9 April 2013 by Permi Krishna
Small business owners are always looking for ways to save money. A great way for small businesses to maximize their office equipment investment is to look at an All In One (AIO) inkjet printer for their printing and copying needs.
AIO printers print both in black and color, as well as scan and copy. Some also include a fax function. Many have ports for flash drives, photo cards, phones and other media devices. When looking for the best office inkjet printer, you need to decide which features will enable you to accomplish your work efficiently, while remaining cost effective.
Considered by many to be the most important feature, the duty cycle refers to the maximum number of pages a printer is rated to print monthly (www.computershopper.com). It is important to note the difference between the maximum and recommended duty cycle. The recommended duty cycle is what a business can reasonably expect to print on a monthly basis. The maximum duty cycle is the maximum number of pages that can be printed each month. The more often you hit the maximum duty cycle, the faster the printer will break down. The best inkjet printers have a duty cycle of 5,000 to 30,000 pages per month.
If your office prints presentations or documents, how often do you want to refill the paper feeder? Most printers have a capacity of 50 to 250 sheets. Many have the option for two-sided printing. If your office will use the printer as the main copier, consider a printer with an automatic sheet feeder.
When looking at the best office inkjet printer for your business, it is important to consider the cents per page. Printers using small ink cartridges will have higher cents per page cost, while those that offer larger capacity cartridges will have lower cents per page cost. Additionally, printing in color is more expensive than printing in black.
Do you need Wi-Fi, network or just a simple connection to a desktop? The vast majority of AIO printers can handle all three of these scenarios. If your business uses a Windows or Android based phone or tablet, you need to ensure the printer supports these devices. While most support Apple devices, support for Windows and Android is not a widespread.Most printers range in price from $200 - $400.
Taking the time to analyze your needs before purchasing will enable you to find the best office inkjet printer for your small business.