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Meet The Color Inkjets: A Features Table

Buyer's Guide: 11 Color Inkjet Printers
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In this section, we introduce the 11 printers we chose for coverage in this guide, and include a handy features matrix to help you compare and contrast these units across a wide range of capabilities. We begin with a brief listing of these items, and follow it with the features matrix. After that, you'll find a brief section devoted to each of these 11 units that describes its capabilities in more detail, along with a photo of the printer and links to additional information. In the conclusion, we'll point out some particularly compelling items.

  • Canon Pixma iP1800
  • Canon Pixma iP4300
  • Canon Pixma iP6310D
  • Epson Picturemate Pal PM200
  • Epson Stylus Photo R260
  • Epson Stylus Photo R380
  • HP Business Inkjet 1200
  • HP Deskjet 4160
  • HP Deskjet 9800
  • Lexmark Z1300
  • Lexmark Z1420

Inkjet Printer Features Table Part 1

Canon Pixma iP1800 Canon Pixma iP4300 Canon Pixma iP6310D Epson Stylus Photo RX260 Epson Stylus Photo R380 Epson Picturemate Pal PM200
B/W ppm 20 30 30 30 30 1
Color ppm 16 24 24 30 30 1
Color Scanning NA NA 19200 1200 NA NA
DPI Color 4800x1200 9600x2400 4800x1200 9600 5760x1440 5760x1440
DPI Black 600 600 1200 600 5760 5760x720
Max Paper Size 8.5x14 8.5x14 8.5x14 8.5x14 8.5x14 4x6
Envelope Size #10 #10 #10 C6 #10 N/A
Interfaces USB 2.0 USB 2.0, Direct Print Port USB 2.0, Direct Print Port, Bluetooth USB 2.0, Pictbridge Port USB 2.0, Pictbridge Port USB 2.0, Bluetooth
Tray capacity 150 150 100 120 120 20
Print 2-Sided Y Y N N N N
Media Cards N N Y N Y N
Ink Cartridges 4 4 1 6 6 1
Ink Colors CMYb CMYb CMYb CMYblclm CMYblclm CMYb
Ink Drop Size (picoliters) 2 1 2 1.5 1.5 3
* Italics indicate an interface is an added-cost option (all HP printers also work with USB-attached external JetDirect devices).
** Color abbreviations: C=Cyan, lc=Light Cyan, M=Magenta, lm=Light Magenta, Y=yellow, b = black

Inkjet Printer Features Table Part 2

HP Business Inkjet 1200 HP Deskjet D4160 HP Deskjet 9800 Lexmark Z1300 Lexmark Z1420
B/W ppm 28 30 30 22 28
Color ppm 24 23 20 16 14
Color Scanning NA NA NA NA NA
DPI Color 4800x1200 4800x1200 4800x1200 4800x1200 4800x1200
DPI Black 1200 1200 1200 1200 1200
Max Paper Size 8.5x14 8.5x14 16x20 8.5x14 8.5x14
Envelope Size #10 #10 #10 #10 #10
Interfaces * USB 2.0, Parallel, 802.11b/g USB 2.0 USB 2.0, Parallel USB 2.0, None USB 2.0, 802.11b/g, Fast Ethernet, GbE
Tray capacity 400 100 150 100 100
Print 2-Sided Y N N N N
Media Cards N N N N N
Ink Cartridges 2 2 2 2 2
Ink Colors ** CMYb CMYb CMYb CMYb CMYb
Ink Drop Size (picoliters) 4 4 4 4 4
HP Business Inkjet 1200 HP Deskjet D4160 HP Deskjet 9800 Lexmark Z1300 Lexmark Z1420
B/W ppm 28 30 30 22 28
Color ppm 24 23 20 16 14
Color Scanning NA NA NA NA NA
DPI Color 4800x1200 4800x1200 4800x1200 4800x1200 4800x1200
DPI Black 1200 1200 1200 1200 1200
Max Paper Size 8.5x14 8.5x14 16x20 8.5x14 8.5x14
Envelope Size #10 #10 #10 #10 #10
Interfaces * USB 2.0, Parallel, 802.11b/g USB 2.0 USB 2.0, Parallel USB 2.0, None USB 2.0, 802.11b/g, Fast Ethernet, GbE
Tray capacity 400 100 150 100 100
Print 2-Sided Y N N N N
Media Cards N N N N N
Ink Cartridges 2 2 2 2 2
Ink Colors ** CMYb CMYb CMYb CMYb CMYb
Ink Drop Size (picoliters) 4 4 4 4 4
* Italics indicate an interface is an added-cost option (all HP printers also work with USB-attached external JetDirect devices).
** Color abbreviations: C=Cyan,M=Magenta, Y=yellow, b = black
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    lucyrssll , August 12, 2008 8:37 AM
    Stinkyink now offer ink cartridges for the HP Deskjet 9800 ink. Oh and it's free delivery too!
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    Anonymous , September 15, 2011 9:28 AM
    Hi Tom,

    Do you think you will do an updated review for printer of 2011?

    Thanks, Pete @ Canon Ink Cartridges