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Best CD Printer

Picture the scene: you’ve made the perfect CD. Every track is perfect and you’re positive that it’s the ultimate road trip soundtrack. You’ve even printed off a customised label and it looks great… until you apply it and realise in horror, that it’s off-centre. Nightmare.

If you find yourself often printing out CD labels, you might find that a dedicated CD/DVD printer is right for you. In just a few seconds, you have a gorgeous image printed directly onto your disk. To help you decide, we’ve created a list of the best CD printers on the market to help you stop sweating the small things and get you back on the road in record time.

Best CD Printers 2018 – Compared

Below you’ll find a quick technical overview of our top recommendations. This will give you a taste of the types of products we’ve reviewed and allow you to quickly compare them. Don’t worry if this seems a bit brief, we’ll go more in-depth with each product in just a minute. We have found these to be the best CD printers of all time.

Product NameScreen SpecsColour Print Resolution
Canon MX922 3” LCDUp to 9600x2400
Canon MG77203.5” touchscreenUp to 9600x2400
Epson XP-640 Expression2.7” touchscreen5760x1440
Brother MFCJ825DW3.3” touchscreen6000x1200

So, with that out of the way, we’re now going to take a closer look at each CD/DVD printer. Each printer in this list is a great product, but that said, we’ll weigh the strengths, weaknesses and overall usefulness of each model honestly and fairly, beginning with the Canon MX922.

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Canon MX922 – Best Low-Budget CD Printer

The Canon MX922 is a sleek and compact all-in-one, wireless printer with a ridiculously high colour dpi rating, especially when you take into account that it’s the least expensive printer on this list.

 The maximum colour resolution is a staggering 9200×2400, which, admittedly would be somewhat wasted if this was a dedicated CD/DVD printer, but thanks to its low price and included scanner, copier and general purpose printing capabilities, this model is perfect for home or office use.

This printer has a 3” LCD screen with various buttons around the outside. The layout is clear and perfect for people who aren’t used to complicated hardware: there are even dedicated mode switching buttons to take you from printing to scanning in one click.

The Canon MX922 also allows you to print images directly from your Gmail or Google Docs storage, and if you download a specific app for your phone or tablet, you can print JPEG or PDF files directly from there too. This is actually a little limited, for example, if there was the option to print from Dropbox or Facebook, that’d be great, however, all this means is that you have to download the images you want to your phone or PC first, which isn’t a huge deal.

We were a little cautious about this printer using five separate ink cartridges instead of the standard two, but the cartridges are actually very reasonably priced, and there’s an option to print only in black and white if you find one of your colour cartridges is empty. Usually, if this is the case, you’re out of luck until you replace the empty cartridge, so this feature is very welcome and means you’ll never be prevented from printing in the middle of a work day.

PROS
  • Simple to use interface
  • Very high dpi
  • Inexpensive ink
  • Monochrome printing option
CONS
  • Somewhat limited cloud options
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Canon MG7720 – Best Mid-Budget CD Printer

A slightly more expensive entry from Canon, the MG7720 aims to add some more functionality and quality of life improvements upon the last entry in this list. First, our main complaint from the MX922 has been addressed and as a result, not only can this printer can print from a wide range of services, but it’s easier than ever to connect your device. Your options now include Bluetooth, NFC and WiFi, and just about any Android or iOS device is supported.

Canon has also taken the already sparse and clean design to its peak here. They’ve replaced many of the physical buttons by providing a 3.5” touchscreen interface, and the buttons that remain are tactile and simple. The printer casing is a lot more attractive too: it comes in four colours (white, black, gold and red) and looks sleek and modern which ensures that it won’t be an eyesore wherever you decide to place it.  

The MG7720 also increases one thing we weren’t so keen on, though, and that is that it uses not five, but six ink cartridges; two black, three coloured and one grey. Again, the ink is reasonably priced but in general, simpler is better and this just feels like an unnecessary complication. We will say, though, that the inclusion of a grey cartridge does help provide more depth and a better tone to an already impressive print quality.

We also appreciated the easy setup on this model. Getting connected to a wireless network took just a few button presses and the emphasis seems to be on speed since even traditionally slow functions like scanning took only fifteen seconds or so, whilst printing a black and white page took just four seconds. If you have the money to spare, this printer will go the extra mile for you. CDs, DVDs, really high-quality posters, the MG7720 can handle it all.

PROS
  • Choice of colours
  • Very simple to use
  • Very high dpi
  • Decent range of cloud options
CONS
  • Uses six ink cartridges (slightly higher running costs)
  • Slightly more expensive than similar models
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Epson XP-640 Expression – Best Business Use CD Printer

The Epson XP-640 has a slightly lower resolution than the Canon models, but it does offer a few features that make it the ultimate CD printer for business applications. The first of these is the automatic double-sided printing. Whilst this is obviously not for CDs, if you often print on both sides, you can half the amount of paper you use, which will save you money in the long run.

The lower resolution won’t matter much when it comes to CD printing since a CD label has such a small size anyway and overall image quality is limited as a result. We found the CD printing function to be a little confusing to start with since you have to calibrate the disk drawer first, but quickly got used to it and had no problems in testing. The results were professional looking and crisp which is all you’re really looking for in a CD/DVD printer.

