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Qualities to Look For in a Printer

Looking for a new printer? It can be overwhelming trying to decide on a printer due to the vast number of different models, styles, and features available. To make it easier for you, gathered here is a list of 7 key qualities you should consider when buying yourself a new printer.

1. Functionality

The first thing you may want to research is whether you want an all-in-one printer or a printer that quite literally just prints. All-in-one printers scan, fax, copy, and print. These kinds of printers have more functionality and purpose. Naturally, the more functionality a printer has, the more expensive it will be. So depending on what your priorities are, you can get a cheaper printer but you will be compromising on quality. 

2. Scanning Abilities

If you are someone who frequently uses a scanner, then you need to make sure you are getting a printer that has good quality scanning features. For instance, if you frequently scan documents that are irregular in shape, then you will want a model that has a flat-bed scanner. Some select models use capable automatic document feeders, such as Epson and Lexmark. What this means, is that you can load several pages at the same time in the printer’s tray, instead of having to slowly feed each page one by one. This feature is a real time-saver and one that is worth having!

3. Wireless Features

You have to bear in mind what device you will be printing from, as some devices will work better with other printers. There are many different printing options available out there for different devices as what is the best printer for one device may not work for another. For instance, a printer suited for Chromebook will not necessarily be the best printer for a Macbook. 

There are models available that feature Wifi connectivity that allows you to print documents even when you are not nearby the printer!

4. What Ink Does It Use?

This may seem trivial, however, the last thing you need is to purchase a printer that only works when using an obscure or expensive ink. The running costs of your printer will depend on your model, for example, an inkjet printer tends to be more expensive as replacing them doesn’t last as long. This is where the cost per page comes into play, as a laser printer has a more expensive cartridge typically, but lasts much longer. So, arguably, the laser printer is a more cost-effective option. Either way, before buying a model you should have a good idea of how much the replacement of ink will cost you. That way there are no nasty surprises down the line. 

5. Size

This point is simple, what size do you want? That will depend on your priorities, whether you want something compact and portable, or whether you need something big and industrial to get high quantities of printing done. A smaller size does not equate to a poorer quality! It can be tempting to think the bigger the printer the better it must be, but it really does depend on the manufacturer, the features available, and its main purpose. There are a lot of choices when it comes to sizing, so you will not get stuck on finding something that fits your space. 

6. Printing Speed

This is very important depending on what you need and uses your printer for. So, if you need your printer to print high quantities at a fast pace, then you need to check how many pages per minute the model can produce. This is especially important in office environments when everyone is trying to access their documents. To give you a rough idea your standard level printer will print 20 to 30 pages per minute. However, if you are printing in color then this will take longer. 

7. Print Quality

The greater the print quality, unsurprisingly means the higher the price. Laser printers typically offer the most impressive quality but are certainly the more expensive option and they require more running costs. If you are printing at home on a more casual basis then an inkjet will provide you with good enough quality. When checking for printer quality, the key thing to check is the printer’s dots per inch (DPI) as this will tell you how well a printer can duplicate the pixels of the image/document you are printing. 

Hopefully buying a printer will not be too much of an ordeal for you now that you know what qualities to search for! Do your research, assess your priorities and you will find the perfect printer for your needs. 

Qualities to Look For in a Printer was last updated February 3rd, 2021 by Charlene Brown
Qualities to Look For in a Printer was last modified: February 3rd, 2021 by Charlene Brown