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How to Choose the Right Printer

3. September 2012 04:24 by Neeru in   //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

Choosing a printer requires a lot of consideration as it can be costly to keep replacing a printer. You need to consider the purpose for the printer; the type of paper it will use; the amount of colour; budget; availability of ink cartridges/toners; speed and size. 

Printers for College students

You would need a printer that is suitable for printing out your assignments, forms, notes, projects, research papers, photographs and maybe T-shirt transfers for t-shirts to wear on a night out with your friends.


Recommendations for your printer:

The most ideal type of printer for a college student is one that is simple and cheap as most college students are on a budget. If you are mainly printing paper, you should opt for a monochrome laser printer as they are more economical since the running costs are lower than an inkjet printer. However, avoid colour laser printers as they tend to be expensive especially if you are on a budget. 

If you are working on projects where you would need to use a lot of colour, an inkjet printer would be more ideal especially a basic model which does not have unnecessary features such as scanning and Wi-Fi connection. A simple model will save you money and will not affect your printing quality.

Examples: Lexmark Impact, S305 Kodak ESP C310, HP Laser Jet Pro M1212nf (all-in-one printer)

Home Office Printing 

Your ideal printer would be one that is suitable to print documents, newsletters, home-made posters, children’s projects or photos. You may not print very often however you would like a printer that is multipurpose and affordable. 

Recommendations for your printer:

For a home office, it can be recommended that an inkjet printer would be the most appropriate as it is multipurpose from printing sharp image photographs to printing t-shirt transfers and various craft items. You can also purchase an all-in-one printer which contains a photocopier and scanner as well as the printer itself which is useful especially if you have a small space to keep your printer. There are some printers which would cost less than £85 therefore look around before making a final purchase. 

Examples: Canon Pixma MX870, Kodak ESP 9250, HP DeskJet 1000

Printers for The Photographer

In order to get photos which are lab-quality photos, you would need a printer that can print in high resolution which can capture the range and depth of colour in your photographs.


Recommendations for your printer

To give you great prints, the most suitable printer would be a photo printer. Most photo printers are able to directly connect to your camera (PictBridge) and print a variety of sizes. Other types of printers which would be suitable are inkjet printers which could give you excellent quality photos and texts plus accept variety types of paper. However, ink cartridges do not last long thus supply costs are high plus they print slower than laser printers. Laser printers are unsuitable for printing photos as they produce poor photo quality and are not made for using with glossy photo stock. 

Apart from the printer, you should also invest in quality photographic paper for the best results.

Examples: Canon Selphy CP780 which is a compact photo printer with a PictBridge

LCD Screens where you can preview and edit photos to make your images stand out like HP Photosmart A826

Multiple paper trays e.g. Canon Pixma MP630 enable you to switch from standard A4 text paper  to 6x4-inch photo paper without changing printer settings or paper type.

All- in- one

Apart from printing, an all-in-one can copy, scan and fax. These are suitable if you have limited amount of space and are less expensive than buying many individual devices.  

Recommendations for your printer

All-in-one inkjet printers are the most popular for the home as they are able to perform the different functions mentioned. They tend to be bulky therefore ensure that you adequate space on your desk before purchasing one.

All-in-one laser printers are suitable for the offices than homes as they can be bulky and expensive to purchase initially however in the long run, their running costs are lower than an inkjet printer. 

Examples: Epson Stylus NX430 Small-in-One All-in-One (inkjet printer), HP LaserJet Pro 100 colour MFP M175a Colour Laser - Printer / copier / scanner (laser printer)

Final Word

Before going out to purchase the printer, you should consider the brand where you could look at product reviews of the printers from different websites and perhaps recommendations from your friends. 

If you buy a printer online, you have the customer’s right to return the product within 7 days after delivery if it’s damaged. Sometimes, it is advisable to go to a physical store to buy your printer as it is easier to return if you are not completely satisfied with the product. 

Finally, decide whether to get an inkjet or a laser model, and a plain printer or an all-in-one and where you will be using it.

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