The Benefits of Colour Laser Printers

When it comes to choosing a printer for the home or office, there are more things to consider than just the purchase price of the printer. Here are some tips and advice.

16th August 2012 at 8:48 am

When it comes to choosing a printer for the home or office, there are more things to consider than just the purchase price of the printer. You should also take into account what you are going to use the printer for and how often you’ll use it, and decide whether you need clear sharp run outs or can make do with slightly less than perfect prints!

If you’re not hugely fussy about the quality of your print run outs and you’re only going to be using the printer now and again, then an inkjet printer will probably do the job nicely. Inkjet printers are pretty cheap these days and with a little bit of internet hunting you should be able to pick up a good one for less than £100.

On the other hand if you need sharp, good quality run outs and your printer is going to get a lot of use then take a look at the range of colour laser printers UK available at the moment. Colour laser printers used to be a good deal more expensive than their inkjet counterparts, but these days they are a lot more affordable and manufacturers are now producing a range of inexpensive colour laser printers for home as well as office use.

The main advantage of a colour laser printer is the quality of the run out, but another key benefit is the processing speed. Nearly all laser printers can print at a much faster rate than inkjet printers with even the cheapest models printing an average of 20 sheets per minute, while more expensive laser printers have a print out speed of about 50 sheets per minute. In a busy office with lots of people waiting to get their documents together for presentations etc print out speed really becomes an issue. There’s nothing worse than getting stuck in the queue waiting for one single A4 sheet when the person in front of you is printing out what looks like a novel.

Another big plus for colour laser printers is that lots of models can print onto other materials as well, and some have postcard and business card printing options which makes them ideal for small businesses. However before you try printing onto anything other than regular printer paper just make sure that it won’t damage the printer. Read the manual or check the spec online to make sure you can print onto things like card or acetate as well.

Jane Tchan

Jane Tchan is editor of SmallBizPod. She has more than 30 years of experience gained from working across a diverse range of industries, including tourism and leisure, retailing, sports sponsorship and food. During that time she has edited a variety of publications and online media

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