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Guide to buying a network printer

By sburt ·
I am responsible for buying a new color printer for our department. I want to purchase the correct printer for our needs. Does anyone have a checklist, template, etc. that might be useful for me to use in this process.

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by spiceman In reply to Guide to buying a network ...

A general guide is:

about 20 - 30 users per printer.
If speed is important then have one printing at least 4 pages per minute
Compare graphics and text print including speed
Ensure you get onsite service contract
Know something of cost per page, cost of new cartridges and technical support for the printer

If you are buying with a built-in network card tend to be faster however a shared printer attached to a PC LPT1 port can also do the trick.

Good luck

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by fierygod In reply to Guide to buying a network ...

I don't know if this qualifies as a checklist etc, but here are the things I'd look at. I sell/support high end color printers for a living, but here?s a generic answer with NO SALES PITCH!

1 Quality - Test YOUR files on the printer you're looking at. A manufacturer's test files are specifically chosen and tweaked to look good on their device. Consistency is also a concern, if you plan to print a hundred flyers, will the first look great, and the last 50 go in the trash?

2 Cost - Forget how much the hardware costs. It's how much it costs to get your prints out. Be sure when you compare costs that you include all the costs, parts, print heads, ink, special paper, etc. Also insure that you are looking at comparable coverage. Typical ink jet cost/page numbers expect 5% coverage, realistic color output runs about 30% coverage. I have replaced $200 ink jets with $60,000 worth of color equipment at volumes less than 1000/month because it was cheaper per month.

3 Speed - The rated pages per minute for many printers is wildly exaggerated. I have 11ppm machines on the floor that struggle to get 2ppm out in real life on easy files. Complex files are minutes per page.

4 Support ? Color is a much different beast that B&W, some expect you to do all maintenance yourself, and don?t complain to them if you don?t like the output. If the output matters and you don?t want to have the monkey on your back, good support for both the maintenance and the system support can pay off in the long run with happy users who don?t tie up your time.

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by pjpatiky In reply to Guide to buying a network ...

Since cost accounting and production are both factors in your commercial choice of printers I recommend you review PC Magazine, Nov 21, 2000, issue.
Not only is the speed and print quality reviewed, but there is also there is a cost acounting chartcovering cost per printed page, ink per year and 3 year total cost.

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