Introduction

Using a new printer is one of those things that many of us put off until it is absolutely necessary. You have got used to the peccadilloes of your last one, it works after a fashion, and it produces drawings more or less when you want it to. But times are moving on...

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Performance

Only you can decide what level of performance you need to get out of a printer. How many documents and drawings do you produce on a regular basis, and what is the maximum size of drawing or poster, that you intend to produce?

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Quality

Technology advances on broad fronts. If one manufacturer can print at 600 or 1200 dpi then they all can. If one printer can handle six different colour print-heads, then they all can. Whether you actually need the extra colours is a moot point. If all you need the printer for is 2D line drawings then you can stick with a four colour printer - Black, cyan, magenta and yellow. However if you drawing are more complex...

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Reliability

That all boils down to the manufacturer. Inkjet printing technology has been around for quite a while now. You expect inkjets to work each and every time you need them to and to continue to do so for many years - until the lure of even more advanced technology raises its siren cry.

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Cost

Misprints are arguably the single biggest expense when it comes to printing. These are the documents that come out as blank sheets or the wrong size, media, orientation, colour, print quality, or are unfinished because the printing function was interrupted due to lack of ink, or a paper malfunction - and so on...

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