Shopping for a printer for your business is a bit like shopping for a new family car. You’re going to have to sift through dozens of makes and models and even then you may still not be able to decide! Before you make a decision about what kind of printer you need, you’ll have to do some serious thinking about what you’ll use it for most often. Is quality more important than speed? Do you print a lot of color documents? Take a quick look through some of your choices then give our experts a call – we’ll get you what you need to succeed!
If color is a necessity, an inkjet printer might be the way to go. Most come with the standard cyan-magenta-yellow-black color array, although some photo-centric printers offer more hues for better color representation. If you plan on printing lots of photos, an inkjet printer is it. You can print photos with some color capable laser printers but the quality you’ll see with an inkjet will be better. They often have features that make photo printing easier including memory card readers and camera connectivity. Advanced photo printers come with photo-editing tools and LCD screens for editing images on the printer. Inkjets can be either multifunction or single function. If having a printer that scans, copies, and faxes appeals to you (and we think it does), you’ll want to go with a multifunction inkjet.
If you’re after a printer that can support a small team at the office, a simple laser printer is probably your best choice. Most are faster than inkjet printers with higher pages per minute (PPM) rates. They have high duty cycles and are known for excellent text printing abilities. Since laser printers are made for quick printing, they will often have larger paper trays. Laser printers use toner instead of ink to print. You’ll have to decide whether you want a color or black and white laser printer. You won’t want to use a color laser printer for printing photos, but they are great at printing business graphics.
Our printers are all considered high volume “business-ready” printers. They vary according to what kind of business they are catering to but most are multifunction, all-in-one (AIO) units, allowing office workers to print, scan, copy and fax from a single device. They have features that are integral to most businesses: an automatic duplexer for double-sided printing and an automatic document feeder for scanning multiple pages at once. They feature more advanced security features and are networkable so that many users can hook up to a single model. They have high duty cycles that allow users to print many documents with no problems. The printer you choose should also have a relatively low cost of consumables to save businesses money over the long run.