Anyone who runs a design studio or a marketing agency will know that a good colour laser printer is an essential piece of equipment in the office. When the printer starts acting up, work flow gets interrupted and you can end up with some pretty grumpy designers, particularly if they’re in a rush to get design boards mounted to present to a client.
If you’ve had your printer for a while and it’s starting to chug along a bit or isn’t running as quickly as you would like or need it to, then it might be time to take a look at some of the latest colour laser printers on the market. If you’re particularly fond of the model you have then you may find that the latest version has some nifty new extras or upgrades.
Before you start to compare colour laser printers there are a couple of things to bear in mind so that you can tell whether or not you’re getting a good deal and, more importantly, getting a printer to suit your needs.
The most important things to consider when you’re looking at various different models are speed, the quality of the print and also the cost of consumables, i.e. replacing the ink. After all there’s no point getting a great deal on the printer itself if replacement ink ends up costing you a fortune, particularly if you get through a lot of it.
When it comes to speed, most colour laser printers should be capable of printing between 15 and 25 pages per minute but a really super fast printer could print up to 40ppm. If you have a busy office and often find that there are queues at the printer, then it would probably be worth your while investing in a printer with a fast processing speed.
The next thing to consider is the quality of the print and this will generally be determined by the printer’s dots per inch (dpi) capability. When you’re looking at the spec of your printer it will probably give you the maximum dpi for black print, so if you want to know how this will translate for colour then it’s best to have a chat to the sales team.
And lastly, don’t forget to find out what sort of printed page volume you can expect to get per month and how often you will need to replace the ink. If overall running costs are important for you then these are things you should also consider.
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