Monday, May 17, 2010

Guidelines For Choosing The Ideal Printer For You

Guidelines For Choosing The Ideal Printer For You
A crucial machine for everyone today is a reliable printer. Whether it's for your dorm, your home or your office, a printer is an indispensable computer accessory. Choosing the right printer for you can be a daunting task, given the options? Let's take a look at the options available for you:

Authors and Students (especially college)
With more intense usage of the printer, such as that demanded by college students writing final essays or an author cranking out hundreds of pages a day, an Inkjet becomes too slow and expensive to be a reasonable choice. A Laserjet printer is a great option here. The printer itself will cost more, but the savings in ink will eventually add up (important for both college students AND authors). Expect to pay around $200 for a Laserjet printer, although deals and promotions are not uncommon.

Business User
If you plan on a buying a printer for your small business, or maybe you've been tasked with purchasing a printer for your large company, a multifunction all-in-one printer is your best bet. Printing, scanning copying and faxing are usually included in the all-in-one's list of features. They start at about $100 for smaller ones (like my Canon MX310) and can run into hundreds of dollars for larger workhorses capable of hundreds of pages in just minutes.A network laser printer is a good option for a large corporation.

Primarily Traveling
For travelers, the best option is a lightweight, battery operated portable printer. Their positive features include their light weight, small size, and for many, the potential to plug into a car's cigarette lighter. They usually weigh less than 5 lbs and may even allow printing via cell phone.

Home User
Home users demand a variety of functions out of their printers, but probably not very demanding tasks. Responsibilities might include development of home photography or the printing of a report for school. That's why a printer for home use needs to be inexpensive and dependable. I think a personal Inkjet printer is a good choice. Inkjets are a little slower than their more recent siblings, the laswerjets, but they will be well up to the tasks presented by a home user. $50-$100 is a normal price for an Inkjet printer and generally $10-$40 (depends on exact needs) will buy an ink replacement cartridge. I really like 4inkjets for great deals on cheap ink cartridges.


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