Best Printers of 2010


On the hunt for a new home or office printer? Here’s the good news: Unlike most consumer electronics, printers don’t become obsolete as fast as the usual device. Keeping that in mind, we’ve rounded up a number of new, upcoming and recently-released models that should serve shoppers well in 2010. Check out the following list to see which best serves your needs, whether printing text, photos, craft projects or more.

Epson-Artisan-810Epson Artisan 810 All-In-One Inkjet Printer, $229.99

The Epson Artisan 810 is a jack of all trades, but doesn’t sacrifice quality for features like many multi-function printers. A built-in 7.8-inch touch panel with a 3.5-inch LCD display sets the Artisan 810 apart from the average all-in-one. It makes an excellent photo printer and supports both WiFi and fast Ethernet (10/100 megabits per second). Other notable features of the Artisan 810 include an integrated media card reader, a 48-bit color scanner, and CD-printing capability.

Check out our Epson Artisan 800 Review.

Lexmark-Platinum-Pro-905Lexmark Platinum Pro 9054-in-1 Inkjet Printer, $299.99

The Platinum Pro 905 offers the lowest black ink cost at around only 1 cent per page. Efficiency is also built-in with its 300 page input capacity and 50-page automatic document feeder. A 4.3-inch LCD touchscreen makes using the printer a breeze, and it also ships ready for Ethernet and 802.11n wireless networking so it can be setup anywhere in range of your wireless router. To top everything off, Lexmark offers one of the industry’s best warranties with a 5-year warranty plus lifetime priority phone support.

Check out CNET’s Lexmark Platinum Pro 905 Review.

HP-Officejet-Pro-8500HP Officejet Pro 8500Wireless All-In-One Inkjet Printer, $279.99

HP’s Officejet Pro 8500 allows users to print color for up to 50% less per page and use less energy than laser printers. Its built-in wireless networking allows setup from any room of the home as well. A 3.4-inch touchscreen LCD allows users to manage all the printer’s functions with the touch of a finger and the 8500’s scanner can scan up to 8.5-inch x 14-inch sized paper.

Check out PC World’s HP Officejet Pro 8500 Review.

Dell-3130cnDell 3130cnColor Laser Printer, $449.00

Small offices looking for an affordable starter printer should look no further then the Dell 3130cn color laser printer. The 3130cn produces professional-quality prints at up to 600 x 600 dpi and can even continue printing in black when the color cartridge runs out. The unit is fast too, with 26 ppm in color and 31 ppm in black, as well as durable with a 70,000 page per month duty cycle. The 3130cn’s versatility shines through with 802.11b/g networking, two sided-printing, and its additional 550-sheet paper drawer which brings its maximum input capacity to 950 sheets of paper.

Check out PC World’s Dell 3130cn Review.

HP-Photosmart-D7560HP Photosmart D7560 Inkjet Printer, $99.99

If you’re searching for an affordable photo printer, then the Photosmart D7560 is worth a look. The D7560 features ultra-high resolution full-color 9600 x 2400 dpi printing and even prints on optical discs. Even with a focus on photo printing though, the D7560 still does an adequate job with text and graphics with blazing-fast speeds of up to 33 ppm black and 31 ppm color. Also featured is a 3.5-inch touchscreen for easy navigation as well as photo viewing and editing.

Check out our PhotoSmart D7560 Review.

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