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Your Guide To Buying A Color Laser Printer

Jun 13, 2008
Laser printers have become the ultimate choice of many corporate offices across the world. According to a recent study by the analyst firm Gartner Inc. the sale of color laser printers in the United States sees a 20% augmentation yearly. Despite being more expensive in price, more and more offices are adopting color laser printers because they make your business efficient performance wise. Whether you are running a Desktop Publishing Unit or owing a law firm, a color laser printer helps you present yourself in a highly professional manner.

If you are running business that requires frequent color printing, you should seriously consider buying your business a color laser printer. You should consider the following points while buying a laser printer for your business.

Resolution: Usually, resolution in color laser printers is expressed in terms of DPI (Dots per Inch). The higher the number of DPI, the sharper the image. Figure out the frequent needs of your business in terms of using a color laser printer. As a rule of thumb, choose a 600x600 resolution if you will use your laser printer more for text. If your daily printing requirements are more than just text, consider buying a laser printer with at least 1200x1200 resolution.

Print Speed: Talking about print speed, consider two important aspects such as PPM (Print per Minute) and time the laser printer takes to print the first page. If, for instance, you are running a run firm and need to print out 200 pages at a time, an 8-ppm printer would take about half an hour. Whereas, the same number of pages can be printed in just five minutes if you use a 35-ppm laser printer. However, PPM should be less important for your if you print requirements substantially include large documents.

Networking: Do you want to use a printer at home or office. If your requirement is for the latter then consider buying a laser print that comes with built-in network capability. Although, it might be a bit expensive for you, it will be extremely helpful in the long run.

Memory: Look at the RAM capacity of the laser printer and whether it is expandable.

Paper Size: What paper size do you use very often? The answer will vary depending on the nature of your business. While most low-priced laser printers can accommodate 8.5x11-inch paper of medium weights, organizations such as law firms will need expensive laser printer that can handle heavy-weight and large papers such as legal papers.

Paper Tray: See if the printer comes with a paper tray to hold papers, letterheads and envelopes. This is critical to saving a lot of your time. You don`t want to swap and refill the papers each time you print documents.

Number of Print: Usually, printers rated according to their ability to print pages per month. Choose your printer according to the workload of your business.

Toner Cartridges: Usually, low-budget color printer will cost you more in the long run in terms of consumable such as toner cartridges. Expensive laser printers will give you a low cost per page print. So, it`s entirely your call. Moreover, look if the supply for the toner cartridges can be available locally. Many manufactures offer them online, but it helps if you can find them at any local stores during emergency.

Duplex Printing: Does your laser printer need to have the capability to print both side of the paper? While some printers come with duplex printing features, others may not offer this feature at all. Laser printers with additional features tend to cost higher. Hence, look if you are really going to need this feature.
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This article can be accessed in portuguese from the Article section of page www.polomercantil.com.br/impressora.php
Roberto Sedycias works as IT consultant for www.PoloMercantil.com.br
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