DemystifyingDigital: New & Easy Printers

epsonpicturemate_snap.jpgDemystifyingDigital is a new feature written by Dan Havlik, editor of

Printers are the kind of devices you usually ignore until there’s something wrong with them. And with how poorly made and unnecessarily difficult most printers are to use, there’s often something wrong with them. (“PC Load Letter error” anyone?) The following are three idiot-proof printers that do everything you want them to, whether it’s printing photos or text or making copies and scanning images. The only thing they won’t do, is give you a hard time.

Epson PictureMate Snap
Portable photo printers are a fun category and the Epson PictureMate Snap is one of the easiest to use. This little bucket-shaped printer churns out good-looking prints in seconds and has an optional battery pack so you can really use it anywhere.

canonmp600.jpgCanon Pixma MP600
All-in-one printers come in all shapes and size but our favorite all-around model is the Canon Pixma MP600. With an incredibly easy-to-use scroll wheel, the MP600 prints, copies, and scans photos and documents with just the touch of a few buttons.

lexmarke350d.jpgLexmark E350d
If you’re looking for a workhorse of a laser printer that won’t break the bank, the Lexmark E350d offers great speed and affordability. A monochrome printer that can tear through print runs at 35 pages per minute, the E350d offers good print quality and integrated duplex printing which will save you money and reduce paper waste.