It wasn’t that long ago that the first inkjet printer was noisily struggling to produce a blistering two pages per minute, but printer technology has really moved on and you can get a decent printer with good features for a reasonable price.
There are many things to consider when you are trying to work out which printer to buy and you may be happy with an inkjet printer or you could be looking for a professional printing solution with a laser printer.
One of the many considerations is what print cartridges you will need to buy from suppliers such as Stinky Ink, and how long they will last each time. Here are some tips to help you decide how to choose the best printer for your needs.
Questions to ask
You need to ask yourself a few questions in order to narrow down your choice of printers and find the model that offers the features and capabilities that you need for your business to print with maximum efficiency and ease.
Decide what you actually need your printer for. If you will want to scan and copy using your printer as well as print then you should be looking for an all-in-one model that offers you these options. You also need to decide if speed of printing is more important than the quality or whether your demands require both to be a good standard.
Another important question to ask considering the flexible working arrangements that many of us have these days, is what devices you would like to be able to print from. This is relevant because you can buy a model that simply attaches directly to your computer or choose a wireless version that gives you the freedom to print from other devices like your laptop or smartphone.
Laser or inkjet?
Inkjet printers are very popular because they tend to do everything you want to a reasonable standard.
An inkjet printer is often considered to be better at printing pictures than a laser printer and they also take up less desk space.
A laser printer offers you faster print speeds and is ideal for printing out lots of documents at a much faster rate than you will achieve with an inkjet printer. You will find that the toner cartridges needed for a laser printer is more expensive than an inkjet cartridge but it will produce a lot more prints, so it should balance itself out in the long run.
As the name suggests, these printers are justifiably popular because they offer an all-in-one solution to printing, scanning, copying and even faxing if you want it.
You can get inkjet or laser all-in-one printers so you have the choice to get all the functions you need for your business without compromising on print speed or quality at the same time.
Thanks to wireless technology, you can now have one printer that can be accessed by several people, which is very economical as well as convenient.
Some Wi-Fi enabled printers also have a feature that lets you print remotely, so you can even print a document without being in the office or at home.
Decide which functions and options are important to you and try to buy as good a quality printer as you can afford that has all the features you want, as a cheap printer might end up costing you more when you change the ink cartridges more frequently than you hoped for.
John Sollars is the owner of Stinkyink.com, from its startup in 2002 to its standing as a top notch printer cartridge supplier in the UK. On the way he’s picked up a wealth of printer knowledge that is invaluable for cutting printing costs.