Choosing the right printer isn’t difficult if you know what to look out for.
Printers today come in so many shapes and sizes. Coupled with the fact that printer tech has evolved by quite a bit over the last few years, it can be confusing and diﬃcult for consumers to cut through all the specs and features to find one that truly fits their needs.
Even conventional wisdom is being challenged. For instance, is it true that laser printers are so expensive so you shouldn’t get them for home use? Or inkjet printouts are so poor that you shouldn’t consider them for serious business use?
If you were to ask us, because each printing tech has its own set of pros and cons, your considerations shouldn’t revolve around laser vs. inkjet. Instead, you should identify your usage profile and find a printer that ticks as many of your needs checkboxes.
With that in mind, we’ve prepared a recommendation guide from Canon to help you find the best business printer based on what you actually need the printer to do.
CANON IMAGECLASS LBP113W
FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS WHO ONLY PRINT IN B&W
A monochrome laser printer, the Canon imageCLASS LBP113w is best suited if you’ve absolutely no need to print anything in colour.
When it comes to mono laser printing, the compact LBP113w is no slow slouch: it offers a print rate of up to 22ppm in A4 and a first-page-out time of just 6.5 sec.
With support for wireless networking, it’s easy to print directly from your mobile device too. Several mobile printing options are available, including Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Mopria and Canon Print Service. For more control, you can also use Canon’s own PRINT Business app.
CANON IMAGECLASS MF269DW
FOR SOHO USERS WHO NEED ADDITIONAL COPY, SCAN AND FAX CAPABILITIES
If you need to make copies or fax invoices to clients frequently, there’s the Canon imageCLASS MF269dw.
A multi-function mono laser printer that supports auto duplex printing, the MF269dw can hit a maximum print speed of 28ppm and has a very fast first-page-out time of 5.2 seconds. Auto duplex printing is also built-in.
Another useful feature on the wired and wireless LAN-enabled MF269dw is its 50-sheet duplex ADF, which lets you copy, scan and fax twosided documents without having to manually change each page. You can also easily scan and send documents to network destinations.
CANON IMAGECLASS LBP623CDW
FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO MUST PRINT IN COLOUR
Don’t need a copier but need a colour printer? Take a look at the Canon imageCLASS LBP623Cdw, a singlefunction laser that can print in colour (and B&W) at a very fast rate of 21ppm.
In addition to wireless printing, the LBP623Cdw packs auto duplex, direct USB and even secure printing features. It supports PCL and Adobe PostScript 3 printing languages too, making it suitable for both simple and complex jobs.
Furthermore, it can produce printouts at a 1,200 x 1,200 dpi-equivalent resolution (600 dpi native). Canon’s V2 colour technology is used to enhance overall sharpness and colour saturation.
CANON IMAGECLASS MF645CX
FOR SMES THAT NEED A DO-ITALL WORKHORSE
If you want everything — print, scan, copy, fax, single-pass duplex ADF, wireless printing — the Canon imageCLASS MF645Cx is hard to beat.
In addition to a top print rate of 21ppm, the all-in-one offers PCL and Adobe Postscript 3 for added compatibility with different business applications, Canon’s V2 colour technology for vibrant printouts, and a slew of mobile printing solutions, including Canon PRINT Business, Google Cloud Print and Apple AirPrint.
There’s also an Application Library filled with apps to ease your work process. For instance, the Fax and Store app lets you keep a backup of sent faxes for easy reference.
CANON PIXMA G6070
FOR USERS LOOKING FOR THE LOWEST RUNNING COST
If you print an even mix of business documents and photos, you can consider the Canon PIXMA G6070 ink tank printer.
A 3-in-1 device (print, scan, copy) with a maximum print speed of 13.0ipm for black and 6.8ipm for colour, the G6070 supports both wired and wireless LAN, mobile and cloud printing and auto duplex printing.
The G6070 also uses high page yield ink bottles. Since each black ink bottle costs $14.70 and prints up to 8,300 pages and each colour ink bottle costs $13.70 and prints up to 7,700 pages, you’re looking at a cost of just $0.0018 and $0.0053 for a page of mono printout and colour printout respectively.
WHAT IS THE CANON APPLICATION LIBRARY?
Most printer makers have mobile or PC apps to help their customers use their printers more eﬃciently, but Canon has gone a step further to create an Application Library for its imageCLASS laser printers.
In a nutshell, Application Library is home to 12 little apps that help to automate common workflows. You can also use them to store frequentlyused forms on-device that you can quickly retrieve and print with a touch of a button on the home screen.
For instance, the Scan to Preset Destination lets you scan documents with preferred settings and send to pre-defined destinations, essentially condensing a multi-step process into a one-step operation. And Enhance Text Copy allows you to enhance the quality of copy output with pre-determined settings, which is useful if you print a lot of receipts with very fine text.
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For more details and considerations, check out the full guide at https://gohwz.ws/2IrQnaC