Date: 19 Aug 2019
What Printer Should I Buy? Help in choosing the right printer.
Choosing the right printer for your specific needs is often harder than it looks. The datasheets confuse people and remain misunderstood.
Here we will try to explain to you some basic things to keep in mind when choosing a printer
Printer price and support
In our opinion, the most important thing when choosing a printer is the initial price and the subsequent support from consumables. In many cases, the cost of supplies exceeds the sales price of the printer. Therefore, it is a good idea to check in advance the price of the toners and whether they are refillable. You can check this on Mr. Toner - www.mrtoner.bg
Type of printer
You need to clearly define what the machine will be used for.
Laser Printer - Prints only on black and white pages. Works with one toner cartridge
Color Laser Printer - Prints black and white and color pages. Works with four toner cartridges, higher operating costs, more expensive consumables.
Laser Multifunctional - Prints only black-and-white pages, monochrome page copying, color document scanning, and fax machines. Works with one toner cartridge
Color Laser Multifunction - Prints black and white and color pages, monochrome and color copy pages, color document scanning and fax machine. Works with four toner cartridges, higher operating costs, more expensive consumables.
Inkjet Printers - Print color pages. We do not recommend the use of such printers unless you need them for a specific use that necessitates the purchase (printing on disks, printing on cakes, etc.) Low initial cost but high cost per page.
Functionality of the printer
The optimal choice of printer functionality also determines the required initial purchase price.
The main and important technical characteristics of each printer:
Resolution - Measured in dpi (dots per inch). Higher resolutions produce finer and more detailed images. If you are going to use the printer primarily for printing text, tables and raster graphics, you can choose a 600x600 dpi printer that will print in excellent quality. But if you are going to print professional high quality graphics, then it is better to invest in a printer with at least 1200x1200 dpi
Monthly Load / Page - This is the number of copies a printer can print in a month. This feature rather indicates the printer class. Small, inexpensive printers are typically around 5,000 ppm, with some printers reaching 300,000 ppm.
Speed - Indicates how many pages a printer can print per minute. Color printers generally run slower than black and white.
If you are going to use a small office or home printer, you can choose a cheaper printer with up to 20 ppm and a load of around 5,000 - 10,000 ppm. Printers that will be used in a large office environment and by several people at a time over a network must have a productivity of more than 20 ppm and an index of at least 30,000 ppm.
Memory - Printers use their internal memory mainly to process and print a file (document, table, or image). The less memory the printer has, the slower it will begin to print the file. Minimal memory is sufficient to print plain text files with a small volume of pages.
Media, size - This is the form of paper the printer can handle. The mass format is A4. More expensive and specialized printers can print larger A3, A0, and so on.
Media, g / m2 - The density of paper the printer can handle. Plain paper is about 80g / m2. But if you are going to print labels (about 150g / m2) or business cards on cardboard (about 300g / m2) or other specialty paper, for example, make sure you like the printer you use.
Some useful extras
Duplex - Also known as duplex. Printers with this extra can print automatically on both sides of the paper without your intervention.
Network - Network printers are connected by cable to your network and are visible to all computers connected to it. For many computers, a network printer is a must.
Wi-Fi - Wi-Fi printers can be connected directly to your Network and visible to all devices connected to it. All computers can print documents over the wireless network. All wifi printers can also be printed directly from a mobile phone or tablet.
Other technical specifications do not significantly affect the price and performance of the printer; they relate to the need for specific printer use.
Color, size and appearance - These three characteristics are left entirely to your personal taste.
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