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Questions you need to ask before investing in a multifunction printer

Published on 27 September 16

Multifunction printers that are also known as multifunction copiers and all-in-ones, are quite popular both among home and office users for obvious reasons. These devices are designed in an advance way so that these can serve multiple purposes. Keeping the varied requirements of organizations in mind, printer manufacturers focus on designing and manufacturing multifunctional models that offers the capabilities of multiple machines. These devices usually allow the users to perform multiple actions like printing, scanning, faxing and copying. Although these devices were originally manufactured and marketed for small businesses and home users, gradually these became popular amongst the large scale businesses as well. In order to cater to their requirements, the manufacturing companies now focus on developing larger and robust models that cater to the varied requirements of the users.
No matter whether you are looking for a multifunction printer for your home or for your business, it’s advisable to know the questions that you need to ask before selecting a particular product, finally.
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Here is a list of some of the most valid questions that you must consider –
What functions are you going to perform? – Even before you start looking for a MFP, you should make a list of the basic functions that you are planning to perform using the device. This will help you shortlist certain models amongst the wide collection. While scanning, copying and printing are some of the most obvious functions that businesses usually perform using an MFP, there are certain minute details that you need to note carefully. There are certain MFPs that can scan documents only by using a USB connection. If you wish to connect the device over a network, you need to look for that feature in particular.

What kind of MFP do you exactly need?
– One of the best ways to differentiate the multifunction printers by categories is to check their usage – whether you are planning to use the device only in your home, or only in office or at both the places. Determining this right at the beginning will help you a lot in the selection process. If you are looking for a MFP for your home, there are high chances that you would use it for printing photographs, and in that case, you should opt for an inkjet printer. On the other hand, if you are investing in the device strictly for office use, you should focus more on the quality of text, and in this case you should opt for a laser printer.

Do you require colour printing? – Although MFPs enable you to perform multiple activities, for a colour printer, you would require to spend some extra cash. Hence, it’s advisable to check well in advance whether or not you would require colour printing. If not, it doesn’t make sense to spend your hard-earned money on these high end printers.

These are probably the three most relevant questions that you should consider on your own before selecting a particular multifunction printer. You should consider these questions while buying A4 laser printers as well.
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