Picking the Right Printer For Your Home Office

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Thanks to lightning-fast internet speeds and advances in teleconferencing technology, more companies have been able to increase their talent pool to choose from professionals from all over the world. As more workers opt to work remotely, there are a few trade-offs. 

  • No more free coffee in the breakroom. 
  • No more obligatory commute to clear your head (if you’re not screaming at your windshield). 
  • A trickier time nailing work/life balance. 
  • No more access to a mega-printer. 

The last one of these perks is where were we shall aim our focus for this article. While being able to work in your pajamas may be pretty lovely, admit it — you miss not having access to a printer capable of printing off a copy of the phonebook at a moment’s notice (though you definitely shouldn’t be doing that). While you may have a home printer, it likely isn’t considered “commercial quality” by any stretch of the imagination. It’s time to shop for a reliable home office printer. 

Know What You Want

Not a lot of people have as much experience shopping for printers as they once did. Either they don’t use printers in their personal life, or the printer has spoiled them at work. For this purpose, it is essential to know what you’re going to want in a printer. 

Speed vs. Quality

The kind of printing you’re going to do will likely dictate whether or not you’re going to go with an inkjet or a laser printer. 

  • Inkjet printers can deliver stunning, almost photographic image quality…if you’re willing to wait a little bit longer. Yep, print speeds with inkjets can feel sluggish in comparison to their toner-based counterparts. 
  • Laser printers are probably what you’re used to if you’ve grown accustomed to your physical office’s printer — fast, consistent, but…nothing really to write home about in terms of image quality. 

All-In-One Printers vs. “Just” Printers

When most of us think of printers, we’re mostly fixated on their ability to print consistently. Because of this, multifunction “all-in-one” printers aren’t usually on our radar. Well, they should be. Sure, you may not make copies, scan, or fax documents nearly as often as you did ten years ago, but there will come a time when it will be beneficial to be able to do so without having to travel to the closest third-party printer spot. These additional features have become so cheap that you might as well turn your “home office printer” into a “home office multifunction device” and check off several equipment boxes in one fell swoop. 

Connectivity — Hardwired vs. wifi

Most printers available these days support wifi printer connectivity. Still, sometimes it’s nice to throw a USB cable into your laptop and print immediately without having to navigate through screens. So, which is best? Both. Wired connectivity is excellent for printing or uploading a scanned document to your laptop (especially if your home wifi is one the fritz), but wifi connectivity for printing documents from phones and tablets is also too attractive a feature to refuse. 

Price of Consumables

While shopping for printers or multifunction devices for your home office, you may see a considerable price variation between models that seem to have similar functionality. Why is this model all-in-one $100 cheaper than this other similar model? Well, just check out the price of the consumables — toner cartridges, ink cartridges, printheads, and paper. Those will also vary wildly. Why is this so? 

Some printer manufacturers sell their printer models at a loss. “Well, that doesn’t sound like a good business practice.” Oh, they’re making money — check out the price of the cartridge refills. The truth is that many people don’t thoroughly research the “true cost” of the printer — how much each device costs to run regularly. While you may be saving money upfront, you may end up feeling like you’re paying the printer off in installments with pricey consumable refills can be. 

To avoid getting surprised with expensive consumables, do your research. Look up the model numbers of the cartridge replacements and see how much they cost. Once you start to put the pieces together, you’ll better able to better compare prices. 

If you’re having trouble deciding on the right printer for your business situation, you’re invited to learn more about Managed Print Services from JD Young

For over 70 years, JD Young has helped businesses just like yours thrive.