Money Talks: How to Buy a Photo Printer

Does this sound familiar? You take a bunch of great photos on vacation and then, they live in the camera or on the memory card and never see the light of day.

Anyone can print decent pictures at home. The first thing you need to decide is whether you want a dedicated photo printer, or to just use your regular home office printer.

Here are some tips to help you pick the perfect photo printer.

First, how and where will you use it? A portable photo printer may do the trick, instead of more of an all-in-one home printer. Next, what size prints? Anything more than a standard 8 and a half by 11 may need a higher-end professional printer.

Ink jet or Laser? Ink jet is usually more expensive to buy and keep up, but resolution and color is often better.

How about color quality? The more color cartridges, the truer the color, but the higher the cost. And finally... speed. Most home printers kick out a photo in couple of minutes. Need quantity more than quality? Opt for laser.

Ink jet photo printers start as low as 40 bucks and go up to the thousands but as you already know if you own an inkjet printer, the price of that ink is super important.

Bottom line... There are a ton of printers to help make your pictures look perfect. For more information, go to and search for "Printer."

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