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When it comes to choosing a new printer, making the right selection is essential for ensuring you get the most out of your print jobs. Some types of printing are better performed by laser printers, while others need inkjet or ink tank printers. A busy workplace may need a printing powerhouse with a high output speed that can accommodate large printing volumes, while a home office printer used less frequently should probably have more user-friendly features since there’s no on-site IT support.

So, how do you choose? We’ve gathered expert tips and insight from members of the Mopria Alliance, represented by leading companies in the worldwide printer and scanner business. Armed with their advice on the best features to look for based on your unique printing needs, you’ll be able to pinpoint the printer for you in no time.

Understanding Your Printing Needs:

Before diving in, let’s start with some key questions to ask yourself when considering your printing needs.

  • Frequency of use: How often will you be printing?
  • Print volume: How many pages do you typically print per month?
  • Print type: Photos, documents (text & graphics), labels, etc.
  • Color vs. Black & White: Do you need color printing or is black & white sufficient?
  • Budget: Consider upfront costs and ongoing expenses like ink cartridges.
  • Connectivity: Do you need wireless printing from your phone or computer?

Expert Insights from Mopria Alliance Members:

Dilinur Wushour, President, Kyocera Document Solutions Development America, Inc.

“A busy workplace with high printing demands will benefit from a printer with a high output speed and a large paper capacity to handle frequent use. Laser printers typically excel

in speed and volume printing, making them ideal for such environments.

  • Factor in both the upfront cost and ongoing operational costs of the printer. While laser printers tend to have higher upfront costs, they often have lower cost-per-page for black-and-white printing.
  • Consider the features that are important to you. Network connectivity options such as Wi-Fi and Ethernet allow for easy sharing of the printer among multiple users in an office environment. Duplex printing capability, which allows for automatic double-sided printing, can also help save paper and reduce costs over time.
  • Consider the physical space where the printer will be placed. Laser printers are typically larger and heavier than inkjet printers, so ensure you have adequate space to accommodate them.”

 

 

Eric McCann, Manager, Technology Portfolio Architect, Lexmark

“When selecting a printer, choosing a device that will meet all aspects of your needs today and any future needs for your business is important. This could include moving from black and white to color to attract more customers, changing the paper size to advertise on an end cap, or even doubling your throughput for a popular item.

It is also critical to understand that your needs for the device may change. For example, you may need to process invoices and shipping documents for an in-person retail store for a period. If suddenly you need to move to curbside pickup or even direct shipping, does your current device support customer labeling and/or printing adhesive shipping labels?

Aside from the printing of the device, you should also consider the adaptiveness of the device. For example, if you do need to shift to printing labels and plain paper, you should consider a device that supports optional input trays, so you can print without interruption. This enables you to grow and scale with a device that adapts to your needs – regardless of how much they change.”

 

Mike Scrutton, Director of Print Strategy & Technology, Adobe

“There are a few crucial considerations when choosing the right printer for your home or organization, but perhaps the most important is reliable technology such as the Mopria standards and the Adobe Embedded Print Engine. The Adobe Embedded Print Engine is a device-agnostic, one-stop print solution that utilizes PDF format to deliver a consistent print experience from all print paths for all print jobs, regardless of source, type, or size. Choosing a printer with Adobe Embedded Print Engine inside enables your device to be Mopria-ready and Apple AirPrint certified for easier desktop, mobile, and cloud printing.

Size requirements for printing are paramount, with options ranging from A4-US Letter printers suitable for presentations or office documents to A3/Tabloid or Large Format Printers necessary for larger notices or posters. Adobe’s PDF technology, integrated into printers with the Embedded Print Engine, ensures faithful reproduction of on-screen content at any size without compromising quality, preserving detail and sharpness. Whether opting for a single-function printer for basic printing needs or a multi-function printer for added scanning and copying capabilities, the Adobe Embedded Print Engine caters to both. Integration with Mopria standards further enhances printing capabilities, ensuring seamless communication between devices and printers, and optimizing print performance and accessibility across platforms.”

With such a varied printer landscape, choosing the right device for your home or workplace should begin with considering the kind of printing you’ll be doing and the features that will best support those needs. From there, a bit of research will reveal your printer match made in heaven.

Whether you’re choosing between high-output document printers, high-DPI photo printers, or anything in between, choosing a Mopria certified printer will ensure seamless connectivity between your printer or multi-function printer and your Android device or Windows. That’s all thanks to the universal standards agreed upon by members of the Mopria Alliance–like those who contributed to this guide!

To help you in your search, visit our website to find the complete list of Mopria certified products.

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