Which Is the Better Printer: HP or Epson?

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If you’re in the market for a new printer, you have a range of options—but how can you know which one is the best deal? When shopping around for an excellent printer for either home or office use, consider the quality of the printed text, quality of printed photos, copying and scanning abilities, print speed, and ink prices. 

Two of the frontrunners for the new generation of printers are HP and Epson. Both make high-quality products with a slew of abilities. Depending on what you’re looking for, each of these printers has its strengths and weaknesses. Here’s a comparison of the different qualities and capabilities of each printer. 

Text Print Quality

The quality of the printer material will vary if you are printing black-and-white documents or full-color photos. It also depends on the quality of your paper and whether you use standard Epson or HP printer ink or remanufactured ink cartridges.

Epson makes printer models that produce razor-sharp text, even when using their duplexers, allowing them to print on both sides of the document. HP is well-known for its excellent print quality, although Epson produces almost the same condition in a quicker time frame.

If you need to print PDF documents, both text and graphic quality will be different. Epson printers like the Epson Expression XP-640 are swift, but the edges aren’t well-defined on printed PDFs. Graphics from PDFs are more precise when printed with HP models like HP Envy 5540 or the HP Officejet 4650.

Photo Prints

When using an all-in-one, inkjet, or laser printer to print out photos, you will always need to use high-quality photo finish paper. If you print graphics on regular printer paper, do not expect the sharpest results. 

Both Epson and HP inkjet all-in-ones create high-quality clear images. Epson printers are great at printing photos with excellent details and shading, but there is a lot of yellow in the pictures, making them seem slightly sepia. Some HP printers’ photo capabilities produce products with cloudiness, making the images somewhat blurry. 

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Copy and Scan Ability

For making copies, you can’t beat HP models like the HP Envy 5540 and the HP OfficeJet 4650 for smooth transitions and sharp details. The HP OfficeJet loses some of its finer qualities the more copies it makes, but the HP Envy is consistent all the way through. 

The Epson XP-640 makes the quickest and sharpest copies of all the Epson models, as others darken the longer they copy. 

In terms of scanning, HP’s products are consistent and reliable. Epson’s printers, however, have trouble scanning PDFs, in particular. The XP-640 has difficulty with the perimeters, producing blurry edges when scanning a PDF document. The WF-2760 must first conduct a preview scan to get it right, which slows down the overall scanning and copying process.

Print Speed

In terms of print speed for documents, both HP and Epson printers perform well. When looking at the rate of printing graphics, however, Epson’s XP-640 is almost double the rate of any HP model, at 5.1 pages per minute compared to the HP Envy 5540 at 2.6 ppm.

Ink Price

The last element when considering what type of printer is best for your workplace and expectations is the price of the printer ink. Don’t be fooled by the ultra-low prices of some all-in-one models; whatever money you save may soon be spent on expensive ink, depending on how much you print. 

If you’re looking for the best printer for home use with cheap ink, Epson delivers at the lowest cost per page, at an average of 6.9 cents, with its standard Epson ink cartridges, compared to HP, at 9.2 cents per page, with its standard HP printer ink. 

If you opt for the high-yield cartridges, the price drops substantially, while Epson is still coming out as the cheapest printer ink producer at 5 cents per page with HP at 7.2 cents. 

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In Conclusion

For the most economical choice between the Epson models and the HP printers, Epson makes the best printers. Nevertheless, your choice also depends on how much you will be using your printer and what you’re using it for. The HP models were exceptional at color copies, and the Epson XP-640 handled photo prints effortlessly.

If you’re in the market for a new printer, whether it’s an all-in-one, laser, or inkjet, consider the quality of the printed material, both images and text, the speed at which the machine prints, and the cost of the printer ink.

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