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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique inkjet printers rating which considers: 2,500 US prices • 6,200 expert & user reviews • 420 product comparisons • 59 industry awards • Score breakdown
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HP Officejet Pro 6230

68 Reviews
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$50.00

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10ppm
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1200 X 600 DPI
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Oct 2016
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HP OfficeJet 3830

$44.00

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3.5ppm
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1200 X 1200 DPI
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Sep 2015
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86

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HP Officejet 5740

$49.99

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8ppm
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HP Envy 7640

$79.99

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9ppm
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1200 X 1200 DPI
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Sep 2015
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HP Deskjet 2632

$30.95

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5.5ppm
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4800 X 1200 DPI
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Jun 2017
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HP Officejet 3831

$42.50

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6ppm
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1200 X 1200 DPI
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Sep 2015
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HP Envy 5544

$75.00

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8ppm
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4800 X 1200 DPI
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Sep 2015
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HP Officejet Pro 8710

$80.00

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27ppm
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1200 X 1200 DPI
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Sep 2015
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HP AMP 130

$59.49

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5.5ppm
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4800 X 1200 DPI
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Oct 2017
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HP Officejet Pro 8210

$69.99

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18ppm
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2400 x 1200
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Jun 2018
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HP Tango X

$94.00

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8ppm
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4800 X 1200 DPI
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Jun 2017
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HP Envy 5030

$78.87

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3ppm
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1200 X 1200 DPI
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Mar 2017
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HP DeskJet 3720

$36.42

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4ppm
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4800 X 1200 DPI
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Sep 2015
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Epson ET2650

$179.00

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10ppm
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5760 X 1440 DPI
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Sep 2015
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Epson ET2700

$219.99

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15ppm
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Epson SureColor P800

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$959.99

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3ppm
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2880 X 1440 DPI
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May 2015
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HP Envy 5010

$59.99

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7ppm
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4800 X 1200 DPI
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Epson WF2750DWF

$60.12

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4.5ppm
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4800 X 1200 DPI
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HP DeskJet 3760

$61.93

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2ppm
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1200 X 1200 DPI
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HP Officejet Pro 7720

$229.99

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34ppm
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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 122 $28 - $2,995
86%
186 reviews
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Epson Inkjet Printers 110 $57 - $16,000
85%
464 reviews
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Canon Inkjet Printers 93 $28 - $1,125
79%
4,501 reviews
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Brother Inkjet Printers 36 $163 - $490
66%
74 reviews

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Epson
WF-100
$199.99
More popular
Two more awards
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OfficeJet 200
$191.00
Better Kagoo
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Newer by 19
months
Better brand
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Epson
WF-2750
$99.00
$16 cheaper
More popular
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Officejet 6950
$115.30
45% faster
print speed
(colour)
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Canon
MG5750
$78.87
Better Kagoo
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20% faster
print speed
(colour)
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ENVY 5020
$60.72
$18 cheaper
Better brand
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OfficeJet Pro 7740
$198.00
$35 cheaper
Better brand
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MFC-J5330DW
$232.73
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months
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Canon
MG3650
$42.49
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DeskJet 3630
$40.00
$2 cheaper
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Canon
MG3650
$42.49
$18 cheaper
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ENVY 5020
$60.72
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Epson
XP-540
$92.26
User reviews
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Better brand
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Canon
MG5750
$78.87
$13 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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awards
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HP
Officejet 6950
$115.30
Better brand
39% faster
print speed
(colour)
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Canon
MG5750
$78.87
$36 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Three more
awards
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HP
Envy 5544
$75.00
Better brand
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Canon
MG5750
$78.87
Better Kagoo
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Three more
awards
10% faster
print speed
(colour)
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Epson
WF-100
$199.99
Two more awards
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HP
OfficeJet 200
$191.00
Better Kagoo
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19 months newer
Better brand
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HP
OfficeJet Pro 7740
$198.00
A lot faster
print speed
(colour)
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Epson
Wf-7710Dwf
$201.17
Better Kagoo
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More popular
13 months newer
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Canon
MG3650
$42.49
More popular
Better Kagoo
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Faster print
speed (colour)
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HP
DeskJet 3720
$36.42
$6 cheaper
Better brand
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HP
Officejet Pro 8710
$80.00
$153 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Better brand
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Brother
MFC-J5330DW
$232.73
More popular
Newer by five
months
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Epson
XP-960
$222.99
More popular
Better brand
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Canon
IX6850
$169.94
$53 cheaper
Newer by four
months
Faster print
speed (colour)
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HP
OfficeJet 3830
$44.00
$52 cheaper
Better brand
Faster print
speed (colour)
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Epson
WF-2630
$95.87
Better Kagoo
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HP
DeskJet 3630
$40.00
$56 cheaper
Faster print
speed (colour)
Better brand
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Epson
WF-2630
$95.87
Better Kagoo
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Canon
MG3650
$42.49
$15 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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1.2ppm faster
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Epson
XP-345
$57.27
Better brand
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Canon
MG5750
$78.87
Three more
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XP-355
$63.34
$16 cheaper
Better brand
Newer by 15
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Canon
TS3150
$175.84
One more award
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HP
Deskjet 2632
$30.95
$145 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Canon
MG3650
$42.49
$36 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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Envy 5540
$78.00
Better brand
2.3ppm faster
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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

