If you want a printer that can print large volumes from your computer quickly and efficiently, a laser printer is the right choice. A laser printer uses toner and static electricity to transfer images and text onto printer paper. This differs from an inkjet printer which sprays tiny droplets of ink directly on paper. The main advantage of an inkjet printer is that it has the ability to produce rich, detailed graphics. Laser printers, on the other hand, are all about speed and cost-per-page.
Laser printers are designed to save time on your daily office tasks. These devices tend to have a higher output speed. Output speed can be expressed in pages per minutes (ppm) or copies per minute (cpm). The higher the number of pages, the faster the printer can print or copy your document. Another efficiency feature found in many laser printers is duplex printing, or two-sided printing. This allows you to print on both sides of the page. Laser printers that provide duplex printing will often use a reversing automatic document feeder. An automatic document feeder allows for duplex scanning and double-sided printing without requiring you to turn the paper over and refeed it into the machine.
Choosing the best laser printer for your needs.
If you’re going to print documents only in black and white, a monochrome laser printer is sufficient. If you want to print artwork or other documents with graphics that require the use of CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) inks to replicate on paper, you’ll need a color laser printer. For people who regularly need to send faxes or those who like to keep digital instead of physical records, a laser printer with scanner functionality is an ideal choice. In the event you need a device that will print, scan and copy, go with an all-in-one laser printer that can handle this work. If you are simply printing at home, a small laser printer may fit the bill. On the other hand, if you are printing for your business, you will likely want a larger model. Of course, whenever buying a printer it is usually a good idea to purchase some printer ink or toner.
Built-in Wi-Fi and a touch-screen display are other features you might want to look for when buying a laser printer. If you want to share your printer between multiple devices, such as a computer or smartphone, consider a home laser printer with built-in Wi-Fi that allows you to print directly from these devices. You’ll find this function on a variety of printers. Touch-screen displays on certain laser jet printers make it easy to change settings and quickly input data. Whatever your printing needs, Best Buy can help you find the best home laser printer for you.