What to take into consideration when buying a photo printer?

Photo printers are becoming increasingly affordable, allowing just about anyone to print beautiful photos in the privacy of their home. There are two types of photo printers: dedicated and near-dedicated. The former is, as its name suggests, used solely for photo-printing purposes and is a very small and easy-to-use device, while the latter are capable of printing documents in addition to photos.

If you are looking for a photo printer to use at home, you will definitely need to do some research in order to determine the type of device that will be best suited to your needs. Let us thus take a look at some of the aspects that you will need to take into consideration in order to find the perfect model for you.

The question that needs to be asked first is: „Do I need the device that can also help me to edit photos?”. There are a lot of dedicated photo printers that offer such options as cropping an image, removing redeye and many others. However, if you do not need such features and prefer editing photos on your computer, a near-dedicated model is probably a better choice for you.

Another question that needs to be answered is: „What do I want to print exactly?”. Obviously, a near-dedicated model will be a better choice for those who want to be able to print documents. What is more, there is also the matter of black-and-white photos. In general, the dedicated models have more trouble with images of this type, although it is not always the case. Therefore, a person who is interested in black-and-white needs to check opinions about the model’s fidelity with regards to photos of this type regardless of whether it is dedicated or near-dedicated.

One also cannot overlook the matter of costs of running the device. This is a complicated issue when it comes to near-dedicated printers, because there is no accepted standard of calculating cost-per-photo in their case. However, it is a bit easier in the case of dedicated models, most manufacturers are selling print packs containing enough ink and paper for a specific amount of images. This does not necessarily mean that using a dedicated printer is cheaper, but it is definitely a better options for those who want to closely monitor the costs.

Last but not least, there is the matter of size. As mentioned above, dedicated printers are relatively compact devices, which means that one can even take them just about anywhere they like. Meanwhile, near-dedicated devices are significantly larger, because they are generally used for printing on cut-paper sheets that can be 13 or 19 inches or even bigger. Therefore, one should only buy a near-dedicated model only if there is enough storage space to store it properly.