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Choosing the right printer for you

January 9, 2018

The XP-8500.

A new blog seeks to aid people in selecting the right printer, and makes a series of recommendations.

LD Products have written a blog aimed at helping readers choose the right printer for use at home. Amidst an ever-growing field of options, the piece seeks to enlighten you as to whether or not “you’re buying a printer that truly has your best interests in mind.”

The blog begins with a selection of questions to ask yourself prior to purchase: The first is, what kind of printing will you be doing? It makes the case that printing expense reports daily will require a different printer to that used just to occasionally print family photos, and suggests making a list of what you expect to print regular, semi-regularly, and not at all, before choosing.

Other questions to ask yourself pertain to how often you print, which would affect what page yield you look for from a printer; how much you want to spend on printer cartridges; and what features do you need from a printer – i.e. are you looking for an SFP or an MFP?

With the answers to these questions in mind, LD Products then choose a selection of printers, right for each category.

The blog names the “budget friendly” Brother MFC-J985DW as its recommended budget inkjet printer, citing its “low-cost per page, and a number of convenient features for everyday use.”

The best home office inkjet printer is named as the Canon PIXMA TR7520, with its “countless features and streamlined functionality.” LD Products call it a “worthy successor” to Canon’s earlier PIXMA models.

The Epson Expression Photo XP-8500, meanwhile, is listed as the best photo inkjet printer, “offering attractive, full colour photo prints and print/scan/copy options at a compelling price.”  The blog also highlights the XP-8500’s SD card and USB drive as “a nice added feature”, calling it “perfect for printing quick, computer-free photos.”

The best monochrome laser printer is recommended to be the Brother HL-L6200DW, which the blog describes as cost-effective and efficient for those with “strictly monochrome printing needs.” LD Products add that “all things considered, this is a reliable little workhorse.”

Finally, it declares the HP LaserJet Pro M180nw as the best colour laser printer available, “a smart buy for any home office” and “a worthy addition to your home office arsenal.”

Overall, LD Products’ advice is to consider a multitude of factors when choosing – such as operating costs, rather than just purchase price – and to take time to work out exactly what you want from your printer. If you do, the blog concludes, “you’ll end up with a machine that’s a perfect fit for your home.”


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