Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Right Printer for Students: Tips in Buying Printer for College

Summer's about to end and school's about to start. And that could only mean one thing, home works, discussions, theses and reports will surely make students busy. But speaking of reports, theses and presentations, printers would definitely be needed when it comes to making these school documentations. Have you already find the right printer to meet your needs? If not then you stumbled upon the right article, TonerGreen Blog will give you some tips you need to consider when looking for the right printer for college.

  •  Technology
There are two types of printers to choose from: (1) laser printers and (2) inkjet printers. Laser printers are better when it comes to speed and printing text-based documents while inkjet printers works best when it comes to printing photos if your theses or documents are more based on graphs and pictures. It will be better to pick the printer that you can utilize.
  • Cost
Laser printers are more expensive than inkjet printers but are very useful when it comes to printing high volume of documents such as theses. But there are also inkjet printers that will surely fit in with your budget. Just bear in mind that the cheaper the initial cost of a printer, the more it is likely to cost you running. Examples of budget-wise laser printers are the Brother HL-5250DN and HP P1505 while for inkjet printers, the HP DeskJet 5740 and Canon Pixma iP4200. Inkjet printers will typically have a price range between $100 to $400 while laser printers' prices ranges from $300 to $2000 or more.

When it comes to printer consumables, laser printers use laser toner cartridges while inkjet printers use ink cartridges. The same as its printer, laser toner cartridges can cost higher than inkjet cartridges. But there are alternative printer cartridges that can cost you half the price of OEM cartridges but can deliver the same page-yield; these are remanufactured toner cartridges and inkjet cartridges.
  • Features and Functions
After evaluating the cost, one should also look at the specifications. Knowing the features and functions of a printer will definitely help you pick the better one. Most low-cost printers include features like auto-duplex printing, auto on/off technology and toner saving mode. High-cost printers, on the hand, often support several ethernet and wireless connection. Some are even compatible to mobile printing apps.
  •  Reliability
Laser printers are generally built as reliable workhorse printing machines but repair expenses can cost you. But don't fret, printer manufacturers offers extended service plans for maintenance and repair matters. Canon's one-year warranty can be extended one year more with next business day replacements for $95. The same goes to HP printers, but their extended warranties go up to an additional two years and cost $14.99 and $19.99 respectively. Brother offers extended warranties as well.

Sources: How to Buy a Printer for College 

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