Tuesday Tips: Which Printer Is Right for My Office?

Find out which printer is the best for your organization

Not all printers are equal. That seems like a glaringly obvious statement, but it means you’ve got some questions to consider before you even start browsing. Do you select a laser printer or an ink-jet? Do you want only printing capabilities, or an all-in-one printer that can also copy, scan or fax? Answer that first, and you’ll take the first step towards making the right choice for your office.

Laser Printers Offer Speed and Economy

If you expect to produce a steady volume of printed documents, a laser machine may be your best bet. Although the upfront cost can be a bit steep, you’ll recoup when it comes to the price of ink. Their toner cartridges generally yield more printed sheets per unit than their ink-jet cousins. On the other hand, inkjets may be a better option for some office due to cheaper initial investment, smaller sizes and photo reproduction abilities.

All-In-One Printers: Greater Functionality and Versatility

The all-in-one printer has advanced considerably since its introduction into the market a few decades ago. Newer versions do more than just print, copy and fax. Over the years, they’ve added scanning capabilities, wi-fi access, cloud printing and more.

You must put your office’s needs to put into perspective when you go shopping for printing equipment. Laser printers, all-in-one machines and inkjets all offer their own advantages. Knowing what you print, how much you print and other functionalities you’ll need are key factors to guide your decision-making.

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