Overview With so
many types, brands, and models of printers available, it can be a bit
intimidating finding a printer that will meet your printing needs. Check
out the top ten tips below for purchasing a printer. Also take a look at
one of the many printer buyer’s guides on the Internet. The printer
manufacturers themselves publish some guides, while others can be found on
unbiased Web sites (like the ones listed below). Since printer technology
advances at a break-neck pace, printer prices can change frequently. The
“Additional Links” section provides information about the latest
printer designs, trends, and prices.
Top Ten Printer
Buyer’s Tips A great deal of advice can be found online about
printers and printer accessories. Sorting out what advice is most useful
to you can be a daunting task. Listed here are the top ten most important
tips to keep in mind when purchasing a printer. These tips are listed in
order of importance.
Compatibility: A new printer is not suitable for your printing
needs if it does not work with your computer system. Look for
compatibility with the connection type, the printer language, the make and
model, and the operating system.
Price: How much can you afford to pay on your budget? Many
inexpensive printers are available that produce good quality graphics,
text, and color, but they might lack speed and reliability.
Cost of Consumables: There are many hidden costs associated with
printers, such as the cost of paper, toner, ink cartridges, and
Availability of Replacement Parts and Accessories: One advantage of
buying your printer from a major manufacturer is that the replacement
parts and supplies may be readily available. Smaller companies might be
difficult to contact, they might go out of business, or they might
discontinue carrying parts for older models.
Print Quality: Do you need a printer that prints only in black and
white or do you need one that will print in color as well? Do you need a
high-resolution printer or would a printer with less resolution be
Printer Speed: Do you need a fast printer or will a slower one
still meet your needs? Generally speaking, slower printers are less
expensive than faster ones.
Expandability: Will your new printer continue to meet your needs in
the future? Look for network compatibility, memory expansion, and features
that you might need in the not-too-distant future.
Power Consumption: Do you require a printer with power-saving
features or Energy Star compliancy?
Network Support: Will you ever be connecting your printer to a LAN
(Local Area Network)? Is the printer network ready and compatible?
Multifunction Peripherals: Many printer manufacturers are marketing
printers that can perform other tasks such as faxing, copying, and
scanning. You might want to consider if any of these functions are
important to your needs.
Buyer’s Guides Many printer buyer’s guides can be found on the
Internet. The more reputable ones are compiled by organizations that are
not related to printer manufacturers. Are you interested in information
about dot-matrix printers? If so, visit shopping.yahoo.com/s:Dot%20Matrix%20Printers.
You can find information about ink jet printers at www.pcworld.com/reviews.
You also might want to consider reading about other types of printers to
decide which one best suits your needs at http://reviews.cnet.com.
Forbes provides an in-depth printer buyer’s guide at www.forbes.com/buyers/038.htm.
If you are interested in a printer buyer’s guide and reviews for Macs,
Many other online printer buyer’s guides can be found by entering
“printer buyers guide” at your favorite search engine site.
Additional Links Read
about multifunction printers (MFPs) at www.forbes.com/buyers/046.htm.
Here you can learn about the features, prices, and availability of these
relatively new devices. Additional information and reviews can be found at
At this site, you can also purchase the printer that best suits your
needs. Visit the Web page www.winappslist.com/utilities/printer_utilities.htm
to find many useful printer utilities. For freeware printer
utilities, visit the site www.webattack.com/freeware.