Five Tips to Get the Right Printer for You

Buying a printer can be overwhelming, but these five tips will make the decision easy to find what fits your needs.

Joseph Smoczyk
November 21, 2022

Buying a printer can be overwhelming. There are so many options available from different brands and buying guides galore. Yet we still often see people with printers that aren’t the best ones for their needs.

Here are the five tips to help you find the right printer for your needs

#1 Identify Your Needs

What are you going to use that printer for? Is it for family use? Home office use? Just as a backup for occasional documents you need to print and sign? For printing photos? For printing graphic designs? Your needs for quality, efficiency, speed, and color or black-and-white prints will influence your choice.

Different printers offer distinct perks. You may want one that prints quickly or one that is compact. Or perhaps you want one that holds a lot of paper. If your priority is photos, you may need a printer that can handle many types and sizes of paper. If you are running your office from home, you may want to invest in a multi-function printer. These not only print but also scan and copy. You may not even need a home printer. If you’re using your printer for photographs, you’re better off going to an actual photo printer. It’s about five times cheaper to get photos professionally printed than to color print at home. Plus, you’ll get top-quality copy every time.

#2 Don’t Settle for Cheap

Yes, it’s usually very cheap to buy an inkjet printer from the local big-box store. You may even get a free or dramatically reduced price on a printer with the purchase of your computer. That’s because they’re getting you to buy the printer so that you’ll need to take on the high cost of ink. You’ll also need high-quality printing paper if you want to avoid the ink bleed that can happen on normal office paper.

Another issue with inkjet printers? If you don’t use the color cartridges for a long while, they can dry up, which will leave partial lines on your prints, or the printer won’t work at all until you pay for a fresh, more expensive color cartridge.

#3 Consider Laser Printers

If you’ve decided you do need a home printer, consider a laser printer. Whether you want a printer that works fast or you plan to use it all the time, a laser printer is quick to start up and print. Plus, it offers high-quality results. There is a higher cost upfront, but in the long-term you could save on ink. These printers use a fine powder that doesn’t dry out due to inactivity.

Color laser printing is expensive, yes, but black-and-white printing on a laser printer can be quite cheap and effective.

#4 Read the Specifications

The manufacturer specifications will help you learn:·        

  • Monthly page volume
  • Estimated annual print costs
  • Printing speed
  • Maximum resolution
  • Wi-fi functionality
  • Card reader and media plug-in capability
  • Added benefits (e.g. Automation features such as collating or stapling).

#5 Let Us Help

Inkjet, laser, all-in-one, and photo printers each have their pros and cons, and there is a lot to consider. We can help you choose the right model, set it up in your home, and help you keep it going strong for the long term. Contact us today by calling us at 715-669-6136.

Joseph Smoczyk

Joe started out his career in the computer business, helping people with minor repairs and software help. Joe worked at Scott’s Computing for six years before marrying his wife Tiffany in 2010. The two of them then began working for their own company, DeepCore5 Consulting. In 2014, Joe and Tiffany went full-time with Yellowstone Computing and have since become an indispensable part of the Clark and Taylor Counties community. Due to the increasing demand for their services, Joe has expanded Yellowstone Computing by hiring new techs - each with different stages of learning and expertise. With this new expansion, Joe is committed to providing the best possible service to the people of Clark and Taylor Counties.