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Tips on printer purchasing

December 22, 2016

Five main things to look out for when buying a new printer.

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Minute Hack reported that the stressful task of buying a new printer can be made easier if you know what to look for, and sets out five main things to focus on. Firstly, the buyer needs to think about what they need and what the printer can do for them, and whether or not they need an MFP with extra features that cost more but that may never be used.

For instance, scanning and printing are a priority, but the article asks if there a need to send emails from the printer, and to bear in mind that not everyone needs a photocopy function, networking features, editing photos and images, nor indeed colour. The cost of the printer is not as important as the ongoing cost, notes the article, and the cost of inks and toners can soon “mount up”.

Then there is the choice of laser or inkjet, laser being cheaper according to the article, and whether or not the printer is compatible with remanufactured cartridges, which are cheaper than the original and can be bought from online retailers. It adds that you should seek out independent advice and third-party reviews that will give honest opinions objectively, rather than just taking the salesperson at their word, and you should remember that rave reviews may well be paid for by the manufacturer.

Cleaning and maintenance are required to keep the printer functioning at its optimum, but even regular care cannot prevent things going wrong, so the article recommends looking for a printer that has the option of customer service and support, as well as guarantees which can be extended for an extra payment. Finally, look at the printer’s performance, quality of print, response times and speed, and if you need a high page rate it is advisable to pay the extra amount for it.

 

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