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Tech Shopper Tips: Today’s Top Printers and Their Functions

Posted In Technology devices - By Techtiplib on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 With No Comments »

You need a printer, but which one do you choose? There are monochrome, full colour, and multi-function printers out there that can do several functions – sometimes all at once. But, before you rush out and buy a machine, make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into.

Will You Be Home User, A Business User, Or a Combination Of Both?

Decide whether you will be a home, office, or a combo user. A home user’s needs are very different from a business’s needs. For one, many home users only need mediocre text quality, but they may need superior photo quality for printing pictures onto special photo paper.

If this describes you, be prepared to invest in ink – lots of it. Online printing suppliers like StinkyInk will become your best friend.

Some Technical Points to Save Printer Ink

Some Technical Points to Save Printer Ink

If you’re a business, your most important concern is probably the ability to print large amounts of black-and-white. For this task, you’ll want a printer that does not use colour ink to create B&W prints. Some do – most notably, some HP printers.

Many laser printers can selectively use black or colour only. Monochrome printers only use black and white. This may be advantageous if you only use colour sparingly or you can easily hire the job out to a local print shop for colour prints.

The Benefit Of Laser Printers

Laser printers use toner cartridges which are typically high-volume cartridges. Some of them can print thousands of pages before requiring replacement. However, when you do replace them, expect to pay £100 or more per cartridge. Some cost even more than that, and colour cartridges cost even more than black toners.

Still, laser printers have a strong reputation as being reliable and stable printing machines. They tend to cost a little less than inkjet printers, and they last a long time.

The Benefit Of Inkjet Printers

Inkjet has a reputation for being low-quality and a little finicky, but that’s changing. Inkjets used to be prone to print nozzle clogging, but advancements in printer head cleaning are minimising those issues.

Inkjets are also capable of producing high-quality photo prints – something laser printers struggle with.

Connectivity Choices

Do you want wi-fi? If you want to be able to wirelessly print something from downstairs or across the room, make sure your printer is wi-fi enabled. With this feature, the printer connects to your office or home network and can be used to print documents from anywhere.

As long as you can connect to your local network, you can print. This is a handy feature, because it means you no longer have to be tied to your office to print off a report or tickets for the concert.

Paper Handling

Do you want the ability to print on both sides or just one side of the paper? In an office setting, you might want the option of both. As a home user, this might not matter as much to you. But, if it does, make sure that the printer is capable of something called “duplex” printing.

John Sollars always has one eye on the printing industry. When he finds something interesting, he likes to share it by posting online. Look for his informative articles on a variety of websites and blogs. Connect with John online.

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