Confused About Buying a Printer?

Use this information to help you sift through information and buy the computer that’s right for you

Just like computers, printers are now a part of our everyday life. Whether you need a computer for home or office, there are more printers on the market than ever before. On one hand, this is good. This has brought the price of printers down and made them affordable.

On the other hand, this now adds to the confusion of knowing which printer is best for you and which is the best to buy. Here’s some information to help take the confusion out of your next printer purchase.

Types of printers

There are three main types of printers, inkjets, laser, and all-in-one printers. Inkjet printers are the most common for home use. These printers use drops of ink to print and cost anywhere from $30 to $400 depending on the features you want. Inkjets are most convenient for home use but cost anywhere from 2 to 10 cents to print one page of black copy.

Laser printers work by with powdered ink or toner and give you much clearer and higher quality printing. For black and white printing, these printers are much cheaper to operate at 2 to 3 cents per page and print much faster. Laser printers are slower at printing color copies and cost just as much as inkjet printers to operate. Laser printers are a good buy for the office because of quality and the low cost to operate, but if you’re interested in printing photos, this isn’t the printer for you.

All-in-one printers are the choice for most home use. These printers print black and white copies, color copies, while also having the ability to scan, fax and copy. Several years ago, these printers were too pricey for most home use. Thanks to technology and more printers being on the market, you’ll find these convenient printers have reasonable prices starting at $60 and up.

Specialty printers

For those of you who want to print your own photos, you may want to choose a snapshot printer. Most can only print 4×6 photos with a few having the ability to print 5×7’s. Photo printers usually connect to a computer. But now there are printers that hook directly to your camera. So, if you don’t own a computer and don’t want to, with a snapshot printer you can still print your own pictures. Most of these snapshot printers start at $200 and print quality photos that are almost indistinguishable from professional photos.

Mobile printers

If you’re on the go and do a lot of traveling, you might want to consider a mobile printer. These printers are small enough to fit in a briefcase or backpack, come with a battery pack and power cord, and are now affordable. If you need portability, this is the printer for you.

To sum up, for home use, all-in-one printers tend to be your best bet with inkjets running a close second. For professional use, laser and mobile printers are most likely the printers for you.