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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique inkjet printers rating which considers: 1,700 US prices • 6,300 expert & user reviews • 400 product comparisons • 59 industry awards • Score breakdown
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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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Canon Pixma iP4200

18 Reviews
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$278.91

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20ppm
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9600 X 2400 DPI
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Mar 2017
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Kodak Verite 65

86 Reviews

$120.20

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5.1ppm
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4800 X 1200 DPI
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Sep 2015
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Canon PIXMA 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 IP8750

144 Reviews
Expert Reviews - Recommended

$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

$31.46

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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 TS9150

28 Reviews

$351.52

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10ppm
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4800 X 1200 DPI
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Oct 2016
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Epson L805

7 Reviews

$484.99

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38ppm
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5760 X 1440 DPI
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Jul 2016
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HP Officejet Pro 6230

68 Reviews
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$41.99

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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 G1100

$30.00

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5ppm
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4800 X 1200 DPI
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Feb 2018
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Canon TS3150

162 Reviews
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$176.83

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4ppm
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4800 X 1200 DPI
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Oct 2016
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Epson ET3600

11 Reviews

$40.00

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7.3ppm
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4800 X 1200 DPI
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Jul 2016
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HP Officejet Pro K5400

2 Reviews
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$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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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 XP‑540

$102.45

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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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HP Officejet 200 Mobile

105 Reviews
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$200.00

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7ppm
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4800 X 1200 DPI
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Feb 2017

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HP OfficeJet 200

$50.37

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7ppm
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4800 X 1200 DPI
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Jun 2016

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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 Epson with an average rating of 86%. Compare all award winning inkjet printers.

Rank Brand Number of Inkjet Printers Price Range Average Rating
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Epson Inkjet Printers 102 $40 - $999
86%
547 reviews
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HP Inkjet Printers 112 $30 - $5,399
86%
186 reviews
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Canon Inkjet Printers 90 $30 - $599
81%
4,456 reviews
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Brother Inkjet Printers 31 $163 - $426
76%
74 reviews

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XP-960
$199.99
$231 cheaper
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Canon
iP8750
$430.50
One more award
Faster print
speed (colour)
Two months
newer
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Epson
WF-100
$229.99
Two more awards
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HP
OfficeJet 200
$50.37
$180 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Epson
WF-2750
$54.59
$107 cheaper
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Officejet 6950
$161.54
Better Kagoo
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45% faster
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OfficeJet Pro 7740
$135.15
Better Kagoo
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WF-7620
$64.95
$70 cheaper
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Canon
TS8151
$221.72
10% faster
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$204.02
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Epson
WF-2750
$54.59
$136 cheaper
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Officejet Pro 6960
$191.04
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Canon
iP8750
$430.50
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Expression Photo HD XP-15000
$299.99
$131 cheaper
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Epson
WF-2750
$54.59
$146 cheaper
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Officejet Pro 6970
$200.48
Better Kagoo
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36% faster
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Epson
WF-100
$229.99
Better brand
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HP
OfficeJet 200
$50.37
$180 cheaper
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20 months newer
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HP
DeskJet 3630
$32.55
$87 cheaper
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Epson
WF-2630
$119.99
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Better brand
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Epson
XP-960
$199.99
More popular
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Canon
IX6850
$31.46
$169 cheaper
Newer by four
months
Faster print
speed (colour)
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HP
OfficeJet 3830
$42.00
$78 cheaper
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Epson
WF-2630
$119.99
Better brand
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Epson
WF-7620
$64.95
$329 cheaper
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Brother
MFC-J6935
$393.47
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Epson
XP-960
$199.99
$152 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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More popular
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Canon
TS9150
$351.52
13 months newer
Faster print
speed (colour)
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Epson
XP-900
$213.82
Better brand
More popular
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Canon
IX6850
$31.46
$182 cheaper
19% faster
print speed
(colour)
Four months
newer
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Epson
WF-3620
$125.00
Better brand
Better Kagoo
Score
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HP
Officejet Pro 8710
$80.00
$45 cheaper
39% faster
print speed
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HP
DeskJet 3720
$50.00
$75 cheaper
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$125.00
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6ppm faster
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Epson
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$172.49
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14% faster
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$80.00
$92 cheaper
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$125.00
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Epson
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DeskJet 3720
$50.00
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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 Printer Prices

The price range of inkjets is from $29 to $5,399 and in total we found prices for 102 inkjets. The average price of a new inkjet is $405 and the 80% of inkjet printers are priced between $50 and $680. The HP DesignJet Z5200 is the most expensive inkjet printer that we found at $5,399, and the HP Deskjet 1112 is the cheapest at only $30.

Inkjet Printer Brands - Price Range

The average price of Xerox inkjets is $2,454 which is the highest average price of all inkjet brands. Xerox inkjets range in price from $254 to $4,655.

HP inkjets start at $30 and their most expensive inkjet costs $5,399. The second highest average inkjet price out of all brands is HP inkjets with an average price of $441.

Brother inkjet printers start at $163 and their most expensive inkjet printer costs $426. The average price of Brother inkjet printers is $307 which is the third highest average price of all inkjet printer brands.

Inkjet Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 388 expert reviews and 4,970 user reviews for inkjet printers and used this data to evaluate the average rating for each brand of inkjet printer. The top three inkjet brands are Epson, HP and Canon. Epson has an average rating of 86%, HP has an average rating of 86% and Canon has an average rating of 81%.

Biggest Inkjet Printer Retailers

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

When Are Most New Inkjets Released?

The most common period for new inkjet printers to be released in is between August and October. For the latest inkjet features you may want to consider waiting until August 2019. Also the price of the current inkjet printers may drop off just before the latest models are released in August. August was the biggest month last year for new inkjet printers, with 16 new inkjet printers released that month. In 2017 most new inkjet printers were released in March, with 10 new inkjet printers released that month. The biggest month in 2016 for new inkjet printer releases was October, with 26 new inkjets released that month.

How Fast Do Inkjet 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 printer costing $405 you could save on average $126 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 75ppm. The print speeds (colour) of most inkjets range from 1ppm to 7ppm. The inkjet printer with the fastest print speed (colour) is the HP PageWide Pro 750d, which is a 75ppm print speed (colour, normal quality, A4/US Le inkjet printer and is available at $1,195.00. The HP DesignJet T730, which currently retails for $2,000.00, 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.

4800 x 1200 DPI is the most frequently found maximum resolution amongst new inkjets. We found 130 inkjets that are 4800 x 1200 DPI inkjets. The second most common maximum resolution amongst new inkjets is 5760 x 1440 DPI. We found 48 inkjets that are 5760 x 1440 DPI inkjet printers.

Wi-Fis

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

The vast majority of the 350 new inkjet printers currently listed on Kagoo are inkjet printers with a Wi-Fi. 295 out of 350 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 Inkjets?

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 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. 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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