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Printers – The questions you need to ask

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Purchasing new equipment or technology whether for home use or for your business requires a thorough research and thinking. You wouldn’t want your newly bought item to conk out after a few days, or for your “new” tech gadget to be obsolete in less than a month right? This is especially true for anything related to computers. This adage is the same for printers now although computer printers are relatively universal, you can’t just go pull one off the shelf and be guaranteed a good fit for your needs. You need to know two important things: What do I want to use it for? What devices do I want to print form?

What do I want to use it for? Would this printer be used for business? Is it going to be used on a daily basis which would mean it is subject to daily wear and tear? Or will it be used occasionally? Do I need to have a scanner/copier function? Do I need to have a Fax role? Shall you go with speed in printing or quality? How about both? All of these fall under functional part of choosing the right printer for you.

For instance, if you have a small place constrained by a lack of space you may be better served with a multifunction device, which have a smaller footprint, and thus take up less floor or desk space. A multifunction printer would have either scanner/copier or fax capabilities or all of it. The upside is that it’s usually way cheaper to buy a multi-function printer than it is to buy a printer, scanner, and fax machine. The downside is that if any element fails the whole unit can fail (or at least, need to be sent in for examination). For the available options you might want to click here for a3 printers.

What devices do I want to print from? Will the printer sit in one room attached to one computer, or do you need to be able to print from laptops, tablets and smartphones? With almost everyone connected to the internet it is important to note if you’d want to get something with network capabilities. In fact Mobile/Cloud printing which was completely unheard of even five years ago, is now increasingly common for people to want to print from their phones, tablets, and other mobile devices. Printing from mobile devices is still in its early period and you should be prepared for some hitches and hassles.

Canon-MAXIFY-MB5320That said there are two main solutions on the market. For iOS users who want to print from their iPhones and iPads, there are entire lines of AirPlay compatible printers from major manufactures. For Android and other mobile platforms (including iOS and BlackBerry—with a little tweaking) Google’s Cloud Print connects mobile devices with both Cloud Print-enabled computers and classic stand-alone machines.

If you’re interested in putting your printer someplace else besides directly next to your primary computer, network and/or Wi-Fi printing can be important. It makes it super simple to put your printer out of the way and still be able to shuttle prints to it from your desktop, laptop, and mobile devices without the need for print-sharing service on your primary desktop. I hope you enjoyed reading this article, you can also check my latest article regarding portable photo printers 2016.

About Vinson Lozano

Vinson Lozano is the founder of Techie-Pinoy. A web developer by mind and a passionate blogger by heart.

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