Buyers Guide - Purchasing a Printer for Personal Use

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Buyers Guide - Purchasing a Printer for Personal Use

This guide will help you select the best printer for typical personal usage in an affordable price range.

There are three different types of printers covered in this guide - inkjet printers, inkjet multifunction printer/copier/scanners and laser printers.  Here is a chart that shows the advantages and disadvantages of each type.

 

Inkjet Printer

Multifunction Inkjet Printer

Laser Printer

Recommended Workload

Low to moderate usage

Low to moderate usage

Moderate to high usage

Cost per page

Higher

Higher

Lower

Initial Cost

Lower

Moderate

Higher

Color

Yes

Yes

No*

Copy/Scan

No

Yes

No*

Photo printing

Yes, Color

Yes, Color

Yes, Black and White

Print Speed

B/W: Fast Color: Slower

B/W: Fast Color: Slower

B/W: Fast


*: Higher end laser printers often have these features but make the cost prohibitive for personal use.

Detailed Breakdown

Recommended Workload: Inkjet printers are recommended for occasional printing but can be expensive when you're printing large volumes.  If you plan on printing more than 400 pages a month (~15 a weekday), it is recommended that you look at laser printer.

Cost Per Page:  Cost per page can vary greatly from printer to printer but generally it is cheaper per page to print on a laser printer.   Toner cartridges tend to cost more than ink cartridges but can print many more pages before needing to be replaced.

Initial Cost: Inkjet printers definitely have the lowest initial cost of these three types of printers.  One thing to keep in mind is that printers often don't ship with full ink or toner cartridges - plan ahead and buy replacements!

Color: If you want to do personal color printing, you should definitely get an inkjet printer or multifunction.

Copy/Scan: Inkjet multifunction is the only option that can do this.  If you're willing to expand your budget, you can also get a black and white laser multifunction.

Photo Printing: Inkjet printers and multifunctions significantly outperform laser printers in photo printing.  For even better color accuracy, choose an inkjet that has 5 color ink cartridges instead of one that uses 3.

Print Speed:  Black and white printing speed is pretty comparable between inkjets and personal laser printers.  Inkjets are generally at least 25% slower when printing color pages.

Follow this link to see the printer models that the DoIT Tech Store recommends for personal use.





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Owner:Nick R.Group:DoIT Tech Store
Created:2014-04-09 11:34 CDTUpdated:2014-05-19 13:40 CDT
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