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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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When it comes to purchasing a printer there are a number of questions that consumers often run into. Some questions are more commonly-asked than others. Here are some of the questions that we commonly run into with detailed answers to help you find the printer that will best suit your needs.

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What Is the Difference Between a Color Laser and a Color Inkjet Printer?

Laser printers and inkjet printers are both quality printers. Inkjet printers, however, are less expensive to purchase. It is possible to get a decent Inkjet printer for well under $100. Laser printers, however, while more expensive to purchase, are less expensive to operate.

Inkjet printers require the purchase of color cartridges when the color runs out. If you print in high volumes, this can get costly. An ink cartridge can print from 200 to 300 pages on average before it needs to be replaced.

Color laser printers, while costing more up-front, do not require ink cartridges because they use toner. Toner cartridges can print from 2,000 to 15,000 pages depending on the printer. This means it is cheaper in the long run to operate a laser color printer. If you perform heavy-duty printing, a laser color printer is often the best bet.

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How Fast Do I Need My Printer to Be?

The speed (or ppm) that you need will depend on your printing needs. If you’re just using the printer for occasional home use then you don’t really need to worry about the speed of the printer. If, however, your printer needs are more demanding and speed is of great concern then the higher the ppm the better. Just remember, faster printers will often require a higher initial investment. For a fast laser printer that you can get at a reasonable price will print at about 25 ppm in both black and white and color.

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What Features Do I Need to Focus On If I Print Complex Documents or Multiple Copies?

If you are printing complex documents with graphics and images or documents that need collating and sorting, you need to focus on getting a printer with a larger memory capacity, the ability to perform duplex printing, sorting functions, collating functions and large-size paper capacity.

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Can I Use Third-Party Ink Cartridge Refills for My Inkjet Printer?

You may be tempted to use ink cartridge refills that are now offered to save some money when your printer runs out of ink. Don’t risk it. While some of these refill kits may indeed work, chances are that you will end up with cartridges that don’t work or, even worse, cartridges that will ruin your printer.

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Do I Have to Install a Dedicated Fax Line if I Buy an All-In-One with Fax Capabilities?

Whether or not you install a dedicated fax line for your all-in-one printer is up to you. Your all-in-one printer will work with your regular phone line, but you will need to connect and disconnect the fax line each time you wish to send or receive a fax. To make things easier for you, if you plan on receiving and sending a large volume of fax documents, you may want to have a dedicated fax line installed for your all-in-one printer with fax capabilities.

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Should I Buy the Extended Warranty If It Is Offered with My Printer?

Many will try and tell you that an extended warranty is not worth the price. The truth is that depends on how much the extended warranty costs. If the extended warranty costs more than 20 percent of the price of the printer, then it’s probably not worth the investment. If, however, the extended warranty costs less than 20 percent of the price of the printer, extends the manufacturer’s warranty by one year or more and will replace or repair the printer if something goes wrong with it, then it is definitely worth the investment. Otherwise you may find yourself having to purchase a new printer at full price one month after the manufacturer’s warranty expires.

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