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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 LaserJet M553x

HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M553dn


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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

With a wider range of features, better speed, and slightly better print quality than the Editors' Choice HP M551dn, the HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M553x is an excellent printer, but it sells for a substantially higher price.

As a straight MFC, the Epson Workforce ET-4550 is perfectly capable, if not particularly speedy.

  If nothing else, this LaserJet is small and handsome as color lasers go, and it is loaded with features for the price.

This top-of-the-range machine has a long feature list and is full of useful abilities, top of which is A3 printing.

This printer wasn't built for professional photographers.