We all know that this is a paper free world, right? Of course it is, so how is it that we still have drawers, cabinets, trays, shelves and any other space in our office piled up with the stuff?
In all seriousness, paper-free practices are fantastic, and have led to a huge reduction in the amount of physical paperwork we have to deal with. Invoices, bills and statements can all be accessed online, and can be stored away in folders of the virtual variety.
Having said that, anyone who believes the days of printing are over is living in a fantasy world. Those who think they can survive without a Printer soon find themselves calling on a friend or popping to the library to print out that all important form or packing label.
Maybe a day will come when we are completely paper-free, but until then, the printer will still be an essential piece of kit in our home office. So now that we have discovered that we still need one after all, we are faced with the perennial question of what sort to go for, the Laser or inkjet.
Inkjet all in ones
We are all familiar with the cheap and cheerful colour inkjet printer. There are hundreds of them on the market and you can spend anything from less than £30 to several hundred. They will print just about anything, from documents to pictures, in reasonable quality. They are also far quicker than they used to be.
Traditionally, laser printers were seen as the office solution, while inkjets are perfect for home use. There is still a certain logic to this, although as the years have gone by, the boundaries have become blurred. Laser printers remain the best solution where you are printing large volumes in monochrome. They are not as expensive as you might think – you can buy a reasonable quality laser printer and get change from £100 – and they print faster than inkjets. Colour laser printers are another possibility, but there is a reason you generally only see monochrome ones – the colour versions are expensive, both in terms of purchase price and running costs.
Let’s think about the cost aspect in a little more detail. As a rule of thumb, if you are printing in larger volumes, laser jets are going to have a lower print-per-page cost than inkjets, but you really need to do your homework here. Run some projections as to how many pages you are likely to print per month, scour the Printer Ink website for deals and only then can you come to a firm conclusion about which option is the most cost effective for your specific circumstances.
For the home office, a multifunction unit that prints and scans is a no-brainer. It’s cheaper than buying two separate units and will also save you money. The fact is that all-in-ones are becoming ubiquitous, and the extra scanning function costs very little, so manufacturers are gradually phasing out their print-only models.
This post is in association with Printer Ink