Compact Printer Review

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Why Buy a Compact Printer?

In the world today almost everything available is multifunctional. Printers are no different. Today, you have home printers that can scan, copy, print and probably cook you breakfast too if you asked nicely. Though it is nice to have machines that are multifunctional, some of us like to keep things simple. A single function compact printer is one way to keep things simple and be less strenuous on your wallet than an all-in-one printer.

Compact printers are exactly what the title entails, compact. They are smaller than most all-in-one printers which allow you to keep them on your desk at work or home office without taking up a whole lot of space. The small printers with the most compact designed combined with excellent printing capabilities are the HP Officejet ePrinter series, the HP Officejet Wide format series, and the HP Officejet Pro series.

Don’t let the words single function scare you. Most of the printers we reviewed can print many different sizes of documents at the highest of quality. Also with compact printers more focus can be put into the printing quality of each machine. Many all-in-one printers maybe be able to do some things well and others not so much, and sometimes your print quality suffers. Compact printers tend to maintain quality on what they are built for, print.

Some of these compact photo printers are also wireless printers which allow you to print documents from your mobile devices when you aren’t around your printer. For more information you can find articles on compact printers that will help you make the right decision on which printer is best for you.

Compact Printers: What to Look For

Because these printers are just single functioned, it is important that you find a printer that can produce high quality prints, but also print at high speeds. You will also want to look for a printer that is small in size and light in weight. Below we have listed the criteria in which each product was ranked. Combining all of these factors will insure you find the right printer for you.

Printing
When it comes to compact printers, print quality is the bread and butter. You are going to want a printer that can print at a high speed, but also bring you premium quality. A printer that can print at high speeds in both black and white and also in color are optimal choices. If you are a person that needs to print lots of media throughout the month, you may want to look into a printer with a high monthly duty cycle so you don’t run your new printer into the ground.

Specifications
A printer with wireless capabilities is almost a must in today’s day and age. Some of the printers that we reviewed take it even a step farther. Our best printers allow you to print media using your mobile devices from virtually anywhere. These capabilities can maximize the total mobility your printer.

Pay attention to what media sizes each printer supports. Even though these are single function printers, you still want one that has the ability to print an array of different sized media to broaden your printer’s versatility.

Dimensions
You are going to want a small printer that doesn’t take up too much space. Small dimensions as well as light weight printers are preferred. The smaller and more lightweight the printer, the more mobile your printer becomes.

Help & Support
A technology like printers can have a hard time keeping up with constant updating computer operating systems. It is nice to be able to have downloadable drivers from the manufacturer’s website to keep your printer running with all current OS updates.

The moment anyone sees an error message coming from the printer, automatic fear starts to settle in. Opening up a printer to try and fix the problem can seem like you are in a nightmare. That is why it is important to purchase a printer from a company that will be there for you with strong help and support. Companies that have frequently asked questions and live chat are among some of the most helpful ways that you can get your technical problems resolved with as little suffering as possible.

If you really don’t need a scanner, copier and printer all rolled into one, keep it simple with a compact printer. When you combine fast and quality printing with a small and mobile design, you will find yourself with a quality single function printer. Sometimes, keeping it simple is the way to go.

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10-9  Excellent
8-6    Good
5-4    Average
3-2    Poor
1-0    Bad
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HP Officejet ePrinter HP Officejet Wide Format HP Officejet Pro Canon PIXMA iP Canon PIXMA iX HP Officejet Mobile Epson Artisan Dell B1160w Brother HL Brother PocketJet
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Printing
Maximum Black Printing Speed (pages per minute) 16 15 20 15 11.3 5 2.8 21 27 6
Maximum Black Resolution 600 x 1200 dpi 600 x 600 1200 x 600 dpi 600 x 600 dpi 600 x 600 dpi 600 x 600 dpi 5760 x 1440 dpi 1200 x 1200 dpi 2400 x 1200 dpi 300 dpi
Maximum Color Printing Speed (pages per minute) 9 8 16 10 8.8 3.5 2.8 Black & White Only Black & White Only Black & White Only
Maximum Color Resolution 4800 x 1200 dpi 4800 x 1200 dpi 4800 x 1200 dpi 9600 x 2400 dpi 9600 x 2400 dpi 4800 x 1200 dpi 5760 x 1440 dpi Black & White Only Black & White Only Black & White Only
Monthly Duty Cycle 12,000 12,000 25,000 N/A N/A 500 N/A 10,000 10,000 N/A
Specifications
Maximum Paper Input Capacity 250 250 250 150 150 50 100 150 250 100 (thermal roll)
Wireless Printing
USB
Number of Ink Cartridges 4 4 4 5 5 2 6 1 1 N/A
Ink Colors black, cyan, magenta, yellow black, cyan, magenta, yellow black, cyan, magenta, yellow black, cyan, magenta yellow, pigmented black black, cyan, magenta yellow, pigmented black 1 black, 1 cyan, magenta, yellow black, cyan, magenta, yellow, light cyan, light magenta Black Black N/A
Media Sizes Supported A4, A5, A6, B5(JIS), 6 x 8 in, Executive, Index card 3 x 5 in, Index card 4 x 6 in, Index card 5 x 8 in, Index card A4, Index card Letter, 3 x 5 in, 4 x 6 in, 5 x 7 in, 13 x 18 cm, 8 x 10 in, 10 x 15 cm, L, Photo 2L, 8.5 x 13 in, Legal, Letter, Statement 6 x 8 in, Executive, Index card 3 x 5 in, Index card 4 x 6 in, Index card 5 x 8 in, Index card A4, Index card Letter, 3 x 5 in, 4 x 6 in/10 x 15 cm, 5 x 7 in/13 x 18 cm, 8 x 10 in, 10 x 15 cm, L, Photo 2L, 8.5 x 13 in, Legal, Letter, Statement, Ofuku Haga Letter; Legal; Government Legal; Executive; Statement; 3 x 5 in; 4 x 6 in; 5 x 7 in; 13 x 18 cm; 8 x 10 in; 10 x 15 cm; L; Photo 2L; Envelope (#10, Monarch, 5.5bar); Card (3 x 5 in, 4 x 6 in, 5 x 8 in) 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", Letter, Legal, U.S. #10 Envelopes 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", Letter, Legal, 11" x 17", 13" x 19", U.S. #10 Envelopes 3 x 4 to 8.5 x 14 in 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", A4 (8.3" x 11.7"), letter (8.5" x 11"), legal (8.5" x 14"), 11" x 14", 12" x 12", B (11" x 17"), A3 (11.7" x 16.5") and Super B (13" x 19") A4, Letter, Legal, Executive, Folio, Oficio, ISO B5, JIS B5, A5,Monarch, No.10, DL, C5, Postcard 4x6 Letter, Legal, Executive, A4, A5, A6, B5, B6 8.5 x 11, 8.5 × 14
Dimensions
Width (inches) 18.4 23 19.45 17.8 21.7 13.7 24.3 13.03 14.5 10.04
Depth (inches) 15.28 14.5 25.43 14.5 11.8 6.91 31.4 8.46 14.2 2.75
Height (inches) 7.05 7.5 11.18 5.1 6.3 3.32 16.3 7.01 7.2 1.18
Weight (lbs) 10.6 18 24.2 14.4 16.7 5.1 26 7.49 15.4 1.3
Help & Support
Warranty 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year
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System Requirements
Windows 8
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