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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique inkjet printers rating which considers: 1,400 US prices • 5,300 expert & user reviews • 400 product comparisons • 72 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#1

Epson Stylus S21

3 Reviews
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$120.00

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14ppm
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5760 X 1440 DPI
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May 2009
#2

HP Designjet T120

6 Reviews
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$33.00

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9.3ppm
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1200 X 1200 DPI
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Oct 2016
#4

Canon TS3150

25 Reviews
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$286.96

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4ppm
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4800 X 1200 DPI
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Oct 2016
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Epson L300

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$48.99

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9ppm
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5760 X 1440 DPI
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Jan 2013
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Canon G1200

2 Reviews
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$179.95

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6ppm
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4800 X 1200 DPI
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May 2017
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Canon iP4500

28 Reviews
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$41.86

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24ppm
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9600 X 2400 DPI
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Apr 2015
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Canon iB4020

2 Reviews
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$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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Epson L805

7 Reviews
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$484.99

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4.8ppm
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5760 X 1440 DPI
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Feb 2017
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#10

Epson WF‑100

15 Reviews
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$229.99

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11ppm
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5760 X 1440 DPI
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Oct 2014
#11

Epson L310

1 Review
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$150.00

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9.2ppm
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5760 X 1440 DPI
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Sep 2015
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Epson WF 5190

13 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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HP Officejet Pro 6230

65 Reviews
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$42.00

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10ppm
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1200 X 600 DPI
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Oct 2016
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Canon Pixma iP4200

18 Reviews
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$349.99

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20ppm
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9600 X 2400 DPI
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Mar 2017
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Epson SureColor P800

24 Reviews
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$1,099.99

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3ppm
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2880 X 1440 DPI
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May 2015
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HP Officejet Pro K5400

15 Reviews
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$599.95

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15ppm
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4800 X 1200 DPI
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Mar 2007
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Epson WF‑2750

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$39.99

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4.5ppm
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4800 X 1200 DPI
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Sep 2015
An affordable and good spec 4.5ppm print speed (colour, normal quality, A4/US Le inkjet printer.
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HP Officejet Pro 8710

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$75.00

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27ppm
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1200 X 1200 DPI
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Sep 2015
A good spec and bargain price 27ppm print speed (colour, normal quality, A4/US Le inkjet printer.
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HP OfficeJet 3830

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$33.00

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3.5ppm
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1200 X 1200 DPI
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Sep 2015
A good spec and low cost 3.5ppm print speed (colour, normal quality, A4/US Le inkjet printer.
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Epson HD XP‑15000

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$249.99

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29ppm
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5760 X 1440 DPI
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Sep 2017
A good spec and low cost 29ppm print speed (colour, normal quality, A4/US Le inkjet printer.
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Epson XP‑6000

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$69.99

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8.2ppm
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5760 X 1440 DPI
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Oct 2016
An affordable and good spec 8.2ppm print speed (colour, normal quality, A4/US Le inkjet.

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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 Canon with an average rating of 80%. Compare all award winning inkjet printers.

Rank Brand Number of Inkjet Printers Price Range Average Rating
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Canon Inkjet Printers 85 $42 - $1,000
80%
2,909 reviews
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Epson Inkjet Printers 101 $27 - $1,100
79%
1,605 reviews
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HP Inkjet Printers 105 $30 - $4,077
59%
253 reviews
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Brother Inkjet Printers 31 $150 - $340
46%
74 reviews

