As a provider of printing services to the Hackensack area, we here at Blue Dog Graphics understand the need for both a professional printing partner, as well as a personal home printer for your simpler printing needs. By all means, when you need 200 fliers printed from an upcoming event, come to see us, but if you only need one or two sheets printed, you may not want to leave the comfort of your home.

Our printing services in Hackensack are specially designed to alleviate the stressful situation of printing jobs, but for some of the not-so-stressful printing jobs, you may want to take care of them on your own. If you do wish to tackle simple printing tasks in your home, you might want to consider buying a home printer — but how do you choose the right one?

In today’s blog post we will be discussing a few of the things you should look for when searching for a home printer for some of your smaller, oddball jobs.

Why Would You Need A Home Printer?

The better question is why wouldn’t you need a home printer? While we love having you come to visit us at our Hackensack print shop, we realize that sometimes it might be at an inconvenience to you. Sure, if you need large format printing for a poster or banner, you are going to need to come visit us — but if you are simply printing a short PDF document to reference on your next road trip, you may be able to do that in your own home, forgoing the trip to visit us. But what are some of the other situations that dictate whether or not you need a printer?

  • Printing boarding passes
  • Working from home
  • Printing homework to turn in
  • Printing photos
  • Printing shipping labels
  • And so much more!

While when you are shopping for a printer it may not seem like you need one, the reality is that they are exceptional tools that everyone should have in their home. That being said, not all printers are created equally.

What To Look For In A Home-Printer

When you are considering buying a printer, it is imperative that you consider how often that you will need it, and what you will need it for — because take it from a print shop like ours, if you buy a printer that you don’t need, everybody loses!

Inkjet Or Laser?

Depending on what and how much you will be printing, it is imperative that you consider both inkjet and laser printers to supplement your home office functionality. Laser printers are best if most of the printing that you intend on completing is monochrome, meaning that it is a simpler printer that is efficient in completing a small number of unspecialized tasks. Inkjet printers, however, are the jack of all trades of printers. Inkjet printers are great for printing anything from glossy photos to essays to anything else you could ever possibly need.

All that being said, your needs will depend on what you plan on using the printer for. If you have any questions about what printers might be best for your home office, get in touch with us at our local Hackensack print shop and ask!

Supply Costs

When you are looking for a home-printer it can be easy to get caught up in the physical specifications and abilities of the printer, but it is important to consider how much it might cost to run that printer over the longevity of its life. How much is it to replace the ink cartridges? How many ink cartridges does it require? How long, on average will the cartridges last? While printers are known for having a vast number of different features between models, they also share a vast number of differences inefficiencies.

Networking Capabilities

In order to print a document in your home, you must connect with the printer. Some printers, however, do not make it easy for the user. For example, all printers offer a hardwired USB connection so that you can hook up your computer and print whenever is needed. But at what point do you upgrade to a wireless network? Do you work from home, often times moving your computer to different parts of the house? Are there multiple people and multiple devices in the house that might need to use the printer? If so, it might be time for you to upgrade to a wireless network!

Keep In Mind That You Always Have Blue Dog Graphics To Help You

Shopping for printers can be a stressful experience. After all, they have a lot of specialized features and moving parts — but hey, once you find the right printer, you will be glad you spent your time doing the research. That being said, Blue Dog Graphics is still here for your large-scale printing needs. Whether you need large format printing, digital printing, offset printing, 200 copies, or 200 fliers, we are here for you!

Contact us today to learn more about our printing services, or if you have any questions about all-things printing!

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