Tell Tale Signs That You Need a New Printer

by Rich on December 10, 2009

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 Printer companies want to push their new products so they will raise the price of outdated features, encouraging consumers to buy a new printer.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.

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