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Some people rush out to buy the latest technological update as soon as it is available. But if you are someone that is always last to upgrade, it may be time to but a new printer. There are a few tell-tale signs that your old printer is ready to be put out to pasture.

Old-PrinterHave you noticed every time you print a document, it smears and bleeds? Are there large gobs of ink splattered all over your paper? It could be the printer causing this problem. The first thing to check is whether your paper quality is adequate and whether you are feeding it properly into the printer. Then check your settings and make sure you have not accidentally set your printer to “big glob dropping.” If neither of these unlikely scenarios appears to be the case, you should start shopping around for a replacement printer. An old printer may not perform as well.  The last thing you want is to ruin an important project because of an old, unreliable printer.

All printers will make noise, but if your printer is gurgling and thumping more than usual, it may be on its last legs. You should also expect some vibration from lower end printers, but excessive movement is not normal. If the printer is shaking, you risk it shaking itself right off its stand. This could leave you completely printerless, something you would not want to be in the middle of the night with an important paper due first thing in the morning. If you are beginning to expect your printer may not be working in a few weeks, try not to wait until the last minute to replace it. This way, you are in control of the time frame and price, and you can make the best decision. You will also know your new printer will be up and running long before you face an emergency printer situation.

When you are using an older printer, it may be tough to find the appropriate drivers, toner, or ink for the machine. If you feel you are paying an arm and a leg for everything you need to run the printer, it may be time for an upgrade. Printer companies want to push their new products so they will raise the price of outdated features, encouraging consumers to buy a new printer. This way, they can push newer inks and toners, and discontinue making the old cartridges. Even if you do not like the idea of giving into the printer manufacturer’s whims, it may do your wallet a world of good to upgrade.

Older printers are often very basic. You may not realize how many conveniences have been added to printers over the years. If you upgrade, it could save you a lot of time and effort. Newer printers offer options that do not involve turning on your computer. This could save energy and time. You can also buy a mobile printer that can be used outside of the home. You can save money by choosing a new, multifunctional printer. For those who fax, copy, and scan, this can be a great money saving investment.

Giving up on your old printer may be a tough decision, but one you will be happy with once you make the leap. Start shopping around, and you can get the most features for the best deal in your own good time.



Buying a New Printer for University

by Rich on October 16, 2009

If you are heading off to university, or your child is making the trip, you may want to consider purchasing a printer for the dorm room or university apartment. Even if your campus boasts a large computer lab with a certain amount of printing free of charge, you may still have to deal with long lines and inclement weather when visiting a shared technology bank. Printers are inexpensive and can save students time and money in the long run.

Most recommend buying the cheapest printer you can find for your dorm room. However, the cheaper the printer, the more expensive you will find the ink. You may want to consider a middle of the road printer initially in order to save on ink in the long run. When shopping, be sure to price both components so you know what the future holds. Also determine if you are able to use generic ink or ink refills in your printer. Those are a great way to save money and using the refills can help cut back on the need to recycle your cartridges.

Next, consider the size of the printer. You may not have a great deal of space in a dorm room or university apartment, so be sure the printer will fit and leave you enough room for an efficient workspace. It is also important you store the printer in a safe, dry place out of the direct sun. The surface on which you place the printer will need to be sturdy enough to support it, especially when it is in action. Remember some printers may shake or vibrate while printing, and the last thing you would want is to have your printer topple to the ground mid-job.

Specific features you may want to consider are the ability to print in color and the ability to connect to the internet without a computer. Color will allow you to use your printer for even your most elaborate projects and internet capabilities mean if your computer is not accessible, you can still print materials from online. This is convenient for class notes that may be kept on a network, or assignments that are featured on a professor’s website.

Multifunctional printers may also be a wise choice. This means you will be able to fax, scan, and copy in addition to printing. For free, and from your dorm room, you can make copies of a classmate’s notes, fax forms to the financial aid office, and scan text book pages into the computer. Be sure to keep copyright laws in mind when doing so.

If you are still concerned about justifying the cost of a printer for your university career, consider sharing your printer, and the cost of your printer, with your roomate. You may also want to shop around for a high quality used printer. This can save you money while still getting you a printer that offers all of the features you are seeking. Be sure you can use your new printer with a laptop and with a desktop.

Those still debating their purchase of a printer should consider the following. If you think it will be inconvenient to use the computer labs because of the long lines or expense of printing, purchasing your printer will be a great investment. However, if you have unlimited printing through a campus job or through your computer lab, you may want to save your money. Keep in mind, even with “free” printing, you have paid for the printing with your tuition. If it bothers you to not use something that has already been paid for, then your decision to purchase your own printer comes down to convenience. Those who prefer printing from the warm comfort of their own dorm room without waiting for any of their classmates to finish printing their 400 page papers will be happy they chose to purchase a printer.