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Officejet Pro 8740
$249.99
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MFC-J6935
$340.00
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DeskJet 3720
$34.99
$254 cheaper
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WF-3620
$289.00
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WF-3620
$289.00
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$75.00
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WF-3620
$289.00
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Officejet Pro 8720
$29.95
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XP-960
$222.99
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Officejet Pro 8730
$219.99
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WF-3620
$289.00
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Envy 7640
$45.00
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WF-7110
$149.98
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Officejet Pro 8725
$800.00
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WF-7110
$149.98
$349 cheaper
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Officejet 7510
$499.00
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WF-7110
$149.98
$70 cheaper
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$219.95
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OfficeJet Pro 8715
$109.00
$221 cheaper
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Epson
ET-3750
$330.49
User reviews
are better
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Epson
WF-7110
$149.98
Much better
expert reviews
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Officejet Pro 7720
$149.99
Better brand
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Canon
iB4020
$141.51
Marginally
better expert
reviews
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HP
Officejet Pro 8720
$29.95
$112 cheaper
One more awards
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OfficeJet 7110
$210.00
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WF-7110
$149.98
$60 cheaper
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WF-7110
$149.98
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Officejet Pro 8710
$75.00
$75 cheaper
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Officejet Pro 8730
$219.99
$107 cheaper
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MFCJ6930
$326.98
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Epson
L310
$150.00
$70 cheaper
Moderately
better expert
reviews
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HP
OfficeJet Pro 7740
$219.95
Better brand
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Canon
iP4500
$41.86
Three more
awards
Expert reviews
are better
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Officejet Pro 8720
$29.95
$12 cheaper
Better brand
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Brother
MFCJ6530
$250.98
$549 cheaper
More popular
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Officejet Pro 8725
$800.00
Better brand
User reviews
are slightly
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XP-900
$218.06
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MFC-J5330DW
$219.98
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$340.00
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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 Prices

We currently list 94 inkjets ranging from $26 to $4,655. A new inkjet costs on average $359 and 80% of inkjet printers are priced between $36 and $600. The cheapest inkjet that we found is the Epson XP-860 at only $27, and the most expensive is the Xerox 7800/DN at $4,655.

Inkjet Printer Brands - Price Range

The average price of Xerox inkjet printers is $2,454 which is the highest average price of all inkjet brands. Xerox inkjet printers start at $254 and their most expensive inkjet costs $4,655.

HP inkjets range in price from $30 to $4,077, and the second highest average inkjet price out of all brands is HP inkjets with an average price of $383.

Canon inkjet printers start at $42 and their most expensive inkjet printer costs $1,000. The average price of Canon inkjet printers is $313 which is the third highest average price of all inkjet printer brands.

Inkjet Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 402 expert reviews and 4,531 user reviews for inkjets and used these reviews to evaluate the average rating for each brand of inkjet. Canon is the top rated inkjet brand with an average rating of 80%. Epson is the second best brand with 79% and HP is the third best brand with 59%.

Biggest Inkjet Retailers

The biggest inkjet printer retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 82 current inkjet printer offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Adorama with 21 offers. That means eBay is over 3 times bigger than Adorama when it comes to inkjets. Overstock is the third biggest retailer with 12 current offers.

When Are Most New Inkjet Printers Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any prominent pattern in the release month for new inkjet printers. In April 2017 seven new inkjets were released making it the biggest month that year for new inkjet printer releases. In 2016 most new inkjets were released in October, with 27 new inkjets released that month. September was the biggest month in 2015 for new inkjets, with 121 new inkjets released that month.

How Fast Do Inkjet Printer Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, inkjet printers drop in price by 37% on average. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of $133 on a typical $359 new inkjet printer 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.

Comparing all inkjet printers, the print speeds (colour) range from 1ppm to 63ppm. The print speeds (colour) of most inkjets range from 1ppm to 7ppm. The inkjet printer with the fastest print speed (colour) is the HP Pro X451dw, which is a 55ppm print speed (colour, normal quality, A4/US Le inkjet and is on sale for $69.95. The HP Photosmart A646, which is priced at $75.00, has the slowest print speed (colour) and is a 2.1ppm print speed (colour, normal quality, A4/US Le inkjet.

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

Maximum Resolutions

Maximum printing resolution.

The most common maximum resolution amongst new inkjet printers is 4800 x 1200 DPI. We found 119 inkjet printers that are 4800 x 1200 DPI inkjets. The second most frequently found maximum resolution amongst new inkjets is 5760 x 1440 DPI. We found 47 inkjets that are 5760 x 1440 DPI inkjets.

Wi-Fis

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

The vast majority of the 337 new inkjet printers currently listed on Kagoo are inkjets with a Wi-Fi. 281 inkjet printers out of 337 are inkjets 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 inkjet printers. For each retailer it shows the total number of inkjet printers where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying inkjet printers. 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. 73 of their inkjet prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Inkjet Printers 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 printer prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's inkjet printer prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was eBay. 89% of their inkjet prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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