Whatever you need to print, there's a home printer capable of printing it. It can be difficult to know which printer, with so many options available. To help, we've put together a quick-and-dirty buying guide for choosing a home printer with easy explanations of some of the most frequently used terms, as well as suggestions that will serve the majority of customers.

Inkjet or laser?
The first question all printer buyers have to answer comes to the simple issue of what and how much you plan on printing. Inkjet printers use cartridges of ink that apply wet to paper and rapidly dry, while laser printers make use of toner, a form of ink dust that bonds to paper to produce fast results and efficient resource use. ,Discover more here.

Color inkjet printers make up most of the market simply because they can print virtually everything: essays, pie charts, glossy photos and more. The latest inkjet printers, including all-in-ones, are extremely efficient and print at speeds comparable to or higher than laser counterparts.

Laser printers are the best option for office settings when most of the printing you need to do is in monochrome. Laser printers that are monochrome are inexpensive and offer speedy printing and cost less per page than inkjets that use color. It is up to you whether you're willing to compromise the flexibility offered by an inkjet color printer. Color laser printers can be another option, but they usually have higher costs per page printed than the color inkjet.

Laser printers generally offer excellent page yields. their long-lasting toner cartridges are able to last between 3,000 to 20,000 pages before having to be changed. Inkjet cartridges last between 2,000 and two hundred pages. It's not as crucial in the case of printing less or often however for printers with a lot of print capacity or those buying for offices, it can really make a difference.

Multifunctional printers
Multifunction printers are printer that can scan and fax as well printing. They come in both laser and inkjet versions and are often referred to as "all-in-ones" or multifunction printers (MFPs).

A multi-function device makes lots of sense, not just because it's cheaper than buying a printer and a standalone scanner and a standalone printer, but also for the sake of saving room. Because all-in-ones are very popular and the manufacturers don't charge much of a premium for these units (you will often find them at a price of $50 to $60) We highly recommend them to home users.

MFPs allow you to scan files to your computer and some provide the option of faxing. Although they are more common in the office but they do have a limited use in commercial.

Printers for photos
If you're more concerned about preserving family photos on paper than printing off homework assignments and pie charts, consider a dedicated (single function) photo printer. They're not as flexible as multitaskers, however the prints are usually superior to those you can receive at a kiosk or mail order service. The price you have to pay for this type of convenience comes out through the cost of printing, however. ,Read more.

A lot of printers that are sold exclusively for photo or graphic use are tiny-sized units that can be used for printing photos up to 4 by 6 inches in size. They also have wide format models that are designed to print media that is up to 24 inches in width. These printers for specific purposes tend to be more expensive than multifunction printers. Canon and Epson both have printers that print up to 8.5x11 inches. They also employ up to six colors of ink to produce photographs with greater accuracy in color. Many all-in-one printers are capable of turning out photographs up to 8.5 by 11 inches if you choose the appropriate paper.
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