Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying A Printer

1) Will I need it for general purpose or special purpose


The vast majority of printers on the market are general purpose (they are good for doing a little bit of everything). Special purpose printers are designed to do specific things (photo printing, document printing, label printing). Figure out what purpose you need your printer to serve.


2) Do I need it for home use or office use, or a home office.


Where will you be using your printer? Home use printers are more likely Inkjet printers to print photos and general documents. Office users will focus on printing text. Maybe you are a home office user. If so, get a multifunction printer so you can, Fax, Scan, Copy and print.


3) Do I need a Laser printer or Inkjet printer


Laser printers are designed for text heavy printing. Inkjet printers are better for photos and graphics and low level general printing. What you print will determine what you need.


4) Do I need a single function or multifunction printer?


If all you want to do is print, go with a single function printer. If you would like the option to make copies, scan documents/images and fax, you are going to need a multifunction printer. Remember, your usage will grow, the printer will not.  


5) Do I need to print in color?


If the answer is yes, you are probably leaning toward an inkjet printer. If you answer no, then you will need a laser printer.


6) How much space do I have for a printer?


Consider the size of the printer you are buying in relation to the amount of space you have to store it. Some printers are to large to put on your desk.


7) How will I connect to a printer?


In addition to USB ports, most printers now allow you to connect via an Ethernet connection or Wireless connection. The advantage of Ethernet and Wireless is that they allow you to add your printer to your home network. You can link all your computers to a single printer.


8) What kind of print quality do I need?


Print quality differs by the type of printer. Check the print quality for text, graphics, and photos separately. Just because a printer prints high quality text does not mean it will print high quality graphics and photos. Find a printer that produces high quality results for what you print.


9) How much speed do I need?


If you typically print 1-2 pages at a time, you probably don’t need a printer with a lot of speed. If you are printing documents with many pages, you are going to want a printer with a high print speed.


10) How much will I print?


Make sure you check the printer’s monthly duty cycle. The duty cycle the manufacturers recommended number of pages you should print each month. Each printer has a different duty cycle. Printing in excess of this number may cause your printer to wear out faster. Generally, if you print high volume you should go with a Laser printer.


11) How much will it cost?


Be sure to check the total cost of ownership for any printer you are thinking about purchasing. You’ll pay a certain amount for the printer when you buy it, but remember you are going to need to buy cartridges in order to continue to use it. To get the total cost of ownership, calculate the cost per year for each kind of output (monochrome, color document, photo) by multiplying the cost per page for that kind of output by the number of those pages you print per year. Add the three amounts together to get the total cost per year. Then multiply that by the number of years you expect to own the printer, and add the initial cost of the printer. Compare the total cost of ownership figures between printers to find out which printer will be cheapest in the long run. The general rule of thumb is, the less you pay for the printer, the more it will cost you to run.


12) How can I make this process easier ?


Simple !!!, give us a call at Mid-Island Ink Depot and we will do all the work for you.  We will give you all the information including running costs to enable you to make the right decision.  Did I mention, we sell printers too !!!.

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