Deciding on a photo printer is no easy matter. Here are a few key things to consider when shopping.
Print quality. Resolution is an important component of print quality, but not the only factor. Research each model’s reputation and compare actual printouts side by side, if possible.
Individual ink cartridges. Some manufactures combine their ink wells into a single cartridge. This is convenient, but you can end up wasting ink (and money) if you use some colors more than others.
Direct printing. It’s a lot quicker and easier to print directly from a memory
card or wireless connection than it is to work with a PC as the middleman.
This is especially useful if your printer has built-in image-editing options and a preview screen.
Speed. The more you print, the less you want to wait around for hours. Keep speed (and quality) in mind when comparing printer models.
Cost per print. The cheapest options are rarely the best, but the most expensive options don’t always provide good value, either. In addition to the price of the printer itself, consider the cost of paper along with the price and expected lifespan of the ink cartridges.