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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique inkjet printers rating which considers: 1,700 US prices • 6,400 expert & user reviews • 420 product comparisons • 62 industry awards • Score breakdown
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Canon iB4020

2 Reviews
computershopper.com - Editor's Choice

$141.51

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5ppm
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1200 X 600 DPI
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Jun 2012
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HP Officejet Pro K5400

2 Reviews
pcpro.co.uk - Recommended

$679.88

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15ppm
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4800 X 1200 DPI
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Nov 2008
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Kodak Verite 65

86 Reviews

$113.47

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5.1ppm
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4800 X 1200 DPI
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Sep 2015
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Epson L805

7 Reviews

$470.44

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38ppm
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5760 X 1440 DPI
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Jul 2016
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Brother MFCJ890DW

$190.70

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23ppm
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1200 X 600 DPI
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Jul 2016
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Epson ET‑3600

11 Reviews

$299.00

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7.3ppm
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4800 X 1200 DPI
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Jul 2016
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Epson XP‑540

$101.77

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9ppm
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5760 X 1440 DPI
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Jul 2016
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Epson WF 5190

14 Reviews
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$279.99

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20ppm
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4800 X 1200 DPI
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Aug 2016
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Epson WF100W

15 Reviews
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$229.99

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7ppm
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760 X 1440 DPI
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Oct 2014
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Canon Pixma iP4200

18 Reviews
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$274.99

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20ppm
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9600 X 2400 DPI
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Mar 2017
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Canon PIXMA G1200

4 Reviews
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$179.99

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6ppm
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4800 X 1200 DPI
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May 2017
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Canon IP8750

144 Reviews
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$430.50

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10.4ppm
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9600 X 2400 DPI
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Nov 2015
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Canon IX6850

106 Reviews

$178.14

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10.4ppm
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9600 X 2400 DPI
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Jan 2016
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Epson SureColor P800

33 Reviews
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$1,192.99

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3ppm
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2880 X 1440 DPI
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May 2015
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Canon TS3150

162 Reviews
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$171.18

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4ppm
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4800 X 1200 DPI
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Oct 2016
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HP Envy 7640

$53.26

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9ppm
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1200 X 1200 DPI
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Sep 2015
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HP Officejet 5740

$64.99

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8ppm
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1200 X 1200 DPI
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Sep 2015

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HP OfficeJet 3830

$40.00

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3.5ppm
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1200 X 1200 DPI
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HP Officejet Pro 7720

$105.00

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34ppm
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1200 X 1200 DPI
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HP Envy 5544

$55.00

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8ppm
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4800 X 1200 DPI
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Sep 2015

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What Are The Best Inkjet Printer Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every inkjet printer and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated inkjet printer brand is HP with an average rating of 86%. Compare all award winning inkjet printers.

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HP Inkjet Printers 117 $30 - $5,399
86%
186 reviews
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Epson Inkjet Printers 104 $54 - $1,193
85%
547 reviews
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Canon Inkjet Printers 90 $28 - $1,000
79%
4,469 reviews
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Brother Inkjet Printers 32 $163 - $425
66%
74 reviews

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$229.99
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$74.95
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$193.98
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IX6850
$178.14
$16 cheaper
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HP
OfficeJet 3830
$40.00
$13 cheaper
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Epson
WF-2750
$52.95
19% faster
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WF-2630
$74.95
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DeskJet 3720
$37.81
$37 cheaper
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$119.71
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$279.99
$145 cheaper
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MFCJ6930
$424.84
8ppm faster
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OfficeJet Pro 8715
$100.85
$249 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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36% faster
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(colour)
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ET-3750
$349.99
Better brand
Seven months
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Officejet Pro 8710
$80.00
$270 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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42% faster
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ET-3750
$349.99
Better brand
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is duplex printing?
ADuplex printing is the ability to print on both sides of the paper - either simultaneously, or automatically turning the paper over to print on the other side. It means you can utilise both sides of the paper.
QWhat is Pictbridge?
APictbridge - or Direct Printing - is a system to allow users to print photos directly from their camera or phone, without having to connect to a computer first. This can either be done using a cable or wifi.
QWhat is an envelope feeder?
AAn envelope feeder allows you to load up a quantity of envelopes, which are then pulled into the printer to have addresses/names/etc printed directly onto them, rather than having to use labels.

Inkjet Printer Buying Guide

There are 2 main types of printers available on the consumer market - inkjet and laser printers. Both have strengths and weaknesses, and your choice will largely depend on what you plan on using your printer for. This guide will concentrate on information about inkjet printers - for a detailed rundown of laser printers, please see the guide under the Laser/LED printer category.

So, inkjet printers. As the name would suggest, these printers function by squirting a thin, focussed stream of black & coloured ink onto the page. This process makes inkjet significantly slower than laser printers, however there are capable of printing far more vivid colours, higher detail photos, and are generally far more preferable for colour-dependant printing.

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Ink Cartridges

Inkjet printers are generally cheaper than laser printers, however they have significantly higher running costs. This is because the individual ink cartridges used for the printing (usually 4 - black, yellow, magenta & cyan) are expensive to purchase, and are used up far quickly than toner cartridges for laser printers. Therefore though inkjet printers may seem like a good bargain when you first buy them, they may be a false saving if you only print black and white documents - a laserjet will save more money in the long term.

On the subject of cartridges, there are two main types of ink cartridges used for these printers - dye and pigment inks. While there isn’t a massive difference between the two, dye inks give more vivid and brighter colours, whereas pigments inks are more resilient, and less prone to fading. However recent improvements to both types of ink have shortened the gap between them, meaning you won’t really go wrong with either choice of ink type.

