In an age when most documents and photos live on laptop drives or in the cloud, a great printer turns those digital images into physical realities you can hang on a wall or hand out at a meeting. But the best printers can also do a lot more, transforming your documents into PDFs for easy keyword searches or even converting photos into text-only files that can be read by any computer.
To make that happen, look for a model with an ink tank system that’s easy to refill and cartridges that last for a long time. The Canon iP8720 fits the bill, with fast print speeds that make it ideal for greeting card printing and high-volume print jobs, as well as superb photo quality and robust paper handling that’s compatible with virtually any paper type. Its compact design means it takes up very little desk space and it’s a good choice for those who want to save on ink costs without sacrificing quality.
Another option is to go with a laser all-in-one like our top pick, the Brother MFC-L8905CDW. This model produces crisp black and color documents at a speed of up to 32 pages per minute, and its ADF-equipped scanner scans multiple pages in a single pass. It also costs less to maintain than inkjet models because it uses a laser drum rather than an ink one, and replacement toner cartridges are relatively cheap.
Another good option is the Epson EcoTank Photo ET-4760. It has a similar design to the Canon Pixma G7020, but trades classic ink cartridges for clear, visible tanks that hold the various colors of ink. It prints photos that are a bit more colorful than the Canon, but it doesn’t quite match the Canon’s sharpness or color-accuracy.