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This compact inkjet multifunction will suffice for light home/student use. The print quality is surprisingly good, but ironically, the pricey inks mean you shouldn't buy this machine unless you don't print much.
The C1760nw’s impressive graphics quality makes it a stronger choice than other low-cost color lasers.
Handsome, easy to use, and with nice output, the LaserJet Pro M251nw is a good deal for light-usage scenarios. The pricey toner and lack of automatic duplexing are drawbacks.
The Dell C1660w's low purchase price makes color-laser-class (LED) printing available to budget-minded small offices. Because the toner is expensive and there's no automatic duplexer, it’s best for light use only.
The Officejet Pro X576dw is big, fast, and capable. But can it convert corporate laser lovers?
The Epson WorkForce WF-3540 offers a lot of paper capacity, speed, and ease of use for the price. Although ink costs are above-average, it's worth considering for being so well-equipped compared to the competition.
Canon's new Pixma MG6320 raises the bar for printer design. It's significantly easier to use than its predecessors, has automatic duplex printing, and produces nice output. Ink costs for some cartridges are higher than average.
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Epson's Expression Premium XP-800 is a great little multifunction that handles every SOHO chore in the book and is especially well-suited for graphic artisans. But for a nearly $300 printer, ink costs are high.
Brother's MFC-J4510DW is a fast, innovative inkjet multifunction that handles large paper sizes, produces nice photos and is easy to use. There's also automatic duplex printing and an ADF, and best of all: affordable ink.
The Xerox Phaser 6700/DN is a workgroup color laser printer with good speed, paper capacity, and features. True Adobe PostScript and a high 2400-by-1200-dpi resolution make for smooth color images. The one-year warranty seems not to fit with the rest of the package.
For low volumes of printing, the Pixma MG4220 fits nicely into a home office. However, black ink is expensive--absurdly so with the standard-capacity cartridges.
The Epson Expression Home XP-400 is an entry-level inkjet that's compact, and performance is more than acceptable for student or home users. Unfortunately, ink is pricey.