The main benefit of laser printers is that they can support high output. This is ideal for a business environment. However, not all businesses are created equal. Some businesses require higher output than others. For others businesses, cost is a major issue. For some, quality is the primary consideration.
When it comes time to compare the various options for business laser printers, there are some key features that you should look for. Here are a few of them:
- The Speed. As mentioned previously, one advantage of laser printers is their speed. However, some businesses, which are print-heavy, may need more speed than others. The speed of the printer is controlled by the size of its processor. Processing speed generally ranges from 100 MHz to 540 MHz, with the higher number producing a faster throughput.
- The Resolution. How important is quality in your printing? If you're just looking for hard copies of some documentation for reference, perhaps quality won't be terribly important. However, if you're producing customer-facing materials, you'll want the best quality to make a good impression. Resolution is measured by the acronym "DPI", which stands for Dots Per Inch. The higher the DPI, the better the quality.
- The Cost of Ownership. There are additional costs above and beyond the purchase of the printer itself. There are toner cartridges that need to be purchased, as well as drum replacement. Consider the cost of these items when evaluating a particular printer.
- The Memory. Like PCs, laser printers have memory. Also like PCs, that memory is called RAM (Random Access Memory) and is measured in megabytes. As a rule of thumb, the higher the RAM, the quicker that the printer can handle multiple print jobs. This is another consideration for your business depending on the throughput you expect.
If you're in the market for a great laser printer, feel free to contact us. We'll be happy to discuss our offerings and recommend a solution best suited to your business!