- Rating of the best photo printers
- The best budget photo printers
- Canon PIXMA TS704
- Canon PIXMA G1411
- HP OfficeJet 202
- The best mid-range photo printers
- Canon PIXMA iX6840
- Epson L810
- Canon imagePROGRAF TM-200
- The best professional photo printers
- Epson SureColor SC-T5100N
- HP PageWide Color 755dn
*Review of the best according to the editors. About the selection criteria. This material is subjective, not an advertisement and is not a guide to purchase. You have to consult with a professional before making a purchase.
Expertology magazine has prepared for you an overview of the best photo printers, according to expert reviews and feedback from real users. We will mainly focus on models for the conditional “mass user”, and also provide guidance on the capabilities of professional photo printers in large formats on two specific examples.
Rating of the best photo printers
|The best budget printers||3||Canon PIXMA TS704||6 490 €|
|2||Canon PIXMA G1411||9 390 €|
|1||HP OfficeJet 202||16 748 €|
|The best middle class photo printers||3||Canon PIXMA iX6840||19 840 €|
|2||Epson L810||29 199 €|
|1||Canon imagePROGRAF TM-200||41 960 €|
|The best professional photo printers||2||Epson SureColor SC-T5100N||102 500 €|
|1||HP PageWide Color 755dn||215 265 €|
The best budget photo printers
As usual we will start with the most inexpensive category. Of course, the most budget printers in many ways inferior to representatives of even the average price category. But despite this, they are the best sellers and collect massively positive feedback from ordinary users. And for home use, to regularly replenish the “real” paper photo album, it really is the best option without overpaying for redundant functionality.
Canon PIXMA TS704
Our experts have identified the most inexpensive photo printer in the budget category. Based on a combination of features, the results of independent tests and the overall mood of reviews of real buyers, the record holder was Canon PIXMA TS704. In May 2021 you can buy it for 6500-7000 €.
At such an affordable price this model really impresses by its “stuffing” with options that you would expect to see in a noticeably higher price category. For example, the main purpose of two black cartridges – one with regular ink, the other with pigmented, which give a higher saturation of the black, or used in hybrid printing.
The second remarkable moment that you do not expect from such a cheap printer is the set of connection variants. Here is the classical direct USB connection, Wi-Fi and even an Ethernet port for wired connection to the local network, and even Bluetooth! So this model has the entire arsenal for convenient use both at home and in the office. Well, with such a set of communications couldn’t do without AirPrint support.
And as for office use, the Canon PIXMA TS704 gives us a few more pleasant surprises. For example, there is an automatic duplex mode, which, again, is surprising for such a price.
As for the direct performance of printing, the situation is as follows. The maximum resolution in full color and B/W is 4800×1200 dpi. Borderless printing. Speed can be qualified as average. Maximum for full color – ten A4 per minute, for B/W – fifteen A4 per minute. With photo print mode, a standard 10×15 cm picture will take up to 21 seconds.
Even such a budget model has a nice bonus – it comes with a small set of photo paper. Immediately after unpacking and plugging it in, you can see what the image looks like on the special media.
From Yandex review.Market with the status of “Level 5 Gadget Inspector”: “Prints at a high level. I printed photos, no pixels are visible, the colors are very real. A big plus for me: Ethernet connection”; “the most affordable price.
- 5 cartridges;
- Photo paper in the kit;
- automatic double-sided mode;
- Three connection options – USB, Wi-Fi, Ethernet;
- AirPrint support;
- its own web-interface;
- most affordable price.
- expensive original cartridges.
Canon PIXMA G1411
Second in the budget selection of the best photo printers according to Expertology magazine will be another Canon of the same series PIXMA. Despite the fact that it is considerably more expensive than its predecessor – about 9-10 thousand. The price of the cartridges for spring-summer 2021, in some areas it even loses. But the benefits still prevail.
And the first such advantage is the built-in continuous ink supply system (CISS). So here the main disadvantage of the PIXMA TS704 is simply multiplied by zero. The price of the cartridges in a set in the cost of a new printer of the same kind, it is not necessary to buy, and it is only necessary to fill the tanks with ink, which is already more than affordable.
