Printers at home are a common thing today. They became common years ago when their prices were drastically slashed by increased competition and cheaper manufacturing options. Read through this list o’ 5 to know 5 points before you buy yourself a printer.
- Cheap is not always best: Cheap printers are widely available today, online and in stores. But they aren’t always your best bet. That’s because they may come with a lot of hidden caveats, like lack of availability of spare parts (because of ceased manufacturing or little profits for resellers in selling those parts) or cheap printing quality, etc. So make sure that you don’t end up buying the cheapest option available without doing thorough due diligence;
- Future expenses: Printers may be affordable, but what comes after buying a printer may not always be pleasant – expensive printing ink. Some printers have very expensive cartridges. So when you are looking through options, check out the price of cartridges, especially of those colours that you will be using most (if it is just black and white printing that you will mostly be doing, then check out black ink’s prices. Black ink is usually the cheapest);
- Print quality: Printers have different print quality. It usually is the DPI (Dots Per Inch) that defines the quality of printing. The higher this DPI, the better quality prints you will be able to get. All printers have this information easily displayed on them;
- Know your usage: If you will just be printing regular everyday documents/letters, then a basic quality printer will suffice. But if you are going to use it for much more than that, then you may need printers that have additional functionalities embedded in them (scanner, fax, etc);
- Making life easier and better: Modern day printers have a lot of advanced options available than their cheaper/erstwhile counterparts. They have Bluetooth/WiFi connectivity (you can wirelessly print your documents), SD/Memory card readers (you can insert your memory cards and get prints directly without starting your laptop/computer), photo printing (yes, you can get photographs printed too!), and many more options. So if you think you would be needing these additional functions, go for a printer that has them embedded within itself.
Good luck, and thank you for reading!