Printers and Scanners

About Printers

A basic need for most businesses is the ability to print documents easily and efficiently. Fortunately, today it's easier than ever to find a printer that's right for your needs and fits your budget.

Being aware of the advantages and features of different types of printers, and knowing whether it's really necessary to spend thousands of dollars for a machine or not, can really give you an edge while shopping. Let Office Shop Direct help you find the best fit for your business.

Printers and Scanners

Do you run a small business out of your home? Or a larger company with reams of paper documents being produced on a weekly basis? You can find machines designed for either situation. Consider Hewlett Packard (HP), for example. HP printers are available in models designed for everything from home offices to medium-sized businesses, with prices ranging from a few hundred to several thousand dollars.

Many office users still rely on laser printers, which provide high quality output with the ability to handle a variety of tasks. Today's laser printers come in a large assortment of models, with many priced under $1,000 for the small office user.

Others rely on inkjet printers, which are often the best and least expensive choice for single-computer users. They are also especially useful for printing photographs and projects with a variety of text and image types.

For still others, multi-function printers may be the best choice. Also known as an all-in-one printer, this kind of machine combines printing, copying, scanning, and other functions into one device, eliminating the need for multiple machines and saving valuable space. And note that while "all-in-one printers" sometimes refers to smaller machines designed for home offices, and "multi-function printers" may refer to those for larger businesses, the distinction has largely disappeared these days.

Printer drivers are important software components that enable your computer system (Windows, Macintosh, etc.) to "talk to" your printer, so that it functions properly. Printer manufacturers are continually updating their printer drivers to comply with different software issues, so it's important to install new or updated printer drivers that are compatible with your computer system.

Hewlett Packard (HP) is one of the best-known and trusted brands available for computer printers. Besides HP printers, consider trusted brands such as Canon, Dell, Samsung, Xerox, and Brother while shopping for your printer.

About Digital Scanners

While many documents these days come as Word, pdf, or other digital formats, there are still times when you need to convert a paper document into a digital one. This is where digital document scanners come in. A scanner is a component that can be added to a personal computer to digitally copy photos or other images and text documents so that the scanned material can be rendered into graphic or text files.

One of the most popular document scanner designs is the flatbed scanner, which is designed with the scanner horizontally mounted to scan in documents, book and magazine pages, photos, and other materials. These models tend to be easy to use, but they are slow when needing to scan in large volumes of paper-based text.

Other models feature a paper feed tray, making it easier to scan in multi-page documents. These designs can also save valuable desktop and countertop space. Likewise, scanner-printers and printer-copier-scanners combine functions to save space and simplify your workflow. And then there are handheld scanners, business card scanners, portable scanners, and more. Which brands should you consider? Well, among others, start with looking into brands such as Fujitsu, Xerox, Kodak, HP, Plustek, and Canon.