Photo printers are great: they can save you the time and cost of going to a shop to get your photos printed. Also you can mess around with your photos, change the size, add effects and do all sorts of things, before you actually print them off. It’s like having a photo processing lab in your home. With so many models to choose from it can be difficult to know which one suits your needs best, for example, do you want a wireless photo printer or one that connects via a USB cable?
Some things to consider when looking at photo printers are:
The quality of the photos it produces. The only way to tell for sure is to see a photo which the printer has printed. It can give you an idea of how good it is by the number of inks the printer uses. The more inks, the wider the spectrum of colours. Most photo printers use 4 to 6 inks which is plenty for most of us, but some printers can use up to 9 ink.
The size of photos the printer can produce.
The size of your printer can also be important. You can get one that sits on your desk or you may want something more portable, in which case you may prefer wireless photo printers.
Other things to think about are cost, speed, which is usually measured in pages per minute, and ease of use.
Now we’ll take a closer look at wireless photo printers. When buying wireless photo printers it’s best to know what you need to print and whether you want to do more things like scan, copy or fax as well. Wireless functions come in different forms. Most popular is Wi-Fi, which allows you to connect to the internet. You can also get Bluetooth and infrared. Some wireless photo printers have all three types.
Samsung photo printers are a good quality brand and one of their wireless photo printers is the Samsung CLP-325 Wireless Colour Laser printer. It produces extremely sharp, clear colour prints, has 2400x600 dpi and prints up to 16 A4 mono pages per minute and 4 A4 colour pages per minute. It is a compact wireless photo printer great for the home or office.
Another of the Samsung photo printers is the CLX-3185FW Wireless Colour Laser Multi-Function Device. This is a wireless photo printer which allows you to print, scan, copy and fax. It has one touch wireless connection and premium quality 2400x600 dpi resolution producing beautiful glossy prints.
If you’re looking at printing larger sizes you may want to look at wide format printers. Wide format printers are normally any printer with a print width between 17 and 100 inches. These are more useful for printing banners or posters. They generally use a roll of print material rather than individual sheets. Wide format printers sometimes have a hot-air dryer to stop prints from sticking to themselves whilst being printed.
Thermal photo printers are another type of printer to consider. Thermal photo printers produce the printed image by selectively heating coated thermal paper, when the paper passes over the thermal print head. The coating will turn black where it is heated and produce the image. Two colour thermal photo printers apply heat at two different temperatures, printing black and usually red as the second colour.
Once you have established what you will mainly be using your photo printer and how often, you should be able to narrow down the amount of options available to you.