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How to Select the Best Home Office Printer

As more of us work or go to school from home, the demand for a home / office printer has grown. You may be a parent who requires workbooks for your child to be printed. Alternatively, you may discover that taking notes on a business report with a pen or pencil rather than a keyboard is more convenient. Or perhaps you’ve discovered that a government office requires you to mail a form to them. Or you’re sick of going to your local office supply store to print out a few forms.

Whatever the reason, if you need a printer, you won’t have a hard time finding one. Printers haven’t changed much in recent years; they’ve simply become more efficient and less expensive. There will still be laser and inkjet printers, colour and black-ink-only printers, and print-only and multifunction devices to choose from. Because there are so many decisions to make, it’s a good idea to figure out what you want before clicking “buy” on your favourite shopping site.

PRINTERS WITH INKJET

Tiny droplets of liquid ink are sprayed onto a page by inkjet printers. There are various types of inkjet delivery systems, but the majority of consumer systems use separate ink cartridges, each with a printhead that separates the ink into nearly microscopic droplets. (Separate printheads on professional-level inkjets are usually replaceable on their own.) Colors are produced by combining various coloured inks.

The number of ink cartridges required by a colour inkjet printer varies. The most affordable printers typically use only two cartridges: one with black ink and one with cyan, magenta, and yellow ink. Most low- to medium-priced inkjet printers come with four separate cartridges containing cyan, magenta, yellow, and black ink. More expensive printers will have a separate black cartridge for text, whereas printers used by photographers or businesses will have a larger selection of coloured inks.

PRINTERS WITH LASER

Lasers are used in these devices to generate static electricity on a rolling drum inside the printer. Static electricity attracts toner (powder ink), which is melted onto the paper. While toner cartridges are initially more expensive than ink cartridges, they also last far longer than liquid ink, resulting in a lower cost per page. Laser printers are also more expensive than inkjet printers at first, but they can save money in the long run. You can also save some money by using promo codes from website like Askmeoffers, they provide codes from multiple sellers which you can use freely.

Unless you need colour, laser printers have several other advantages over inkjet printers. They are faster than inkjets (especially low-end inkjets, which can be very slow), and the text printing quality is better (although current inkjets are certainly precise enough to suit most documents). Color laser printers are also more widely available than in the past. They are, however, more expensive, and the colour will not be as good as an equivalently priced colour inkjet unless they are professional-level printers.

PRINTERS WITH MANY FUNCTIONALITIES

If you plan on working from home in the near future — or even if you don’t — you should think about getting a multifunction (also known as an all-in-one or AIO) printer. These devices not only allow you to print from your computer, but also scan existing documents and either copy or save them as files. (Some also allow you to fax a scanned document, but since faxing is no longer necessary, this feature is rapidly becoming obsolete.) They are very useful for reducing the amount of paperwork in your home because you can save PDFs of most of your papers (especially those that have been sitting around for years) and then dispose of the actual hard copies.

TRAYS FOR INPUT AND OUTPUT

The majority of modern printers work by pulling paper in from the front, running it around the drum or roller, and then dumping it into the output tray. If you’re printing on heavier stock, you don’t want the paper to bend; in that case, look for a printer with an input tray that comes from the back of the printer, so the paper is pushed through in a straight line.

Some printers also allow you to have more than one paper tray in front, allowing you to use different coloured paper or have one tray hold letter-sized paper and the other hold legal-sized paper, for example. You should also know how many sheets of paper your input and output trays can hold. If you want to print a 200-page manuscript, you don’t want an output tray that can only handle 50 pages, or you’ll end up with 150 pages strewn across your floor.

PER PAGE CHARGE

Without a doubt, the most expensive part of a printer isn’t the printer or even the paper — it’s the ink. There is a way to calculate how much a printer will cost you in the long run: divide the price of an ink cartridge by the cartridge’s page yield, or the number of pages you’re expected to get out of each cartridge. The page yield is usually included in the statistics published by a printer manufacturer for that printer. Consider two multifunction printers from the same manufacturer, one colour inkjet and one black-only laser. Just in case if you want to buy printer and cartridge you can save some cash by using deals from Askmeoffers, they provide coupon codes on the website which is easy to use.

CONNECTIVITY VIA WIRELESS

When buying a printer, make sure it supports wireless connectivity via Bluetooth, NFC, and/or Wi-Fi — and that it is compatible with the computer or mobile device you intend to use with it. If you have a Mac, an iPad, or an iPhone, make sure your printer is Apple AirPrint compatible.

If you’re using a Chromebook, check the manufacturer’s website to see if your printer is Chrome OS compatible. (For example, Epson has a page that lists all of its printers that are compatible with Chrome OS.) Finally, some printers now support NFC technology. This allows you to connect one to your phone by simply touching the phone to the printer’s NFC label.

LCDS WITH AND WITHOUT TOUCH

Most printers today, even the most basic, have LCD screens that allow you to easily connect to your wireless network and tweak printer settings, such as whether you want to print double-sided or from a specific paper cassette.

Unless you’re really into saving money, you’ll find a touchscreen easier to use. Non-touchscreens typically require you to press a combination of buttons to navigate to the feature you want to access, select it, navigate to the setting, select it, and then return to the main menu. Touchscreens make this process much easier.

It depends on how much work you need to done with your printer. For example if you are working in a school, than you need to do a lot of work but If you have any other small business like you are a real estate agent, than you only need to print few copies.
In short, the printer requirements change when your work increase or decrease.