Different inkjet printers are designed to perform different sets of tasks. While some printers are great at churning out text prints at great speed, others can be used to print graphics-rich documents in varying quality a commercial establishment.
If you are looking to buy a photo printer in 2020, the print-quality would obviously be the first parameter that you'd rely upon for judging a device.
But, you should also consider other important factors such as the running cost, print speed, connectivity options, device size, etc. in order to make an informed decision.
Here in this post, we will discuss the top six photo printers that you can buy in 2020.
1. Canon imagePrograf PRO-1000
A 17 wide-format photo printer, Canon imagePrograf PRO-1000
with 12-color ink system (with Chroma Optimizer for smooth reflection & anti-bronzing) is an ideal choice if you are looking for a wide color gamut to flawlessly produce different shades and hues in your prints.
The printer is also great at printing photos in black and white with deep blacks and precise gradations.
The printer uses a tubular ink delivery system in its 1.28-wide printhead to prevent clogging without compromising on the print speed. Therefore, fewer printhead nozzle-cleaning cycles are required, thus implying reduced ink consumption.
Marketed as A2 desktop photo printer, Canon imagePrograf PRO-1000 supports borderless printing and includes high-longevity pigment ink (Lucia Pro). Connectivity options include Wi-Fi and Ethernet.
The printer features a 7.5cm color display for easy navigation and offers panorama size paper support (up to 21 cm x 59.4 cm) and extended custom print size (up to 1,200 sq mm).
Arguably one of the best professional photo printers out there, Canon imagePrograf PRO-1000 has just one disadvantage - it does not include a roll-paper option.
2. Canon Pixma TS5320
A compact all-in-one (AIO) wireless printer with print, copy, and scan functions, Canon Pixma TS5320
does a fine job with both text and photos.
Although Canon's TS series of consumer-grade printers are primarily designed to print photos and graphics, this printer is positioned as an AIO for home and office use.
The cost-per-print is relatively high for this printer. Therefore, it's suitable for low-volume printing and copying.
If you are looking for a multifunction photo printer for light-duty, Pixma TS5320 may be the right choice for you.
The printer's control panel consists of a 1.44 non-touch color OLED display along with an LED status bar. A bunch of navigation arrows around the LED status bar make it easy to use the device.
It can print photos up to letter size. The printer supports borderless printing.
The printer features front and rear paper trays. You can print square photos (5 x 5 or 3.5 x 3.5) from your smartphones.
You may also consider Canon Pixma TS8320; it's more expensive but includes an additional set of two inks for even better print quality.
3. HP Tango X
A wireless photo printer with print, copy, and scan functions, HP Tango X
offers impressive print quality. You can print true-to-life photos and high-quality documents with this device.
It is one of the few printers that offer voice-activated printing. You can print photos directly from your smartphone. The printer is eligible for the HP Instant Ink program.
High-yield cartridges are optional. You can opt for affordable HP ink cartridges
to keep printing costs under control.
One of the smallest photo printers, HP Tango X weighs just 6 pounds.
The printer receives a single paper input. Borderless prints are limited by 5 x 7. One major disadvantage of this printer is that it scans and copies via smartphones only.
4. HP Sprocket Select
It's a great buy for those looking for a pocket photo printer. You can print stunningly beautiful wallet-size photo prints on the go with HP Sprocket Select
In comparison to many other pocket photo printers, it prints at a slow speed but provides you with slightly larger prints.
One major disadvantage is that you cannot print from a PC.
Bluetooth is the only connectivity option available. The printer connects to an android or iOS device via Bluetooth.
Running costs are comparatively higher but if you are looking for a printer to quickly produce sample prints at an event or need wallet-size prints for albums, frames, memory books, journals, etc., HP Sprocket Select is an ideal device for you. After all, there are so many cool things you can do with your photos.
Keep in mind that this printer uses a specialty paper called Zink (Zero Ink). This paper has dye crystals embedded in it. So, the printer does not use any ink or dye cartridge.
5. Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000
A wide-format inkjet printer, Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000
delivers outstanding quality in photo prints with smooth gradations and impressive skin tones. In fact, the quality is comparable with several other printers that are a lot more expensive.
The device prints borderless photos from 4 x 6 to 13 x 19.
The printer uses six Claria Photo HD inks and offers a wide gamut color gamut along with high-quality black and white photo printing.
With additional features such as a 50-sheet rear tray, 200-sheet front tray, automatic duplex printing, wireless printing, etc., printing multiple photos or documents with Expression Photo HD XP-15000 is highly convenient.
The printer features a 2.4 color LCD for easy navigation and hands-free voice-activated printing.
Running costs for this printer are slightly on a higher side.
You should invest in this printer if you are looking for a device that can handle a large variety of paper sizes and provide reasonably good print quality.
6. Epson SureColor 400
A near-dedicated photo printer, Epson SureColor 400
offers magnificent quality in photo prints.
It prints at good speed from paper rolls. With paper rolls, this photo printer can be used to print panoramas and banners.
Although a bit pricey, SureColor 400 can be used for printing archive-quality prints at sizes up to 13 x 19.
The printer uses eight color-inks along with a gloss optimizer to provide you with lab-quality photo prints.
About the author
My name is George Mendelson. I am the PR Media Manager at InkjetsClub
, a nationwide leading ink and toner retailer. One of my passions is educating and helping people through all the issues related to Printers, Ink Cartridges and Toners.