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Which printer is right for me / my business?

Things to consider when making your purchase:

  • Initial cost - inkjet printers are cheaper to buy than laser printer, but they are far more expensive to run in the longer term.
  • Running costs - Laser printers are cheaper to run and the cost to print a page is approximately 25% that of inkjet.
  • Photo quality - Photo quality printers offer near photo quality, but are very expensive to use.
  • Text and graphics print quality - laser printers offer the most professional text and graphics quality.
  • Speed - Ink jets are extremely slow and are for home users only. Laser printers are recommended for all businesses.

Reasons to buy an ink jet or ink jet-based multifunction printer

  • You can print in colour
  • High quality photos is more important than speed or cost per print
  • You want to save money now, and are not too concerned about long term running costs
  • Your printing needs are only light-duty (home use)

Reasons to buy a photo printer

  • You need superior photo quality prints
  • You would like to print directly from a memory card
  • You would like to print directly from a digital camera

Reasons to buy a monochrome laser printer

  • Moderate to high volume printing
  • High quality text are more important than high-quality photos
  • Speed is essential
  • You are aware that initial costs are higher, but the running costs are extremely low and the printer will pay for itself during the printer's lifetime.

Reasons to buy a colour laser printer

  • You print regularly in colour
  • High quality text and graphics are more important than high-quality photos
  • Speed is essential
  • Your output is moderately heavy
  • You are aware that initial costs are higher, but the running costs are extremely low and the printer will pay for itself during the printer's lifetime.

Reasons to buy a multifunction printer

  • You need a combination of printing, scanning and faxing capabilities
  • You need to save office space
  • You can afford to time-share between the functions
  • You do not need a laser printer

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