Upgrading your business' printers

While a single inkjet may have sufficed when you first started your business, as it grows, so will your printing needs. But with hundreds of products on the market, investing in something more heavy-duty can be a daunting process. This guide will help you to draw up a list of requirements and find a new printer for your business.

  • Determining your requirements
  • Increasing efficiency
  • Points to consider

Determining your requirements

Your list of requirements will vary depending on your business. Ask yourself why you need a new printer - is it to increase efficiency within the business?  Are you looking to cut down on waste? Has your existing printer simply reached capacity and you're looking to add a new one? Draw up a list of requirements and go online to search price comparison and review websites to get an idea of what's available.

  • Your list of requirements will vary depending on your business
  • Do you need more efficiency, or has your existing printer reached capacity?
  • Use price comparison and review sites to get an idea of what's available

Increasing efficiency

If you're looking to cut down on waste or go green, there are a range of printers available which are specifically designed to be more eco-friendly. These take measures like duplex printing or printing on both sides of the paper, using less energy when they're on standby mode and even shrinking documents to half their size and printing two pages on one side of A4 to increase efficiency and save energy.

  • Green printers are designed to be more eco-friendly
  • Duplex printers print on both sides of the paper
  • Some printers use less energy when they're on standby mode

Things to consider

When you're choosing a printer, think about how big you want your printouts to be. If you want anything larger than an A4, consider whether investing in a larger printer could be more cost-effective than using a printing company. Also think about memory card and USB slots: these sometimes add to the cost of the printer. Could your business really benefit from being able to plug in a USB stick to print?

  • If you regularly need printouts bigger than A4, consider investing in a larger printer
  • Ask whether your business could benefit from a memory card or USB slot

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