If you’re in the market for a new printer, it’s a good idea to check out a few different types and models before you make any firm decisions. Even a brief printer comparison will ensure that you get a printer that’s suitable for your needs and has all the added extras you might want.
The first thing to consider when you’re comparing printers is the type of printer you want – ink jet or laser printer. Both have their advantages and disadvantages and your decision will largely depend on how often you use your printer and the quality of print you need. Generally speaking laser printers are more suitable for an office environment where a lot of printing is done on a daily basis. Design studios will also use laser printers as they need sharp clear run outs to present to clients. On the other hand, inkjet printers have traditionally been favoured by people looking for inexpensive printers for home and family use.
When making your printer comparison it’s a good idea to consider the overall cost of ownership of the printer, not just the purchase price. While you may find that inkjet printers are cheaper to buy initially, bear in mind that the ink can end up being more expensive, particularly if you go through a lot of it. So over time, depending on usage, ownership of an inkjet printer can add up to quite a lot.
If you want to invest a bit more in a laser printer then, again depending on usage and on the particular model, you should find that you get more print per penny on the ink and this can balance out the purchase price.
The other thing to consider in your printer comparison is the importance of the print quality. If you only use your machine to print out the occasional email or boarding pass when you book an online flight then print quality isn’t going to be hugely important for you and you can probably get away with a very reasonably priced model. If, on the other hand you have a home office or you like to print out photos from your PC then you should probably spend a bit more on your printer to ensure the print quality is clear and sharp.
The final things to think about are extras like scanning and faxing facilities, which may come in handy when you need to send copies of original documents to someone, and special photo print programmes which may come included with your printer.
If in doubt, the best bet is always to have a quick chat with a member of the sales team. Let them know what you’re looking for and they will be able to suggest a range of printers that will be just right for you.