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The Top Three Printer Companies – An Overview

It is a question that is asked all the time - how do I choose the best printer? A wide variety of choices exist and the answer to the question is dependent on your needs for the printer. What are your priorities? Is it for personal, home office, or larger business uses? Are you primarily going to be printing text documents or photos? Do you need a black-and-white printer or one that has color, too? If you are printing photos, you will definitely need a color printer. Do you need the printer just to print, or do you want an AIO (all-in-one) model that can also copy, scan, and fax? Do you want it to be wireless? Portable? What is your budget for a printer? All these questions needs answers before you make a firm decision on the purchase of a printer.

Arguably, the three top printer companies are Hewlett Packard, Dell, and Canon. Offered are laser printers, inkjet printers, and multi-function printers, as well as printers specifically designed for printing photos. There are also wireless printers, mobile printers, and large-format printers for commercial applications.

Hewlett-Packard was founded in 1939 and has its corporate headquarters in Palo Alto, California. HP has a presence in more than 170 countries on six continents. The company's mission is to invent technologies that keep enriching the lives of its customers. Michael Dell began building and selling computers in 1984 when he was only 19 years old. Dell's mission is to be the most successful computer company in the world by meeting its customers' expectations for high quality and leading technology. Canon began in 1933 and is headquartered now in New York. The original idea behind the company was to produce quality cameras. It evolved into printing technology in 1969. Its mission statement is to enhance everyday life through technological innovations.

The HP OfficeJet Pro 8500 All-in-One printer offers professional printing and energy savings both. This laser printer has a maximum print speed of up to 35 pages per minute (ppm) in monochrome and up to 34 ppm in color. It is also a scanner, copier, and fax. It has laser quality speed of up to 15 ppm in monochrome and up to 11 ppm in color.

Dell has a new P513w All-in-One Wireless Printer available that takes the option of photo printing into consideration. It can print, scan, and copy with print speeds of up to 33 ppm in black (monochrome) and 30 ppm in color. It has an automatic eco-friendly mode that can easily print two-sided pages to save paper and energy. It also has a built-in 802.11 b/g wireless card. The Dell P713w has the same features except it also has a 4.3-inch touch screen to help with editing photos without the help of a computer.

Canon's PIXMA MP990 is touted as the ultimate wireless all-in-one plus photo printer. It has built-in automatic duplex printing and a 3.8-inch LCD screen. This printer has a six-color ink system and resolution of 9600 x 2400dpi with maximum color. This feature provides high quality and great detail for photos or business presentations.

Any one of these printers, or a choice from a hundred more, can provide you with the print quality and features you seek. Determine your needs, research each printer choice, and you're sure to select the printer that is just right for your needs.