Put it in print

Six A4 bud­get photo print­ers on test

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Im­age qual­ity of­ten seems to lose a lit­tle in the trans­la­tion be­tween screen and pa­per-based print. Muddy colours, blotchy skin tones and a lack of vi­brancy can ruin the best of pho­tos if you’re us­ing a sec­ond-rate printer. For the ut­most in high­fi­delity home print­ing, you need a photo-friendly inkjet printer. And for pho­tos, nowa­days it’s be­come a two-horse race be­tween Canon and Ep­son.

Canon has long ma­jored on com­bined doc­u­ment/ photo print­ers that use CMYK (cyan, ma­genta, yel­low and black) dye-based inks, with an ad­di­tional pig­ment-based black ink for rich­ness in doc­u­ment print­ing. Ep­son has more re­cently fol­lowed suit, with its own range of five-ink print­ers. Even so, Ep­son also still of­fers six-ink photo print­ers, with a more con­ven­tional ‘photo’ range of dye-based inks that add light cyan and light ma­genta to the stan­dard CMYK mix. As you’d ex­pect nowa­days, all print­ers on test have built-in Wi-Fi con­nec­tiv­ity.

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