Your photos deserve to exist as more than mere bits and bytes. Here’s how to pick the right photo printer—whether for humble snapshots or big, bold art prints—and our top lab-tested picks.
Printer manufacturers aren’t shy about calling their products “photo printers.” Many consumer all-in-one printers (inkjet printer/copier/scanners) wear the label, even if they have no more than the four usual ink cartridge colors—cyan, magenta, yellow, and black or CMYK—instead of the five or six shades that produce better-quality prints. Some vendors even apply the term “photo printer” to inkjets with the antique two-cartridge (black and tricolor) system. And some of their output, to be fair, isn’t bad, as long as you’re printing on special photo paper instead of plain or copier paper.
But this article assumes you’re looking for a true photo printer. For consumers, these fall into two broad categories: near-dedicated photo printers, and dedicated snapshot printers. Beyond those, some all-in-one inkjet printers take a decided photo-centric bent. We’ll run through our latest tested favorites of all three kinds below, then get into how to buy a photo printer that’s right for what you do.
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