How to choose a best printer

Printer is a device that accepts text and graphic output from a computer and transfers the information to paper, usually to standard size sheets of paper. It vary in size, speed, sophistication, and cost. In general, more expensive printers are used for higher-resolution color printing.

1.Determine your operating system and what type of printer manufacturers support your operating system.

2.First we need to know what kind of printer you want.You have to choose whether you will only need black and white or color printer . If you do and you work in an office, then choose a laser printer. Do you want a scanner with it? Does it have to have a memory card reader in it and the ability to print pictures straight off your memory cards?

3.Now you have to know how much money you want to spend.You must not go over this budget. Make the amount realistic for what you want.

4.Once this is set, we can look for features which are more important and which ones you don’t want.Modern printers have wireless functionality which may be very useful to you. Some users might need PictBridge.

5.Now place everything together and choose the right printer for you.You can check online for cheaper printers. You can check to eBay for second hand printers. Remember to choose your brand. You might want HP for functions or Epson for picture quality.

6.What do you need the printer to do? This is probably the most important question to answer. If you just need to occasionally print out documents such as letters, copies of Web pages from the Internet or simple spreadsheets, a low-end inkjet or laser printer is fine. we can make presentations or high quality photographs, with photo printer. printing  100 pages on a daily basis and don’t need color, we may want to look at the faster laser printers. And, of course, if you are starting a home business and you need a combination of scanner, copier, and fax machine, a multi function printer is best.

7.Consider the Following Factors And Your Needs:-

  • Resolution – The number of dots a printer prints in a square inch (over 1440 dpi is good). Choose a higher end model with a higher resolution if you will be printing lots of presentation-quality text, graphics and photos.

  • Operating Cost – Calculate the cost of replacement ink cartridges and paper, because printer users must continually purchase more ink cartridges and toner when the old ones run out or dry up. Be aware that the cost of paper, toner and ink can amount to more than the original cost of the printer within a year .

  • Speed – The volume of printout (pages per minute) is essential if you are printing large numbers of documents in black and white

  • Size of the printout – Will you be printing on oversized or non-standard paper, heavy card stock, blueprints, transparencies, etc? Then choose a printer whose paper path is no sharper than 90 degrees to allow printing on various types of media without jamming.

  • Post-Script Fonts – Most inkjet printers are not PostScript-compatible. If you need to print PostScript graphics or fonts, consider a laser printer.

  • Photo Quality – Specialty color printers that have photo lab quality are essential if you are looking for a printer that can print high-resolution images on photo paper.

  • Digital camera cards and Memory Sticks – Does the printer need to have built-in slots for these de vices?

  • Network enabled – Will you be connecting the new printer to a home or office network?

  • Image processing – Processing images takes a lot of power, so printers often have as much computing horsepower and memory as a PC. Some printers form the complete image in memory prior to printing it, which allows them to handle large files quickly.

  • Ease of use – How easy is the printer setup process?

  • Compatibility – The newer printers are all USB-compatible, which means they will work for Windows 98/2000/XP, and with Mac System 8.1 or higher.

  • Warranty – Be sure to purchase a printer that includes a manufacturer’s or store warranty (at least 90 days).

8.Deciding If a Color Inkjet Printer is the Best Choice:-

    • Ink jets are a good choice if you are looking for high quality color photo output for a reasonable price. Prices start at $40, with only  few business-level ink jets costing more than $700-the starting point for color lasers. And ink jets that handle tabloid-size paper start at less than $500, which is thousands less than tabloid-size lasers cost.

    • First, to decide  the type of machine you want:-

    • A standard ink jet for photos & low purchase price, or a photo ink jet for superior photo quality. All of the top models offer 4800-by-1200-dpi resolution, but they vary quite a bit in terms of printing speed.

    • Specialized photo printers may not work as well on general tasks such as word processing. Even if they do, their per-page costs may be higher and their operation slower. Color ink cartridges can be expensive, offsetting the low cost of the printer. Special coated photo papers also add to the cost of color printing.

    • Choose an inkjet printer based on the cost of replacement ink cartridges, and not on the cost of the printer. Over time ink and paper costs can exceed the cost of the printer several times over. Avoid single-cartridge printers which only come with a color cartridge that can’t print true color. It is cost effective to purchase a color inkjet with multiple cartridges (CMYK), so they can be replaced individually.

9.Deciding if a Laser Printer Is Right For You:-

  • If you do a lot of document printing, don’t use an inkjet printer.  Laser printers cost to buy but less to use – they are very cost effective to operate  their toner cartridges are not replaced .

  • With all costs figured in, each document page printed on a typical laser printer costs from 2 cents to 5 cents; on an inkjet, the cost per page can run from 10 cents to 15 cents, depending on the model.

10.After Determining Which Printer You Want, Comparison:-

  • When we finalized  list of requirements, check out some of large comparison review sites, such as CNET or PC Magazine, to get an idea of what printers are currently out there in your price range. Also check the cost of  ink cartridges, toner and paper for the different models. Finally, read all user reviews and note any comments regarding reliability, ease of use, and any hardware issues or defects.

  • Once you’ve identified  potential candidates, go to Buy, Staples, CompUSA or  other computer superstore to see the printers in person. If you have a small workspace area, consider the printer’s footprint & how it will be connected to existing system.

  • When you’re ready to buy,  buy it online vendor such as Amazon.com in order to get  best possible price.

11.It depends on what you are looking for from your printer; price, quality etc. One thing to look for is “price per page.” While some brands are cheaper to purchase initially, the inks for them might be very expensive, while some more expensive brand printers will save you money in the long run by selling their inks cheaper.

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