A printer is important for both general home and office use. Having another printer is handy especially if you have a special purpose for it, like for printing photos or text only. Also, if you find that you have lots of competition when it comes to using the available printer, you might want to get your own personal printer. Here are tips to guide you when you go out to buy another printer.
- Consider the new printer’s purpose and functions. Is it exclusive for printing only photos or text? Or would you use it as a kind of all-purpose printer, printing everything from photos and texts to projects and multiple documents? Differentiate from general-purpose and special-purpose printers. General-purpose printers are used to print text, graphics, and photos. Special-purpose printers on the other hand, are portable printers, specialty photo printers, and label printers. Also consider whether it would be very convenient for you if your new printer would have extra functions like scanning, copying, or faxing. Decide whether you’ll be using your printer for one purpose only or if you want it to do other things as well. If it’s the latter, chose a general-purpose and multifunction printer. Be warned, though, that these multifunction printers can be very bulky and heavy. So if you have enough room for one, you won’t need to worry about where it would go.
- Choose between two kinds of technologies—laser and inkjet printers. Most people would ask what the difference is anyway, when they’re both modern printer technologies. They perform the same functions, but there is still a difference. What you as a buyer should remember is that all laser printers are better at printing text than inkjet printers. And almost all inkjets print better quality photos than laser printers. One more advantage most laser printers have is that they print faster than inkjets. Decide whether you’ll be printing more of texts or photos, and then you can choose between buying a new laser or a new inkjet printer.
- Choose a convenient printer size. If you want a printer that you can bring along with you when you go to different work locations, buy a portable printer—something that’s not too heavy to carry. However, if you want a strictly for home or office use printer, you can buy a slightly larger one with just the right functions you need. Make sure the printer you use fits right into your work desk or space.
- Choose between color and monochrome. Again, if you’ll be using the printer only for printing work documents and correspondences, get a simple monochrome laser printer. For printing documents containing colored charts, graphs, and simple illustrations, a colored laser printer performs excellently. Note that monochrome laser printers still deliver the same fine quality as their colored counterparts, and some even at a slightly faster printing speed. If you’ll be printing lots of photos, creative projects, or running a small advertising business, better invest on a new color inkjet printer. Colors, illustrations, and details would pop out more when printed from an inkjet.
- Decide if speed is important to you. If you need to print multiple documents within the day, or at a near deadline, laser printers are your best bet. Inkjet printers may be fancy, but some don’t promise to print as fast enough as laser printers are known to do.
- Compare printer models and features. Browse through gadget stores, read brochures, flyers, even product reviews on the internet. Compare one model from another. Inquire about features and what sets one model that you like apart from others. Choose a printer that does exactly what you want it to do and churns out high-quality print outs.
- Consider your budget. Finally, the budget. The right kind of printer is a good investment. The prices of laser printers have become more affordable in recent years, but color laser printers are still a bit more expensive than mono laser ones. Inkjets are more expensive than laser printers because they’re more flexible—they’re perfect for printing not only text, but also photos and other kinds of colored output.
When buying a new printer, it all comes down to choosing between laser and inkjet, and for what purpose you’ll be using it. Either way, both laser and inkjet printers print high quality documents.