What to look for in a photo printer?


I'm looking for a good quality printer that will primarily be used by my wife to print photographs. She has taken a number of classes and is pretty serious about it, so I would like to get her something pretty nice, but I don't really know what to look for.

Topic: Hardware
Answer this Question


3 total
Christopher Nerney
Vote Up (20)

PCWorld ran a feature just six months ago that should be helpful. It's titled "The best photo printers you can buy today" and reviews a half-dozen products. Prices range from $159 (HP Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One Printer) to $600 (Epson Stylus Photo R2000. I'd read that and then check around online for reviews of anything new since the PCWorld article.

Vote Up (19)

I'd check around for reviews and see what kind of things they rate the printers on. That'll give you a good idea of what features are desirable and necessary in them.

Vote Up (15)

I’m a point and click gal, so almost any decent inkjet is good enough for me. Here is some advice from actual photographers, who also favor dye-sub printers. Hope it helps.  


Ask a question

Join Now or Sign In to ask a question.
Be sure to show your sysadmin how much you appreciate him or her today - but keep it sane
The expected boom in demand for small, often isolated devices in the Internet of Things is driving developers to craft new types of components.
The U.S. State Department's main computer system for processing passport and visa applications crashed earlier this week leading to global delays for travel documents.
The first third-party chips and servers licensed to use IBM's Power architecture will be on the market early next year.
A new model of the Raspberry Pi is out, but it's not Raspberry Pi 2
When the goal is to deploy computers in mass quantities to keep employees productive, nothing beats an ultra-slim desktop computer. Here are four options for enterprises looking for computers that pack a punch but don't take up much space on a desk, shelf or table.
Apple's grip on the tablet is loosening, with the iPad losing ground during the second quarter this year to Android and Windows tablets.
China's anti-monopoly investigation of Qualcomm is starting to disrupt its licensing business and making it harder for the U.S. company to collect royalties from the country.
Low-cost Android tablets with 64-bit processors and 4K video decoding capabilities could be around the corner, thanks to Allwinner's plan to ship its first 64-bit ARM processor by year end.
It was a storm that would terrify the bravest of mariners, but a California robot swam through it without blinking.
Join us: