Printers have come a long way over the past few years. Gone are the days when buying a printer meant buying a large, chunky device that needed its own table and could really only print. These days, you can buy a relatively inexpensive and sleek device that not only prints but also scans and occasionally faxes too.
Of course, there are quite a few of these all-in-one printers available. All the major printer companies, including HP, Canon, Epson, and so on, all make multiple all-in-one printers — and they’re not all going to be a good choice for your needs.
There are a few things to consider when buying an all-in-one printer. For starters, you’ll want to think about whether you want an inkjet printer or a laser printer. Inkjet printers are a little cheaper than laser printers on average, but you have to regularly buy ink. Laser printers still require you to buy toner, but much less frequently, so ultimately you may save money. There’s another trade-off and that’s that most laser printers can only print in black and white — which will be good for those who only plan on printing documents, but not so great for those that want to print things like photos.
- Energy and space efficient: units are sized for desktop
- Intuitive: unprecedented ease-of-use with a touch-screen interface
- Green: no or reduced paper, toner and ink usage
- Output to USB, email, printer and cloud services
- High image quality
- Fast copy/scan speeds
- Ultra-quiet operation
- Lower physical maintenance requirements
- Simple installation
- Ability to add “pay as you go” features – particularly important in student, library, and clerk of court settings
Many libraries now just rent copiers for short times (2 to 3 years) due to a large number of copies they run.