Find an afforable mutlifunction laser printer

by on September 7, 2009

Q: Where can I find an affordable multifunction laser printer with an automatic document feeder?

A: Two places you can look for an affordable multifunction laser printer with an automatic document feeder are Best Buy and Amazon.com. You should also be able to find an affordable multifunction laser printer with an automatic document feeder at your local electronic stores as well. The key is to make sure you do your homework before you buy.

Why don’t we tell you which device to buy? The reason we don’t just tell you what printer to buy is because we don’t know exactly what you are looking for and new printers come out all the time so we could tell you what we think is the best multifunction laser printer today but that might change tomorrow. So the way we try to work is we try to inform our visitors on how to do the research so that when the time comes you can figure out what the best multifunction laser printer is best for you.

When it comes to laser printers you will pay considerably more money for color than you will for just black and white. At this point in time most laser printers wont do as good of a job printing photos as inkjet printers will though so unless you want to print documents with color then it might make more sense to just get a black and white laser printer and then a dedicated inkjet photo printer if you want to do photos at home.

Something else that might be important to you is the automatic document feeder. If you normally scan, copy, or fax long documents then you will want to make sure that the automatic document feeder (ADF) will handle the number of pages you need on average. Keep in mind that if the ADF says it handles 50 pages it will probably handle closer to 40 or 45 pages reliably. You can always man the ADF and as you get down to 5 pages or so you can always add in more pages so in the rare case when you have a document that is larger than what the ADF can handle then you can still work with it.

A lot of people spend time looking at pages per minute. The problem here is that these numbers are never accurate. I am not saying that the manufacturers lie on purpose about them but a lot of time the pages per minute number are based on 10% ink coverage on a page or some other really low number. Manufacturers also tend to use different ways to calculate this number so don’t base your buying decision based on this. Visit some review sites and see what users say about the product.

Another thing you might want to think about when it comes to laser printers are how many pages of blank paper the printer can handle. Some printers have one bay for blank paper while others have more than one. This is useful if you print a lot and don’t want to keep adding paper all day or if you want to use different kind of paper in each tray so you don’t have to get up and change out the paper.

How you share the printer could be of a big concern as well. If you are going to be using this device with just one computer then USB might be fine for you but if you want to share it with the other people in your house or office then some kind of networking would be preferred. You could look at wireless or wired networking. When you look at this make sure that all features are available over the network. Some of the older multifunction printers only support scanning via USB but can do printing over the network. So make sure all the features you want to have work the way you want them to work.

Keep in mind the number of features will increase the price so you might get yourself out of the affordable range but you might find it is something you need to do to make your life easier. I hope this has given you some insight into what options are available and some caveats to look out for. Good luck with your purchasing decision!

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