Top Inkjet Printers

Your guide to the top inkjet printers

When selecting inkjet printers, there are a few important characteristics to look for. Print quality is extremely important, and it is measured in dots per inch resolutions. If you have high output needs, you’ll also want a printer that is capable of completing a large number of pages per minute, and printers with lots of memory are better at handling large jobs and data-rich files.

One other important consideration is whether you need a color printer or a standard black and white printer. Color printers have more output options, but they are more expensive and their printer cartridges also cost more to replace. However, printer ink refills for inkjet machines are less expensive than those for laser printers. You can also purchase printer ink cartridges in bulk if you have high demands; this will save you money.

Here are our picks for the top-performing inkjet printers on the market:

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Lexmark Prospect Pro205

The Lexmark Prospect Pro205 produces professional-quality documents with output resolutions that rival those seen in laser printers. While this printer’s low price is a strong draw, what really sets it apart from the competition is its five-year warranty. This is the most comprehensive and complete warranty we’ve encountered yet. It is also Energy Star certified, and benefits from a compact design while providing wireless connectivity and built-in ports for cameras and smartphones.

However, this printer does have some minor drawbacks. Its color resolution isn’t as good as it’s black and white resolution, and it is a little on the bulky side. Despite this, the Lexmark Prospect Pro205 provides unparalleled value for a very affordable price.

Specifications:

  • Print technology: Thermal inkjet
  • Color technology: Cyan, magenta, yellow, black
  • Black print resolution: 2400 x 1200 dots per inch
  • Color print resolution: 4800 x 1200 dots per inch
  • Maximum print speed: Up to 33 pages per minute (black and white), up to 30 pages per minute (color)
  • Memory: 64 MB
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HP Officejet Pro 8000

HP is one of the most trusted brand names in the computing world, and the Officejet Pro 8000 is an excellent inkjet printer that puts out laser-like quality prints quickly and reliably. It offers very high output capabilities and is one of the most durable printers on the market. This is also a printer that offers a very stylish design, if you’re looking for bonus points for your home or office.

However, despite its durability, this printer only comes with a one-year warranty, and a limited one at that. It also lacks a memory card slot, making it impossible for you to print directly from your camera or smartphone.

Specifications:

  • Print technology: Thermal inkjet
  • Color technology: ColorLok scalable printing technology
  • Black print resolution: 1200 x 1200 dots per inch
  • Color print resolution: 4800 x 1200 dots per inch
  • Maximum print speed: Up to 35 pages per minute (black and white), up to 34 pages per minute (color)
  • Memory: 32 MB
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Canon Pixma iP4920

Of all the inkjet printers we’ve reviewed, this one has the most impressive color output resolutions. It is also a great energy saver and it is ideal if you want an inkjet model for printing photos.

Almost inevitably as the result of its superb quality, though, this printer is fairly slow. It’s a small price to pay for the quality, though, and on the whole, this printer is one of the best on the market and highly recommended for budget-conscious photo enthusiasts.

Specifications:

  • Print technology: Premium inkjet
  • Color technology: 4,096 color nozzles
  • Black print resolution: 600 x 600 dots per inch
  • Color print resolution: 9600 x 2400 dots per inch
  • Maximum print speed: 9.3 pages per minute (color)
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Lexmark Intuition S505

In addition to quality outputs, the Lexmark Intuition S505 has an easy-to-use LCD input display that facilitates easy interfacing with external storage media and digital cameras. However, its sheet tray is very small, holding only 100 sheets and requires constant refilling. This is a solid all-around printer, but isn’t particularly exceptional in any one regard.

Specifications:

  • Print technology: Thermal inkjet
  • Color technology: Cyan, magenta, yellow, black
  • Black print resolution: 2400 x 1200 dots per inch
  • Color print resolution: 4800 x 1200 dots per inch
  • Maximum print speed: Up to 33 pages per minute (black and white), up to 30 pages per minute (color)
  • Memory: 64 MB
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Canon Pixma iP4700

This is a slightly cheaper cousin of the Canon Pixma iP4920, offering comparable quality for color outputs but lacking wireless capabilities. It also only puts out about 10 pages per minute, or less. Ink for printers like this can set you back, too, if you do a lot of photo printing.

Specifications:

  • Print technology: Photo printer
  • Color technology: 4,096 color nozzles
  • Black print resolution: 600 x 600 dots per inch
  • Color print resolution: 9600 x 2400 dots per inch
  • Maximum print speed: Up to 8.1 pages per minute (color)