The print quality of this model is not inferior to its predecessor. Resolution in color and B/W is 4800×1200 dpi, borderless printing is supported. Used not 5 kinds of ink, but 4 – the usual color scheme CMYK, but the black ink is still pigmented, for which thanks.
In terms of speed, though, this printer loses to the previous one – a maximum of 8.8 black and white A4 images per minute and 5 color. But this is in the document printing mode. In photo print mode, one 10×15 cm image will print in a minute.
The mentioned “drawbacks” in speed, as well as the lack of duplex printing can be considered as drawbacks only situationally. These compromises are more than compensated by the presence of CISS and, as a consequence, minimum operating costs. Simple calculations – life of a color cartridge is 7000 pages, which “could not dream” of the above mentioned model.
And now about the disadvantages. In terms of communication this printer is the exact opposite of the previous one. It can only be connected to a computer directly through the USB 2 port.0. Neither Wi-Fi, nor any other connection method is available here.
Not only that, but the manufacturer has clearly overdoing it by following the “fashion” of of recent years – printer manufacturers very often do not include a USB cable. In devices with Wi-Fi this can still be interpreted as a smooth “accustoming” of consumers to wireless technology. But here, unpacking the printer, the buyer simply can not connect the printer in any way, and if the manager of the point of sale has not warned about this, there will be unnecessary annoying hassle.
- Pigmented black ink;
- decent quality printing of documents and photos;
- reliability and durability;
- easy operation.
- USB connection only, no cable included.
HP OfficeJet 202
Let’s finish the selection of the best cheap photo printers with a somewhat unusual model of narrow specialization by the American company Hewlett-Packard. It is unusual in that this printer is portable – the best solution for businessmen and managers who need to conduct field presentations and quickly “in the field” to print documents.
Portability of the computer is evident by its size – 364x69x186 mm, and weight of just 2.1 kg. But that’s not the main thing, the main thing is that it has its own battery, and allows you to print anywhere, even in places where there is no opportunity to connect to a wall outlet.
The Wi-Fi module and AirPrint support are very useful for easy online printing – you don’t even need any wires. The official drivers for this model are released for all major operating systems – Windows,
Color printing in this model is four-color. The ink is supplied from two cartridges – black and compound, where in one block there are three tanks with the remaining colors of CMYK color model.
In terms of print quality, the printer is not inferior to the above two – the resolution of 1200×4800 dpi. It even noticeably outdoes its predecessor in speed, printing up to 10 pages per minute in color and up to 9 pages per minute in b / w, a 10×15 cm print in 34 seconds.
You can sometimes find complaints online about the high price of cartridges. In fact, such reviews are purely subjective, as in May-June 2021 the cartridge costs about 1500 rubles – this is less than 10% of the cost of the entire printer, while in many other budget models without CISS the cost of the cartridge can approach the cost of a new printer. Plus, the cartridge life is noticeably longer than in many competitive options in the same price category.
- Compact and portable – can run on battery power;
- LCD screen with interface in Russian;
- Relatively inexpensive cartridges;
- easy operation;
- Nice design;
- High-quality assembly and packaging.
- must be handled with care – the soft plastic of the body is quickly scratched and loses its presentable appearance.
The best mid-range photo printers
In the second selection we shall consider photo printers of conditional middle class which are considerably more expensive than budget models, but their functional advantages are obvious even at a cursory glance on the technical specifications. Our experts have studied in detail the results of independent tests by subject matter experts. We’ve also gone deep into the feedback on the largest marketplaces on the Runet from buyers who have real and lasting experience with these models.
Canon PIXMA iX6840
First we will consider another representative of the extensive model range PIXMA production of Canon. Its main notable and competitive feature is the A3 format+. And it is probably the only photo printer on the market with decent quality A3+ format that is reasonably priced at about 20 thousand euros by spring/summer of 2021. rubles.
But “not the format alone” – this printer stands out from any of the previous ones even by its print resolution. The maximum for color printing – 9600×2400 dpi, which, as we see, twice the standard of budget models.
