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Printer buying guide 2021, India

Printer are most essential devices needed in the offices, for any general printing of the work related documents. Apart from that nowadays people started buying printer for home as children's homework assignments, train and flight ticket printing use cases. For just one ticket printing running around for a internet cafe to print is very time consuming. Try our Printer selector to choose right printer by answering simple questions without reading any buying guide.

There are three main decision factors deciding the right printer.

  • The printer functionality
  • Printer type
  • Connectivity

Single function vs Multifunction printer

laser printer vs inkjet printer india

The single function printer just print the documents. Whereas the multi function printer along with the document printing does the scanning, photo copying as well. Few advanced multi function printers in fact can do Fax as well. It all depends on your usage. If you like to do all the printing, scanning, xerox multifunction printer as more suitable. But at the same time having the multifunction will significantly increases the price of printer as well.


Laser printer vs Inkjet printers

laser printer vs inkjet printer india

This is the most common question being asked in the printer selection. What type of the printer? The technology used in printing is fundamentally different for both laser and Inkjet. We have summarized the differences in a short form and presenting in a short table below.

Inkjet printer Laser printer
Price Economical to buy Expensive to buy
Cost per paper print Expensive in terms of cost per print Economical in terms of cost per print
Printing speed Slow Fast
Best suitable for
  • Home and small office users
  • Interested in photos and colour
  • Prints low volume of documents
  • Large office users
  • Who print high volume of documents
Quality Excellent photo quality,
average document quality
Excellent document quality,
worse photo quality
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Printer type Features
Inkjet printer
  • Economical to buy the printer
  • Expensive in terms of cost per print
  • Slower print speed
  • Low cost for colour
  • Excellent photo quality, average document quality
  • Best fit: Home and small office users, interested in photos and colour, prints low volume of documents.
Laser printer
  • Expensive to buy the printer
  • Economical in terms of cost per print
  • Faster print speeds
  • High cost for colour
  • Excellent document quality, worse photo quality
  • Best fit: Large office users, who print high volume of documents

Connectivity

printer with wifi or usb

There are other minor decision points like resolution, duplexing but we have not added them in critical decision points because there do not affect the cost of the printer much. But the do you want to take wireless connectivity significantly impact the price of printer. In fact, in some cases it even double the price of the printer just based on the connectivity. More details on the price variations based on the connectivity are covered in the printer pricing list feature.

How to get wireless printer at cheaper price

If you have a wireless router with USB port at home, then you can consider buying a normal printer with USB port and connect to the router. In this way, you can print wirelessly. This is very helpful in case the Wifi feature printer costs much.


Printer price list in india 2017

The printer price mainly varies based on printer type, functionality and internet connectivity. The wifi connectivity is critical in price decision. One interesting observation is single function laser printer without wireless connectivity price is almost equal to multifunction, inkjet printer printer without wireless connectivity. The prices for both inkjet and laser printers is given below in a table for your reference.

While making the purchase decision consider replacement cost as well. Inkjet printer comes at lower price, but the cartridge replacement cost is very high. At the same time, laser printer initial investment is high, the printer comes at high price but the toner or cartridge comes at lower price.


Inkjet printer inkjet printer price list

Inkjet printer type Wifi connectivity Price range
Multi Function Printers Yes 3,000 -   20,000
Multi Function Printers No 2,500 -   10,000
Single Function Printers Yes 10,000 -   25,000
Single Function Printers No 2,500 -   10,000

Inkjet printer inkjet printer price list

Laser Printer type Wifi connectivity Price range
Multi Function Printers Yes 11,000 -   24,000
Multi Function Printers No 6,000 -   11,000
Single Function Printers Yes 7,000 -   15,000
Single Function Printers No 4,000 -   6,000

How to get wireless printer at cheaper price

If you have a wireless router with USB port at home, then you can consider buying a normal printer with USB port and connect to the router. In this way, you can print wirelessly. This is very helpful in case the Wifi feature printer costs much.


Printer speed

what is printer speed

Printer speed is a simple measure of how fast the printer can print the pages. It is measured by a metrics called “Pages per minutes”. More PPM means faster printer. Due to the nature of technologies laser printer are very fast, with high PPM compared to Inkjet printer.


Duplexing

printer duplex printing

Printer speed is a Duplexing means the ability to print both side of paper. This is must feature in offices, or if your printer usage is high. This is eco friendly feature as well. Say you want to print 100 pages document. Printer with duplexing feature takes only 50 papers to printer whereas the printer without duplexing feature required around 100 pages to print the same. If you would like to printer both side for a printer without duplexing feature, you have to turn the paper and feed it back to the printer for every page, making it almost impossible to do the job.


Paper Handling trays

printer paper tray

There are two types of the trays, input trays and output trays. The default size is 100 pages. Say the input tray can hold 100 pages, you put the papers in the tray and needs to refill once the tray is empty. In general, smaller tray means more frequent refills. If your printing needs are higher, then make sure the tray size is large enough to hold all the papers.


Resolution

printer resoluton

Resolution is measure of the quality of printing. High resolution means very clear and bright document. Resolution is measured in terms of dots per inch. More dots per inch means high resolution. The dots are measured both horizontally and vertically. Say one printer has 700 * 700 dpi, it means there are 700 dots vertically and horizontally in one inch size. The high resolution have more dots, at the same time consumes more ink or toner. Because of this reason in the offices the resolution is set to medium value by default. If the letters of the document are too small then you can increase the resolution to make it more clear.


Best laser printer in india

  • HP 1020 Plus Single Function Printer
  • Brother HL-1211W Single Function Printer
  • HP M1136 Multi-function Printer
  • Brother DCP-1616NW Multi-function Printer
  • Ricoh SP 111 Monochrome Jam-free Laser Printer
  • Canon LBP 2900B Single Function Printer

Best inkjet printer in india

  • Epson L130 Single Function Inkjet Printer
  • Canon IP7270 Single Function Inkjet Printer
  • HP DeskJet 2131 All-in-One Printer
  • Canon PIXMA MG2470 All-in-One Inkjet Printer
  • Epson M100 Single Function Inkjet Printer
  • Epson L220 Multi-function Inkjet Printer

Final checklist for printer: Before making the final call

  • Please see carefully what is included in the box. Most of the seller include the cartridge along with the printer. In few cases, they simply do not include the cartridge in the box. In that case printer price looks very economical, buy your happiness vanishes once you receive the printer and cannot print because there is no cartridge. In that case you have to buy extra cartridge outside.
  • Longer warranty means better products, so go for longer duration warranty printers. Please read carefully the details about Installation & warranty and refunds & replacement policy.

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