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The best colour printers focus on yielding high quality colour text, graphic and photo prints at good speed.

Laser printers are typically a much better option than inkjets if all you need is rapid text and graphics printing. Excelling in their performance speed theyâ??re generally preferred in businesses having demanding needs or workgroups within an organization and are also an economical option for personal uses like printing brochures and advertising handouts.

On the other hand, if you need to print photographs, a colour inkjet is recommended since inkjets transcend lasers in their photo printing accuracy and colour quality. All in all, the best colour printers are colour lasers capable of intense printing tasks and high monthly duty cycle, making them more reliable and also more durable.

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HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M553x
Epson WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank All-in-One
HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw
Brother MFC-J5720DW
Epson PictureMate PM-400 Personal Photo Lab
HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M553dn
Epson WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank All-in-One
HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw
Brother MFC-J5720DW
Epson PictureMate PM-400 Personal Photo Lab
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Release Date
May 2015
Aug 2015
Jun 2015
Apr 2015
Nov 2015
Output Type
1-pass color
1-pass color
1-pass color
1-pass color
1-pass color
Platform
Linux, Mac OS, Windows
Android, iOS, Linux, Mac OS, Windows
Linux, Mac OS, Windows
Mac OS, Windows
Printer Type
Laser, Printer Only, Standard All-Purpose
Ink Jet, All-In-One, Standard All-Purpose
Laser, All-In-One
Ink Jet, All-In-One, Standard All-Purpose
Ink Jet, Dedicated Photo
Cost Per Page (Mono)
1.7 cents
3.2 cents
17.0 cents
39.0 cents
Cost Per Page (Color)
10.9 cents
16.3 cents
7.4 cents
39.0 cents
Maximum Resolution(BW) - Horizontal
1200.0 dpi
1200.0 dpi
600.0 dpi
1200.0 dpi
Maximum Resolution(BW) - Vertical
1200.0 dpi
4800.0 dpi
600.0 dpi
6000.0 dpi
Average Rating
 4.7 stars
 3.7 stars
 3.7 stars
 4.0 stars
 3.8 stars
Quality
100% Positive
100% Positive
75% Positive
25% Negative
28% Positive
72% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
Ease of Use
91% Positive
9% Negative
33% Positive
67% Negative
50% Positive
50% Negative
87% Positive
13% Negative
50% Positive
50% Negative
Economy
88% Positive
12% Negative
100% Positive
20% Positive
80% Negative
80% Positive
20% Negative
Connectivity
75% Positive
25% Negative
100% Positive
85% Positive
15% Negative
100% Positive
66% Positive
34% Negative
Performance
83% Positive
17% Negative
16% Positive
84% Negative
75% Positive
25% Negative
33% Positive
67% Negative
50% Positive
50% Negative