Make Sure You Pick The Correct Printer This Year

2013-02-01 16:32:13

Published on 2013-02-01 16:32:13

Consumers across the UK will be scouring the market to find their ideal printer in the coming weeks.

There are several different options available to choose from, ranging from multi-function models to inkjet, toner and dye-sublimation alternatives.

Alternatively, sold ink machines could be used, which are most commonly utilised in offices and work effectively when it comes to printing on non-porous media.

Customers should consider what they will need their printer for before they make an investment, even though it may seem easy to buy the cheapest option they can find.

For example, will you be scanning many documents? If so, a multi-function printer (MFP) is probably the best option.

Depending on the model, these machines are capable of printing, scanning, photocopying, faxing and emailing documents, saving people important space in their homes.

As well as this, a MFP carries a much smaller footprint than all of the separate models together, meaning they help to lower people's impact on the environment.

The machines are available in a variety of sizes and capacities, so there are options for business owners and residents alike.

When searching for a new printer, consumers may feel an obligation to remain loyal to their current brand due to the good service it has provided them, but searching around could pay dividends.

Worldwide printer companies such as HP, Epson, and Canon are all competing to please customers, with new models and innovations arriving in the market on a regular basis.

Brother is one firm that is hoping to win over customers with outstanding printers and its recently announced DCP-J925DW is hoping to do just that.

The printer is targeted towards home workers and small businesses and features an ADF and a printer that is capable of double-sided prints.

As well as this, the system uses a different range of ink cartridges to Brother's entry level models, while high-capacity versions are available.

Simon Handby from Computer Active has reviewed the machine and believes it sits "near the top" of Brother's range.

"This MFD has a decent scanner, which is fast and sounds great, making pleasing, high-quality whirrs as it works. It produced acceptable results, but we noticed that darker shades tended to be muddied together, losing detail," he said.

"We also found that despite being simple and easy to use, the software scan interface has some limitations. It can't automatically detect the scan area on a preview image, for example," Mr Handby continued.

Mr Handby admitted that the system's print driver is "one of the best", but is let down by the printer itself. He explained that it meandered along when printing black text, giving the results an outline which gave away their inkjet origin.

He went on to say that the system's colour graphics left much to be desired.

"Colour graphics lacked vibrancy on plain paper, and while photos were good enough for occasional use they were out classed by competitors such as the Officejet 6600. Working together the scanner and printer turned out fast copies, but colours in the results were a little dull," Mr Handby explained.

He also commented on the machine's scanner, which he described as "fast" and explained that it "sounds great".

However, Mr Handby did note some flaws with it, explaining: "This MFD has a decent scanner, which is fast and sounds great, making pleasing, high-quality whirrs as it works. It produced acceptable results, but we noticed that darker shades tended to be muddied together, losing detail.

"We also found that despite being simple and easy to use, the software scan interface has some limitations."

Posted by Barry Ashmore

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