How to choose a printer

Choosing Between Inkjet and Laser Printers

One of the first choices you need to make when printer shopping is whether you want a laser printer or an inkjet model. Laser printers are best suited to offices where large quantities of single-color documents are printed on a regular basis. Color laser printers are available in more colors are needed, but the cost to use them is usually higher than the cost of using a color inkjet printer. Inkjet printers are suitable for printing photos or any documents that have graphics and multiple colors.

Printers for Photographs

Photo printers are a type of single-purpose printer used for creating paper copies of photos. These are typically inkjet printers, and they deliver high-quality prints without the wait of ordering from an online service or the need to drive to a one-hour Photoshop. These printers come in specialty sizes and feature more ink shades than standard inkjet printers. However, the convenience and enhanced quality cost more than the supplies needed for a standard inkjet printer.

Calculate Ongoing Costs of Using Your Printer

When choosing a toner printer, look at the cost of maintaining it and installing new ink cartridges and buying supplies,  if you select that particular printer brand. In addition to the initial cost of the printer, check to see how much replacement ink cartridges cost, and compare at least a couple of different models if you plan to print a lot of documents or images. Over the lifetime of a printer, the cost of ink on some models can end up costing you more than you would’ve paid for a higher-priced printer that uses cheaper ink.

Where You Plan to Put Your Printer

If you only have room for one device, you may want to consider an all-in-one model that serves as a printer, fax, scanner, and copier. Having multiple functions in one device saves shelf space or desk space. It also saves you a few steps because you don’t have to walk around the room to get from one device to the next when you’re performing normal office tasks.

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