What Should You Think About When Buying A Printer

2012-02-29 09:18:02

Published on 2012-02-29 09:18:02

Over the last few years the printer ink market has flooded with a range of sophisticated machines. As a result the qyality of printers has accelerated – even basic ones nowadays can cater for a host of needs.

Prices have dropped too. It's perfectly possible to pick up a decent multi-function for £50 these days.

Generally speaking, there are two types of printer - laser and inkjet. You'll find that lasers tend to be more expensive, but that's because they're really designed for small firms and regular home users, thus they have better quality output.

When it comes to buying a printer, it's important not just to consider the price of the machine itself. A printer is a one-off purchase, but buying ink cartridges and toner cartridges and paper is something you'll be doing regularly.

You should also think about what you will actually need your printer for. For example: if it's just black-and-white prints, you're probably best off with a standard monochrome machine with a single toner cartridge.

If you're looking for, say, photolab quality prints, you'll need to up your budget a little and consider a more sophisticated investment.

The point is not to invest in a piece of kit that's full of whizzbang add-ons that sound really good – when in practice you won't use any of them.

Posted by Canzil Ahmed.

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