Printing pictures and photos at home is just one of the many conveniences of having a digital camera. Ink jet photo printers are generally the equipment of choice when it comes to taking a photograph from the camera to the wall or frame. While many folks opt for a multi purpose printer, having a dedicated photo printer can produce some impressive photo lab quality prints without having to leave the house. Granted, a two-printer set up may be out of the question for average users, this trend is growing and as ink refill prices drop it will likely become more and more common. Here is a look at three of the best ink jet photo printers currently on the market:
Epson R-1900 Photo Printer
The Epson R1900 Photo Printer is available from Best Buy for $549.99. This top of the line photo printer boasts potential resolution of 5760 x 1440 dip, which is just tech talk for great looking photos. The printer is not just about resolution though, as it can output an 11 x 14 photograph in about a minute and a half, though actual speeds will vary. The roll out paper tray is easy to load and helps avoid those nasty misfeeds and paper jams that can cause a lot of ink to be wasted, plus the Epson R 1900 features two USB 2.0 ports allowing for connection to two computers simultaneously. The eight ink jet cartridge set up results in a fantastic array of colors and makes every photo look perfect.
Canon PIXMA Pro 9000 Mark II Photo Printer
The Canon PIXMA Pro 9000 Mark II Photo Printer is available for $499.99 from Best Buy or bestbuy.com for $499.99. This printer is capable of a great looking 4800 x 2400 dpi resolution, which makes for great photographs of any size. The availability of being able to print a 13 x 19 border free photo is a highlight for any home photo studio. This printer is capable of printing an 8 x 10 in under a minute and an 11 x 14 in about ninety seconds, but again actual speeds will vary. The eight-ink cartridge set up is in full use with the Pro 9000 which makes colors vibrant and as close to true as possible.
Epson Artisan A50
Best Buy also features the Epson Artisan A50 for $129.99. The Epson Artisan A50 is a perfect unit for anyone looking to keep a single printer in the house or home office. This unit is equally capable of printing a document or photo in top of the line quality. With a photo resolution of 5760 x 1440 photos look crisp in just about any size, although the size is maxed out at standard paper size, which means no posters or huge wall prints from this unit. Still, the A50 can print a 4 x 6 print in about eleven seconds, which is impressive for any printer. Plus, the document speed in regular old black and white clicks in around 37 pages per minute, which is a nice speed for any ink jet printer.