Printer Tip No. 14
Inkjets in the Office?
A question we get asked often is about the difference between an office inkjet and a home inkjet. The honest answer is in most cases, there isn’t much of a difference. Customers will find all the same basics on both models with a few exceptions. For instance, an office model may include fax connectivity and a larger paper tray while the home model may offer better photo quality and a CD/DVD tray. Every model offers different features so the goal is to ignore the label and purchase the printer that offers the best blend of features to satisfy your needs.
But what really needs to be considered is whether any inkjet can truly meet the needs of an office environment. And the short answer is it completely depends on the number of people in the office and what amount of printing they need to accomplish their tasks. An office with five people or less that uses the printer basic purposes would be fine with AIO inkjet.
Once you start getting over five people or add in any kind of high volume printing, you will need to reconsider. Of course, that doesn’t mean inkjets are out. Epson and HP have both come out with high functioning inkjets (WorkForce Pro and Officejet Pro series respectively) that offer the quick print speeds, print quality and large paper capacity customers will find on laser-class models. But they also come with the large price tag.
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