Selecting a Printer
Step One: Evaluate Your Needs
If you’re like most people, you’ve definitely had a single function printer in your lifetime. But just as the name implies, a single function printer only prints documents. It’s not equipped with the ability to perform multiple functions. A multi-function printer typically includes a fax option, a copy option, and a scanner. If you own a single function printer, then you probably own a separate fax machine or copier. Don’t own either? Then, you probably have to go to a store or the public library to satisfy those needs. Sure, you’re probably thinking that you never have to use the fax or copy option, but you’ll also be glad to have those functions around in your own home if the occasion ever arises. Even if you don’t use the copy and fax option that much, think about how often you could use the scanner. Not everybody has a digital camera, for one, and sharing pictures online through email or a social network is super easy if you have a scanner. Now you can have the physical photo for long-lasting memories and share them with your friends digitally. You can’t beat having the actual photo leftover from a vacation. After all, if you just have the digital photos on your computer, anything could happen and they could be permanently erased from your hard drive.
Step Two: Evaluate Your Potential Savings
Look at your current expenses in regards to printing. That means taking account of all the costs of either owning separate machines or going out to get your printing done. This includes all the faxes you might have sent or received. Don’t forget to add the cost of buying separate inks and types of paper if you own different machines. Now compare the expenses to the potential multi-function printers you have in mind.
When you compare the expenses of either spending money on each service separately or owning multiple machines to having a multi-function printer, you might find buying the newer printer can be better for you in the long run. You’ll notice that having a printer with various capabilities can save you money and time. First off, you would only have to buy one type of printer ink. You don’t even need a wide variety of paper either; just probably regular white paper and photo paper if you were printing pictures. Plus, imagine all the space you can clear off by having all your tools consolidated into one machine.
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