Hi-Touch 730PS, $399
The shimmery blue casing isn't the only eye-catching feature of this versatile dye-sublimation unit--the LCD handheld controller can be used to jazz up images (fiddle with hues, add dates, what have you). And, as well as printing the standard 4 x 6 and 5 x 7 formats, this model introduces a refreshing 6 x 8.
Epson Stylus Photo R320, $199
This is the only unit we've found that can transfer your shots directly onto ink-jet-printable DVDs and CDs--no label required--so you can personalize labels for that home movie or music mix for your new beau. It'll also turn out photos, of course, in a variety of layouts. Plus, it's almost twice as fast as some competitors' models, printing a 4 x 6 in 39 seconds.
||Kodak EasyShare printer dock , $199|
Let the rest of us see the images on your cell-phone camera. Just point your Bluetooth-enabled phone or PDA directly at this dye-sublimation unit to wirelessly print a 4 x 6 in just one minute. You can also insert your camera's memory card to print wallet-size photos. Own a Kodak EasyShare camera? Place it atop this multitasker to keep your battery fully charged.
800-235-6325, kodak.com.Canon Selphy DS700, $199
Forget the photo album--gather the gang around the TV to check out your latest trip to London. Simply use the included video cable to plug this mini-ink-jet printer into your tube, grab the remote, and start the slide show. When mom shrieks, "I want a copy of that!", be the hero and make a 4 x 6 on the spot.
|Polaroid PP46d, $249|
With its trim, curvy profile and upright design, this dye-sublimation model's sure to turn heads. Thankfully, it'll also buff up your subpar shots by brightening low-light images and sharpening out-of-focus ones, all at the touch of a button.
HP Photosmart 2710 All-in-One, $399
This wireless ink-jet photo printer soups up your home office with a built-in scanner, copier, and fax. And when you need a break from all that work, get creative. Crop and edit images using the 31¼2" LCD screen to make those red eyes brown (or brown eyes blue--we won't tell).
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|Heat is used to vaporize a plastic ribbon, which then saturates dye onto paper. Images are continuous-tone for a rich, smooth look.||Nozzles spray tiny droplets of ink onto paper. In general, these printers turn out larger images than dye-sublimation models can.|