Once you have determined to purchase a new printer, the next question, which comes almost instantly to your mind, is whether to select an inkjet printer or a laser printer. This article is aimed at helping you to decide on a printer which suits your needs and budget to the maximum and hence to help you in making a well-informed purchase.
To start at the beginning
The first thing to consider while buying a printer is the purpose of its purchase. If the primary objective of your printer is to print your kids school projects or for your hobby of collecting hard copies of information on the internet, then it would be in your best interest to plump for a printer on the basis of low running cost. Since it is meant for children's use as well, it should be very easy to use.
Also, since it is for use at home, one should consider a multi function inkjet printer; this is because it gives one the liberty to scan the documents and photographs back into the computer and also has the option of photo copying the documents. Majority of the printer manufacturers have their multi function inkjet printers in the market and hence these are available at very reasonable price in the market. However, before deciding to purchase a particular printer one should have a thorough knowledge of the running cost of the product.
There is no doubt that an inkjet printer works well for homes and small offices, but if one is considering the purchase of a printer for a large office, then inkjet printers are going to prove themselves costlier than laser printers.
The Laser Printer
laser printers are the best bet for any large office, especially now when there are colour laser printers for less than £200. The laser printers have many advantages when compared with inkjet printers as they are small foot print, have great network connectivity and give much better results because of the chemical toner used. Not only this, the laser printers are much faster than inkjet printers and also have much lower running cost than inkjet printers.
Most of the laser printers come with an integrated RAM of 128mb, and also have the option of expanding the memory up to a gigabyte of memory. This feature of the laser printer really favors the large office environments as it allows the queuing of multiple complex print jobs at the same time.
When compared with the inkjet printers and the laser printers, there is no doubt that the snapshot printers are the slowest of all. However, if your purchase of the printer is intended to make photographs, it is the best possible choice for you. They are comparatively lower in price and give the buyer the convenience of printing directly from the printer.
These snapshot printers can be carried easily to any place as they have integrated carrying handles as well as optional battery packs. So, the printer which suits your needs best is the best printer for you.