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How Do I Choose a Printer

September 06, 2012  |  Difficulty: Easy

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There are many different types of computer printers available in the marketplace today. For most of us, it can be quite complicated deciding what printer is the best one for our needs. To help you understand some of the differences in printers that most home users find useful, we’ve summarized a few general features to consider when purchasing a printer.  This article will explain some of the differences between black and white laser printers, color printers, inkjet printers using a black and color cartridge and inkjet printers with separate ink cartridges (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black).

Laser Printers vs. Ink Printers:

  1. Number of Pages. Think about the number of pages you plan on printing per month/week/day. Generally, if you are printing more than 5 pages a day you should consider a laser printer. If printing less pages per day an inkjet printer is a good choice. If you are unsure but your estimate is close to this number, choose an inkjet printer with separate ink cartridges.
  2. Scanning and Copying. If you plan on scanning and copying, choose an inkjet printer (separated cartridges are best for a larger amount of printed pages) since the laser multifunctional printers are much more expensive than inkjet ones.
  3. Color Printing versus Black and White. Color laser printers are much more expensive than inkjet printers. If you are printing in black and white only, you should consider a black and white laser printer because it costs less to print per page than an inkjet printer.
  4. Frequency of Printing. If you plan on printing at least two times a week, it doesn’t matter which type of printer you choose. However, if you know you will be printing only once in a while,  it’s best to purchase a laser printer. Inkjet cartridges or printer heads have a tendency to dry out when not used frequently.
  5. Type of Documents Printed. The type of documents you print most often may influence the type of printer you need. For example, photographs have a higher quality when printed on an inkjet printer versus a laser printer. Using photographic paper can enhance the quality of your photographs even more.
  6. Cost. Generally, when thinking about the use of your printer, the more expensive model within the same brand and printing technology should be a higher quality. So it is best to not buy the cheapest printer for daily printing in photo studio!

 Tips and Tricks:

  • The points shown above are only for your consideration when buying a new printer and are not strict rules, these tips might help you make a better choice.

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