In previous decades, it was assumed that digital would spell the end for printing in the corporate world, with the “paperless workplace” becoming a go-to phrase when describing technological advancements. However, this has been proven time and time again to be not the case. Whilst it is true that businesses are using less paper than they once did, there is still a strong need for printing in workplaces across the globe. So, to ensure that your team is getting the most out of their printing setup, let’s take a look at the factors you should be taking note of when looking to improve your company’s printing prowess.

Ink Cost

 One primary concern associated with printers is the additional costs associated with extra equipment required for the printer's functionality, especially the cost of ink. As per consumer reports, the price of ink is at an all-time high and can cost as much as $5000. This may come as shock to you, but when considering the sky-high cost of a tiny ink cartridge, these are rational figures.

Most printer suppliers and manufacturers will provide a ‘cost per page’ figure displayed somewhere as a reference point, although, these shouldn’t be heavily relied on as the measurements don’t always match up with how the printer will be used. One prominent influence on the on-going cost of ink is the number of ink cartridges the machine uses. Printers can contain up to 8 cartridges with others containing as little as one, this is all determined by what the printer is being used for.

With that said, there are still a variety of companies offering ink cartridges at affordable prices, so it’s important to do some hunting prior to settling on your supplier.

Resolution

Printer resolution is paramount in the realm of corporate offices. Whether it be creating reports or displaying analysis, it is wise to use a machine that has sufficient resolution. Printer resolution is commonly measured in dots per inch (DPI). To further break this down; if a printer is listed as 1200 x 1200 DPI, the machine will lay down 1200 dots vertically and horizontally per square inch. 1200 dots in such a small amount of space goes to show how precise printing resolution can be and should be adopted by every corporate office, as opposed to a crummy resolution you can find as low as 300 x 300 DPI.

Speed

Corporate offices, at times, can become an atmosphere of absolute mayhem, with high influxes of work, tight deadlines and staff shortages. This makes the rate of task completion very important, which adopts the consideration of printing speed. Especially for businesses that require a large number of printing tasks to be completed in short time frames, the speed of your printer is a hugely important factor that often goes undiscussed.

To assist with the distinction between fast and slow printers, printer manufacturers tend to provide a speed rating on each of their machines. This is a rating that is determined by how many pages can be printed per minute and will generally make a distinction between the printing times of colour and B+W jobs. However, keep in mind that these ratings are likely determined by utilising the highest-quality equipment, inks and printing conditions. Therefore, printing times may differ when it comes to average use.


Although there are a wide variety of factors to be considered when setting up the ideal printing system, more than we can ever hope to cover in a single blog, this has hopefully given you some insights into what you should be looking for. To ensure that you are getting the best results, it’s important that you are using the right ink for your printer. For an expansive range of ink cartridges and printing solutions, explore Cartridges Direct’s range today!