Looking for a new printer, but not sure which one is right for you? It’s important to think carefully about what you use your printer for, as this ultimately determines which specifications suit your needs best, and which model is the right one for you. In this Printer Buying Guide, our experts explain how to choose a perfect printing device, be it for a small, medium or large enterprise.
As the name suggest, Inkjet printers use ink that is sprayed across the canvas/paper surface during printing. They are a better choice for those who want to print fewer overall pages at the highest possible quality.
Laser printers are best suited for those who need to print documents and images in larger quantities. Laser machines use cartridges filled with powder (called toner), and are usually associated with faster operation and lower costs of printing per page.
There is often confusion in regard to printer ink and toner. Descriptors such as “ink cartridge” are often used to describe toner cartridges and vice versa. In reality, ink cartridges and toner are two different things. Below is an overview of both products.
Before purchasing a new printer, it is crucial to consider the costs involved in choosing and using a particular machine. Unlike some other electronic products, the costs associated with running the machine do not end at the point of sale or a monthly electricity bill. There are several points worth considering when purchasing a new printer:
Sometimes all we require from our printer is reliable and efficient printing. In this case, regular printers without additional functionality can be a great option for saving money and space. Also available on the market are portable machines which can be very useful for mobile purposes, such as business trips or remote working.
These (3-in-1) devices combine the functions of printing, scanning, and copying. Some machines, known as 4-in-1 printers also include fax functionality. Multifunctional printers can be either inkjet or laser. These types of printer are a great solution for increasingly popular home offices.See our selection of 3-in-1 printers › See our selection of 4-in-1 printers ›
Duplex printing simply means to print on both sides of a sheet of paper. This simple functionality has many advantages, ranging from saving paper to quickly creating books, booklets or flyers. Printers without this function are known as Simplex printers.See our selection of duplex printers ›
Some printer models also have an additional slot for SD cards or USB flash drives. These offer additional functionality, for example, allowing you to print photos directly from your camera or USB storage stick.
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