Printers are something everybody loves to loathe; be it because they have a habit of not working at just the wrong time, refuse to scan for absolutely no reason or leave you feeling like you’ve been robbed when the cartridges need replacing. We’re here to help with all of the above and we’ve got some recommended printers for when enough really is enough.
Time for a new printer?
There are lots of reasons you may want a new printer; replacing your printer may help save you money by offering lower ink costs, or could add functionality such as wireless printing. We’re happy to recommend a new printer for your needs at no cost, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’ll usually recommend a printer that has widely available compatible ink so that you don’t have to pay the manufacturers price for genuine ink, potentially a considerable saving.
What is an inkjet printer?
Inkjet is the printing technology used in your average, cheap printer. It’ll usually use small ink cartridges which are widely available from local stores and cost anywhere from £15-£40 for a full set. Inkjet printers are often cheaper to purchase in the first place but can be costly to run, with a litre of ink costing more than a full tank of petrol. Inkjet printers are however good for photo printing and the printers often smaller and more energy efficient.
What is a laser printer?
Laser printers work differently to Inkjet and are often used in high-volume printing due to the reduced cost per page and speed of printing. While laser printers, especially colour capable ones, can be more expensive to purchase in the first place, if you’re running them on compatible toner they quickly become a brilliant money saver. Laser printers however aren’t so great at printing photos and you’ll be hard-pressed to find the right toner in your local supermarket.
What is compatible ink/toner?
Compatible ink (used in inkjet printers), or toner (used in laser printers) is ink or toner made by a third party as opposed to the printer manufacturer. Sometimes compatible cartridges are genuine cartridges that have been refilled while others are made entirely by the third party. With the exception of a few printer models that only work with genuine cartridges, compatible cartridges can provide a huge saving over genuine ones.
What is a network printer?
A network printer has the function to speak to more than just one computer. A regular printer connects to your computer with a USB cable, a network printer on the other hand connects to your router with either an ethernet cable or WiFi. Having a network printer means that other devices on your network can all print to the same printer without being directly connected. Some printers have additional connectivity such as AirPrint for Apple mobile devices and Google Cloud Print for Android and Chrome devices.