TECH TALK With Bob The Computer Guy By Bob Dalles
Today's Topic: Choosing the Right Printer - Part 2
Greetings Friends… Last time we were talking about determining printer needs by looking at color vs. monochrome; the different types of paper sizes you need to accommodate; and the number of pages you need to print. If you need to print to any other kind of printer beyond a laser or inkjet, then you need to consult one-on-one with an IT Professional to help you review all the details of your needs. These other printer types can be very expensive when it comes to the printer itself and its consumables.
Basic rule of thumb: if you only need to print in black (monochrome) then a monochrome laser printer is going to give you the highest quality. If you need color, then an inkjet printer will give you more versatility. You have two considerations when investing in a printer: acquisition cost (the amount you’ll need to spend on the printer itself); and consumable’s cost (the money you’ll need to spend on ink, toner, etc.). Typically, most inkjet printers have a low acquisition cost, but a high consumables cost. Laser printers have a high acquisition cost, but have a lower consumables cost.
If you only plan to print a ream (500 sheets) of paper or less per month and need color, then the inkjet is most likely the way to go. If you will be printing more than 500 sheets per month then I recommend you meet with an IT Professional. A knowledgeable and trustworthy IT Professional can perform an incremental analysis between different printers and help you determine the best “bang for your buck.”
Inkjet printers will get you up and running with minimal acquisition cost and consumable cost. However, if you plan to use that printer for an extended period of time and run a high amount of copies, consumables will eventually take a big bite out of your recurring monthly budget.
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