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Printer reviews

Consumer Reports is the only place to find unbiased, independent printer reviews. Should you choose an inkjet printer or a laser printer? One function or all-in-one printer, scanner, and copier? What about a photo printer? You also have to decide if your printer will have a physical connection or whether you need a wireless printer.

Our experts at the Consumer Reports National Testing and Research Center have evaluated more than 100 current printer models at our on-site printer testing labs. Our reviews will provide you with recommended printer models based on price, performance, and features.

You can also subscribe to our printer Ratings, where you will find the exact numerical score our experts have assigned to each of the 16 tested review criteria that make up our reviews: ink cost per month, maintenance ink use, 4x6 photo cost, 8x10 photo cost, text cost, photo quality, 4x6 photo time, 8x10 photo time, text quality, text speed, graphics quality, convenience, scan quality, copy quality, power saving, and versatility. We provide information on many printer brands, including Epson, Canon, HP, Brother, Dell, and many others. Our printer review pages also include a printer selector, where you can input brand, category, and price to narrow down the right printer for your needs.

After reading the printer reviews, you can compare models, review our list of features and specifications, read user reviews, and submit your own review. If you prefer visual information, check out our printer video buying guide.

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Read the printer reviews below and compare the Ratings of each model before you shop.

Printer reviews

Epson Expression Premium XP-620

Type: All in one printers
Summary: An all-in-one inkjet printer from Epson. It has scan and copy functions, and Wi-Fi networking. Works with Windows, Mac OS.
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Epson PictureMate Charm PM225

Type: Snapshot printers
Summary: A snapshot photo printer from Epson. It has no networking. Works with both Windows and Mac OS.
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Brother MFC-J650DW

Type: All in one printers
Summary: An all-in-one inkjet printer from Brother. It has scan and copy functions, an automatic document feeder, built-in faxing, and Wi-Fi networking. Works with Windows, Mac OS.
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Canon Pixma MX532

Type: All in one printers
Summary: An all-in-one inkjet printer from Canon. It has scan and copy functions, an automatic document feeder, built-in faxing, and Wi-Fi networking. Works with Windows, Mac OS.
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Canon Pixma MX392

Type: All in one printers
Summary: An all-in-one inkjet printer from Canon. It has scan and copy functions, an automatic document feeder, built-in faxing, and no networking. Works with Windows, Mac OS.
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What's behind our printer Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 110 models in printers to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    Overall score is based on speed and quality of print, scan, and copy functions, plus ease of use. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
  • Ink cost/month
    Estimated cost (in dollars) for ink or toner in a month of typical use, based on our tests and how our readers told us they print. For inkjets: 23 text pages, 9 graphics pages, 2.4 large photos, 3.6 small photos, and 3.5 photos on plain paper. For lasers: 62 text pages, 24 graphics pages, 1.7 large photos, 1.9 small photos, and 2.3 photos on plain paper. Photos cost the most, text documents the least, so your results may vary from these figures, but they are useful for comparing models.
  • Maintenance ink use
    Reflects the amount of extra ink used by an inkjet printer to maintain its print heads in our test printing a total of 30 pages of text and color graphics intermittently over a 4-week period, turning the printer OFF between print jobs. "NA" indicates an older model that did not undergo these tests.
  • 4x6 photo cost
    4x6 photo cost per print.
  • 8x10 photo cost
    8x10 photo cost per print.
  • Text cost
    Text cost per print.
  • Photo quality
    This is our assessment of the appearance of each photo. Models with higher scores produce more natural looking photos, with smoother changes in shading and fewer problems with banding.
  • 4x6 photo time
    This score reflects how quickly the model can print one 4x6 photo on photo-quality paper. 1 minute or less is excellent; 1 to 2 minutes is very good; 2 to 4 minutes is good; 4 to 6 minutes is fair; and longer than 6 minutes is poor.
  • 8x10 photo time
    This score reflects how quickly the model can print one 8x10 photo on photo-quality paper. 2 minutes or less is excellent; 2 to 4 minutes is very good; 4 to 6 minutes is good; 6 to 8 minutes is fair; and longer than 8 minutes is poor.
  • Text quality
    This indicates how crisply and clearly a printer produced black text in a variety of faces, sizes, and styles. Models with higher scores produce more uniform type, with sharper edges and smoother curves.
  • Text speed
    This score reflects how quickly the model can print text on five pages of plain, letter-sized pages. 30 seconds or less is excellent; 31 to 60 seconds is very good; 61 to 90 seconds is good; 91 to 120 seconds is fair; and longer than 120 seconds is poor.
  • Graphics quality
    Our assessment of the appearance of color graphics produced by the printer. Black and white lasers were judged on black and white graphics.
  • Convenience
    Measures the ease of carrying out a series of common activities with the printer.
  • Scan quality
    Scan quality is for color photos, graphics, and text scanned at each model's default settings.
  • Copy quality
    Copy quality is for graphics and text.
  • Power saving
    This indicates how well the printer conserves power between uses.
  • Versatility
    Versatility indicates features that increase a printer's utility or capabilities.

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