The advantage of having a network is that you are able to share resources, and this includes sharing a printer. With networking, you will no longer buy a printer for every computer. Instead, everyone can share one printer. Here are some suggestions on what to look into when buying a networkable inkjet printer.
Assess monthly the expected duty cycle output.
There are a lot of printers that offer low-cost printing. The printer and ink are cheap but their duty cycles are smaller in contrast to those of expensive printers. These low-cost printers will do okay for a small number of printing needs. However, if you will be expecting a high volume of printing tasks, it is best to get a printer that is of higher quality. Note that these printers are significantly more expensive than those that offer low-cost printing.
Decide if you want additional functions on the printer.
You will find a lot of “all-in-one” printers. These printers are capable of printing, scanning and copying. Some of them may even provide faxing capabilities. If you see the need for these features, it would be a good call to get an all-in-one printer.
Take into account the type of document that will be printed.
Are you only going to print plain text documents or one with images? You will not be able to maximize the print output if you don’t take these into consideration when shopping for a printer. There are printers intended to print text and others that specialize in printing photos.
Review the hardware resources of all computers present in the network.
Examine the minimum system requirements of the printer so that it will compatibly run on the network. New printers usually require that computers run Windows XP or higher. They also should have a processor speed of 233 MHz or faster, 256 MB of RAM, a CD/DVD ROM and free hard disk space of at least 500 MB. These requirements would vary from printer types to manufacturers so you should first assess and see if the printer matches your system’s resources.
Have another look at the type of network connection you are using.
The printer should be able to accommodate the type of network you are using. There are printers that are capable of wireless networking, while others can only support wired networking.
Look for printer recommendations online.
Browse review and help forums on networkable printers. Reading comments from fellow users would give you a good idea on what printer brand you should purchase. These user reviews will also give you an expectation of how much the printer would cost you.
Rank all the prospective printers.
Place all the printers on a list and weigh their pros and cons. See your local computer store or electronic shop and compare the ones they have on stock with the one on your list. Ask for assistance and solicit information about the printer as much as you can.
Finally, consider how much you are willing to spend for the printer. Will you be getting a high-end printer or settle for a cheaper one? You need to think about if your household or small business will benefit from it in the long run.