Buying a printer should not firstly involve looking through reviews and contacting specialists. It should primary be about you and your needs. In order to recreate an image of your printing requirements, you simply need to go back in time and observe your usually printed products, wither they were black and white texts or more complex colored images, wither you printed occasionally or on a regular basis.
Depending on how much you’re prepared to spend for the printer itself and the ink that will need constant replacement over time, there are several types of printers for you to choose from.
Ink jet printers for instance are an appropriate choice for those who need to issue color printed imaged or photos, but not in a large amount and without having any claim on spectacular quality. Ink jet printers have an affordable price, in comparison with laser devices, however the costs implied by future consumables are higher. Differences also appear when it comes to printed amount, given the fact that inkjet devices require a tank change after 1000 black and white and 500 color printed pages, while a laser printer can easily achieve an impressive 25000 pages out of a single toner.
However, there is always the possibility of refilling a tank, but in this case, if the cartridge fails to function (as the print head is generally vulnerable), an original tank needs to be bought and it may even cost as much as a new printing device. As a matter of fact, some producers distribute cartridges with special chips that prevent users from refilling them for a second use.
Apart from tank related issues, space requirement is also an aspect that should take part in a printer buying process. Obviously, the space dedicated for the device should be larger than the printer, as its paper tray generally occupies 20 cm in depth.
If the user usually prints considerable amounts of pages, a wiser solution would be a laser printer and even though a toner is a lot more expensive than an ink cartridge, it allows 10 times more printing. Not to mention the fact that the quality of issued documents is higher than those printed by the usual ink devices.
Passing from individual use to office application, accountancy personnel would be more than happy to profit from a multifunctional device, as it incorporates the functionalities of a printer, a Xerox, a scanner and a max machine. When it comes to the type of scanner included, it can be either flat-bed or sheet-feeder or both.
A flat-bed surface allows book scanning, with a manual change of pages, while a sheet-feeder option permits the introducing of papers in the device for sequential and automatic scanning. However, with the last option, books that have their papers linked together can’t be scanned.
If the scanner is equipped with a transparency adaptor, users can even scan traditional photographic film strips. Moreover, the majority of multifunctional device include the fax option that allows you to directly send fax from the computer, without the need to firstly print the document on paper.