Our highest-rated printer turned out to be among the biggest and most expensive, but don't despair. Whatever the size or needs of your office, there's a color printer to fit it. Pick your next color printer with an eye on these criteria: How many people are going to use it, and how much do they need to print? An entry-level model with moderate duty-cycle and paper-handling specs (and ideally, room to grow) will do for smaller or low-volume offices. But don't skimp if the printer will handle heavy traffic or a wide variety of media. Presentation slides can tolerate quality limitations such as banding or limited gray-scale ranges, but any department with graphics pros or color-matching needs will require a more sophisticated printer. To control costs, look for a printer with high-yield consumables and software to control access and analyze usage trends.
Freelance writer Susan J. Silvius contributed to this review. The PC World Test Center contributed test methodology, staff, and equipment to this project.
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