Understanding Printers

Understanding Printers


All offices, no matter the industry, share some basic hardware. There are computer towers, monitors, networking equipment, and often printers. What many do not know, however, is that there are many different types of printers. Some classes of printers are better for specific jobs, while others may vary widely in associated costs. Each type has pros and cons that should be weighed before purchasing to help make an informed decision. Being informed is the best way to get the most out of your devices, and a little general knowledge can go a long way.

Printer Types

As referenced above, printers come in many brands as well as types, each one with positives and negatives associated. Below is a comprehensive list of several types (note that there are other types of printers that are not included in this list):

Type Advantage Disadvantage
Laser Printers Cost effective, high print speed, high paper capacity Needs time to warm up, takes up more space, high voltage usage.
Solid Ink Printers Environmentally friendly, vibrant colors, compact design Needs time to warm up and cool down, cannot laminate prints
LED Printers Reliable, efficient, operate quietly Lower print quality, high cost, must be refilled carefully
Inkjet Printers Highly detailed prints, compact design, low warm up time High cost-per-page, slow print speed, wet prints, can clog up
Dot Matrix Printers Low unit and running costs, reliable/td>

Low resolution prints, loud, older technology

Which Choice is Best?

All firms have very specific needs, so be sure to know what you need, and which class of device is best to get it done. That being said, many businesses opt for an Inkjet or a Laser printer. These two printers are often the best combination of affordable while maintaining high-quality prints. Take into consideration the warranty, cost of ink, and volume of printing that the machine is rated for. If all else fails, outside consultants can help you find a capable printer for your firm’s needs.