How to Shop for a Photo Printer

At a Glance

Produced very detailed photo prints with realistic colors. Text appeared sharp even at small sizes. No control panel.

Price when rated: $200

Pros

  • Best detail reproduction
  • Very fast
  • Individual ink cartridges

Cons

  • Included ColorSync profiles need improvement
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Price when rated: $179

Pros

  • Widest range of computerless-printing support
  • CD printing
  • Very good color matching
  • Individual ink cartridges

Cons

  • Detail reproduction not as good as that of the Canon i960 or HP Photosmart 7960
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At a Glance

This portable costs quite a bit more than most desktop inkjet printers, but it delivers high graphics print quality.

Price when rated: $300.00

Pros

  • Runs on battery or AC power
  • Produces great quality photos

Cons

  • Text looked slightly grayish in spots
  • No output tray
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At a Glance

Canon's snapshot printer almost fits in your back pocket and can run on a battery, but it lacks memory card slots.

Pros

  • Very compact
  • Supports PictBridge

Cons

  • No memory card slots
  • Lacks a control panel
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At a Glance

Delivered great print quality and was fun to operate, but it prints on only one size of paper and can't run on batteries.

Pros

  • Delivers great print quality

Cons

  • Prints on only one size of paper
  • Can't run on batteries
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At a Glance

Canon's i9900 usues special red and green inks to help produce terrific glossy photos.

Price when rated: $500

Pros

  • Speedy prints
  • Produces great quality photos

Cons

  • No media slots but supports PictBridge
  • Lacks a control panel
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At a Glance

Offers roll-feeder and prints photos with intense, rich colors on glossy paper; can print on CDs, too.

Price when rated: $399

Pros

  • Prints on rolls of photo paper

Cons

  • Slow print speeds
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At a Glance

The R200 photo printer was thrifty with ink, and its photos looked wonderful--but its plain-paper output wasn't impressive.

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Price when rated: $249

Pros

  • Color-correction software
  • Transparency adapter
  • Individual ink tanks
  • Very good prints

Cons

  • No preview display
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