Printers are an often overlooked component in a home or office desktop publishing armoury.
It’s fine to invest money on the perfect laptop or desk pc but you will inevitably have to print something, or make paper copies of certain documents. True, much more digital archiving is done than before but print you always will have to, sooner or later.
So what exactly are your requirements?
1. Do you have an office that needs to print invoicing documents?
2. Or are you a design professional that needs to present projects to clients?
3. Or do you work from home and need to print only occasionally?
The answers imply different needs and different printers to solve them.
In the first case, your best option is to buy an efficient laser printer. It will cost more than an ink-jet model but will be much faster, quieter and the printing cost per page will tend to be lower. Take for example the HP LaserJet Pro 400 M401dw. It’s a mono laser printer with wi-fi connectivity, good for sharing it between different users. Laser means it prints much faster than ink-jet, at the rate of 17.6 pages per minute in this case. The print quality in black and white and in colour is good, it has a duplexing (printing of both sides of the paper) and scanning facilities and its only serious drawback, one that is common among laser printers, is size: at 38x37x42cm it needs a fair bit of desk space. This however is rarely a problem for business offices. At £ 258 this HP is not exactly cheap but holds its own against the competition.
The Samsung SCX 3405W is another mono laser printer which also doubles up as a scanner and has wi-fi and USB connectivity for a price of £ 120. Compared to the HP however it’s a little less fast and the printing quality is inferior though acceptable. If you can survive without auto-duplexing, then it’s a very acceptable alternative.
For an in-between model, at about £ 185, you can look at the Brother MFC 7460DN. Like the other two it’s a mono laser printer and scanner. It works fast and with good quality both in colour and black and white. On the minus side, it doesn’t have wi-fi connectivity, only USB or Ethernet and at 31x40x45cm it’s bulkier even than the HP. Again this may not be a problem in an office, more so at home.
Who said that ink-jet printers are small? The HP Photosmart 7510 e-AIO is a beefy 22x45x55 but has one great appeal: it can do almost everything printing-wise and it costs “only” £ 150. By everything we mean that it prints b/w and colour with good results, including graphics and spreadsheets at the respectable speed of 7.9 pages per minute, just over half the speed of the HP 400 M401dw, it scans b/w and colour, it has wi-fi and even mobile connectivity. In other words, it come fully equipped to function for the needs of, say, an architect or a graphics designer, but it’s competitive for serial b/w too. And, of course, it’s democratically priced, to suit most users’ budget requirements.
This post is written by Mark Jenkins and he works at CouponAudit as a writer, where thousands of valid and working online coupons for different stores are available including but not limited to diapers.com coupon code and various other online stores.