Printers are a dime a dozen in the market. Just run a simple search for printers, and you will see thousands of results — right from multi-functional printers to simple ones. But what about printers that are specific to photos alone? Thankfully, there are plenty of printers yet affordable that are specifically built for taking photo prints.
The issue with photo printers is that they are usually on the expensive side. However, there are a few which deliver a great photo quality even at decent prices. In this post, we are going to look at five s printers.
Though the Epson PictureMate PM-400 is slightly dated (launched in 2015 ), it still produces one of the best photos. The colors are vivid and almost resembles the professional quality. This one has a high resolution of 5760 x 1440 and delivers standard prints of 4 x 6 inches and 5 x 7 inches.
The PictureMate PM-400 uses a single cartridge comprising of all the colors. The only downside is that you will have to change the entire cartridge even when one of the inks run dry.
It may not be the prettiest printers in the market, but it gets the work done. And it does so rather beautifully. And most of the user reviews seem to agree on this matter. As user Steve describes it, "Pics are vivid, connects to every device with little effort."
When it comes to the features, the Epson PictureMate PM-400 features wireless printing, meaning you can easily print from your phone or tablet.
Next on the list, we have the Canon Selphy CP1300. It's a wireless compact printer that does an excellent job of printing high-res photos. The best thing is that you do not have to worry about wires and cords, thanks to wireless printing features. That means you can easily print from the comforts of your phone or tablet. And the non-touch color LCD screen is the cherry on top.
Aforementioned, the Selphy CP1300 is a compact printer and measures just about 2.5 x 7 x 5.4-inch and weighs 2.5 pounds. Yep, you read that right. And due to its size, it can't print large images. Instead, it churns out 4 x 6-inch photos.
Setting it up is a child's play. It's a straightforward process and gets done pretty quickly. And, this has been echoed by several users on Amazon.
This compact printer amasses 4.7-stars out of 5 in the reviews, and out of them over 80% are positive. Another frequently praiseworthy feature is its excellent print quality.
If you are looking for a bigger printer that can print both photos and documents, you can check out the Canon Pixma TS8320. It features a slew of features such as voice-activation, wireless printing, and can scan and copy at the same time. On top of that, it's Google Cloud Print-ready, and the 4.3-inch touch screen makes it convenient to go about your business.
The Pixma TS8320 uses a total of 6 ink cartridges, and the quality has been described as impressive by both professional reviewers as well as users.
The photos appear colorful, vivid, and well-detailed. As one of the users points out, "This little TS8320 is incredibly easy to set up, prints beautiful documents and photos are what we could only expect from a pricey photo printer a few years back."
Aside from that, this printer is fast, and each colored print takes about half a minute. And speaking of document printing, the prints are detailed and sharp, and you can even opt for duplex-printing.
It has an SD card slot at the front. However, there's no slot for pen-drives or thumb drives.
Like most of its counterparts in this list, the HP Envy 7855 has a smaller footprint. And apart from printing quality photos, it boasts of features such as scanning, copying, fax, and wireless printing, among others.
The HP Envy 7855 has a fast print speed of around 12.7 pages per minute and uses two ink cartridges for the process. Out of these, one is colored while the other one is black.
When it comes to printing documents, it can at best be described as basic. It just gets the work done. However, the quality of photo printing is a touch above. Photos appear vivid and well-saturated.
The HP Envy 7855 has over 59% positive rating on Amazon and a majority of users appreciated its ease of setup, colors of photos, and seamless connectivity.
Unlike the ones above, the HP Sprocket 200 uses ZINK technology to print photos, instead of traditional ink cartridges. For those unaware, this printing technology uses heat to add color and develops the picture instantly. And it takes around 35-40 seconds to develop a print.
The HP Sprocket manages to output fairly good photos. However, do note that the color or the quality will not be the same as a laserjet or inkjet printer, and the colors tend to lean towards the darker spectrum.
Aside from that, the Sprocket 200 is slightly smaller than its counterpart and measures just 4.6 x 3.1 x 1-inch, making it fairly easy to carry it around.
It comes with Bluetooth 5.0, and you can pair to it from your phone just like any other Bluetooth device. Once done, you can take the aid of the companion app to print the photos.
Also, this instant printer does away with the hassles of wire connection since it comes with a 550mAh battery. A full charge yields around ten prints.
In a nutshell, the Sprocket 200 won't give you professional-quality prints. However, if you are looking for something fun to take it along with you on day trips or picnics or to photo booth events, this is the one for you.
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So, which one will you choose?
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