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HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2018: Editor's Choice - Part 2
By Team HardwareZone - 6 Feb 2018,7:00pm

Best AIO Color Inkjet Printer

Best AIO Color Inkjet Printer

While laser printers still lead the way in terms of print speed and throughput, today’s inkjets are no slouches either. Volume of print notwithstanding, nothing quite beats an inkjet when it comes to printing photos and graphics. And when you add more functions like scanning, copying and faxing, an all-in-one (AIO) inkjet printer can be a very useful addition to home and small businesses. We put three such inkjet multi-taskers to the test, basing them on specific criteria: besides print, copy, and scan, they must also do fax and have an ADF. Coincidentally, all three models we've in this test has a mono print speed of up to 15ipm and a color print speed of between 8 and 10ipm.

 

Nominees:

  • Canon Pixma TR8570
  • Epson L6190
  • HP Envy Photo 7820

 

And the winner is…

 Epson L6190

At S$539, the Epson L6190 is the most expensive inkjet AIO in this roundup, but with a good reason: a 4-color ink tank system printer, the L6190 can print up to 7,500 pages in black-and-white, and up to 6,000 pages in color with just a single set of ink bottles. The replacement bottles don't cost an arm or a leg too, with a bottle of black ink priced at S$14.90, and a bottle of color ink at S$9.90. So while the initial printer cost is higher versus the other models, if you print a lot, you'd save more in the long run.

In terms of features, the L6190 is equipped with a 30-page automatic document feeder (ADF), a 250-sheet paper tray, a 2.4-inch touch panel, and supports double-sided printing (a rarity for ink tank printers). In addition to Ethernet and USB connectivity, it supports Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct, so it’s easy to print from smartphones or tablets. Comparatively, the Envy Photo 7820 also has a 35-sheet ADF and the Pixma TR8570 has a 20-sheet ADF. Also, both the Canon and HP printers use standard ink cartridges instead of ink tanks, which explains why they don't print as many pages as the Epson printer with each set of inks.

The L6190's print performance doesn't disappoint, too. Using Epson’s advanced PrecisionCore printhead to hit a top resolution of 4,800 x 1,200 dpi, the L6190 is able to churn out prints with very sharp and full-bodied text, and graphics that handle color gradations well. Additionally, its black ink is pigment-based for better blacks and water resistance. All three printers can't print gallery quality photos, but for family photos in 4R or even A4, they are more than up to the task. If we were to pick, the Pixma printer had a slightly more more faithful reproduction of our Photodisc test image than the Epson printer.

Speed-wise, the Epson L6190 is able to churn out our PDF test document at a speed of 14.3ppm for mono and 8.3ppm for color, with a fast first-page-out timing of 8 and 14 seconds respectively. Comparatively, the Pixma TR8570 clocks in at 11.4ppm for mono and 8.4ppm for color, with a first-page-out timing of 13 and 17 seconds respectively. The HP Envy Photo 7820 manages 15.5ppm for mono and 10.9ppm for color, but its first-page-out timings are often in excess of 20 seconds. In essence, while the Envy Photo 7820 is the fastest of the bunch in full stride, it takes longer to print a set of multi-page documents due to the time it needs to print the first page. Comparatively, the Epson L6190 finishes ahead most of the times, and this applies to both simplex and duplex printing.

Scoring Breakdown
Criteria/Model Canon Pixma TR8570 Epson L6190 HP Envy Photo 7820
Performance 8.0 8.0 7.5
Design 7.5 7.5 7.5
Features 8.0 8.5 8.0
User-Friendliness 7.5 7.5 7.5
Value 7.5 8.0 7.5
Overall 8.0 8.5 7.5
Price S$289 S$539 S$229
Page Yield
  • Black (std cartridge): 200 pages
  • Color (std cartridge): 250 pages
  • Black (XL cartridge): 600 pages
  • Color (XL cartridge): 800 pages
  • Black: 7,500 pages
  • Color: 6,000 pages
  • Black (std cartridge): 200 pages
  • Color (std cartridge): 165 pages
  • Black (XL cartridge): 600 pages
  • Color (XL cartridge): 415 pages

For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed in the References section at the end.

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