If you don’t have a lot of space on your desk, or you’re simply a fan of multi-purpose gadgets, then an all in one printer will probably suit you quite well. As well as printing, an all in one printer will usually include scanning and copying functionality, and sometimes even faxing as well. This makes them very useful to sole proprietors, home-based entrepreneurs, and anyone else who needs a home office set up that covers all the bases. On top of that, you can also get larger all in one printers from Brother, Epson, Hewlett Packard and a variety of other suppliers, which are perfect for offices with limited space, or new start-up companies that need to be as streamlined and dynamic as possible.
When choosing an all in one printer, your first consideration should always be the print functionality. Although you’ll also have the option to scan, copy and fax, you’ll be using the machine to print first and foremost, which makes this function the most important. Above all, you should think carefully about whether you want a black and white or color printer. Unless color printing is a frequent necessity for your home or business, it’s probably best to choose black and white, in which case you will go straight to a laser multi-function. The second print consideration comes into play when you need color, whether you opt for a laser or inkjet model, which has significant implications for both print quality and running costs. When you run a small business, the costs of ink and toner can be major drains on a limited budget.
Overall, laser printers are capable of much higher resolutions than inkjet models – a laser printer melts dry ink onto paper in small dots using a precise, focused laser beam, whereas an inkjet printer uses liquid ink to create images. Although some inkjet printers boast a dots-per-inch – or ‘dpi’ – specification that is much higher than you’ll find on a laser model, the large numbers are a little misleading. Instead of the precise print functionality of a laser beam, a high-dpi inkjet printer will overlap dots to create a richer picture. Simply put, even a high-dpi inkjet printer cannot match the level of definition achievable with a laser printer, and it will also consume large amounts of ink, making it very expensive to run.
All in one printers, regardless of the manufacturer all have one thing in common – size. Although most people opt for an all in one printer to save desk space, they forget that dedicated printers and scanners are usually much smaller than all in one models, which makes them much easier to tuck into a small space. If you want an all in one printer make sure that you have enough room to place it comfortably in your home or office. Laser models tend to be particularly big, which makes them much more suitable for the office than the home.