Each Monday, Patch will be throwing some gadget gift recommendations your way. Your Gadget Gift Guide continues with a look at printers.
Best all-in-one printer: If you're looking for something that will print black and white as well as photos quickly and professionally, your best bet is the HP Officejet 8600 Plus. It scans, it copies, it faxes, all for about $200. The biggest downside? It's a little bulky.
Best photo printer: Though it's a little bit pricier, the Lexmark Platinum Pro 905 is easy to set up, wireless and great for high quality photographs. And while it costs $300, it has a useful touch screen and uses an affordable black ink cartridge.
Best laser printer: If you're just looking for a dependable printer for documents, the Oki B431DN is your best best. It's got a 350-sheet tray and can print at about 40 pages per minute (probably the reason CNET calls the printer a "workhorse"). It may not be good at everything, but if you need something simple and efficient, then for $215 this is the printer for you.
Looking to buy locally? Check out these nearby electronics stores, but be sure to call ahead to see if they carry what you want:
1200 Milwaukee Ave, Glenview, IL 60025
1072 Willow Rd, Northbrook, IL 60062
Best Buy, Target