inkjet Printer - Color - 9600 x 2400 dpi Print - Photo Print - Portable (20 ppm Mono / 14 ppm Color Print - 50 Second Photo - 100 sheets Input - USB - PictBridge)

    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.

  • HP (Hewlett-Packard) Photosmart 6520 e-All-in-One Inkjet Printer (22 PPM, 4800x1200 DPI, Color, 128 MB, Wi-Fi, PC/Mac)

    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.

  • HP (Hewlett-Packard) Officejet Pro 8600 N911n e-All-in-One Inkjet Printer (35 PPM, 4800x1200 DPI, Color, 128 MB, Wi-Fi, PC/Mac)
  • Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Inkjet Large Format Printer - 17\
  • Epson Expression Photo XP-850 All-in-One Inkjet Printer (9.5 PPM, 5760x1440 DPI, Color, Wi-Fi, PC/Mac)
  • HP (Hewlett-Packard) Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One Inkjet Printer (34 PPM, 9600x2400 DPI, Color, 128 MB, Wi-Fi, PC/Mac)
  • Brother QL-700 Direct Thermal Printer (300x600 DPI, B&W)
  • Brother HL-3170CDW LED Printer - Color - 2400 x 600 dpi Print - Plain Paper Print - Desktop (23 ppm Mono / 23 ppm Color Print - 250 sheets Input - Automatic Duplex Print - LCD - Ethernet - Wireless LAN - USB)