Printers are just one of those things that practically every person will find essential at one point or another. Eventually there will certainly come a time when you’ll need to print a paper for school or work, you’ll need to print a boarding pass for your next flight, or you’ll need to copy a photo and you’ll run to your printer to get it done.
The issue is that with many printers for sale, exactly how do you decide which is the best one for you and your family? So the team at Saveful took a look at the most important aspects of a printer so you’ll be able to find one that will fit your needs and budget.
Types of Printers
Printers are separated into 2 basic groups: ink-jet versus laser and home versus office. Figuring out which satisfies your printing requirements will certainly help you choose the right printer.
Inkjet or Laser
Some ink-jet printers are for use at home, some are focused on workplaces, some are intended for just images, and then some others exist for mobile printing. A lot of inkjets are for individual use or even for a few people who only print a couple pages a day. Most are small and can easily be integrated or hidden at home or work.
Nearly any sort of inkjet you would buy at Walmart or Staples could print pictures that at the very least match the high quality you would get from your neighborhood pharmacy. Although some printers that are truly meant for the office may maximize printing text at the expense of printing images. Yet most office inkjets print images just fine. You may not get the quality of a professional photographer, but if that’s what you’re looking for, then an inkjet printer is not really what you want. However, some may come pretty close if you look at the higher end of inkjets. If you’re looking for a printer to print images on PowerPoint slides or a lost puppy sign then just about any inkjet will do the job.
The main weakness for inkjets is when you look for high quality text printing. Most inkjets are made for quick prints for personal use. If you need to make a high quality document like a resume or even business cards then you may want to look at other options. Ink from inkjet printers tends to smear if you touch it so it’s not really meant for high quality text or text that requires high durability.
Laser printers are ideal for speed and high quality text. Most laser printers are truly meant for fast black-and-white printing but some do a good job at color printing as well. That said, if you want to print an image then an inkjet printer may actually be the better choice.
Almost all inkjet printers are cheaper than almost all laser printers. That is expected since laser printers tend to be faster and produce better quality results. The top 5 best selling inkjet printers at Best Buy are all under $100. You could also check out Amazon for coupons and deals on some top selling inkjet printers.
Laser printers will almost always be more expensive. A decent one would be about $100. In fact, the top selling laser printers on Amazon.com are all around the $100 price point. But the price could go as high as several thousands based on your needs.
We hope this helps you choose the printer that’s best for you. For more information on specific printers, check out CNET’s list of the best printers for 2015.