Here are some things to keep in mind if you are considering upgrading a printer. Are you looking to print presentations or graphics? A laser printer is the best solution if you are looking to create crisp, clean, professional looking documents. It also prints smaller fonts or images better. The difference in price can be significant with most laser printers costing twice as much as an inkjet printer. Laser printers provides faster print speeds and it supports large volume print jobs.
Inkjet printers are fine for documents or day to day use like printing web pages, excel spreadsheets or email messages. It uses ink as opposed to the laser printer which uses toner. The inkjet printer has slower print speed. They generally print on average approximately 5 pages per minute as opposed to a laser printer which prints on average 20 pages per minute. When factoring in cost on average inkjet printers are more expensive in the long run than a laser printer because the inkjet printer uses more ink in the printing of a job.
Additional functionality found on printers includes wireless capability, the ability to scan and fax documents. These printers are referred to as all-in-one printers. Some laser printers also have the ability to email scanned documents. Inkjet printers are also smaller and more compact than laser printers which means if space is a concern it would probably be the better option. When taking into account the cost of printer ink and toner replacement, inkjet printers are the more viable solution to most small business needs.
Most newer printer options offer built in troubleshooting to address printing issues that may arise. They also easily configurable to existing networked environments and set up is a quick and painless.