What you need to know before you buy your offi ce’s next printer

Looking for the best printer for your business? Here are key tips to help you decide.

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Looking for the best printer for your business? Here are key tips to help you decide.

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Why get a laser printer over an inkjet printer?

Laser printers are usually built for higher workloads, the HP Color LaserJet Pro M281 Multifunction Printers, for example, have a duty cycle of up to 40,000 pages. Laser printers also tend to be faster than inkjet printers, so if you print at high volumes and need print jobs to be completed quickly, then a laser printer is more suitable.

Should you get a mono laser printer or color laser printer?

The costs for color laser printers have come down significantly, and laser color printers can print higher speed and volume than comparable inkjet color printers. Laser prints usually have more space hold larger volumes of paper, so you won’t have to worry about running out in the middle of a print job.

Laser printers are often more affordable to operate over the long run because toner cartridges don’t have to be replaced as often as ink cartridges. Laser printers can also sit idle without any drawbacks, while inkjet printers will need to run cleaning cycles – which use ink – if they sit idle for too long.

Should you get a single-function printer or a multi-function printer?

If you need to do a wider variety of tasks like copying and scanning, and work in a home office or small to medium business, then a multi-function printer (MFP) is a good option. The next level up would be an enterprise-class MFP printer, which would dramatically increase costs. 

So, to recap: A laser printer is great if you print a lot, need prints to be out fast, and want to save costs without compromising on quality and productivity. If you’re currently using a mono laser printer and coveting vibrant color prints, then a color laser printer will give you professional-quality color prints without sacrificing on speed.


The HP Color LaserJet Pro M281 series are designed from the ground up to enable businesses, with a lot of features we’d look for in a printer for the home office or small to medium business.

For one, the M281 series printers are easy to operate – they work the way we do today. The printers can print, scan, copy, and fax, and can be operated intuitively using touchscreen controls. You can print wirelessly thanks to the printer’s built-in Wi-Fi, and you can also print and scan directly from a mobile device.

Documents don’t even need to be downloaded to your mobile device first, as the M281 series support printing from the cloud. They also support scanning to the cloud or through email, so you can work from mobile and save a lot of time.

The M281 series printers also help to save costs. In addition to the benefits of running a laser printer that we mentioned above, the M281 series come with fast two-side printing to save on paper costs. HP Auto-On/Auto-Off technology only turns the printer on when it needs to do a job, helping your business save energy costs.

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To find out more about the HP Color LaserJet Pro printers, go to http://www8.hp.com/sg/en/printers/laserjet-pro-2.html