What Is The Best Inkjet Printer On The Market

2012-06-01 14:51:44

Published on 2012-06-01 14:51:44

When it comes to choosing an inkjet printer, people have a wide array of models to choose from, meaning that finding the ideal device can be a challenging task.

Before committing to a particular model, individuals or businesses will need to evaluate its pros and cons, while taking into account if it caters for their needs and is affordable to run on a long-term basis.

Specific elements that will also need to be considered are the prices of both ink cartridges and paper.

Paper will be of particular importance for those who are looking to make photographic print outs, as such materials can be costly and may not be worth the required investment.

For example, if a company is looking to use photo paper to distribute hand-outs around the office, it may be advisable to instead deliver such information by using email.

By doing this, firms will be able to save money and boost their green credentials by reducing their printer use.

Companies should also be mindful of their use of colour ink cartridges as, while content looks more professional, it is not always necessary.

Such print outs are beneficial for content that is being delivered to third parties, but if a company wants to cut down on its running costs, it could be better to conserve supplies by only using black and white ink for minor internal documents.

Furthermore, another way that businesses can save cash during their day-to-day operations is to enable printing on both sides of paper, which will help to reduce their outgoings on paper.

Once all of these factors have been considered, companies can begin to search the market for printers and associated ink cartridges.

There are a number of businesses in the market competing for the hard-earned money of consumers, so it is imperative that people shop around before committing to a particular product.

One of the models that is currently available in the market is the HP OfficeJet Pro 8100, which has been commended by PC Advisor in a recent review.

The website noted that the colour laser printer is ideal for small offices, citing its "high-speed and good quality printing" as one of its advantages.

It boasts a number of features, including Wi-Fi, USB and Ethernet compatibility, while its printing capacity means that it can handle a maximum of 1250 per month.

The reviewer also noted: "Paper handling on the Officejet Pro 8100 is sufficient for medium-volume printing, with a 250-sheet, bottom-mounted main tray, a 150-sheet output tray directly above it; and automatic duplexing."

One of HP's biggest rivals in the printing industry is Epson and, as it aims to compete for a share of the market, the firm has released its Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4095DN model.

Much like the HP OfficeJet Pro 8100, the printer is targeted at small workgroups and offices, and ITPro.co.uk has evaluated its performance to discover its pros and cons for customers.

One of its main flaws was deemed to be its speed, with the website explaining: "Anyone used to fast departmental lasers will be disappointed by the speeds of the WP-4095DN.

"Despite Epson's claimed maximum of 26ppm, we couldn't get our 25-page mono document to print faster than 14.3ppm, even using the driver's Economy setting."

However, while its speed was questioned, ITPro.co.uk highlighted its print quality.

"At the Normal quality setting, black text on plain paper was sharp and bold without any visible inkjet artefacts, and was resistant to smudging," the site concluded.

Its colour print-outs were also applauded, with the reviewer claiming them to feature solid and strong fills, accurate slide control and no proof of banding or streaking.

These are only two of the printers currently on sale in the market for small businesses, and even though both devices are targeted at the same audience, their performances are notably different.

This indicates the importance of shopping around before deciding to buy a particular model.

Posted by Fred Bugenhalgen.

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