Choosing the Right Home Printer

Jessica Foust from TopTenREVIEWS explains the basic types of printers and how to choose the right one for you.

Finding the right printer can be a pain-free process – provided you know what you’re looking for. Listed below are the four main types of printers which are each suited for different printing needs.

Laser Printers:

Laser printers have fast print speeds, sharp outputs, and low costs per page. Laser printers are great for those who have a business and need fast printing times, have large print orders, and a large budget. Laser printers are designed to juggle multiple print jobs quickly. This type of printer is great for speedy text and occasional graphics. Laser printers come in both monochrome (black and white) and color.

Inkjet Printers:

These printers are relatively affordable and easy to use and maintain. Inkjet printers have high quality resolution printing which is better for color, graphics, and photographs but print at a slower pace than a laser printer. Look for a printer with the best resolution that fits your budget. Higher resolution equals better looking photos and documents. Ink cartridges and special photo paper can be costly so inkjet printers are best suited for home users with light printing needs who need to produce high-quality graphics and photos.

All-In-One Printers:

You no longer need to have separate devices to print, copy, scan, and fax. An all-in-one printer consolidates all these machines and saves you money and space. Many go beyond the typical scanner/fax/printer combo by including memory card slots to easily print photos. These printers are available in either laser or inkjet technology. All-in-one printers are great for digital photographers who still need the printer for other uses like printing a flyer or copying an old document. Most have memory card slots, LCD screens to preview prints, and other convenient image-related features.

Photo Printers:

Photo printers are designed to do only one thing: print photos. These are fast printers than can print directly from your camera’s memory card or computer. They typically have higher resolutions to reproduce photo quality prints similar to the print store. Combining the special ink many photo printers require with high quality photo paper will provide you with long lasting, photo quality prints. These printers are great for digital photographers or anyone that wants results that approach professional photofinishing.

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