Today, printers are popular peripherals for both the office and home use, they allow to pass all kinds of paper documents, and even perform functions such as scanning, photocopying and even fax. A wide variety of models and brands on the market and, when purchasing a printer, it is important to look at different aspects and should not be guided only by the price of it.
What you need to know to buy a printer
The first thing to be clear about when buying a printer is what use will give. It is usually given the same use a home printer than an office and therefore it is essential to know what to print (black and white documents or color, high-quality documents or medium quality photographs, etc..) and how much from the beginning to guide the choice.
Inkjet printers operate by emitting ink droplets of ink on paper. They are usually much more expensive than laser, but its print quality is inferior and often conditioned by the quality of paper used. They are the most popular printers for home use and recommended when less than 3,000 printed pages per month (about 100 pages a day).
The laser printers work, as the name suggests, laser technology, and do not use ink cartridges if no toner. They are faster and offer more quality than inkjet, but usually more expensive. However, more economical and practical for intensive use, for example when performing more than 3,000 impressions per month.
The resolution: a basic parameter to buy a printer
After selecting the printing technology, the key is to look at the resolution offered by the printer. The quality of printed documents, whether text, graphics or images, depend on the resolution offered by the printer and is expressed in dots per inch (“dpi” is an acronym in Spanish and “dpi” in English). A printer designed to print only text can work well with low resolution, 600 x 600 dpi. However, whether to print graphics or images and is looking for a certain quality, we must raise the resolution up to 1200 x 4800 dpi.
Printer Cartridges: not all cost the same
In these times, saving and saving is fundamental in all aspects of personal and professional life. Be seduced by an economic price of a printer can provide a dislike to change the ink cartridge and find that its price almost equals that of the printer. It is therefore crucial to investigate the price of ink or toner charges before choosing a particular model.
Printers often indicate how many pages can be printed with each cartridge. Knowing the price of the cartridge and having a rough idea of how many pages are printed per month, you can make an estimate of what will most economical printer. We must not lose sight of the possibility of refill cartridges, which is always cheaper than buying brand new. Knowing what and what can be refilled cartridges can not guide the choice of printer.
Printer Cartridge Color: choose colors together or separately
Printers that are printed in color, plus black cartridge or color cartridge or three rounds with the colors red, yellow and blue apart. The latter have the advantage that if one color is spent before the other two, just change this cartridge and so make the most of all loads of ink. If the cartridge is unique, there will be discarded when they wear one color, ink wasting others.
Choosing a color printer with a single cartridge or three, depends on how you use color printing. If you print less than 30 color pages per month, offset the single cartridge. When printing, it is better option separate cartridges. It should be borne in mind that these separate cartridges are more economical as it does not carry the print head insert, if this is in the printer. The big disadvantage of this system is that if the printer spends much time without being used , the head can become clogged with dried ink, and repair will be more expensive than a new printer.
Print speed may be important when you have to print many copies, but if the printer is given a casual home use, this parameter is not very relevant. In any case, when you see the print speed, one must take into account pages per minute (ppm) printing for each quality mode (draft, normal and optimal).
Such printers are more demands today, because the printer function such as incorporate other scanner, photocopier, fax or card reader. Its great advantage is space saving, but also are more expensive than a simple printer. If you choose to purchase one of these printers, it should be clear about the use to which it will provide. If the use of the main impression is then necessary to choose the best printer, but your scanner is not the full-resolution or copier function is not the fastest on the market.
Following these recommendations will be easier to choose between different options available printers on the market that best suits our needs.