A wise person once said, “You get what you pay for,” and in the case of Canon’s budget-friendly Pixma iP2702, truer words were never spoken. If you’re looking for an affordable way to print day-to-day snapshots, the $50 iP2702 might be just the ticket--provided that your expectations are in keeping with the limitations of a low-cost, single-function printer.
When it comes to compact photo printers, we don’t usually hope for a
whole lot in the way of extras. That’s because the most we’d expect to
pay for a 4x6 photo printer is about 100 bucks, and the initially low
cost of printing at home piles up over time as ink and paper are
All-in-one printers do everything, but usually at the expense of
excelling at any single job. Not so with the Epson Artisan 810, which
quickly spits out high-quality photographic prints and also ably takes
care of your scanning, copying, and standard printing needs.
Filling your own inkjet printer cartridges can slash inks costs by 60
to 85 percent, save oil that’s used to transport them, and cut down on
the hundreds of millions of plastic empties that clog U.S. landfills
each year. And no, Virginia, using refillables won’t actually void your
printer’s warranty--despite what store clerks might tell you.
Things that go bump in the night: ghosts, ghouls, and the new HP Photosmart Pro B8850. If this printer sits idle for more than a day, it powers on, wakes up, and checks each of its 4,884 ink nozzles to make sure they’re unclogged so it can be ready to go when you are. Then it powers down and goes back to sleep.
If high-gloss color photos turn you on, the new Epson R1900 will give you a real thrill. Using long-lasting pigment inks and a special gloss optimizer, the wide-format printer puts out shiny, eye-popping photos up to 13 by 19 inches that’ll bring on the oohs and aahs.