You need a reliable small business printer, and it’s easy to take it for granted until you don’t have one. Selecting a personal printer, laser printer or multifunction printer can be difficult. However, understanding your typical printed output and what features best support your operations will help you while shopping.
Historically, laser printers have cost more than their inkjet cousins. However, prices are now lower and it’s easier today to find an inexpensive model. They generally produce output at a higher page per minute (ppm) rate than inkjets. Additionally, they use toner cartridges containing dry powder rolled onto paper by an internal drum. They’re more expensive, but yield more pages each.
While laser printers are faster, inkjet units produce higher quality output, which is perfect for printing color graphics or photos. These machines tend to run smaller than their laser counterparts, which is great if you’re limited on space. The major drawbacks are a slower ppm and lower page yields per cartridge.
The multifunction printer is a jack-of-all-trades, boasting the capability to print, copy, scan and fax along with advanced features in some models such as wireless or cloud printing. Manufactured in both laser and inkjet versions, they typically support multiple paper sizes and types.
Your small business printer is a vital investment for your success. Because there’s so many kinds of personal printer out on the market, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the choices. Shopping smart and knowing your options is the key to selecting your perfect printer.
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