by John - allprinterreviews.com Expert Reviewer
With the onset of wireless capabilities on several devices, PictBridge Printers are, now, fast becoming a must have for those who are into photo printing. Since digital cameras are becoming more affordable these days, users are also looking into printing their own pictures. They can save a lot and be able to print the way they want to with special editing features provided by these hi tech printing devices.
PictBridge Printers allow users to print photos directly from PictBridge enabled digital cameras, without the need of a computer. Since these devices are wireless, they are convenient to use sans the cables that add to the clutter in a workplace.
1. Lexmark X4875
Lexmark X4875 is an affordable 3-in-one printing device that functions as a printer, copier and scanner. It measures 45.4cm W x 35.1cm D x 17.8cm H and weighs 7.1 kg. It comes with thermal inkjet technology. It is ideal for home office use.
It produces lab quality borderless photos with its resolution of 4800 x 2400 dpi. It has a fast (draft) print speed of 30 pages per minute for mono and 27 pages per minute for color. It comes with a 2.4” LCD display that gives the ease of control over printer functions.
You can choose to print wirelessly or by means of a USB cable. Its network connectivity allows printer sharing among multiple users. You can print directly from memory cards; PictBridge enabled cameras or a USB flash drive.
This printer has good paper handling features. It has a 100 sheet maximum capacity. It is capable of automatic duplex printing that lets you save on time and paper costs. It supports different forms of media such as plain paper, photo paper, coated paper, transparencies, banners, labels, iron-on transfers, envelopes, hagaki cards and stock cards. It can handle different sizes of envelopes, paper and index cards. It prints borderless pictures in assorted sizes.
It, also, allows you enlarge pictures from 25% to 400%. With it, you can scan documents to PDF format with its resolution of 600 x 1200 dpi. With its Optical Character Resolution (OCR) software, you can scan hard copies of documents to a soft copy format. It is compatible with Windows and Mac operating systems.
2. Brother MFC-795CW
Brother MFC-795CW is an all-in-one printer that gives you the convenience of having a printer, copier, scanner and fax machine in one compact device. It is best for a small office or business. It measures 460 mm W x 375 mm D x 180 mm H and weighs 8.7 kg.
It includes a 5” LCD touch screen control panel that allows you to control most of the printer’s functions. It prints at a speed of 35 pages per minute for mono and 28 pages per minute for color. You can use a USB port for PictBridge connectivity. You can, also, print from memory cards.
It has a standard tray that can hold up to 100 sheets. It has a multifunctional tray that can handle 20 sheets of photo paper with a size of 10 cm x 15 cm. With a resolution of 1200 x 2400 dpi, it can scan directly to email, OCR, image or file. It has an automatic document feeder that can hold up to 15 sheets.
You can fax documents in mono or color. It can store up to 100 speed dial numbers. This comes with a Broadcasting option that is only restricted to monochrome.
3. HP Photosmart A646
HP Photosmart A646 is a compact printer that is suitable for those who like to take pictures while they are traveling. It measures 4.6“ x 9.9“ x 5.3“ and weighs a mere 2.37 lbs so it is easy to take along anywhere you go. It comes with a 3.45” LCD touch screen panel. It allows you to print pictures directly from mobile phones, PictBridge enabled cameras, Bluetooth enabled device or from a USB.
You can print pictures in sizes 4” x 6” and 5” x 7”, making you print at a speed of 28 seconds. This printer lets you show your creativity with clipart, photo captions, borders and album pages. It has enhancing options that enables you to edit photos by red-eye removal, blemish removal, slimming feature and light adjustment.
4. Konica Minolta Magicolor 4650EN
Konica Minolta Magicolor 4650EN is a stylish Color Laser Printer that measures 18.5"W x 21.1"D x 15.2"H. It provides professional looking prints with a speed of 25 pages per minute for mono and color with a resolution of 9600 x 600 dpi. It has a monthly duty cycle of 90,000 page making use of a Simitri HD color polymerized toner.
It has a standard input tray that can hold up to 350 sheets and an output tray that can handle 200 sheets. It supports letter size paper. This printer has USB and PictBridge connectivity that lets you print directly without passing through a computer.
Konica Minolta Magicolor 4650EN is user friendly and comes with time saving print options. This printer is suitable for dynamic workgroups.
Summary of PictBridge Printers
Lexmark X4875, Brother MFC-795CW, HP Photosmart A646 and Konica Minolta Magicolor 4650EN are Pictbridge Printers, meaning, they are capable of printing straight from PictBridge enabled digital cameras without making use of a computer. Aside from this, you can print directly from other sources such as memory cards and USB. Furthermore, they provide additional features such as high speed and high resolution that lets you come up with professional looking documents and lab quality photos.
Now, you don’t need to be a professional photographer to take pictures and you don’t have to spend much to have your photos printed. You can do this with your PictBridge Printers and you can do several more printing tasks with them.
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