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Multifunctional Colour Laser Printer

People often ask us “what is the best laser printer I can buy ?” Where do we start ? There are so many options and variables to consider. Here are a few areas to begin with: When choosing the best laser printer, you need to consider several factors. For starters, budget –although laser generally printers cost more than inkjet printers, you can buy a laser printer for as little as £60, however toner cartridges do tend to be more expensive than ink cartridges, but last a lot longer so are better value for money overall. A colour laser printer will cost considerably more than a mono laser printer, as will multifunction laser printer that can also copy and scan. Expect to pay upwards of £100 for these models.

 

What makes a good laser printer ? Clean, crisp text (most laser printers will offer sharper text than inkjet printers)

Rapid print speed . The average laser printer can print black text at 20 pages per minute, compared to less than 10 pages per minute for an inkjet

Fast colour images – Graphics or pictures can take up to 2 minutes to print on an inkjet printer – a good colour laser printer will print it in less than 30 seconds

Additional features to consider - What device are you printing from ?

 

If using a modern PC or laptop you will probably need to connect your printer via a USB port. If you intend to add your printer to a network (LAN/Ethernet) then you will need a network ready printer.

We also supply laser printers which connect via parallel and serial ports.

Increasingly, people want to be able to print from their mobile devices/tablets. For this you should consider a wireless (wifi) or Bluetooth printer.

Auto duplexing – look out for double sided printing as this may not be standard on entry level laser printers. This feature is worth having if you print a lot as it can help you to save paper.

 

Automatic document feeder – this can be useful if you intend to use your printer as a multifunction device – especially if you want to scan, copy or fax multi page documents.

Normally the standard capacity of an ADF is 50 sheets.

 

Optional media input trays and finishers – many laser printers now have multiple paper input trays so that you can print on letterhead, different coloured paper, labels etc without having to go to the printer and change the media each time. Entry level printers tend to have a paper tray capacity of 50 sheets, better machines often have 500 sheet capacity as standard, and additional trays can be purchased and added at a later date.

 

Next, what will the printer primarily be used for ? Do you need a black and white or colour laser printer ? What size paper will you be printing on ? A3 or A4 ? What will it be used for ? Typing letters and correspondence, mailshots, flyers, professional looking brochures ? How many people need to use the printer, i.e. will it require a network card. How much printing will be done, so do you need a light or heavy duty printer.

 

Do you just need a printer, or do you need an all in one multifunction printer (MFP) with scanner, fax and copier facilities built in ? MFP’s enable you to copy and scan in addition to printing, and some will offer fax functionality as well.

Budget is often the main consideration when choosing a new printer. However – initial cost of the equipment is only one element – almost more important are the running costs. For example – you may be able to buy a cheap laser printer on the High Street, but don’t be surprised when the first set of replacement toner cartridges cost more than the printer did in the first place. Our advice would be to always to always factor long term running costs into the initial purchase – this includes toner cartridges, fuser/maintenance kit, transfer belts and EPC drums.

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