The different types of copiers and printers

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What is a multifunction printer?

Multifunction printerMultifunction printers or “MFPs” put together, in one single machine, the features of a printer, a copier, a scanner, and sometimes also of a fax machine. By definition, MFPs are necessarily connected to a computer by wired or wireless connection but can sometimes be operated directly from their own control panel like standalone copiers.

In 2019, multifunction printers can be:

Inkjet multifunction printers, almost always allowing colour printing as well as black-and-white printing,

-  Black-and-white laser multifunction printers,

-  Colour laser multifunction printers,

3-in-1 multifunction printers (print-scan-copy) using either inkjet or laser technology, printing either in black-and-white or in colour,

4-in-1 multifunction printers (print-scan-copy-fax) – because fax is falling out of favour in the UK,  multifunction printers sold on this market now rarely have fax feature.

Note that black-and-white versions can scan images in colour.

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Advantages of these machines include:

Convenience in usage compared to separate devices,

-  Much smaller footprint than a combination of all respective devices,

Cost savings related to lower electricity consumption.

Discriminating factors which can be looked into to select the best multifunction printer include:

Number of functions (with or without fax),

-  Colour printing support,

Printing technology (laser is better for fast printing, inkjet better for colour printing),

-  Scanner resolution (if you need high-resolution scanning, check the scanner resolution of the model carefully. Scanner resolutions for multifunction printers are often low),

-  Printing resolution (the standard resolution of 300 dpi will be good enough for most printing, unless you require photo quality),

Available connections (wired, wireless, network like Ethernet or Wifi or simply local like USB),

-  Related applications and software, especially for mobile printing,

-  Multitasking capabilities,

-  Total cost of ownership and cost-per-page.

We therefore recommend comparing several quotes in multifunction printer to choose the best device for your business at the right price.

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