Buyer’s Guide - Inkjet printers (Part 1) - Brother MFC-J625DW, Canon PIXMA MX360, Canon PIXMA PRO-1, Dell V313W All-In-One Printer

4/10/2012 8:54:11 AM

Today's Inkjet printers are capable of producing everything from production-quality prints to consumer-grade images and text, quickly, quietly, and affordably. As a result, however, there's a world of difference among them when it comes to features and price. Keep the following in mind when shopping for a new inkjet printer.

Consumable Conundrum

The up-front cost of an Inkjet printer might be your primary purchasing consideration, but don't forget the long-term expenses you will incur to keep the printer churning out pages. Thankfully, many printer manufacturers list the number of pages you can expect to get out of the respective color and black cartridges. To determine the cost per page, simply divide the ink cartridge cost by the number of pages the printer will print per color and black cartridge.

Inkjets Know Photos

Image quality is often a top priority, but if photo printing is important to you, select a photo-oriented printer to get the best results. Conversely, avoiding a photo printer can lower your cost per color page, which will definitely add up over time.

Networking Necessities

Your home or office network is the lifeblood of your PC-based work and play, so it follows that the computers on your network should all have access to the printer, either wired or wirelessly. Most inkjet printers offer some form of connectivity, either built-in or via an optional wireless accessory. Some printers take it a step further and let you email documents and photos from your smartphone while you're out of the office, and others still offer direct printing from an iPad or iPhone on your wireless network.

The Extras

Extra features can add functionality, ease everyday use, save energy, and more. Many inkjets currently offer touch-sensitive displays, ENERGY STAR qualifications, scanning and copying capabilities, and even smartphone apps.

What follows is a series of inkjet printers suitable for home or business use along with pricing and a few highlighted features. Just turn the page to get the most printer for your money.

Brother MFC-J625DW

$129.99 (ESP)


Description: Brother MFC-J625DW

This compact AIO (all-in-one) makes it easy to print, copy, scan, and fax. Built for small or home office environments, the MFC-J625DW features 802.11 b/g/n wireless networking, auto duplex (2-sided) printing, and a 20-page document feeder for unattended fax, copy, and scan jobs. The 1.9-inch touchscreen color LCD makes using it a cinch, and it's capable of 12ppm (pages per minute) black and 10 ppm color speeds.

Canon PIXMA MX360


Description: Canon PIXMA MX360

The PIXMA MX360 Inkjet Office All-In-One utilizes a 30-sheet auto document feeder for copying, scanning, and faxing at a small and home office pace. Dual Color Gamut Processing Technology enables your copies to shine as brightly as the originals. Other features include support for password-protected PDFs, borderless printing, PictBridge, optional Bluetooth, and Easy-WebPrint EX, which ensures you're only printing what you want from the Web.




Description: Canon PIXMA PRO-1

Canon's PIXMA PRO-1 is the right tool for the job for professional photographers. This printer uses a 12 LUCIA pigment ink system to deliver more lifelike images than ever. The printer also utilizes ink tanks that are 2.5 times larger than conventional ink tanks. Other features include built-in Ethernet networking and support for two-way paper feeding and professional photo printing on a variety of photo paper types.

Dell V313W All-In-One Printer



Description: Dell V313W All-In-One Printer

The Dell V313W wireless AIO is a small business workhorse capable of producing professional-looking documents and borderless photos, as well scanned and copied documents and images. Dell also includes some nice software, including optical character recognition software, Dell Ink Management software, and PictBridge software, which lets you print images from your camera without a PC. The LCD also makes using this printer simple.

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