Printer Selection Criteria

There are now a wide variety of printers to meet each specific needs and uses. To help you choose your printer, you must understand and recognize their differences.

Printer Selection Criteria

Laser or inkjet?

Indeed, this question often comes when choosing a printer. Technology “ink jet” involves jetting ink drops on paper using a print head which moves along a rail. This technology offers a great print quality including photo printing. If you are printing small quantities of pages, it is the ideal printer. However, be sure to print occasionally a document to prevent cartridges from drying out.

By cons, for a very casual office use, the laser printer is preferable because the toner a laser printer will not dry. So you can leave the printer unused for a few weeks without fearing for consumables.

If the number of printed pages exceeds 100 pages per month. It is time to consider laser printers for office use only. Indeed, laser printers offer several advantages. They are on average faster than inkjet printers with their toner system. The cost per page of a laser printer is generally lower than inkjet models. In addition, the multifunction laser printers are democratized, making them more accessible there about ten years.

Single-function or multifunction?

The single-function inkjet printers are becoming rarer. Still, if you plan rarely print and you are sure to never scanned document, it is the ideal printer.

Multifunction printers are convenient due to their many features. They integrate a printer, scanner, copier, and sometimes a fax (otherwise known as fax).

The printer multifunction or all-in-one is useful for the whole family. Young children are printing coloring, origami models, paper toy. Home of digitizing their students take notes and print their homework. Parents digitize important administrative documents to store in the cloud and they print from time to time a recipe or a meeting report.
Investing in a multifunction printer quality is a great way to be of service to all members of your family.

The numbers that matter to choose a printer

When you read the data sheet of a printer, we directly see that its main characteristics are expressed with numbers: print speed, print resolution scanner resolution, number of rounds, etc. Take a few moments to understand how to read.

Print Speed: In online shopping inkjet printer, the first criterion and perhaps even the most important. Print speed is expressed in pages per minute. An entry printer is able to provide a correct print speed when printing in draft quality. If you want to buy a printer that can print multiple pages of high quality and very quickly, we advise you to opt out of a high-quality multifunction printer. Thus you will enjoy accurate print in record time! Print resolution: Theoretically, one might think that the higher the resolution, the higher the print quality is too. This is not always true, because a laser printer will print sharper text with a resolution equivalent jet printer. To print text documents mainly, choose a laser printer. If you print any document type, choose an inkjet printer including the print resolution is high especially if you want to print photos. Scanner Resolution: Here, the manufacturer specifies the maximum scan resolution. A high-resolution indicates that the scanner is able to reproduce a picture composed of many data but also quality photos. High resolution scans are very large and are difficult to share via email. Be sure to choose a multifunction printer equipped with a scanner for your use. Number of cartridges: Ink jet printers operate with more ink cartridges. The number of cartridges used by a printer can raise the cost to the potential page. A printer that requires two cartridges, one for black and one for the three primary colors, costs more to use because there is less risk that the print head dries. When the color cartridge is, for example, more yellow. You are then forced to replace even if there is still the cyan and magenta inside. Opt for printers whose cartridges are separated, one cartridge per color. Thus, when the ink level of the cyan cartridge is low, you will be the last to be replaced. Note that some printers use more than 4 cartridges, and the color palette available is larger, giving you prints with more nuances in the colors. If you want to print photos and get an optimal, choose an inkjet printer provided with at least 6 cartridges. You will benefit from a realistic rendering of colors and better resistance to time and sun exposure.

Interface and connectivity

A printer connected to a computer, tablet or smartphone and view even a digital camera.
To work with a computer, the most common connection is the USB 2.0 cable is a simple and reliable method of communication between a computer and printer. Besides, we recommend purchasing a USB 2.0 cable type A – type B because few manufacturers to provide that famous cable when buying your printer. The USB connection is ideal when the printer is used only on a single computer.

If all members of your household intend to use your printer or if you want to use your printer with multiple devices, we recommend that you opt for a printer that supports Wi -Fi. This is the type of ideal connection to please the whole family!

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You can also opt for a compatible printer Ethernet. And connected to your internet box after installing the drivers, all your computers on your local network can print from your printer.