If you’ve come to the conclusion that working from home will be a long-term thing, your might be wondering what are the best printers for home offices. The truth is it will depend on what you need it for. Many companies are now virtually paperless, but some printers have other functions you may need.
Here we won’t be going over specific makes or models, but rather different features to consider. Do you need all the bells and whistles? Or do you need just a straight printer?
Best Printers for your Home Office
- Printer/Copier/Scanner – A three in one device is the best printer for someone who is mostly paperless, but occasionally needs to print or copy documents. If you need to scan, sign and send documents often, look for a printer that does it all. These printers range from the very affordable to high-end. High-end printer/copiers tend to be larger – like an office size. If you have the space and you need a quality unit, this is the type you should invest in.
- Inkjet – An inkjet printer can come in many forms, but where it differs is the substance used to transfer the printed image or text to the page. Inkjet printers use ink and are ideal for low volume printing. Typically, they’re used in homes. You could use one in your home office if you don’t print a lot and just need it for the occasional document.
- Laser – Unlike a inkjet printer, laser printers use toner. This type of printer is great for high volume printing. The copiers in traditional offices are laser, but you can get smaller desktop versions for your home office.
- Colour – If you need to print out quality promotional materials or you are a graphic designer, you will need a colour printer. The type of colour printer you buy will depend on what you need it for. Graphic designers will want high quality results, so a cheaper printer probably won’t yield the results you’re after. You might have to invest a bit of money for a good one.
- Black and White – If all you will have to print is text-based documents or images in grey-scale, you can get away with just a black and white printer.
Once you know what you need, you can start looking for printers. We recommend you search online and do some comparison shopping. Also look at the price of replacement cartridges. Sometimes a printer will be affordable but the cartridges are expensive. Weigh your options. If you work for yourself, you can claim these purchases on your taxes. If you work for a company, see if they can get you the equipment you need to do your job properly or help pay for things like paper and ink for work related print jobs.
Once you’ve found the best printer for your home office, shop around for the best price.
If you want a recommendation for a printer, call TwinBytes. We can also help you set up your printer with your home network if you’re having trouble.
Check out our YouTube channel and this video we did a while back reviewing a printer: