Looking for a new Printer/Scanner/Copier for your home or small office?
As much as I’ve dreamt about a paper-less office, I have come to realize that it will simply not happen. From employee contracts and payslips to vendor invoices, it is almost impossible to run a proper business without a printer in this day and age. Thus, I contacted some of the printer manufacturers we deal with to send out their latest All-in-One solutions and I got an interesting selection of devices ranging in sizes and technologies. Lets talk about some of these technologies first:
Inkjet vs Laser
When it comes to printing, there are two leading technologies that you need to decide between- laser or ink-jet. Traditionally, home users and small business users have opted for inkjet based printers while medium to larger organizations have chosen laser based ones. The reason for that is that ink-jets are cheaper to buy, however, they consume ink cartridges faster thus ending up more expensive in the longer run. Laser toners on the other hand last much longer and end up being cheaper in the longer run. Another reason is that Lasers are better at printing text based documents or graphics, while ink-jets generally produce better photographs- something many home users print.
Back in the old days, printers used to connect to your computers through the “Parallel” port that was represented as LPT1 in Windows. Over time, printers moved to USB which was not only faster but also supported the plug’n’play standard making printers much easier to install. With the explosion of networking, most modern printers now support being connected directly to your network- either through a wired or a wireless connection. All of the printers we tested for this article supported Wireless connectivity.
When we sent out an email to printer manufacturers, all we mentioned was that we are doing a round-up of All-in-One printers. Interestingly, the four models we received were quite different from another. Lets take a look at these four printers.