Before investing in a new printer, there are a number of factors which need considering to help you find the perfect unit for your needs.
Here we look at those considerations:
Print Volume and Speed Capacity
A printer in a busy office environment is likely to require a higher volume and speed capacity than a home printer. Roughly determine the number of pages your printer will be required to print every month and check which units support this figure in their Monthly Duty Cycle.
Additionally, check the page per minute speed of the printer to determine if it will be capable of keeping up with the demands of the environment without inhibiting productivity.
Modern printers incorporate a range of different connectivity options. If you are investing in a printer for a professional environment which will be utilised by multiple users, it may be prudent to invest in a printer which supports network connectivity.
Alternatively, if you are planning on using the printer in tandem with Apple products: a printer supporting AirPrint (Apple’s wireless printing tool) may be preferable.
If you are planning on using a printer with one computer or device, simple USB connectivity may be more time and cost-efficient.
It is important to determine the type of printed output you will require before investing in a unit. If you only require black and white prints, then a mono printer may be the more affordable and efficient option.
If you require photo-realistic prints, an inkjet printer is traditionally superior in this regard though many laser printers capable of accepting heavier media also produce excellent results.
If your plan is to print on a range of media or require finishing options such as stapling, folding and hole-punching, a separate finishing-unit may be required.
If you require larger print sizes, an A3 printer might be just the thing.
Our A3 printers provide more than just an ability to print on larger media. A3 prints provide 141% more coverage than an average A4 document.
Number of Users
Whether you are buying a printer for a home office or a large professional setting, it is important to consider the number of people who will be regularly relying on the printed output of the machine. If there are dozens of people who may wish to use the printer, it is important to select a machine with a higher print speed and Monthly
Duty Cycle – otherwise long queues may start to emanate from the printer.
For multiple users, networking capability is a must.
If the printer will only by used by a single person, a slower print speed may still be able to accommodate your needs.
Colour or Mono
One of the simpler choices when choosing a printer is deciding whether or not you will require printed output in full colour or just black and white (mono). If you do not foresee that you will ever require colour prints, a mono printer could be cheaper in both the long-term and the short-term. Mono units traditionally come at a lower cost than their colour-ready equivalents, and the cost of replacing colour ink cartridges, will be completely removed.
However if you will require colour prints, it would be prudent to select a printer capable of printing in colour.
Range of Functions
If you require additional functions such as copying, scanning and faxing: it could be more cost-effective to invest in a multifunction unit rather than four different devices. If you only require printing functionality: a multifunction printer may be a waste of money.
Automatic double-sided printing (duplexing) is a common requirement for many businesses which can help reduce your printing costs and cut your paper usage by up to 50%.
Finally, it is important to consider the size of the actual unit. Determine the size of the space available, and select a printer which comfortably fits into this space to avoid the risk of crowding the office or home.
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