How to Choose Printers Printers are one of those machines whose functioning is extremely important to both offices and homes. How many times has it been that your documents have been rejected just because of poor quality of printing? Many times, we bet. Therefore, it is very essential that you take care of certain things when choosing printers, in order to ensure that your documents are printed in good quality and in time.
- What sort of tasks are you going to use the printer for? – This is the question you must ask yourself first. Many types of printers are available in the market, each designed for specific purposes. Printers come in all shapes and sizes, from small travel associates to work bunch workhorses; some are intended for photographers, others are for people performing more than one task. Do you want to use yours as a home printer or for your business? Or do you like to print digital pictures from your DSLR?
- What Level of Output Quality Do You Need? – Printers vary considerably in output quality. Since high quality for one kind of output doesn’t necessarily mean high quality for the others, look into text, graphics, and photos individually.
- Single-Function Printer or an MFP? – For a photo printer, for instance, additional capability might be an enormous memory. On the other hand, for general-purpose printing, additional capability means choosing an all-in-one. “Additional” functions may include some combination of scanning, copying, and faxing from your PC etc. Office printers also normally add an automatic document feeder (ADF) to scan, copy, and/or fax multipage documents and legal-size pages. Some MFPs offer additional printing options as well. Web-enabled printers, home and office models alike, have the ability to connect directly to the Internet via Wi-Fi to access and print out selected content without needing to work through a computer. Many Wi-Fi models allow you to print documents and images from handheld devices. Some models let you email documents to the printer, which will then print them out. So it really again comes down to point 1.
- Is color a priority? – This certain question can save you a great deal of money. For instance, if you are looking to buy a home printer, you probably will want color. Alternatively, for an office model, chances are you never really will have to print anything except letters and monochrome documents, and so there is really no need for you to spend the extra cash. Bear in mind though, that several color lasers can print at high enough quality to make your own advertising handouts and trifold brochures, which could save you money associated with printing small quantities at your local print shop.
- How Much Does it Cost? – The final and the deciding factor, the cost.
Make sure to look at the total expense of possession. Majority of the manufacturers will tell you the expense per page, and many give an expense for each photograph. To get the total cost of possession, ascertain the cost every year for every sort of output (monochrome, color document, photograph) by multiplying the cost per page for that kind of output by the quantity of pages you print every year. Add the three numbers together to get the total cost per year. At that point, multiply that by the number of years you hope to keep the printer, and add the introductory cost of the printer. Compare the total cost of ownership figures between printers to find out which model will be cheapest in the long run.