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Inkjet Printer Buying Guide

The latest advancements in inkjet printer technology have continued to produce precise text document and colourful graphic printouts at affordable prices, while permitting more plug-in, network and Internet connectivity. This has permitted a vast array of printing options (legal documents, brochures and digital pictures) that make business function more seemlessly and efficiently. Many of the most convenient inkjet printers are the all-in-one printers or multifunction printers, which include fax, copy and scan features that are necessary for any modern office.

Customers have many good, high-quality inkjet printers to choose from and must decide on what the intended use of the printer will be for their home or office along with the printer and ink cartridge replacement costs. Some printers can produce high volumes of black-and-white documents with adequate quality while others are better at creating high-quality professional photographic prints that are printed at slower output rates. The following inkjet printers offer a variety of features for discerning consumers:

- Brother MFC-6890 CDW Multifunction
- Canon PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II
- Epson WorkForce 600
- Hewlett-Packard PhotoSmart C4680
- Lexmark Prestige Pro805 Multifunction

Choose carefully comparing price, options and special features for these high-quality inkjet printers.

The Brother MFC-6890 CDW Multifunction inkjet printer provides versatility with its print, copy, scan and fax functions with great performance and good production speeds. This all-in-one printer has a 350-sheet capacity with dual trays for duplex printing in a wide range of paper sizes.

With dimensions of 21 x 19 x 12 inches (53.3 x 48.3 x 30.5 centimeters) and a weight of 34.4 lbs (15.6 kilograms), this Brother printer takes up a moderate amount of space. Program your job on the convenient 4.2-inch (10.7-centimeter) colour LCD display. Use the 50-page Automatic Document Feed (ADF) for producing attractive output.

This MFC-6890 CDW printer has print speeds of up to 35 ppm for black and 28 ppm for colour documents, with copying speeds of up to 23 ppm for black and up to 20 ppm for colour documents. The fax transmission speed is 33.6 Kbps. The printing resolution is 6000 x 1200 dpi; the scanning resolution is 1200 x 2400 dpi.

Ink cartridges are very affordable for thrifty businesses.

The Canon PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II inkjet printer taps into the Canon families expertise in creating colourful photographs with its cameras. Professional photographers can print directly from their digital cameras or the Internet producing the highest-quality prints. The colours available from the PIXMA prints cannot be matched by the competition.

Canon has developed the LUCIA 10-colour pigment ink system that provides more colour choices for more accurate, realistic photographs. It has also improved the longevity of pictures and the media compatibility over previous PIXMA systems. PIXMA inkjet printers are easy-to-setup and easy-to-use, "producing amazing results" for those who require the highest quality of professional photographic prints.

The PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II has dimensions of 26.0 x 13.9 x 7.6 inches (66.0 x 35.3 x 19.3 centimeters), weighing about 32.4 lbs (14.7 kilograms). Printouts can be as large as 13 x 19 inches (33.0 x 48.3 centimeters). Choose amongst a variety of printout formats, like Canon paper, Matte or Fine Art media for colourful keepsakes, business documents or brochures. Amaze your clients with amazing vibrant, vivid colours that burst from the page.

Artists will expecially appreciate Canon's fine-tuned settings. The Canon inkjet printers take about eight minutes to print colour black and colour photos with a resolution of 4800 x 2400 dpi.

Canon ink cartridges are more expensive than average costing about three times more than competing products.

The Epson Stylus Office WorkForce 600 inkjet printer is great for quickly producing great colour brochures for businesses at affordable prices. Because this all-in-one printer can fax, copy and scan, it is good for home or office. The WorkForce 600 has dimensions of 18.1 x 22.1 x 12 inches (46.0 x 56.1 x 30.5 centimeters); it weighs 18.3 lbs (8.3 kgms).

Enjoy print speeds at 38 ppm for black and colour or copy speeds at 38 ppm for black and colour. The print resolution is 5760 x 1440 dpi. Epson's WorkForce 600's flatbed scanner has a 2400 dpi resolution. Fax documents at 33.6 Kbps; store multiple numbers in the speed dial memory for rapid transmission.

The paper tray has a capacity of 100 sheets; use the 30-page Automatic Document Feeder for faster production. This wideformat Epson printer produces up to 17 x 22 inches (43.2 x 55.9 centimeters) sized documents with an acceptable output quality.

Epson ink cartridges are the most affordable of any of these printers.

The Hewlett-Packard PhotoSmart C4680 inkjet printer is an entry level product, which provides good text and graphic output. This all-in-one (print, scan and copy) inkjet printer has compact design dimensions of 17.39 x 16.59 x 6.69 inches (44.17 x 42.14 x 16.99 centimeters), weighing a mere 10.18 lbs (4.62 kgms).

Use the 1.5-inch (3.8-centimeter) full colour screen with its touch-sensitive controls for managing output. Black print speeds reach 29 ppm; colour print speeds reach 23 ppm. Printing borderless full colour photos takes more than five minutes. The scanner resolution is 1200 dpi. The copier has resolution output of 1200 x 1200 dpi.

The inkjet cartridge replacement costs are relatively high.

The Lexmark Prestige Pro805 Multifunction inkjet printer is good for small offices due to its ability to handle good amounts of paper. The dimensions are 18.3 x 15.4 x 9.8 inches (46.5 x 39.1 x 24.9 centimeters) with a weight of 20.4 lbs (9.3 kgms). Customers can use the 4.3-inch (10.9-centimeter) LCD screen to copy, scan or print decent documents.

The printing speeds are 33 ppm for black and 30 ppm for colour. The copying speeds are 25 ppm for black and 21 ppm for colour. The black printing resolution is 2400 x 1200 dpi; the colour printing resolution is 4800 x 1200 dpi. The scanning resolution is 1200 x 4800 dpi. The tray capacity is 150 sheets.

Lexmark ink cartridges are affordably priced in the mid-range for replacement parts.