Your input options are very varied too, since this printer has both an SD card slot, a front USB port and WiFi with options to print directly from Facebook, Google Drive or Instagram. The interface is neatly arranged and simple to use and we especially liked that the overall appearance of the printer was both suitable for an office, and not too formal. Everything from the bright 2.7” display to the arrow buttons shouts “accessibility” and the unit as a whole benefits from this.

The XP-640 is another five cartridge printer, and like the MX922, you can print in monochrome if your colour cartridge is empty. Printing speeds are decent, at 4.6 seconds for a black and white page, and 6 seconds for a coloured one. Despite the lower resolution, this printer produces better quality printouts than you might expect, with images coming out crisp and clear, with no smudging even on glossy paper.

What’s not to like? Epson has created a strong performer by any means, for under a hundred dollars.

PROS
  • Automatic double sided printing
  • Small size
  • Decent printing speed and quality
CONS
  • CD drive calibration is a little confusing
  • Slightly lower resolution than similar models
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Brother MFCJ825DW – Best High Budget CD Printer

Let’s address the elephant in the room for a second. Yes, this printer is more expensive than the others on this list, but it justifies the increase in price with a slew of features and exceptional image quality.

First things first, this is an all-in-one printer that supports double-sided printing, wireless connections and all the other things you might be expecting, but what about unattended faxing, copying or scanning? You can leave it with up to twenty page long documents and have them scanned or copied by the time you get back.

Whilst the other models we’ve reviewed have varying levels of cloud support, this one beats them all hands down. It allows you to print from Facebook, Picassa, Flickr, Google Docs and Evernote, as well as your SD card, flash drive, mobile device or computer. That’s what we’re talking about when we mention versatility!

Speaking of ease of use, this printer allows you to directly copy a CD label, print a square image on a disk, or even use Brother’s own software to create a custom label from a template (with or without a matching jacket cover). These are the kind of features you just don’t get with a lower priced printer.

Print speeds are very fast: this model can print 35 black and white pages per minute or 27 colour pages. Image quality is great, as you’d expect for a printer in this price range. It does lack the definition of the Canon offerings, but still provides a marked increase in quality upon a low-budget inkjet printer.

If you’re not put off by the higher price, you’ll find that this is a quiet, fast little printer that’s more than capable of whatever you have planned for it. Whether it’s for office use, label printing or even just to have at home, the Brother MFCJ825DW will not disappoint.

PROS
  • Supports unattended faxing, scanning and copying
  • Includes many CD label printing options as standard
  • Exceptionally fast printing
  • Huge range of cloud options
CONS
  • Quite expensive
  • Lower dpi than less expensive printers

Best CD Printer - Buyer's Guide

In recent years, it’s become simpler than ever to buy a good CD printer for one specific reason: standalone disk label printers have gone the way of the dodo, and most of the ones which remain only print labels that you have to manually stick on to your disks. The good news is that nowadays most mid or high-end printers include direct CD printing so it’s really just a matter of finding which standard printer fits your needs the best.

That said, there are a few important things to look out for when buying a CD printer and we’ll go over below these to help you make an informed decision as to which product to buy.

Print quality

The amount of detail present in your printouts is measured in dots per inch (dpi). There are usually two numbers here, one for black and white prints and one for colours. A higher number means more dots per square inch, which means more detailed images, although for something small like a CD you probably won’t need any crazy numbers, so if you find a printer you like with a slightly lower dpi, but that’s a hundred dollars cheaper, snap it up! For a more involved guide to printer specs, you can read the article here.

Ink

The length of time an ink cartridge will last varies wildly from printer to printer. Obviously, if you print every day, you can expect your refilling costs to rise, but another thing to consider is that most printers require both a black cartridge and a colour cartridge to print, even if you only use the black ink. If you only need greyscale images, consider buying a monochrome printer since you’ll likely find that they’re less expensive. For most people, though, we’d recommend a colour printer since they can double as a general-use home or office machine.

Connectivity

As well as your standard printer cable connection, many printers in recent years have adopted wireless networking thanks to its flexibility and huge potential as far as online platforms are concerned. What this means is that some printers provide you direct access to photos on your Facebook, Dropbox, Flickr or whatever cloud storage medium you’re using. In practice, this means that if you’re away from home and find a cool CD label, you can just save the image to the cloud and print it when you get home. Some even have dedicated email addresses which take it one step further: assuming you loaded a CD before you left, it’d be printed and ready when you got home.

Usability

All of the printers in this list have screens, and indeed most decent printers do, but there’s more to usability than that. If your eyesight isn’t great, you’ll want to make sure the screen is big enough to see comfortably. If your workspace is a little dim, you need a screen with a backlight.

You also have the choice between traditional buttons around the screen, or a modern touchscreen, although this is personal preference. Do you get frustrated easily? If so, try to find a printer that doesn’t make you go through five menus and recite the alphabet backwards to print a sheet of paper.

When it comes to printers, your options are limitless, and you should spend some time considering if the printer as a whole suits you, since even a really expensive, fancy one could be a nuisance to use.

Conclusion


Whilst every CD printer in this list is a great product, there’s one in particular that stands above the others, and it’s the Canon MG7720. It’s a low cost, high-performance printer capable of very high resolutions, which also looks fantastic. What more could you ask for?

We hope that this article has been helpful, and with a bit of luck, you’ve found a CD printer that you like. If you’ve found this list useful, we’d appreciate it if you’d think of us the next time you need product advice. Thanks for reading and have a great day!