Photo printers have many innovative, helpful features. While choosing among them can be a bit confusing, it doesn’t have to be. All you really need to think about is what you’ll use the printer for so you can expedite your search and find the exact model that best suits your needs.
Determine Your Printing Needs
Do you plan to do more than just print photos? If so, consider an [All-In-One], so you also can copy, scan and fax. You’ll save a considerable amount of space by using one machine for all your needs. When choosing a printer, you’ll first want to decide between laser and inkjet. Both have their distinct advantages. For photo printing, an inkjet printer is typically the better choice. They're capable of printing with very sharp colors and high levels of contrast to give your printed photos a truly professional look. They may print more slowly than laser printers, but offer great quality and it’s easy to replace the cartridges.
Compare Features Carefully
There are many features available and many different brands. Consider for example, the maximum dots per inch (DPI), the number of pages it can print per minute and whether it’s wired or wireless. DPI is a measure of clarity; the higher the number, the better the quality. In general, you can expect most inkjet printers to have a maximum DPI of 4800, which usually results in excellent quality photos. However, you can also select a printer with a higher DPI, such as the Brother MFC-J6920DW [inkjet printer], to further enhance photo quality. Pages per minute (PPM), is also an important consideration if time is of the essence and you need to print quickly. While wireless connectivity is a common feature with today’s printers, many take it a step further by allowing any device to print through a wireless connection. For example, the Epson WorkForce WF-3620 can print directly from tablets and smartphones, so you save time since you don’t have to transfer photos to a computer.
Select the Right Paper
It’s important to select the right paper for your needs and the model you’re considering. Choices basically include glossy, semi-gloss and matte photo paper. Glossy has the best resolution, although there can be some glare. Matte doesn't have a glare, but it also doesn't look as sharp as glossy paper, while semi-gloss is somewhere in between. One general rule of thumb is to use glossy paper for color and matte for black and white. If you plan to print both or you just want a balanced photo paper, semi-gloss is probably your best bet. Size is also an important consideration. Sizes range from photo paper small enough to print wallet-sized photos to paper large enough for 13 by 19 inch portraits. It’s best to make sure your printer can accommodate all the sizes you’ll be using.
With printers, some planning and thinking about what you’ll need in advance will help make the process an easier one while ensuring you select the right model for your budget.
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