Print Speed

Inkjet printers are significantly slower than their laser printing cousins. However even within inkjet printers, there is a significant variety in print speeds - some models of inkjet printer can take double the time to print a page when compared to newer and more efficient models. All of our printers have detailed stats on the number of pages they can print a minute, broken down into black and white, colour, photo, etc. This will allow you to make the best decision as to the printer that best suits your needs.

Print Quality

When choosing an inkjet printer, print quality is among the most important considerations. The output quality of the printers on our site are measured in dots per inch (dpi) - higher dpi printers use more ink in denser configurations. This allow for far more detail and colour depth to be packed into every inch of the printing, leading to far higher quality prints.

It is also important to consider the number of print nozzles when choosing an inkjet printer. The more nozzles a printer has, the higher the density of ink it can apply to the page. Printers with a very high number of nozzles will be more expensive than other models, but you will gain far higher-quality prints from it, so it may well be worth the expense.

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While not as high quality as dedicated photo printers, inkjet printers are still effective at printing high-quality photos - far more so than laser printers. If you are interested in using your inkjet to print photos, it would be best to look for the printer with the highest print quality (dpi and colour depth). You will also need specialist photo paper to get the best results from photo printing - this paper is thicker and has a glossy coating that is specifically designed to stop the inks from blotting or merging, and provide a professional-level result when printing photos at home.

Connectivity

Most models of inkjet printers have several different network connectivity options to make printing easier and more efficient. Ethernet connectivity is now a common feature in modern printers - so data can be transferred over a network without having to plug your computer into the printer directly. This makes it far easier to share printers with groups: the printer can be placed in a central area and used freely by everyone around.

Additionally, many models of inkjet printer also have wifi and/or bluetooth connectivity. These options mean that you do not even have to use a wire to use the printer - data can be transferred over wireless connection.

Finally, the newest models of printers have support for cloud or app printing. These options allow you to send a document to print from anywhere in the world - from a browser over the cloud, or from an app on your smartphone. While you will pay more money for these options, the convenience they provide may be worth the extra expenditure.

Inkjet Printer Retailers, Prices and Features

Inkjet Printer Prices

Inkjets range in price from $28 to $5,399 and in total we found prices for 85 inkjets. A new inkjet printer costs on average $447 and 80% of inkjets are priced between $50 and $1,000. The cheapest inkjet printer that we found is the Canon G1100 at only $28, and the most expensive is the HP DesignJet Z5200 at $5,399.

Inkjet Printer Brands - Price Range

Xerox inkjets start at $254 and their most expensive inkjet costs $4,655. The highest average inkjet price out of all brands is Xerox inkjets with an average price of $2,454.

The second highest average inkjet price out of all brands is HP inkjets with an average price of $501. HP inkjets range in price from $30 to $5,399.

Epson inkjets range in price from $54 to $1,193, and the third highest average inkjet price out of all brands is Epson inkjets with an average price of $310.

Inkjet Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 388 expert reviews and 4,983 user reviews for inkjet printers and used this data to determine the average rating for each brand of inkjet. HP is the top rated inkjet brand with an average rating of 86%. Epson is the second best brand with 85% and Canon is the third best brand with 79%.

Biggest Inkjet Retailers

We found 87 current offers for inkjets from eBay making it the biggest inkjet retailer. That is over 3 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, Adorama for whom we found 26 current offers for inkjets. The third biggest retailer is Overstock with 13 current inkjet offers.

When Are Most New Inkjet Printers Released?

August to October is the most common period for new inkjet printers to be released in. If you want the latest inkjet printer features you may be best waiting until August 2019. It's also worth keeping in mind that the price of the current inkjets tend to drop off when the next models are released. August was the biggest month in 2018 for new inkjets, with 16 new inkjets released that month. 13 new inkjet printers were released in August 2017 making it the biggest month that year as well for new inkjet printer releases. The biggest month in 2016 for new inkjet printer releases was October, with 26 new inkjets released that month.

How Fast Do Inkjet Printer Prices Drop After Release?

On average inkjet printers drop in price by 31% in the first 6 months after release. That means that on a typical inkjet costing $447 you could save on average $140 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Print Speeds (Colour)

'Print Speed' measures how long it takes the inkjet printer to print a single colour A4 page at normal quality.

The print speeds (colour) of inkjets range from 1ppm to 75ppm. The print speeds (colour) of most inkjet printers range from 1ppm to 7ppm. The HP PageWide Pro 750d, which is available at $1,495.00, has the fastest print speed (colour) and is a 75ppm print speed (colour, normal quality, A4/US Le inkjet. The HP DesignJet T730, which is on sale for $2,299.99, has the slowest print speed (colour) and is a 1.36ppm print speed (colour, normal quality, A4/US Le inkjet printer.

A faster print speed means the inkjet printer is more efficient and can manage larger print jobs faster.

Maximum Resolutions

Maximum printing resolution.

We found 132 inkjets that are 4800 x 1200 DPI inkjet printers, which makes this the most common maximum resolution amongst new inkjets. We found 48 inkjet printers that are 5760 x 1440 DPI inkjets, making this the second most frequently found maximum resolution amongst new inkjet printers.

Wi-Fis

'Wi-Fi' denotes whether the laser printer has a support for wireless communications or not.

The vast majority of the 358 new inkjets currently listed on Kagoo are inkjet printers with a Wi-Fi. 301 out of 358 inkjets are inkjet printers with a Wi-Fi.

Wi-Fi support on a printer allows you to easily print your documents from wherever you are - no wired connection needed.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Inkjet Printers?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying inkjets. For each retailer it shows the total number of inkjets where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying inkjets. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was eBay. 82 of their inkjet printer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Inkjets for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for inkjets by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of inkjet prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's inkjet prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was eBay. 94.3% of their inkjet prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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