Finding best printer for your needs can be really challenging. There are many criteria and factors you need to consider before you choose the best printer. Because of that, we give you this Printer Buying Guide 2017 to help you to know what kind of printer that’s suitable for you.
Choosing a Printer
The first step in choosing printer is deciding what kind of usage that printer is for. so, here are several options you can find.
- For Home
Basically, this is the standard model for printer. Usually, you need it to print document, image or photo. Therefore, the printer that you are looking for here must have complete printer capability. That means it can print monochrome or black and white document, as well as high quality color printing. Other than that, the printer also must have built-in memory card readers and Wi-Fi feature. Both of these features will help you and your family member to use and share it easily. Just connect it to your home network and it’s done. Usually, printer with this standard is the cheaper.
- For A Small Business or Home Office
The most important thing you have to find for printer for this needs is its capability to print high quality color printing, its mobile printing feature and wide-format printing. The high quality color printing is important, because you will use it to print brochures and such. The mobile printing feature will help you to print from distance, especially if you use mobile devices and travel a lot. And of course, wide-format printing is also important for printing document, poster, flyers and spreadsheets that you will use for presentation. For these feature, you can find it on latest all-in-one inkjet printer.
- For Photographer
This is the simple one. You just need printer that has capability in printing high quality color photo. In the past, when the printer doesn’t have the technology capable in doing this, you will need help from photo service to print out your photo. However, today, you can find the printer that can easily match those mail-order services. For the type of printer, actually, there are several standard inkjet or laser printer that can help you to create high quality photo. However, for professional photographer, which needs to produce the best photo result, a dedicated photo printer is good choice.
- For the Student
The printer must have capability to print high quality printing result, either for monochrome document or image. Today’s student paper contains not only text. But, they also need to add some image to make the topic they write on the term paper, article or other clearer with the image. Of course, good quality image is needed in the paper. More than that, most of student now uses mobile devices as the part of their study. So, having printer that has Wi-Fi feature is also good choice. With this feature, many students can easily share the printer to print their paper.
Types of Printers
The other important thing you need to know is the printer types. This will affect on how effective the printer for your activities. In this Printer Buying Guide 2017, we will explain it for you.
- Inkjet Printers
Inkjet printer uses the spraying method to transfer ink to paper. This method produces smooth and crisp printing result. This type is suitable for high detailed graphic and text printing function. Inkjet printer is good choice for printing on many different types and sizes of paper. But, this printer isn’t suitable for heavy printing. It’s only suitable for home or small business need. On other hand, there is also all-in-one inkjet printer type that can print, copy, scan document and even fax document for you. This is good choice, if you are looking for a complete package in one printer.
- Laser Printers
This printer type use toner or powder ink that will be transferred to media using the static electricity. The result can be said is the best among other type. And, the other benefits of using this printer type are the printing speed. It’s much fast than other printer. It’s great choice for heavy printing, where you have to print lot of documents every day. And, for this purpose, you also can save more money by using this printer. The toner method also allows the printing result dry instantly. Therefore, you don’t need to wait and you can use it directly.
- Photo Printers
Like its name, this printer is specially made for photo printing. And, if you look at the printing result, we can say that it can rival the professional printing service. It’s really good. Therefore, having this one in your home will help you to save more time and money. You don’t need to go to the photo printing service just to get your photo printed. The printer also has many connectivity features, like PictBridge for USB connection, CompactFlash, SD Card and memory stick. This will help you easily to print directly from your device or storage media that use them.
- 3D Printers
This is different printer than the previous three. Its printing result is 3D object. You can make many different object, from as simple as glass to the complicated building with this printer. It used to be the printer limited for production usage. But now, you can easily find the commercial type, so everyone can use it. The ink is different. It uses the material, like plastic and resin, which will be heated and printed on the printing plate. This printer can be used for professional usage, like made model and prototype, to common usage, such as make decoration for room.
Next important thing in Printer Buying Guide 2017 you have to know is the connectivity feature. there are three of them that you can choose.
This is the common connectivity feature that you can find on almost all printer products. It uses the USB cable to connect the USB port on your printer to your computer, laptop or other devices. Usually, when the type of USB port and jack is different, there is converter that you can use to connect it to your devices. Although some of the printer need you to install the driver to be able to use this connectivity feature, many of printer today doesn’t need it. This will make it much easier. You just need to plug the cable and print.
