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Printer Considerations

  • Color: Not the color of the plastic. Decide if you need to print in "black and white" or color.
  • Display: Make sure the printer you purchase, whatever it is, has a usable touch display for easier operation.
  • Capacity: If high volume is needed, we recommend the paper tray holds 250 sheets or more.
  • Document Feeder. If high volume, multi-page scanning is needed, purchase one with a top document feeder. 
  • Connectivity: USB and Wireless is a minimum. If possible, buy one with an ethernet connection also.
  • Single Sheet Feeder: Comes in handy if custom forms or colored paper is used. Can still be done without one.
  • Envelopes: Envelopes can be tricky for a printer. If needed, make sure the printer accomodates envelopes.
  • Phone and Tablet: Can you print from a phone? For iPhones users, make sure it comes with "AirPrint" capabilities.
  • Very Very Important: **You must run inkjet printers at least once a week or they dry out**.

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Color or black and white

The most important decision is the need for color printing. If color is required, you need to decide between an inkjet or a color laser printer. For most light duty home users, inkjet is the way to go. A color laser is used by businesses or high volume users. Lasers print faster and are cheaper to operate on a per page basis, but their initial cost is higher.

 

The most important thing to remember when owning an inkjet printer is that a page must be run at least once a week or else the ink and/or the print heads will dry out. This may result in the need to replace the cartridges, printheads, or the entire printer. Always keep the printers plugged in and turned on. They will sleep when not in use and hopefully perform self-maintenance when needed. 

Display

The display is the tiny screen on the printer that allows you to operate it see error messages. Always, always, always, whenever possible, purchase a printer with a display IF it's a multi-function. A display on a simple laser, B&W, workhorse type of printer with no scanner or fax is not needed. 

 

The printer at the top of this article has a very usable display. This printer, on the other hand, has nothing and is miserable to work with. I do a lot of "what lights are on and what are they doing?" investigating to decipher what's going on.

HP Envy 6055e Printer

The only instance we recommend something like this is where physical size is an issue and you're moving it around. Sometimes it's the only thing available and you need something right now. Otherwise, try to get one with a usable display. 

Connections

Most printers today have wireless capabilities and all have a USB connector. Full featured, office type printers have a network jack, which is the most reliable while keeping the versatility of wireless. We have found that consumer focused printers tend not to have a network jack available. 

Recommended Printers

  • There have been major supply desruptions. Availability varies.
  • Specifications and prices can change daily. Always confirm before ordering.
  • We can assist in the ordering process. Contact Us for more information

 

Image of an HP Officjet Pro 8025eHP OfficeJet Pro 8025e

Color Inkjet

Has a display

Full featured 

Wireless / USB / Ethernet

Auto Doc Feeder

225 Sheet Capacity

AirPrint Compliant

 

 

 

 

 

Image of a Brother HL-L2350DW Laser PrinterBrother HL-L2350DW

B&W Laser

Simple, high volume

Workhorse Printer

No Display.

USB / Wireless / Ethernet

AirPrint Compliant

 

 

 

 

Image of a Brother HLL2395DW Laser PrinterBrother HL-L2395DW

B&W Laser

High Volume, Office printer

NO Doc Feeder

Usable Display

USB / Wireless / Ehternet

Airprint Compliant

 

 

 

 

 

Image of a Brother MFC-L2750DW Laser PrinterBrother MFC-L2750DW

B&W Laser

High Volume, Office use

Doc Feeder Included

Usable Display

USB / Wireless / Ethernet

Airprint Compliant

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brother MFC-L3770CDWBrother MFC-L3770CDW

Color Laser

High Volume, Office use

All the features

Usable Display

USB / Wireless / Ethernet

AirPrint compliant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image of an HP Envy 6055 PrinterHP Envy 6055e

Color Inkjet 

Low Volume

No Display

Low Volume Paper Tray

Scanner Included

Cheap and portable

 

 

 

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