QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF WHEN SHOPPING FOR A PRINTER
Printers can be complicated and there are many brands to choose from. What’s right for your business?
Are you using the printer for your home or office?
Home: Lower volume use depending on industry. Basic level models, lower cost.
Office: Likelihood of high volume use. Need for more robust solution.
What operating system are you using?
How big is the space the printer will be located?
Not all printers are the same. It is important to determine the size needed to store and use your printer.
What is the printer being used for? Photos, text, color?
What kind of paper will you use?
Matte Paper – Dull, flat color
Pros: most Commonly used, cost effective, dries quickly reducing risk of smearing or printing blemishes.
Glossy Paper – Coated in a high-shine polymer.
Pros: Produces bright vibrant color with great detail. Excellent choice for printing sharp, full color photographs.
Cons: Ink dries slowly on surface which increases risk of smudging and smears.
Bright White Paper – Specially developed paper features a non-textured surface and a brilliant white coating
Pros: Perfect for professional, corporate printing when you are in need of better image and text definition.
Copier & Laser Printer Paper – Most used type of printer paper.
Pros: Thin, lightweight and 75% opaque, and often has a matte coating for faster drying times.
Inkjet Paper – Designed especially for use with inkjet printers.
This term is quite broad, however, it can be applied to any paper capable of running through an inkjet machine – including photo paper, glossy paper and business card paper.
Designed for use with dot-matrix, line printers, and other machines with the appropriate paper-feed mechanism. Continous sheets connected to one another at perforated seams, allow for sheets to be continuously fed through the machine.
Pro: Ideal for business use when speed and performance are key.
Photo Paper – Similar to other glossy papers – with subtle differences.
Usually only glossy on one side, high weight.
Pro: Often prints brighter images giving more vibrant and sharper images.
What’s your volume? Just for you or for the entire office?
Cabled or wireless?
Scanning? Copying? Faxing?
Consider if your printer needs to do more than just print documents. Multi-function printers can scan, copy, and fax documents. Rather than spend more money and waste space on more than one device consider an all-in-one multi-function printer.
Do you need to scan to your Microsoft OneDrive account?
Some printers can connect to your network allow you to scan to a shared folder or send it to an email account. That can leave you digging in folders or emails to find what you just scanned. Xerox offers printers that can scan directly into your Microsoft OneDrive account so that no matter where you are you have the file you need without the digging.
These are all questions we can help you with!
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Trying to choose between HP, Canon, Epson, and Xerox Printers?
Here’s why we prefer Xerox…
Cheaper price per page than other competitive brands.
Wide variety of printer options.
Xerox makes it easy to purchase toner.
Xerox sells laser printers which are more efficient for business printing.
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