What printers are on the market?

2014-04-09 10:04:16

Published on 2014-04-09 10:04:16

Printers have become an irreplaceable part of the business place and home. However, far from a one-size-fits-all approach, what you need from a machine greatly depends on how you will use it and what you want from it.


The variety of printers on the market can make it difficult to decide which machine is most appropriate for you. Therefore, knowing what you are dealing with can help make the buying process much easier.


HP Photosmart B109 home printerHome or office printers

Printers in the workplace have very different demands from ones that are used at home. This is the greatest factor that decides what the most well-suited machine is. Office printers are built to meet a higher volume needed by a workplace and usually come with faster speeds. However, they often cost more and you could find yourself paying out more for features that aren't necessary for a home user. Machines designed for the home are usually more compact and more suitable for a home environment.


Inkjet or laser printers

Inkjet or laser printers

The vast majority of home printers are inkjets because they are inexpensive and can suit the needs of the average user who just wants to print documents and the odd family photo. Inkjet printers print in colour with a number of ink cartridges, making their image quality higher than the document standard. In contrast, laser printers are normally best suited to the office environment as they can offer the necessary versatility needed by modern businesses.


Although lasers are generally more expensive than inkjets, you need to balance the upfront cost with how long the machine will last and the price of ink cartridges. Recently, laser printers have dropped in price making them affordable for both types of users and which is most appropriate depends on your needs.


Monochrome or colour printers

For the workplace, a black and white printer could save you money and be more than capable of producing the text documents that you need. However, for home users that want to be able to print their own family photos, only a colour printer will suffice.


Posted by Canzil Ahmed.

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