Photo Printers Arlington VA
Konica Business Machines
2120 Washington Blvd
Canon Business Solutions
2110 Washington Blvd
1515 N Courthouse RD
Rush Hour Printing & Graphics
3222 M St. NW, Ste. 312
Page After Page Business Systems, Inc.
819 7th St., NW
CPS Human Resource Services
2711 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Action Business Systems Inc
4350 Fairfax DR
Southern Office Supplies
2411 Wilson Blvd
Capitol Office Solutions
1444 I St Nw Ste 300
926 Gallatin St Nw
Buyer's Guide: Photo Printers
Buyer's Guide 2008: Photo Printers
Make your best prints in your favorite sizes faster and more easily than ever before
With such a wide range of photo printers on the market today, printing at home is an even more appealing option for getting your digital images out of the camera and onto paper than it has been in the past. Overall improvements in technical specifications, image quality and longevity, combined with prices that are lower than (or at least equal to) previous models, makes this year's crop of photo printers an excellent value proposition. But with variety comes the need to make decisions about the type of photo printer that's best for you.
Snapshot Or Mega-sized Prints?
Perhaps the most important criterion for choosing a photo printer is the maximum-sized prints you plan to make. If you're happy with snapshot-sized prints (5x7 inches or smaller), a compact dedicated photo printer may be your best bet. These little printers are so small-and some come with handles and optional battery packs-that it's easy to carry them around.
On the downside, media options for dedicated photo printers are limited in both surface type and size, so if you want versatility, then a desktop model is a better choice. Not only can you print larger photos on a desktop printer, but you have a wide variety of paper types and surfaces to choose from, including some magnificent fine-art papers.
There are two size options within the desktop category: standard (up to 8.5x11 inches) and wide format (up to 13x19 inches). Most desktop printers can output panorama-sized prints as well, and it's rare to find a model that doesn't offer edge-to-edge borderless printing.
While automatic duplex printing isn't necessarily at the top of the list for photographers, printing on both sides of a single sheet of paper without having to manually turn the paper over and refeed it into the printer can be helpful for creating portfolios or digital scrapbook pages.
Since you may want to use a desktop printer for text documents as well as photos, it's always handy to have multiple paper trays so you can keep your favorite photo paper in one tray and plain paper for text printing in another. And, if you like to experiment with different weights of paper, a wide-format printer-with multiple paper feeds-is almost a necessity.
Inks, Inks And More Inks
There are two basic types of inkjet inks: dye-based and pigment. While printer manufacturers continue to bridge the gap between the two in terms of vibrancy, longevity and paper compatibility, dye-based inks still have an edge over pigment inks in color gamut, while prints produced with pigment inks have the potential to last longer. Given the proper storage conditions and the right ink/paper combination, however, both dye-based and pigment prints can easily last for several decades or more.
The only photo printers that don't have multiple individual ink cartridges are dedicate...
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