Five Things to Consider When Buying a Wireless Printer

With a wide selection of wireless printers available to cost-conscious companies, it's important to understand what features really matter to your business--and what it costs to have them. Here's a list of capabilities to consider.

With a range of wireless printers to choose from, not to mention several vendors and price points, it's important to consider what business needs the appliance will serve. For many cost-conscious businesses, cost might be paramount, but there are a multitude of capabilities and features a company needs to consider before making a commitment, including print speeds, energy usage and degree of Internet connectivity.

It does not necessarily follow that the most expensive ones are the ones that can offer the best quality of printouts. There are products that are more expensive, mainly because the appliance has additional features such as scanning and photocopying features. While these may sound impressive, businesses should consider whether these features are worth paying extra for. There are also some printers with free additional features like a photo editing software, so be on the lookout. Canon offers a wireless Pixma MP560 printer for just $86.99, while HP and Brother also offer budget models.
Energy and Paper Saving Features
Using green technology as a selling point is old news by now, but energy-saving features such as sleep modes can result in real electricity cost savings, and capabilities such as automatic double-sided printing can cut down greatly on a business' paper costs. HP offers optional XL high-capacity cartridges, which use less ink, while inkjet printers generally use less energy overall than laserjet printers do.
Touch Screen Capability
From music players to wireless printers, it seems everything these days has a touch screen. But some companies use it as an excuse to jack up the price without adding much in the way of real value. Make sure the printer's touch screen is well organized and user-friendly, with a variety of one-touch options for common printing capabilities. Size is also an important factor-Epson's Artisan 810 sports a whopping 7.8-in. panel to view and edit photos. If you're working in a photo- or graphics-intensive environment, size may very well matter.

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