What Should I Look for In a New Printer?

When I get asked for a printer suggestion, my first question to the customer is “what do you plan on printing with it?”  What type of printer you select is definitely dictated by the task at hand.  Are you printing a lot of pictures?  Do you only use it on occasion to print out something quick like a recipe?  Is this going to be printing out checks and invoices for an entire company?

Answers to these questions will help determine which kind of printer you need and what model it should be.  If you have a small home office and print a few black and white pages occasionally, then a light-duty laser printer would be more than sufficient.  If you take a lot of pictures and like to print them out and share them with friends or frame them, then a good inkjet printer with quality inkjet photo paper would be the way to go.  If you are using it to print invoices and statements on a regular basis for your business, then you will want a good laser printer that is rated for the duty cycle of what you intend your monthly usage to be.

By choosing the correct printer you will save yourself a lot of time and aggravation.  Printing monthly statements for 100 or more customers and weekly payroll reports for all your employees goes a LOT faster with a good laser printer than it does with a standard inkjet printer.  In some cases you may even want to have multiple printers for separate tasks.

How Do I Know if I am Using the Correct Printer?