If you want to buy a printer, the first thing you should know is that the offers of computer stores are diversified. This could only mean chances to find the right printer for your needs is high, but there are some important aspects you need to take into consideration.
To buy a printer, you must first decide what you will use the device for. Depending on the answer to this question you can opt for one of the three types of printers:
- Dot Matrix
- Inkjet printers
- Laser Printers
Dot Matrix Printers
Dot matrix printers were ubiquitous in the past, but nowadays they are only used for printing invoices and other similar forms. The main advantage of these printers is the low printing costs per page and the little-priced consumables. On the other hand, the price of the device itself is more significant than in the case of inkjet printers, for example, and the speed of printing is deficient. We can, therefore, say that if you want to print standard forms for your company, for example, such as documents from the accounting department, which do not require a high printing quality, this type of printer may be ideal.
Inkjet printers are the most common due to the perfect price/quality ratio. The main advantage of these printers is their reasonable price, ideal for home use. The main drawback, on the other hand, is the price of cartridges, which is high, but it is good to know that some cartridges can be refilled at a much lower cost than the one of buying a new round.
The main advantage of laser printers is the high quality of printing and the smaller cost for printing a page than in the case of inkjet printers. Laser printers are mainly used for professional printing (books, magazines, brochures, etc.). The disadvantage of these printers is their high price. Considering these circumstances, it is recommended to buy a laser printer for home if you are looking for high quality. In the long run, your initial investment will be recovered.
After you have decided what type of printer suits you, you have to look closely at some further features of the printer you want to buy. These features include resolution, printing speed, cost of supplies and printer memory.
The resolution is the number of dots displayed per inch (dpi – dots per inch). The decision can be both horizontal (number of horizontal points) and vertical (number of vertical positions). As the number of dots per inch is higher, the quality of the printed page will be better. Thus depending on the print quality you want, you can choose a printer with a higher resolution (better printing quality) or a printer with a lower resolution (weaker printing quality).
Depending on the number of pages that you print always, you’ll need a printer with a print speed that is higher or lower. The number of pages gives the rate of a printer it can print in a minute (ppm – pages per minute).
The printer memory
It is important also to pay attention to the printer memory. When you ask the computer to print some information, it will process your order and send that information to the printer. As the memory of the printer is more significant, the delay between clicking the ‘Print’ button and the actual printing process is decreased.