Babble Best Picks:
Today's home printers are multitasking machines, packed with features that let us wirelessly share content; produce lab-quality photos; and even dock and charge other devices, in addition to cranking out the expected homework pages and work presentations. Getting all these features, of course, can eat into a family's budget - so while we considered plenty of world-class, $1000-and-up laser printers, we ultimately settled on the old family standby: the mid-priced color inkjet. Easy to use and equip (every printer here, as well as its replaceable ink cartridges, had to be readily available in stores and online), the inkjet comes in hundreds of variations that fit every category a family could ever want. Here, we give you the eight best.
BEST WORK/LIFE BALANCER | Kodak ESP 9250 All-in-One
Home-office printing isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when you think Kodak. But after a few weeks with the ESP 9250, I was converted. Not only does this stocky little powerhouse deliver the clear, crisp photo prints you’d naturally associate with the Kodak name, but it also makes a great addition to your budding home business. The design, complete with a manual automatic document feeder for easy two-sided prints, brings to mind the Lexmark Prevail Pro 705 covered elsewhere in this guide – albeit with a more vibrant LCD control panel. Wireless setup was the easiest of any printer I tested (I was up and running in under 10 minutes), and Kodak’s AIO Home Center software proved both aesthetically pleasing and simple to use, with everything from basic photo editing to downloadable craft projects just a click away. Color print speed felt slower than the 30 pages per minute promised, but the end results in both the retouched 8×10 photos and the Halloween-themed craft templates I printed made the wait worthwhile. And, of course, when the time came to invoice my Babble editors for the story you’re reading, the ESP 9250 let me scan, save and email my documents in just a few easy steps.
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