Inkjet printers range in price from $28 to $16,000 and in total we found prices for 100 inkjet printers. A new inkjet printer costs on average $501 and 80% of inkjets are priced between $44 and $700. The most expensive inkjet that we found is the Epson SureColor F2100 at $16,000, and the cheapest is the Canon G1100 at only $28.

Inkjet Printer Brands - Price Range

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

Epson inkjet printers range in price from $57 to $16,000, and the second highest average inkjet price out of all brands is Epson inkjet printers with an average price of $871.

HP inkjets start at $28 and their most expensive inkjet printer costs $2,995. The average price of HP inkjets is $348 which is the third highest average price of all inkjet printer brands.

Inkjet Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 390 expert reviews and 4,930 user reviews for inkjet printers and used these reviews to determine the average rating for each brand of inkjet printer. The top rated inkjet brand is HP with an average rating of 86%. The second best brand is Epson with 85% and the third best brand is Canon with 79%.

Biggest Inkjet Retailers

The biggest inkjet retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 113 current inkjet offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Adorama with 25 offers. That means eBay is over 4 times bigger than Adorama when it comes to inkjet printers. Target is the third biggest retailer with 18 current offers.

When Are Most New Inkjet Printers Released?

The most common period for new inkjets to be released in is between August and October. That means that most of the latest inkjet printer technology was released in within the last 3 months, and now is good time to buy. August was the biggest month last year for new inkjet printers, with 16 new inkjet printers released that month. In December 2017, 14 new inkjet printers were released making it the biggest month that year for new inkjet releases. 31 new inkjets were released in October 2016 making it the biggest month that year for new inkjet printer releases.

How Fast Do Inkjet Printer Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, inkjets drop in price by 31% on average.

That means a saving of $156 on a typical $501 new inkjet if you wait 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.

Across the range of inkjets, the print speeds (colour) range from 1ppm to 75ppm. The print speeds (colour) of the majority of inkjets range from 1ppm to 7ppm. The HP 556dn, which can be purchased for $680.00, has the fastest print speed (colour) and is a 50ppm print speed (colour, normal quality, A4/US Le inkjet printer. The inkjet printer with the slowest print speed (colour) is the Canon PIXMA PRO-1, which is a 1ppm print speed (colour, normal quality, A4/US Le inkjet and is available at $1,124.99.

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 139 inkjet printers that are 4800 x 1200 DPI inkjet printers, which makes this the most popular maximum resolution amongst new inkjet printers. We found 49 inkjet printers that are 5760 x 1440 DPI inkjet printers, making 5760 x 1440 DPI 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.

Of the 376 new inkjets currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are inkjets with a Wi-Fi. 316 out of 376 inkjets 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 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. 86 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 inkjet printers 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. 76.1% of their inkjet prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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