What to Look for When Choosing a printer


If you are looking to buy a printer, here are some points you need to keep in mind, seemingly, before you make up your mind on buying one.

1) Assess your requirements: Before you start looking for a printer, make sure you know what type of printer you are looking for. Buying a colour printer or black and white printer, is purely a matter of personal choice and will.

More specifically, assess your requirements and usage. For example, if you are buying a printer for commercial purposes, and budget as well as cost per page is a considerate issue, you should probably go for Inkjet printer. Else, if time is a strict constraint and you need more sophisticated printouts, going for a Laser printer makes complete sense.

Look for OS compatibility as well. Though most OS do support all types of printers, cross-checking the compatibility (mostly the availability of drivers), before you actually buy it, is highly appreciable.

2) Setting a budget: If you have a fixed-budget, make sure you stick to it. It is very important no to over-do things when buying a printer. For almost all budgetary limits, there are different variants of printers available. Increasing the budget would only increase your confusion and in the end would lead to a dispensable use of money.

3) Looking for features: Be very clear of the features you wish to integrate. For a start, some of the additional functionalities that go into a sophisticated printer include an SD card slot, Bluetooth connectivity, LCD preview, etc.

You can also opt for an All-in-one printer, wherein you can have a machine which scans, copies, faxes your documents apart from printing it. You must choose and look for features based on some logical assessments and your requirements.

For example, if you are mostly working on a portable device like an iPad or a Notebook, make sure you buy a printer which allows Bluetooth connectivity and wireless connectivity.

4) Compare, compare and compare: There are plenty of options available in the market when it comes to buying a printer. The best way out to clear out the confusion would be to analyse the different models of printers on sites like eBay, Amazon and more, and look for a model which best suits your requirements and preferences. Make sure to read a couple of reviews and feedbacks though, before you actually make a buy.
Terms you need to understand while looking for a printer:

•DPI: DPI apparently means, Dots per inch. Hence, more the DPI better would be the resolution. In case you are a photographer/graphic designer or a type of person who loves clear photos, make sure you choose a printer with a higher DPI.

• Image processing: Well, to understand this, you need to first understand how an image is printed from PC to your printer. Once you send the print command, the computer just copies the file to printer’s buffer. It’s now the printer’s job to analyse the pixels, their corresponding colors, size and dimensions and then print it. Hence, if the resolution of the image is high (the more number of pixels), more amount of processing would be required. Hence, in case you wish to buy a high-performance printer, make sure you double-check if the memory and buffer-size are considerable, before you leap forward.

• Network connectivity: If you are buying a printer for office/commercial purposes which is then to be put on a network, make sure you buy a printer which is USB compatible, allows network connectivity and preferably, also renders Bluetooth connectivity.

• Cost: Here are we are not inferring to the cost of the printer, but to the cost of refilling the Cartridge Ink. Especially, color cartridges can be a touch expensive and it is advisable to analyse the per-page cost, prior to buying a printer.

Other factors you need to consider would be the speed of operation, the size of the page stack, its holding position and ease of use. Some pioneer companies in printer manufacturing, include Epson, Canon, HP, etc.

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