There are many ways to compare products, and sometimes all you need is to know the prices of different choices and you get the cheapest one. But when it comes to photo printers, it’s not ideal to just buy a device because your budget fits its price. Here are the steps which you should follow in order to properly compare photo printers.

Step #1: Search for all of the models that match your photo printing needs.

Go online and open the official websites of the most popular photo printer brands in the market today. These include HP, Epson, Canon, Lexmark, Samsung. In their official websites, you will find all of their photo printer models. Open all of the pages of the photo printer product lines offered by each brand.

Step #2: Set a priority feature or aspect of the printer which will serve as your filter.

Before closing any windows, set a priority in your mind. What are you looking for in a printer? What aspects of the printer do you need the most? Do you want a photo printer that’s an inkjet device? Or do you prefer a dye-sublimation printer? Would you like to search for possible choices which are less than $100? Or are you looking for an all-in-one device? Use the major priority that you have in mind to eliminate all unqualified candidates and keep all models which can still match your needs.

Step #3: Read the overviews of each model and identify which ones grab your attention.

Each printer has an overview or a short description of its features and qualities. Read the overviews of every model. By doing this, you are helping yourself easily eliminate whichever models don’t seem good for you and you can also easily identify models which have the potential that you’re looking for.

Step #4: Gather all the models which you think are ideal.

Once you’ve gone through all of their overviews, you can now keep all the models which you have a particular liking too. They can be as many as 20 or as few as 5. You need to get all possible choices because that’s what will give you a more sensible comparison and possibly a better bargain.

Step #5: Individually check each one out with regards to their features, specifications, and prices.

Now that you have your ideal models in front of you, make your search more in-depth by checking in on each and every one of their features and specifications. Don’t leave even one out because you may never know, what’s in the specs might not be found in the overview.

Step #6: The aspects of the printer which you should give importance to are the speeds, borderless printing capabilities, resolution, number of nozzles/inks, and media compatibility.

Printing speeds are valuable because these dictate the real price of the device. If it’s faster, it’s more expensive. You need to use this as a comparison because some models with slower speeds sometimes tend to be priced higher than faster ones. But you shouldn’t consider only one aspect in this part of the comparison. This test is a scoring test and no model wins with just one favour. The borderless capabilities indicate exactly what sizes of media can you print borderless photos on. The resolution can measure the richness and clarity of the printout. The number of nozzles or inks can help indicate the exactness of the colours used by the printer. And the media compatibility helps you to know if you can print on legal size papers only using the printer or if you can print in large format.

Step #7: You should also consider the features of the device including direct printing capabilities, wireless connectivity, and ease of use.

Direct printing options like memory card slots, PictBridge connectivity, and USB thumb drives help you print photos without the need for a computer. Wireless connectivity like Bluetooth and infrared also serve as direct photo printing functions. But you can’t optimize these connections without an LCD display and a fully functional control panel. All of these you should look for in the printers that you’re comparing.

Step #8: The price is also an important factor in making a comparison.

Of course, in the comparison process, understanding the value of the printer gives you a better estimation of the price. If the features and aspects of the printer are numerous and yet the price of the device is quite low, it might turn out to be a treasure. But if the device has very limited capabilities yet its price is very expensive, it might not be worth the cost. Knowing the value of the printer and comparing it with the device’s actual cost will help you identify whether it’s priced properly or not.


If you want to compare photo printers in such a way that you will end up getting the best bargain out of the lot, you need to closely follow these steps. These will enable you to really look at photo printers more closely so you can really choose which one matches your needs the most.