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When out to shop for a new printer, there is always a chance that you buy something that might not fit your exact need. Arguably, the printer is one of the most confusing computer peripherals to shop for. The reason is that most printer manufacturer put out with a new model every couple of month with added features and different consumables to keep up with consumers needs and to one up the competitors. You are left with a lot of new specifications, options and features. In the end you end up buying what you think you need and not what you actually need.
In selecting the right printer you need to know what you are to use the printer for, were the printer is going to be placed, and your budget. Uses for a printer have a wide range but basically can be classified between home and office use. For a home printer, a standard inkjet printer will suffice that can handle your basic printing jobs for documents and even photos. In terms of the budget for the inkjet printer, you will not break the bank but if you are willing to spend a bit more cash you have the option of buying a printer that has a built in scanner as well.
Printers used for office also fall into two categories mainly for small and medium offices to large offices. For a small or medium sized office, a printer that includes a scanner and copier is your best option. It would also help if the printer itself includes features for sending and receiving fax messages. An essential feature of a printer that is used in an office is the ability to be connected to the office network through an Ethernet cable without a host PC. This will allow for everyone who has access to the printer to print without relying on a PC to be constantly powered on for printing. For faster printing cost efficiency, an office printer can be a laser printer instead of an inkjet model.
In a large office setting a printer that has all the bells and whistles is necessary. Almost immediately, a printer for this type of setting is a laser printer with a lot of options like additional feed trays and output trays, the ability to queue a large number of printing jobs and sustain continuous printing for long hours. A printer like this can resemble that of a photocopying machine in terms of its size. It is also important to note that a dot matrix printer can be an indispensable printer in an office which can be used for printing checks and invoices.
Aside from printers used in offices and at home, there are printers specialized for printing photos. Printers such as these have a lot more ink cartridges anywhere from 6 to 12 compared to a standard inkjet printer which has about 2 to 4. Extensive paper size options is also standard for these kinds of printer.
Last thing to remember when purchasing a printer is the consumables as you would need to buy ink or toner cartridges in the future. The consumables for your printer should be easy to find and abundant in stock. Always check pricing on replacements to be safe.