Remember the good old days when life was much simpler, back before rapidly advancing technology took over our lives? Instead of asking for a properly formatted resume, a prospective employer would evaluate an applicant based on the number of rips in their blue jeans. Reaching a distant friend or family member required staying up late to scratch down sweet nothings on a piece of paper, package up the letter, and send it off for a long journey on the back of a pony headed west. More recently, less time is being spent tearing up blue jeans or mailing letters and more time is spent calling that tech savvy nephew over to help set up one of those new Dell printers that is going to make life so much easier.
These days, technological advancements in printers have made printing a resume, printing photos, scanning in that big business contract or sending a fax across the country almost effortless. To reach the point of effortlessness, consumers first have to make a multitude of decisions about exactly what it is they want their printer to do. Initially, when printers were mass-produced so that every home could have one, consumer demands were met by getting the text from the screen onto a standard size piece of paper. As consumers began to demand more functionality from their printers, they got just that.
Options on printers today range from laser to inkjet, corded to wireless connection, single purpose to all in one, fast to slow, and decisions about how much it costs to maintain all of these functions. A better way to go about selecting the perfect printer is to get the right features for the task at hand instead of opting for all the bells and whistles that may never get used. Laser printers are dominant in the corporate world because they can meet the rapid printing demands of business professionals in large quantity, while slower inkjet printers appeal to at-home users who demand the high-quality, smaller print jobs. If the only print needs you have are printing out photos from your digital camera, a simple photo printer will deliver the most quality photos right from your home. Depending on the desired functions, it may make sense to opt for an all-in-one printer, especially since the cost of these types of versatile printers has decreased dramatically in recent years. All-in-one printers deliver printing, scanning and faxing that once required two or three separate devices. Prices on all-in-one printers range from as low as $60 up to several hundred dollars for high-end models.
Lastly, a few other details important to consider when finding the right printer are whether or not the application is set up for a wireless printer connection. Most printers outline maintenance costs on the packaging so consumers can determine how much it costs to maintain all of that functionality. Whether it’s printing the perfect resume toreplace those torn up blue jeans or high-quality photos of the family to show off, finding the right printer makes it easy to find simplicity in a fast-paced world.