In the digital age, so many businesses are starting off in a home environment, whether individuals starting a freelance career or small companies finding their feet while avoiding office overheads.
Working from a home office can be a great choice for minimising your costs, but there are hidden downsides that you might not think about until they happen.
For example, not everyone has a printer at home, but almost every single business requires printing, copying, or scanning in some capacity.
While you can save money by avoiding having to pay for a dedicated office space, you might find that hidden costs like external printing expenses begin to add up. That’s why we recommend that everyone working from a home office should invest in a good, reliable laser printer.
There are so many printers to choose from that it can be a daunting task to single one out, which is why we’re here to help you choose the best home office printer for you.
Choosing the best home office printer
There are a few questions you need to ask yourself before you can choose the best laser printer for your home office, as everyone’s needs and situations are different.
How much space do you have?
The first thing to consider is how much space you can realistically give to a printer. While it may be tempting to choose a large multi-function office standard printer that’ll print at super high speeds, most home offices would be much more suited to a small laser printer.
The Lexmark MS317dn is a compact mono laser printer that has wireless functionality so you can work from anywhere in your home and still print in your home office.
On the other hand, if you know you’ll require scanning and copying functionality for your business, you’d be best opting for a larger multifunction printer that means you don’t have to find space for a separate scanner or copier.
The Lexmark CX517de manages to fit all of these functions into a relatively small form factor of 44x47x59cm.
Figure out how much space you have to dedicate to a printer and search accordingly.
What will your printer be used for?
The type of printing that your business requires will help to determine what type of printer you choose to buy for your home office.
If your business involves printing large quantities of text-exclusive documents – contracts, handbooks, etc – and you don’t need to print in colour, a mono laser printer is probably all you need. As mentioned, these come in compact sizes that make them perfect for home office use and they also have the added bonus of inexpensive toner cartridges.
The HP LaserJet Pro M402dne is a great value compact mono laser printer, with an array of features including HP’s JetIntelligence for super sharp text reproduction.
If you need a printer that can handle high quality colour printing, the Lexmark CS727de offers excellent quality with 1200 dpi printing and speeds of up to 38 pages per minute.
How efficient does your printer need to be?
A printer’s performance and efficiency can be measured in how many sheets of paper its input tray can hold, how long it takes to print the first page of a print order, and how many pages it can print per minute in mono or colour.
Not every business needs a high capacity, lightning quick printer so if you’re looking for a well priced home office printer, you can sacrifice capacity and speed for value with a printer like the Kyocera ECOSYS P5021cdn. While this printer still has an input tray for 250 sheets and 21ppm printing, which is more than enough for most businesses, it might not be ideal if you need to quickly print long documents for clients or customers.
If high performance is a priority, choosing a more expensive printer like the Lexmark MS818dn will give you a 550 sheet input tray, 4.4 second first page, and up to 60ppm printing.
Browse our full range of printers to find the perfect home office printer for you, or get in touch with us by calling 0800 840 1992 to find out more from our printer experts.