The Standout Printers of 2009

January 5, 2010 No Comments

Printer manufacturers have acquired the habit of releasing new printer models every now and then. For the past year, numerous printer models have come out in the market but, according to PC Magazine, a few deserve some special mention because they have “extra functions” that make them standouts in their pack.

True enough, printer manufacturers have packed their products with special features ranging from mere novelties to very useful and “must-have” functionality. The year 2009 was punctuated by some of the most amazing printer features such as a talking printer, inkless printer, printer that connects directly to the Internet and a digital camera and printer rolled into one.

Topping the list of printer standouts is the Canon Selphy ES40. This is a portable (small) photo printer that offers an unusual feature: it talks! Not only that, it talks in seven different languages. However, it does converse with the user, it only talks to guide you through the menu and other options. When it talks, it seems like it is merely reading what’s written on the LCD screen but still, it’s fun to use. Aside from this, the Canon Selphy ES40 is highly-capable and has good print quality.

The Dell Wasabi PZ310 Mobile Photo Printer is another printer that stood out in 2009. Why? Because it employs the Zero-Ink technology (ZINK). Amazing, isn’t? How can a printer print if it does not have a toner or ink? Well, instead of a liquid ink or a powdered toner, the printer makes use of a special paper that is embedded with clear dye crystals. These clear dye crystals turn color when heated by the printer.

HP is perhaps the current leader in the printer industry and as such, the list of standout will not complete without an HP product in it. The HP Photosmart Premium TouchSmart Web All-in-One printer enjoys the distinction of being the first Web-enabled home printer. Yes, the user can connect to the Internet using this printer, without it being attached to a computer. The device comes with several applications such as HP’s “App Studio”. Through these applications, the user can print maps, tickets, coupons, coloring –book sheets and newsletters downloaded from RSS feeds.

Rounding up the list is the Polaroid PoGo Instant Digital Camera. Just like the Dell Wasabi PZ310, it also uses ZINK. The main difference between the two is that Polaroid lives up to its traditions: it combines a camera with the printer so you can take pictures and print them almost immediately. It is also capable of storing images in digital format through a limited internal memory and an expandable SD-card slot.

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