Workhorse Color Laser Printers Save Money

By M. David Stone  |  Posted 2007-06-14 Print this article Print

Even a small office needs to print a large number of pages once in a while. With one of these high-volume printers, even a small business will likely save money. (

Printers tend to be classified based on office size, into categories like home office, small office and enterprise workgroup printers. But the truth is that its better to think in terms of the volume of paper you need to push through the printer. A one- or two-person office with a lawyer who needs to print lots of pages regularly may print more pages in a typical month than an entire department in a Fortune 500 company where no one ever prints anything but one- and two-page letters. An even more common situation is a smaller office that may occasionally need to print a large run of fliers for a mailing to potential customers or a smaller run of a multi-page newsletters to send to current, past and prospective clients.

You can farm out such large, occasional prints job to a copy shop, but paying someone else to print these can get expensive. In fact, unless youre printing enough to justify offset printing, its almost always much more expensive per page than doing it yourself. You dont have to print this sort of job often before the cost of going elsewhere to print exceeds that of buying your own higher-end printer.

To read about the Versamark VX5000e, Kodaks digital color printing system, click here. No matter what size office you work in, if this situation sounds familiar, its time to consider a printer thats normally targeted towards medium-size offices or workgroups in larger offices. And if you need to print in color—which is always a good idea if you want to catch someones eye and increase the odds that theyll actually read whatever youve sent them—that means looking at a relatively heavy-duty color laser.

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M. David Stone is an award-winning freelance writer and computer industry consultant with special areas of expertise in imaging technologies (including printers, monitors, large-screen displays, projectors, scanners, and digital cameras), storage (both magnetic and optical), and word processing. His 25 years of experience in writing about science and technology includes a nearly 20-year concentration on PC hardware and software. He also has a proven track record of making technical issues easy for non-technical readers to understand, while holding the interest of more knowledgeable readers. Writing credits include eight computer-related books, major contributions to four others, and more than 2,000 articles in national and worldwide computer and general interest publications. His two most recent books are The Underground Guide to Color Printers (Addison-Wesley, 1996) and Troubleshooting Your PC, (Microsoft Press, 2000, with co-author Alfred Poor).

Much of David's current writing is for PC Magazine, where he has been a frequent contributor since 1983 and a contributing editor since 1987. His work includes feature articles, special projects, reviews, and both hardware and software solutions for PC Magazine's Solutions columns. He also contributes to other magazines, including Wired. As Computers Editor at Science Digest from 1984 until the magazine stopped publication, he wrote both a monthly column and additional articles. His newspaper column on computers appeared in the Newark Star Ledger from 1995 through 1997.

Non-computer-related work includes the Project Data Book for NASA's Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (written for GE's Astro-Space Division), and magazine articles and AV productions on subjects ranging from cosmology to ape language experiments. David also develops and writes testing scripts for leading computer magazines, including PC Magazine's PC Labs. His scripts have covered a wide range of subjects, including computers, scanners, printers, modems, word processors, fax modems, and communications software. He lives just outside of New York City, and considers himself a New Yorker at heart.


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