True, for black and white mode, the maximum resolution is limited to 600×600 dpi. But practically none of the users are bothered by this, because the main strength of the printer is color printing after all, and it is quite fast. That’s why this model can be seen in small private photo studios.
Speed-wise, the layout is. Printing speed of A4 documents in b / w – up to 14 pages per minute, in color – up to 10.4, color photos 10×15 cm – one print in 36 seconds. The printer uses pigmented black ink that adds more expressiveness and richness to the image.
The weak point of this model – a relatively small amount of cartridges. They are separate here, and there are five of them. Resource of color – 1645 pages, only according to the passport, and black just a little – 331 pages, but in reality less. Some users even have enough of it, but considering the format and evidently production purpose of this model, the words of many atelier owners about small volume are quite objective. They get out of the situation by buying refillable cartridges (RPC) from third-party manufacturers, buying original XXL cartridges or installing a CISS.
In conclusion it is worth saying that this model is suitable for office or photo studio on all fronts, as it has all the most popular ways of connecting – classic wired USB, wireless Wi-Fi, AirPrint support and RJ-45 interface for Ethernet local wired network.
- The maximum format is A3;
- pigmented black ink;
- Relatively good print speed;
- reliability and durability;
- connection via Wi-Fi and Ethernet;
- AirPrint support.
- what the owners of photo studios say – small volume of cartridges.
Now let’s go back to the A4 format and take a look at the productive Epson photo printer. And its performance is not its only virtue.
Let’s start with the most notable thing that makes this printer stand out from the rest. Here we can see really fast printing speed. Specifically, A4 documents up to 37 pages per minute in B/W mode and the same in color. A 10×15 cm photo in proper photographic quality prints in 12 seconds.
Another important point is that the printer uses more base colors than the standard 4-color CMYK set. And it’s not about the extra black, like some of the models described above. Here we have two additional colors – light blue and light magenta – in addition to the basic set. This is a noticeable plus to the accuracy of color reproduction, reproduction of halftones and the smoothest possible display of gradients. Maximum resolution – 5760×1440 dpi.
And another important point that eliminates a sore spot of many printers – the presence of CISS. Resource tanks are relatively small – 1800 pages. But most importantly, the containers are easy to refill, minimizing consumables costs.
Users in their feedback speak positively about the obvious advantages of the printer – printing quality, speed, CISS. But also quite a large percentage of mentions convenience of management, a significant role in which plays a large LCD screen on the control panel. It also adds presentable look to an already solid machine.
The only consistent complaint in reviews is the size. Dimensions are 542x196x386 mm, which is actually quite a lot for a desktop setup.
From Yandex review.Market with “Level 2 Gadget Inspector” status: “Very easy refills, as well as fast and high-quality printing are the biggest pluses. Once noticed streaks on the printout, cleaned the head and nozzles, and the problem was solved.”.
- Increased printing speed;
- Noticeably better print quality compared to budget models;
- large color LCD screen;
- card reader;
- solid appearance.
- quite large, as for a desktop installation.
Canon imagePROGRAF TM-200
We would like to finish our selection with another large A3 Canon printer. This is literally an outstanding model, in which Canon engineers managed to combine the ability to produce top-notch photographic quality, ultimate reliability and economy.
What is perhaps the most important in this model, in addition to print quality, it is the presence of CISS and a rare successful interaction, if I may say so, the print head with the ink. The fact that many users are trying to save money even when the printer (regardless of the model) has a CISS. And they try to save on ink by buying it from third parties.
Here, according to the reviews of many users and the results of independent tests, we can see that when using branded ink the head will practically never get clogged, dry up and require periodic blowing or any other maintenance. And it is in the course of such operations and there is a significant overspending of ink. As for the CISS itself, a lot of people say that the system is very easy to use, affordable and very reliable.
The second positive thing about this model is the print quality. Resolution is not the highest, up to 5760×1440 dpi in B/W and color, but for photographic quality this is enough, if a literate algorithm of drop distribution during the passage of the head is provided. And in this case with this issue is full order – experts and ordinary users, including those who use the printer in the production environment (photo studio) appreciate the quality and realism of the image as one of the best in this price range. Not the least of these is the six-color printing with the same complementary colors as the previous Epson L810.
