Top Tips For Buying A Printer

by: Carla Weaffer

There are a great number of inkjet printer options for consumers looking to purchase a new printer or those that are considering replacing the ones that they currently own. The following are some things you should keep in mind whilst deciding which printer to buy.

The first thing you should do when getting ready to purchase a new printer is decide what tasks that you are going to need your printer to accomplish for you. Once you have that determined you will have a better idea of what type of printer you should purchase.

You should definitely shop around when looking for a new printer. Don’t feel obligated to buy the first one you find. Ask a lot of questions so you can do thorough research to ensure this is the printer that will meet all of your needs. Reading reviews of the different types of printers available would be an excellent idea before you begin shopping for a new printer. Asking for the opinions of friends and family about what printers they use would also be a good way to get a recommendation.

Are you going to need special inks for the printer to get the best possible print quality? If this is the case this can become a large expense for you as the consumer. Typically a great print should not need top of the line ink to make a high quality print.

An important issue to consider while shopping for a new printer is: Are there compatible printer ink cartridges and refill kits available to use with the printer you are interested in purchasing? The cost of replacement printer ink cartridges produced by the manufacturer can be many times more than the printer itself so compatible printer inks can be a huge money saver.

Does the ink in the printer smear when touched? A good quality ink should be fast drying and not smear when touched. If it is at all possible you should ask a sales person to print a test page on a printer that you may be interested in purchasing. Also you should ask if you can see a test copy printed on normal paper. The laminated paper used in a lot of shops will make the print quality of any printer appear to better then it actually is.

Another thing consumers should consider when shopping for a new printer is that many refurbished printers cost considerably less than brand new printers and still carry a full manufacturers warranty. This could be a great money saving purchase if you are on a budget.

These are just a few of the things that consumers should keep in mind before purchasing a new printer for use at home. If a good amount of research is done before a purchase is made, most consumers will end up with a great printer that should meet all their printing needs.