Updated 01/09/2008

The selection criteria when embarks on a printers comparison or want to establish printers rankings are:

  • The purchase price
  •  The cost to use(duration and price of cartridges, cartridges separated or not)
  • The quality and speed of printing
  • The design
  • The possibility to print directly without turning the computer via a card reader (sg or xd)
  •  As secondary criteria, the possible presence of a mini LCD screen for previewing your printing

The price of multifunction printers (ie that in addition to their function printer also serve  black & white or color photocopier and scanner) has sharply declined in recent years. In carrying out our printers comparison and trying to establish a ranking, we have found thus confronted with models ranging from 50 to 100 $.  If you are looking for a multifunction printer capable of making the office as the photo occasionally, 3 series flagship brands are worth following :

  • Canon Pixma MP480, Canon LP540, strengths: versatile, easy to use, design friendly enough economic use
  • HP Photosmart C4280 :  which is based on a philosophy quite close to the barrel above. A slightly lower speed printing
  • Epson Stylus SX 400 , advantages: good value for money
  • Lexmark X4650, advantages: very good value for money, weakness : a little more expensive to use (price cartridges)

The major conclusion of this  printers ranking is that we are for these products in a mature market. The technological gap identified by comparing printers is very limited. Your choice may therefore be more on price, or even on  typically secondary criteria like design..

Finally, know that you win a lot about the price by ordering your laptop on the Internet compared to a retail sale, knowing that Internet sellers are now recognized and offer equivalent guarantees.