If you’re constantly shopping for printer cartridges online or sending your printers in for repairs, you may want to look at the possibility of replacing it with a new printer model.
Picking the right one often isn’t as clear cut as it seems. Which printer will complement your operations is an important question, when you consider how often this device will be used, on a daily basis.
The best selection depends on the manner in which the printer will be used, how often it will be used and where your organisation’s priorities lie, in terms of print quality vs. price.
Let’s look at our picks for the top five printers for 2015, which he have judges based on:
Canon Pixma MG7150
*Key Benefit: Quality*
With its impressive printing detail and a max resolution of 9600 x 2400 dpi, The Canon Pixma model range has been a favourite among photo enthusiasts for a while now. It’s also equipped with wireless connectivity, a myriad of slots and touchscreen functions, making it easy to setup and use, even for technophobes. The printer also has a disc printing slot.
While the device does have a reasonable printing economy, it also has six ink cartridge slots, making replacement and setup costs quite a bit higher than other printers. However, this does make the colour use more modular, so that you won’t have to replace a cartridge when it still has lots of a certain coloured ink in it. Users have complained that the Canon Pixma tends to be noisier than other models and also has a low paper capacity, which could make it high-maintenance in a smaller office environment.
HP Officejet Pro 8600
*Key Benefit: Balance of features*
One of the top selling multifunction printers of 2015, the Pro 8600 distinguishes itself in its affordable price for its relatively high performance. The fast printing speeds and low ink prices mean the running costs leverage well against its performance, making it perfect for small offices or workplaces with semi-regular printing needs. In addition to its USB and SD memory card ports, it’s also equipped with Wi-Fi, making wireless printing from various devices relatively simple.
However, while the printer is fast for its price, those with very high volume printing needs may find the performance lacking. It’s also bulkier than other models with similar specifications and isn’t equipped with a multipurpose tray, making more advanced printing tasks, quite problematic.
*Key Benefit: Performance*
As is the case with any colour laser printer, the Brother MFC-9970CDW is significantly more expensive than most home and small-office printers. However, what it takes of your budget, it more than makes up for in its running costs (once again, a common benefit of the technology). It also boasts a rich array of printing functions and features that make printing from any device or data source, incredibly easy. Its printing speeds are currently the highest of any colour MFP in the market, at 30 pages per minute.
A common complaint about this printer model is the print quality. Output is slightly below par on graphic and text prints (although definitely passable) and noticeably below quality for photo prints. This is the best option for offices who use have frequent printing needs for general office use, rather than needing to printing marketing material or any heavily graphic material.