What is the best printer for small businesses?

Author: Paul Wilkinson

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Last updated on March 17th, 2014 at 11:31 am

You need a compact printer for the office but don’t know where to start? Here’s what to look out for, and some of our best sellers…

With such a large number of printers designed for office use it can be difficult wading through all the options at your disposal. For small businesses in particular, choosing the right product can be tricky; space, efficiency, reliability and cost all need to be considered before parting with your hard-earned cash.

Whatever your requirements, it’s important you know the differences between printers designed for home use and those built specifically for the rigours of business before you start. It can sometimes be tempting to purchase a cheaper printer designed for use at home, but this can be counter productive in the long run.

When looking for the perfect printer, it’s important to consider things such as cost, print speed (the number of sheets a printer is capable of churning out per minute), space (small offices often face space restrictions), ink type and separate colour slots (which can affect the regularity of replacements). When it comes to cost and efficiency in particular, a multi-functioning printer can often provide the best solution (saving on ink and space as well as time).

The HP Officejet Pro 8600 is a perfect starting point. Designed specifically for use in small offices, this all-in-one model is compact (so can be tucked out of the way) yet has print, scan, copy and fax capabilities. It has wireless connectivity too, which means no excessive wires or cables, and prints 188 pages per minute. At £120 (and with free next day delivery), it’s a solid addition to any business.

From here, the Brother HL4570cdwt represents the more expensive end of the scale. It’s not an all-in-one, but it has been designed specifically for high-quality colour capabilities, so perfect for presentations or promotional literature. It’s faster too, with a speed of 28 pages per minute. At just under £400, you will experience greater quality and consistency.

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Still not found the printer for you? How about the stylish Brother MFC-J4510DW? With A3 functionality and print costs of 3p per page for black and 7p for colour you can’t go wrong. Want something a bit more heavyweight? The HP LaserJet Pro MFP M375nw could be right for your business with its touchscreen control and high print quality. If your print volume is especially high then the Dell C3760dn could be just what you need, with a high duty cycle of 80,000 pages and a print speed of 35 pages per minute. Finally the OKI C822n is another option for small businesses with a high monthly duty cycle and A3 printing capabilities.

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So, next time your business needs a reliable printer, don’t be bogged down by the choices available. Instead, let us help you negotiate the plethora of options and use our expertise to find something that suits your budget and professional needs. The wide range available is actually beneficial, because it allows you to find a product that ticks your boxes at a price you can afford. At Printernet we’re here to provide you with a wide range of established makes and models and the experience to help you find exactly what you need.

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