Weather you are shopping at Walmart, Best Buy or directly from a printer brand’s website, buying a printer can become a big and annoying problem. Mostly because what we see from the outside of the printer is not even a 20% of what the printer really is. Of course, you can always read the specifications sheet that is attached to each printer, but do you really know what you are looking for, in terms of resolution and internal operation?
I was facing a similar problem a few months ago when I was trying to buy a printer from Dell’s Website. I was looking for a color printer that was fast and cheap and that met my small business requirements. I started looking on their website and realized that there was a bunch of information that I didn’t understand, so I decided to investigate and write this easy guide to buy a good printer.
1. Laser or Inkjet?
The Inkjet is the regular liquid ink printer we’ve seen for years. These printers are good but when it comes to speed and printing quality they’re not the best option. On the other hand, Laser printers are faster and give better result in printouts due to their powder toner that doesn’t need time to dry and never leaks. They’re also quieter that Inkjet printers and toner cartridges can print many more pages than regular ink cartridges.
I did a lot of research to find the best printer brand after deciding that I wanted a laser printer. What I found is that the most common manufacturers of small-medium printers are Dell, Samsung, Xerox and HP; but the decision depends on how much you want to pay and also the reviews of each printer.
3. Only Printing?
There are different types of printers that you can find in the market. The most common ones are the single function printer, which only have the printing option. There are also printers with scanner and multifunctional printers that include fax, printer, scanner and copier. The multifunctional printers are recognized because almost always in the name there are the MFP letters; these ones are better for large-scale use and for offices.
So if you just need to print invoices for your business or papers for college you probably don’t need anything else but a single function printer.
Wireless printers have the function to synchronize your printer with other computer using Wi-Fi. Basically what it is for is that if you have more than one computers, you can easily print from all of them without having to plug in any cable, just by configuring it in you Wi-Fi network.
5. Expensive supplies?
It is important to focus also in the cost of printer supplies, sometimes the price of the cartridges exceeds the price of the printer throughout less than a year. There are many different options for buying supplies at excellent prices without compromising the quality of the printouts, such as compatible and remanufactured toner cartridges and other printer parts. Remember to make sure that the supplier is reliable and offer a good warranty.