Canon Vs. HP
By Bonnie Crowe
Canon and Hewlett Packer are two of the biggest names in printers with the most sales and the highest consumer recognition. Canon’s line of printers includes their Pixma inkjets, imageClass’s laser models and Selphy, a line of snapshot printers. HP’s line of printers include their popular all-in-one Officejet series, Photosmart inkjet photo printers, Laserjets, Deskjets and Designjet series for producing high-end graphics.
Canon Inkjet Printers
While the Canon Pixma iP4820 has the PictBridge capability to print directly from a camera, as well as the money-saving application of individual color ink tanks, this bare-bones inkjet printer doesn’t have a memory card reader, LCD viewer or networking capabilities. It can print a 4-by-6 photo in under a minute and at 9600 x 2400 DPI, it produces good quality photos. At around $84, the Pixma iP4820 is a good buy for a photo printer that also produces decent quality text, without a lot of bells and whistles.
HP Inkjet Printers
The HP Officejet 6000 boasts built-in wireless capabilities, internal Ethernet and individual color-ink tanks. It does not have PictBridge capabilities, nor does it have memory-card slots or an LCD viewer. It holds 250 pieces of paper and prints at a decent 4800 by 1200 dpi. At a price range between $64.12 and $154.41, this compact printer can be either a great deal or slightly overpriced for a device that has so many limits in its capabilities.
Canon Multi-function Printers
Canon’s Pixma MG8120 is a wireless inkjet printer that can scan, copy and print fast, high quality photos and text. It does not have FAX capabilities. The Pixma MG8120 has individual color ink tanks, offers two-sided printing at 9600 x 2400 dpi. Ranging in price from $229.84 to $346.55, the MG8120 has a 3-inch LCD viewer that will allow you to preview and edit photos from the printer, as well as a PictBridge connection, enabling you to print straight from the camera. It works on both Windows and Mac and holds 150 sheets of paper. The MG8120 reads all standard memory cards, can print directly from an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, and has built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet.
HP Officejet Printers
HP Officejet Pro 8500A e-All-in-One A910a scans, faxes, copies, and prints high-quality photos and text. At an average price of $180, this is a reasonable printer that does a lot for a home office. It includes a wireless color fax machine and has a PictBridge connection and a 2.4 inch LCD screen. The HP Officejet Pro 8500A e-All in One A910a reads all standard memory cards, can print directly from an iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad and has built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet It has a top-loading paper feeder, and prints 35 pages per minute n black and white and 34 pages in color. Print resolution is 4800 x 1200 dpi, which offers significantly less clarity than the Pixma. One of the biggest downsides of this computer is that it runs off of a black ink cartridge and three color-ink cartridges. If one of the cartridges runs out, the printer will not work until you replace it.
Canon Laser Printers
The Canon Color Image Class LBP7660Cdn boasts fast, high-quality laser printing at a reasonable price of around $500. It prints 21 pages per minute of both color and black and white, double-sided documents. You can load 250 sheets in the front-loading tray, with an additional 50 sheets in the multipurpose tray.
HP Color Laserjet Printers
The HP Color Laserjet CP2025n tested very good at text and graphics, but not as good with photo printing, according to Consumer Reports Rating. With a price range of 349.99 - $584.70, the HP CP2025n is affordable. The paper tray holds 250 sheets. This printer does not have any memory card slots, LCD viewer or PictBridge capability.
HP Photo Printers
The HP Photosmart Premium Touchsmart Web C309n is a multi-function, wireless printer that specializes in printing crisp, clear photos with a dpi of 9600 x 2400. With a price range of $388.97 to $445.59 and a 2.3 inch LCD touchscreen viewer for previewing and editing photos, the HP Touchsmart Web C309n is a versatile photo printer. It has a memory-card reader and a PictBridge connection and it can do double-sided printing.
Canon Photo Printers
The Canon Pixma MX7600 is designed for printing photos, but it can also fax, copy and scan in Windows or Mac. It has as a tiltable 1.2 inch LCD viewer, memory-card support and a PictBridge connection. With 4800 x 1200 dpi it has much less clarity than the Touchsmart Web C309n. At an average retail price of $350, however, it costs less, while still printing good quality photos quickly.
Bonnie Crowe is a mother of two teenagers; a teacher and author of children's books, curriculum and articles on English grammar, literature, technology, art, parenting and career guides for high schoolers. She's a former director of AOL Parenting, a member of SCBWI, and a graduate from the University of California,Berkeley.