Best Printer Buying Guide - Inkjet or Laser Printer


Majority of printers in the market today come with a number of built-in functions in addition to printing, but some of these features run up the cost. Here are some factors to consider when you are thinking of buying a printer.

Would You Only Need to Print Occasionally?

Do you only need to print documents occasionally? If so, a plain printer (one that only prints) could be your best bet. Obviously, the price of plain printers is significantly less than multi-function printers. You can get a new monochrome printer for less than #45,000.


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Would You Need To Fax, Scan and Copy?

Do you have a need for a copier, scanner, and fax machine? All-in-one printers are commonplace these days, and they can perform all of these functions as well as printing. Go for an All-In-One Printer otherwise called MFP instead. You can get a new colour printer for less than #25,000.

Would You Want To Print Photos?

Do you want to print photos? Many all-in-one printers can also print photos, but the quality varies pretty widely. If you will be printing a lot of photos, it would be best if you consider a specialized photo printer.

Are You Contemplating Inkjet or Laser Printer?

Inkjet printers are more versatile than laser printers. If you plan on printing colour text and graphics in your documents or printing photos, inkjet is the way to go. There are some larger colour laser printers, but they are generally much more expensive than a comparable inkjet printer in terms of printing quality. Laser printers are better for crisp black and white documents and printing speed.


Would You Prefer Wireless Printers?

You don’t want to hassle with cables? Then a wireless printer is the way to go. A lot of today’s printers incorporate wireless printing technology, so you can easily send a print job from your laptop, tablet or smartphone without having to hook up to your printer. And wireless technology doesn’t add much to the printer’s cost. You can get one for less than #50,000.

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Would You Want To Save Money on Ink Prices?

This is a huge factor, especially if you will use your printer (and print in colour) fairly regularly. You can save a ton of money over the long haul by choosing a printer that either has reasonably priced ink (or toner for lasers) or that allows you to set your printer to only black and white.

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Joseph U,

Freelance writer & Content Developer.

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