Choosing the Right Printer for You: Your Printer Personality
Want to find the perfect printer for your needs?
Think about the print tasks you'll take care of on a normal basis. Chances are, they have a lot to do with your personality and lifestyle. We've put together a list of Printer Personality types to help you in the task of choosing a printer.
The Head Honcho
If you run a busy house, you know the variety of requests that come your way — whether from kids, extended family or friends who come to stay. You need a printer that can handle multiple tasks, serve various computers and archive all your adventures.
Versatility : Color printing, good resolution and all-in-one capabilities mean everyone gets served.
Simplicity : Usable by anyone, from little Billy to great aunt Ethel
Value : Excellent features at a low price I can brag about.
Wireless Printing : I can print from virtually any corner of my kingdom, at any time.
Printer Recommendation: Snag a mid-level all-in-one inkjet printer with wireless capabilities.
You make the most of visuals, whether that means scanning your latest artwork, uploading a stunning photograph or printing a colorful collage. The artist's printer can also handle tasks like dispensing vouchers for the ballet and e-tickets to Florence.
Versatility : Color printing and all-in-one capabilities that capture the creative essence.
Photo printing : Excellent resolution, 6-color ink and multiple paper types to make prints worth hanging in a gallery.
Printer Recommendation: Purchase a mid to high-level inkjet.
For someone who hates to print, you wouldn't believe the number of things you've got to print these days! There's always another form, document or letter. Since you have to have a printer, the ability to copy and scan is a plus. Waiting in line for ink, however, is a huge minus. Buying supplies for your printer should be super convenient as well.
Economy: A price that reflects how often the printer actually gets used: not much.
Versatility: Color printing, good resolution and all-in-one capabilities for any odd print job that comes up.
Simplicity: I shouldn't feel like I have to read the manual.
Printer Recommendation: Get lucky with a low-level all-in-one inkjet. Faxing is nice if it fits the budget.
You run your own business out of your house. Whether you are a private contractor or a one-person-powerhouse, your printer should make you look better than the competition.
Versatility: Color printing, good resolution and all-in-one capabilities make projects a snap.
Value: Excellent features at a price I can justify.
Speed: A printer that can print a few hundred flyers in the blink of an eye.
Photo printing: Excellent resolution, 6-color ink and multiple paper types.
Printer Recommendation: Get lucky with a low-level all-in-one inkjet. Choose from our multifunction and color laser printers.
If your house doubles as a satellite corporate office, your printer needs to produce a reasonable facsimile of corporate documents. Bonus points if it can print your daughter’s book report in color.
Speed: So you can pump out 20 copies of your report in time for your last-minute flight.
Wireless Printing: Because often, telecommuting means working from a deck chair.
Versatility: If corporate can do it, you've got to be able to do it, too.
Printer Recommendation: Purchase two printers: One black-and-white laser printer and one all-in-one inkjet.
The average college student has multiple projects, extracurriculars and roommates. A professional-looking term paper, 50 flyers for this weekend's party and photos from spring break can all cross your printer on any given weekday. And that’s not to mention the weekends.
Versatility: The future's wide open. My print options should be, too.
Wireless Printing: To serve every notebook-toting pal popping in on any given day.
Photo printing: Excellent resolution, 6-color ink and multiple paper types really capture the aesthetic of any event.
Environmental Consciousness: 2-sided printing helps you reduce paper.
Printer Recommendation: If Dad's footing the bill, go for a mid-level all-in-one inkjet with built-in wireless. If not, a base model all-in-one is great.