In terms of print speed, nothing outstanding here. Claimed specifications – 15 pages per minute for A4 in color and b / w. Even in the budget category there are examples with higher speed. Another thing is that all the same there are six base colors. Nevertheless, users’ opinions are divided in this respect – some are satisfied with such speed, while others consider it as a considerable disadvantage.
- six-color printing;
- photo print quality, expressive color reproduction;
- reliability and uptime;
- economical consumption of ink, especially if you use proprietary;
- A3 format.
- there are problems with picking up glossy and semi-glossy papers;
- some users are not satisfied with print speed.
The best professional photo printers
In our final roundup of Expertology magazine’s review of the best photo printers in 2021, we take a look at two models that are designed specifically for the needs of the print shop. These are large format printers, often referred to as plotters, but that is a distortion of the original term “plotter”. Nevertheless, this terminology is in use, and if it occurs, then under this word we most often understand exactly the inkjet printer of large format.
Epson SureColor SC-T5100N
First consider the printer-plotter format A0 entry level. Yes, this professional category also has its entry-levels. And this model, even at the price of about 125 thousand rubles, is not a consumable. It is considered inexpensive within the segment of professional printers.
This printer is oriented on fast and high-quality printing of technical documentation (plans, schemes) in CAD and GIS-projects, and also for all kinds of advertising and information materials.
The specified format A0 already makes an impression, but even more impressive is the speed of printing on such a gigantic format. Measured in more obvious A1 size, the standard print speed on such a sheet is only 31 seconds. This model is one of the fastest in its class.
One more important positive moment – the head in this printer is not a consumable. Thus, the cartridges lack the most expensive part that the owners of any other printers without CISS are used to. Accordingly, even when using the original ink printing cost will be more than acceptable.
Now for the printing itself. Since increased demands are made for this model due to its “serious” specialization, Epson engineers initially introduced special approaches. The recently developed and released Epson PrecisionCore TFP printhead combined with high quality pigmented inks
- The traChrome XD2 offers a rare quality that almost no one else in this price class can compete with.
- A0 format;
- One of the fastest in its class;
- Exceptional quality through innovative printhead and special ink formulation;
- the head is not a consumable item;
- water washout resistant pigment ink;
- economical printing;
- Effective head protection in hermetic sealed casing;
- reliability and durability;
- no major flaws detected.
- Endurance – can work for a long time without interruption;
- PostScript support;
- All in-demand connectivity options;
- automatic duplex printing;
- Long cartridge life;
- large LCD-screen;
- HP PRINT SECURITY information security system.
- No principal disadvantages were detected.
Precise positioning of the drop ensures that the finest lines are clear, smooth and continuous. The pigment ink itself is not susceptible to smudging and is resistant to blurring when exposed to water.
HP PageWide Color 755dn
And our review ends with the professional A3 printer from Hewlett-Packard. It differs from its predecessor in the traditional form factor – there is a paper reservoir. But otherwise, in terms of performance, it is clearly designed for use in either a medium-sized office environment or in an operational printing plant.
The main thing that makes this model suitable for the printing studio is speed and PostScript support. So, depending on the mode, the A4 format printer can print at up to 55 pages per minute, both in color and b&w. PostScript support greatly expands its capabilities in terms of specialized fonts recognition, correct color separation, etc. d. As for quality, there is a maximum resolution of color photo printing – 2400×1200 dpi.
An important point – this model was originally designed as a productive and maximum endurance. After all, it is of little use if the printer prints quickly, but it needs a “rest” every 10 minutes. This printer can work for hours without interruption, without fear of overheating, loss of quality or any other technical difficulties. The total permissible load is up to 75 thousand A4 prints per month.
What’s more noteworthy, the algorithms of HP PRINT SECURITY’s proprietary information security system are firmly wired into this model. This system is designed to detect likely cyber-attacks, thus preventing industrial espionage.