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Choosing the right printer

Does your business require a certain type of printer?

November 2013

With the wide variety of printing options that are currently available, it’s important to do your research to find out which printer best fits your needs.

When choosing a printer, keep in mind one of the most important factors in your decision: what is your job? Certain professions have unique printing needs that must be considered, like the ones listed below. Is yours one of them?

  • Architect, engineer: These types of jobs require the printing of blueprints and plans on a regular basis. This is usually best accomplished with large format printers that can print on a variety of materials, including oversized sheets of paper. But many people who work in these industries are seeing the benefits of taking printing to a whole new dimension—3D, to be exact. Architecture and engineering firms are now turning to 3D printers to easily and inexpensively create physical models of their designs.
  • Photographer, graphic designer: For those who need to consistently print professional photos and images, a high-quality inkjet printer (like an HP Designjet) is the way to go. Inkjets are versatile and can use different inks on a variety of surfaces, making them ideal for prints that are judged on artistic quality.
  • Frequent traveler: While “frequent traveler” is not a career in itself, people who work in almost any industry often find themselves on the road for one reason or another. Those who travel a great deal can especially benefit from wireless printers. These printers can receive print jobs wirelessly from mobile devices and can also make use of print apps like HP ePrint, which enables users to email files to a wireless printer. Mobile options like these allow easy printing on the go.

If you’re not quite sure which kind of printer is best for your business, there are several things you need to consider. First, think about your printing needs. What is your budget? How much does your business print on a daily basis? Do you print primarily in black and white for internal use, or do you need to print high-quality color images for presentations?

Once you’ve considered the purpose and function of printing in your office, the next step is gaining an understanding of the features and benefits of each type of printer and how they might fit your needs. The HP business printer tool will help you compare features so you can find the right printer for the job.

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