Printers

Find inkjet and photo printers to suit your home office

Next to a laptop or desktop computer, a printer is probably the most important piece of equipment in your home office. Although it's true that many business transactions are completed strictly electronically these days, there are still documents that require a hard copy, such as invoices to be mailed out to customers who prefer a paper trail, or legal documents for which you wish to keep a signed and notarized hard copy.

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Inkjet Printers vs. Laser Printers

Inkjet and laser printers have both come a long way in recent years, and there's no real cut-and-dried way to state which is overall better than the other; whether an inkjet or laser printer would best meet your home-office needs depends on what those needs are.

For example, inkjet is the way to go if you plan on printing your own advertising materials on heavier or more textured mediums, such as business card stock. Inkjet printers also still make superior photo printers, blending colors together better than laser and producing a higher-quality image.

Laser printers remain one step ahead of inkjet printers for basic black-text-on-white-paper printing, however, which might be what a lot of your daily business printing consists of. They print plain documents faster and more reliably crystal-clear than inkjets.

Both types of printers can be found in multi-functional office equipment that also includes fax machines.

Why Get a DVD Printer?

A DVD printer gives DVDs a professional, polished look that you just can't achieve with printed labels. If you want one of the functions of your home office to be a space where you can create training videos, marketing presentations or other business materials for dispersal to clients or colleagues, a DVD printer is definitely a good business decision.

Of course there are other practical reasons to have a printer with DVD printing capacity besides the fact that it gives the DVDs a far superior appearance -- although that advantage of a polished product cannot be underestimated in the business world. Once you've made the initial investment in the printer, the cost of buying printable DVDs is less than the cost of buying regular DVDs and labelling supplies. Also, the graphics and text printed right onto the top side of a DVD have more permanence than labels, which tend to fade or lose their adhesive over time.