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Is A Bigger Printer Really Better?

Visit any retail store that sells electronics these days and you are bound to see the numerous printers available for purchase. Some of these machines look like they belong in a business office. Average consumers can find themselves wandering the isles of printers wondering if a bigger printer is supposed to mean a better printer.

Not necessarily so.

Often, larger printers can do many more things, as well as handle larger documents for things such as scanning and copying. Large printers can typically do it all; scan, copy, fax, and print. Typically, laser printers tend to be on the larger side than inkjet printers. This is mostly because of the toner cartridge. Toner cartridges have traditionally been larger than any inkjet cartridge-you would be hard pressed to find it otherwise.

If you do not have a great deal of desk space, you may be better off looking into an inkjet printer. Inkjets usually have a slower page per minute rate compared to laser printers, but lately companies have been discovering methods that allow some models to actually keep up with certain laser printers.

If you closely examine many of those hulking printers and then compare them to some of the smaller ones, you will notice that they do many of the same things. The differences tend to be small, such as the number of pages per minute, the price of ink (though usually due to the manufacturer), whether or not it is wireless, and so forth. It is only by comparing many of these little details that you will find what separates the big printers from the smaller ones.

These factors can all add up to make a large difference. A great way of comparing printers is by going to a good retail website with a comparison feature. You can compare several printers at one time, enabling you to get a good look at what makes them different from one another. For example, while a massive HP all-in-one printer holds up to 250 sheets of paper, a smaller Epson printer only holds around 100. The HP takes around 12 different types of media sizes and the Epson takes about 13. The HP prints 35 ppm in black and white and the Epson prints at 36. Each printer will have its advantages and disadvantages over its competitor. It all depends on how the company thought the printer would best be used and then bring it to consumers in that fashion.

If you do not need a printer that can scan, copy, and fax as well as print, then certainly bigger is far from being better. If you just want your printer to scan and print, you should easily be able to find a printer capable of doing so without taking up a chunk of real estate in your office. If you just want something that can print, even better. You don't have to buy a massive printer just to get the job done. Know what you want it to do and then simply go and find the right printer out there for the job. With the number of products on the market, you're sure to find one.