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Features of choosing a color printer

Color printer speed

If speed is important to you, immediately throw out of your head cheap inkjet color printers. Color inkjet printers of medium price print text at a speed of 14-17 pages per minute, and print a single page with color graphics, they take a few minutes. Compare this to laser color printers that print in color at a speed of 26 or more pages per minute with an interval of first page output of less than 10 seconds. What speed do you need and how much are you willing to pay for it? Proceeding from this, decide which color printer to choose - laser or inkjet.


Both inkjet and laser color printers can print photos with professional quality. However, if you look closer to inkjet printers, you will see that not all of them can do it equally well. And the trend is this: the more expensive inkjet printer, the higher the quality of its printing. There are color inkjet printers specifically designed to print quality photos, and this is exactly what you need if printing photos for you is so important. But for this purpose you can also choose a color laser printer - and for sure you will not go wrong.

Printer resolution

Check the resolution of the color printer, which is denoted in dpi (the number of dots per inch) - the higher it is, the better the image quality. The standard resolution of 600x600 is suitable for most types of printing, except for printing photos. Also check if the color printer offers a range of permissions so that you can choose the appropriate resolution for different types of printing, such as printing in draft mode. A list of Konica Minolta Copiers by Office Copiers, a Konica reseller.

Consumables such as ink cartridges, toners, etc.

The color inkjet printer must have a separate cartridge with black ink. Choose an inkjet color printer with separate ink cartridges for each color - it is cheaper to replace one cartridge than the entire cartridge. Replacing the toner of a color laser printer is much more expensive than replacing an ink cartridge, but the cost of a print on a laser printer is lower. It is for this reason that many choose a color laser printer.

Reliability of color printer

Some cheap color printers have a very short eyelid. And some brands are more reliable than others. It is more reasonable to spend 7,000 dollars on a printer that will work without interruption for 5 years, rather than every year buying another printer for 5000 rubles, which will work again for no more than a year. Check the color printer device. Is the cartridge mounted on the printhead? Replacement of the print head is much more expensive than replacing the cartridge.

Check before purchase

Never buy a color printer without first checking it in place. Read the specification and see how the printer behaves when turned on. Check how it prints text pages and graphics or photos - some printers in both modes show an equally good result. If you chose a color inkjet printer, pay special attention to the clarity of printing both text and graphics - some inkjet printers do it poorly enough.

Another legend, inherited from the time of "prehistoric materialism" - the high cost of laser color. In recent years, both the cost of the color laser devices themselves and the cost of printing have decreased several times. Suffice it to say that an entry-level color laser can be found at a price of $ 400, and the cost of a color page (with its 5% coverage) lies in the range of 5-20 cents, excluding paper. This despite the fact that the cost of a monochrome page is 1-4 cents. By the way, we approached one of the most important parameters for the user.

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