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Printer Buying Guide

Printers & Scanners – What will work for you?

Printing has evolved dramatically over the last 20 years. Technological advances now ensure that there is a printer available to suit every specific need. The aim of this guide is to help you to understand the important things to consider when buying a printer, and to help you find the one which suits your exact requirements.

Types of Printer

From low volume home printing to complete solutions for large enterprises, there is a printer that will work for you.

Inkjet Printer

Ideal for everyday home use. If you have children who need to print their school work an inkjet printer is for you. Inkjet printers are also ideal for printing simple text documents which you may need.

Ideal for the aspiring home photographer, as a general rule inkjet printers produce higher quality photographs than laser printers. Suitable for printing pictures from digital and phone cameras, a good quality inkjet printer can bring photos to life delivering exceptional results.

Replacement ink cartridges tend to be cheaper than laser toners, making them more affordable for the general home user.

Laser Printers

If you’re printing large volumes a laser printer is for you. Offering quicker printing times and high batch printing options a laser printer is suitable for a home office or large business.

Whilst initially more expensive than ink cartridges, toner lasts longer enabling the user to print greater volumes before replacing. Whilst the initial cost of a laser printer is often higher, printing cost-per-page can work out cheaper over a prolonged period of time.

Photo Printers

Photo printers are made specifically for printing images, affording users much higher quality photos than other printers. A photo printer is ideal for photos which are to be stored in family albums of frames.

Using individual inks for each colour to ensure natural colour reproduction, ensuring that images appear just as they would if they were printed at a photo lab.

Scanners

A device that captures images from photographic prints, posters, magazine pages and other sources for computer editing and display.

One common usage for a scanner is copying. If you don’t have access to a conventional copying device a scanner can be used to create a computer file for your document that can be edited and printed as many times as required.

Scanners are also useful tools for archiving. Digital archiving is the process of making and saving digital copies of hard copy documents. Contemporary use can include personal documents, business records, tax paperwork and family letters. Scanning these documents and saving them makes them easier to recover should they accidentally become lost, stolen or destroyed

Scanners also come in handy for sharing hard copy photos with family and friends via the internet. Once you have created a digital copy of your chosen image you can share these images via social networking sites or email them directly to distant friends and family.

Label Printers

The label printer is a special purpose printer that has been formatted to print labels, tags and bar codes on self-adhesive labels, card stock, rolled stock and tear sheet stock.