With the mobile trend and culture that you can see and maybe used today, the Wi-Fi feature become the most important that a printer must have today. To use this feature, you need to install the driver on your computer or special apps on your mobile devices to use it. However, the most useful function of Wi-Fi feature is its wide of usage. By activating this feature, you can print from any place within the Wi-Fi signal reaching area with using your mobile device or computer. Therefore, it’s good feature for home or small business printer that use lot computer.
This is also great feature that you can get from your printer. With this, you basically connect your printer to your home network. With this feature, you can print from anywhere. For example, if you want to show the photos from your vacation, you just need to send it via online way and the printer at your house will print it for you. There are also many apps that can be used for this purpose, such as Apple AirPrint or Google CloudPrint. Just make sure the printer you want to buy is compatible with those apps before you get it.
The most important thing you need to know in this Printer Buying Guide 2017 is the features. this part will determine how good your printer will be. Here are some of them.
- Paper Handling
This feature shows how much paper sheet that your printer can hold when in printing process. Some of printer can have 100 sheets of paper on its input and output tray. Some of printer has double and multiple paper trays that can hold more. Paper handling is also feature that shows you how the printer moves the paper from the tray to the printing area. There are printers that use rubber rollers or gravity to feed the printing part. So, by matching right paper handling feature with the printing usage, you can get printer with optimal effectiveness for your job.
Duplexing feature is important for you who want to print document on both side of paper faster. You don’t need to re-feed the printed document to the paper tray to print the other side of the page. The printer will do it automatically for you. There is printer that has reversing automatic document feeder. This will allow the printing process for both side can be done continuously. And, that’s not all. This feature also allows you to scan both of pages at the same time. This feature is important for you who use printer for book, flyer or booklet printing.
- Printer Speed
Like its name, this feature affect on how fast the printer print a document, image or anything that you want to print. Usually, the printer speed is measured by PPM (Page per Minute) or CPM (Copies per Minute). And just like the meaning of those measurements, it shows how much page that a printer can print in one minute. High PPM or CPM means that printer can print more and faster. For photo printer, usually it’s changed into IPM (Image per Minute). This is basically similar to PPM and CPM, so just the one that higher for faster printing process.
- Touch-Screen Display
Printer with touch-screen display is a must. This display type makes you easier to operate the printer. You can easily enter printing data that you want to use. For example, if you want to enter how many pages you want to print, or which paper tray you want to use and many more. More than that, with touch-screen display, you also can easily change the printer mode. Usually, if you use all-in-one printer, where you can scan, copy and print, there are three modes available. That’s not all, in photo printer; you can even edit your photo from this display.
This feature makes you easier to print directly from your devices. The PictBridge allows you to connect your printer using USB cable to your device. This feature will help you to save more time. You don’t need to transfer your photo, image or document from your devices to your computer or laptop before you print it. Just connect it and choose the photo or image that you want to print directly from your device. Most of mobile devices you can find today are equipped with USB cable. Therefore, basically you can use this feature for all kinds of mobile devices.
- Built-in Memory Card Reader
Built-in Memory Card Reader is also another simple way to print directly from the other media than computer. With this feature, the printer can read any image, document or photo from many different storage media. The built-in memory card reader usually support many different format, such as Secure Digital, Memory Stick Duo, Multimedia Card, SD Card and many more. What you need to do is just insert that storage media to the port on your printer and you can print, and even edit it through your printer. This is important feature that the printer you want to choose must have.
Ink & Toner
The last important thing in Printer Buying Guide 2017 is the ink and toner. Usually, there is three color of ink that it sued, which are Cyan, Magenta and Yellow. And, there is independent monochrome color for monochrome printing. However, for better quality, you can choose the one that use 4 different colors (CMYK) and one independent monochrome color. One more important thing, you need to choose the printer that use independent color cartridge. This will save you more money when you need to refill the ink. That means you just need to change one color that is running out.
So, the most important thing that you can get from this Printer Buying Guide 2017 is when you choose printer, choose the one that match with your need. The feature and types that mentioned above will help you to determine which printer that can give you function that you want.