Everybody uses printers. College students, big-wig company CEOs, and everyone in between will need to transform their digital documents into physical works once in a while. Paper documents are considered a formality in our modern world, and they are used and required nearly everywhere.
Investing in a quality printer will make your life so much more convenient, but it’s deciding on what to buy that could be one of the hardest things you’ll ever do. With so many different choices available, where do you begin to look?
The Great Debate: Inkjet or Laser?
These two primary printer technologies both have their pros and their cons, so let’s take a look at why you might choose one over the other. Inkjet printers spray ink through very small nozzles onto a sheet of paper, while laser printers use a combination of ink powder and heat to stamp the words and images to the paper. In general, inkjet printers are less expensive, physically smaller, better at printing color images, and more versatile than their laser counterparts. However, they do suffer from lower quality text printing, slower printing speeds, and higher refill costs. With that being said, inkjet printers are more suitable for all-purpose use. Laser printers, on the other hand, are better off used solely for printing large amounts of black-and-white text documents.
Top 5 Printers for 2013
If one type had to be picked over the other, going inkjet would probably be the better bet. Here are five of the top inkjet printers being released in 2013 that you should strongly consider.
HP OfficeJet Pro 8000
This sleek black-and-white printer has just about everything for all your needs. The OfficeJet Pro 8000 features the ability to print wirelessly from any computer configured to do so. This is an extremely convenient option that lets you get things done without even being in the room or building. Additionally, this printer offers extremely clear and crisp text printing that rivals many laser printers on the market. While nearly $200 is a bit steep for an inkjet printer, this one should be worth the money.
Canon Pixma iP4920
This affordable and energy-efficient printer is able to produce photograph-quality images with ease. Even if it fails to function for some odd reason, the printer would make for a nice piece of desk decor with its curvy and stylish all-black build.
Canon Pixma iP4700
While the price tag on this one is obviously steep at $350, this is the ultimate all-in-one printer for your every need. It boasts the ability to print in bright and vibrant colors at an extremely high-definition. If you want photo-realistic images, laser-sharp text, and the best that money can buy, look no further than this model. Everything about it reeks of pure quality.
Lexmark Prospect Pro 205
This is quite possibly the best buy for anyone looking for a printer on a budget. The Prospect Pro 205 has a great build design, prints high detail lightning fast, and comes in at well under $100. You can’t really get a more complete package for less money than you would be spending on this baby.
Lexmark Intuition S505
While not the prettiest duckling in the group, the Intuition S505 is a jack of all trades but master of none. It can print in color and black-and-white, scan, copy, and fax all reasonably well. At under $120, this is definitely a contender in the inkjet world.