Technology has advanced so greatly that many consumers feel overwhelmed by the available choices when needing to choose between printer models.
- Determine the ideal size of your printer
The best way to determine this is to go into your home office and pick out the spot that your printer will occupy. Measure in all 3 dimensions and do not exceed these measurements when you go out to purchase.
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- Pick between inkjet and laser technology
- If you are only going to print text documents, the laser printer is the better choice. They are fast, low-maintenance, and high quality.
- If you plan on printing in color often, the inkjet printer is the better choice.
- If you plan on printing photographs, the inkjet printer is the better choice.
- Decide if you need a scanner feature
If you ever plan on scanning an item into your computer, be sure you buy an all-in-one printer with a high quality scanner. Standard scanners often produce images with low quality.
- Decide if you need a fax feature
Most all-in-one printers are equipped with the ability to fax. Some of the better models will allow you to store hundreds, even thousands, of fax numbers and use them for speed dialing.
- Consider your networking requirements
A lot of the lower end all-in-one printers typically support a single computer connected by a single USB cable. However, if you need an all-in-one printer for a larger network with multiple computers, then be sure to buy one that can be connected to a network. Higher end models often have Local Area Network, Bluetooth, and WiFi capabilities.