Every time a new operating system or a major update is released there tends to be a degree of ambiguity around its support of peripheral accessories such as printers, and the release of Microsoft Windows 7 lived up to the tradition. Most printers will work with Windows 7, although it’s worth checking if your existing printer’s driver has been updated before installing Windows 7. If you’re looking for printers that are one hundred per cent guaranteed to work with Microsoft’s latest operating system, then look no further. Here are ten of the best!
The Lexmark Z2420 wireless inkjet printer is compact, Windows 7 compatible and offers wireless connectivity to share the printer among more than one computer. Print speed for this compact model is 18 ppm for color printing and 25 ppm for black and white printing. This model also comes with the available Lexmark Software Suite which allows users to resize, rotate and crop photos prior to printing, as well as reduce red-eye in photos and correct photo color. A lightweight and economical personal wireless printer, the Lexmark Z2420 is available for $39.99 and $93.50.
The Epson WorkForce 30 is a compact color and black and white inkjet printer with a conveniently small office footprint. This Windows 7 compatible printer is a space and energy saver, using up to an average of three times less power than comparable models. It also saves money with individually changeable high capacity ink cartridges and dual black cartridges. The WorkForce 30 also works to protect important documents, printing smudge resistant, fade resistant and water resistant documents. This printer retails for $55.00 to $94.00.
The HP Office Jet 5610 is a Windows 7 compatible multi-function printer which prints, scans, copies and faxes. The color printer output is 13 ppm with a black and white print speed of 20 ppm for higher efficiency in the office. The Office Jet 5610 accepts multiple media for printing including regular paper, cards and envelopes. The integrated HP Image Zone software allows users to fine tune their photo to reduce red-eye and enhance details prior to printing. This printer retails for $110.00 between $367.99.
The Brother HL2170W wireless mono laser printer offers either wireless or wired network connectivity and prints up to twenty-three pages per minute in black and white. The printer also features a manual bypass feed to print professional quality envelopes and letterhead compositions. The Brother HL2170W also offers a 250 sheet feed tray and 32 MB of integrated memory capacity. This printer is compatible with Windows 7 and is available online between $124.95 and $299.99.
The Canon PIXMA MX870 is an excellent all-in-one machine which is compatible with Windows 7 and provides the user with wireless printing capabilities. This printer features five individual ink tanks that print anything from documents to photos. The Canon PIXMA MX870 also features an automatic 2-sided printing feature which does not require manually reversing the pages to print on both sides. This printer is available online for $129.99 through $199.99.
The Samsung CLP-315W wireless color laser printer is compatible with Windows 7 and can linked to several other computers over a system network. The compact design of the printer makes it one of the smallest printers in the wireless color laser printer class. The money saving toner cartridges can be individually changed, rather than requiring a full cartridge change when toner is low. The Samsung CLP-315W wireless color laser printer price ranges from $179.99 to $280.91, depending on purchase location.
The Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II allows photographer using Windows 7 to print professional quality photos at a reasonable price. The eight color ink system allows for close to unlimited color adjustments for the perfect print. The integrated photo editing software also provides Ambient Light Correction to print photos according to the location they are being displayed. The PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II also supports printing on photo paper up to 13” x 19” with a special front feed system for heavyweight papers. This printer retails between $219.00 and $499.00.
The Lexmark X364dn multifunction mono laser printer is at the higher end of the all-in-one print machine range. Compatible with Windows 7, this printer is capable of printing in black and white, scanning, faxing and printing 2-sided documents. Connectivity is available through direct USB or connection to a computer via USB cable and is environmentally conscious with an available Eco mode. The Lexmark X364dn has a page per minute output of 35ppm with the first page usually available within seven seconds. This printer is available for $443.00 to $549.00.
The HP Color LaserJet CM2320nf is a Windows 7 compatible all-in-one printing machine. This printer also has fax, scan, copy and stand alone scan-to-email capabilities with a print time of up to 21 ppm. The printer handles all types of paper, transparency and envelope media with a 20 envelope capacity and optional second 250 sheet paper tray. The recommended print volume for optimum performance for this printer is 1000 to 2500 pages, with a first page output speed of 17.9 seconds, on average, for color printing. This printer retails for $448.00 to $699.00.
In the larger printer class, the Xerox Phaser 6360DN color laser printer is a Windows 7 compatible color laser printer with up to 42 ppm print speeds in both color and black and white. The paper capacity of the printer means large jobs are not a problem to print; the multiple paper tray configurations hold up to 2,350 sheets of paper. High capacity laser toner allows printing in volume. The onboard 1 GHz processor produces one of the fastest first page print times, within 9 seconds for color printing, in its class. This printer retails for $1,100.00 to $1,599.00.