How to Buy the Right Printer for Your Home
Finding the right printer for your home can be a difficult decision as you have to take into account all the different things you will need it for, which if you have a number of people under your roof, can go from tricky to almost impossible. However, we've broken down the key factors you need to consider when buying a new printer for your home. This should help in finding the most appropriate machine for your family a little bit easier.
How much do you want to spend?
This is probably the most important factor when you are deciding what type of printer you need. Decent Home printers can start at as little as £50 and go into the thousands, however, you need to weigh up the benefits. Cheaper machines have the advantage of taking less out of your bank account, which may be the only thing that matters, but they are likely to not last as long or have as many features. This is where you have a tough choice to make, save up for a more expensive unit that will last for a number of years or buy a cheaper version that may not last as long.
Do you want an all-in-one?
Whether or not you want an all-in-one printer will also impact how much you spend. For many households they combine everything you need into one compact machine. This reduces the amount of space that you need to reserve for it and will also save you money in the long run, as an all-in-one is generally cheaper than buying a separate scanner, fax machine and printer. However, it's important to consider the needs of your family and not just be drawn into the marketing. Many families need a scanner and printer for beloved photos, but do you really need a fax machine or photocopier? By analysing and determining what you really need from a printer and you can decide whether extra features are worth the bumped up cost.
How much will you need colour?
For home users, having a colour printer is necessary but you need to think about how much you will use it. You can then weigh up the costs of high-end printers, which bring more expensive ink cartridges than their cheaper alternative. For many home users you don't need the priciest version on the market and something more affordable will be decent enough to print your family photos off.
What features do you need?
Mobile printing is big in the printer world right now, but if you are going to mainly use your printer at home is it something that you really need?This is important as it can rapidly reduce the amount you have to pay out for a quality printer. Although many machines come with it, it means that you don't have to fork out extra money to have it included if you don't really need it. Other feature may include a usb slot for memory card photo's or printing of data, or even a WiFi printer.
What size printer do you want?
Size is also another factor you need to consider when selecting your ideal printer. Make sure you check the dimensions, as having a machine arrive that is either far smaller or larger than you expected, is far from ideal. Many home users want a compact printer with a plain, usually black, colour scheme. It may not seem like a big deal, but having a machine that sticks out like a sore thumb will have you wanting to buy a new one almost as soon as you have installed it.
How fast do you need your printer to be?
A faster page per minute will also bump up the price of your printer so it's important to consider whether or not you need a speedy machine. Most home users don't need a unit with an incredibly fast print speed, as a draft version of a page usually gives you fast enough speeds if you are in a rush.