29 Mar The B2B Printer Guide: What Printer is Right for you?
Are you unsure of what kind of printer to purchase for your business? It is important to evaluate the cost, functionality, and features of each type of printer before making a purchase. We outline the features of laser, inkjet, and multifunction printers.
Laser printers are common in offices, utilizing light as a source to reflect an image onto a drum, which then attracts the toner. This category of printer is normally faster versus inkjets, coupled with more crisp and detailed images; consequently, these machines come at a higher price. In some cases, although the purchase may be more expensive than inkjets, the toner may be less expensive. Monochrome laser printers are usually the entry level option if you believe a laser could work best for your business. The most basic options provide plain, black text printing on plain paper and typically start from $100.
Featured Laser Printer
Brother HL-6180DW Laser Printer
The technology behind inkjet printers is simple: liquid ink is released through miniscule holes in a printer head to create an image. If you’re in a graphic design or marketing company, inkjets are ideal as they produce superb photo images and marketing materials like brochures, flyers, and more. These printers can accommodate a variety of different types of printing paper. In general, inkjet printers have slower printing speeds and the quality of printing will differ depending on the type of paper you are using.
Featured Inkjet Printer
Canon PIXMA MX532 Inkjet Multifunction Printer
Multi-Function Printers (MFPs)
Multi-function printers, or better known as MFPs, provide users with an all-in-one experience, offering a printer, scanner, copier, and fax machine in one business machine. Modern day MFPs also allow users to create digital versions of stationery files and electronic images of documents with the ability to send to other people over the internet. It is important to evaluate whether an MFP will be appropriate for your business. For example, if you have a large staff that is both busy and constantly scanning, printing, and copying documents, it is advisable to have each of these machines separately.
Featured Multi-Function Printer
HP LaserJet 500 M525DN Multi-Function Printer
Things to Consider before Purchasing a Printer
Color or Black?
Consider whether or not your business really needs a color printer. Color printers can be significantly more expensive to upkeep due to the added toner and ink cartridge costs.
How many pages do you print on a daily basis?
Do you print 25 pages a day or 1000? This is an important aspect to consider in choosing a printer that has a paper tray that can accommodate your needs. Also, if you’re printing more paper, speed also comes into play. If you require quick and efficient printing, you may choose one model over another.
What forms of paper would you like to print?
If you’re staff only requires traditional paper print-outs, you will be more likely to go with one category over another. Would you like to print envelops, brochures, index cards, labels, pre-paid postage, and more? This is all important to consider before making a purchase.