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Choosing the Right Equipment – Printers

 

Looking to buy a new printer, and interested to know what your options are, and what the pros and cons are of each type? You may find today’s post to be helpful!

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The type of printer you need really depends on the type of printing you’re going to be doing. If you’re printing smaller amounts of full colour documents, images or photos, then a high end inkjet printer may be what you need. If you don’t print too often, and you are not worried about speed, a consumer inkjet may be just the job. If your business produces mainly text documents (for example correspondence for mailing,) at a high capacity and needs them done quickly, then a laser printer may be the best option for you. Here’s our list of pros and cons for each type of printer.

 

Laser Printers

 

Pros:

  • Fast
  • Efficient
  • Super sharp quality
  • High capacity

Cons:

  • Paper printing only
  • Not great for photos or images
  • Larger and heavier
  • More expensive to buy and maintain

 

Inkjet Printers

 

Pros:

  • Cheaper to buy (depending on quality) and maintain
  • Print on a variety of media (fabrics, transparencies, transfers, etc.)
  • Good colour blending for photos, images and colour documents
  • Smaller and lighter

Cons:

  • Slower printing
  • Less sharp for text printing
  • Smaller capacity
  • Some models not designed for constant use

 

As you can see, each kind of printer has is benefits and drawbacks. You’ll probably know better than anyone what you’ll be using your equipment for, and what kind of quality you’ll need. If you’re still unsure, give us a call and we’ll help you to choose one that suits your needs.

Multifunction printers are now overtaking regular printers in popularity, simply because they have now become more affordable and smaller. Most devices of this kind incorporate a document scanner that either scans documents to your PC, or turns your printer into a photocopier, with no PC input necessary. These can be incredibly useful in smaller businesses where they can eliminate the need to purchase a separate photocopier that would otherwise be used only very occasionally.

Networking is also a consideration to be made when it comes to choosing a printer for business. Some printers are specially designed to be plugged directly into a network, (usually used for high capacity printing or large networks) while some require connection to a PC in order to be connected to a network. Others operate using a WiFi connection to your network if available, which can again be very useful if space is limited or cabled networking is unavailable. It also means the printer can often print wirelessly from tablets or mobile devices, and does not need to be connected to a computer to be used on a network.

On Friday, we’ll be discussing the different types Smartphone available and how to choose one that best suits your needs.

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If you need more information about the types of printer available or would like some additional information or guidance on choosing one that’s right for your business, or if you’d just like to chat to us about anything else IT-related, get in contact with us!

Call us on 0845 234 0580 or email us at info@geek-guru.co.uk

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