Buying a printer or any electronic can be a bit confusing without a resident research team and a month. They throw absolutely everything at you and the majority of it is all sales talk that doesn’t actually tell you anything. You need to make a good purchase because it’s not cheap and your coworker is having to replace the ink every 5 pages. It’s a bit of mess to say the absolute least. Still, it’s the only way to avoid a trip to the printing Los Angeles shop. The first and most important question to be answered is the fabled “What are you using it for?” If you’re far from a power user and only want to print black and white documents from the computer then that drastically changes what you’ll buy. If you want to print and scan full-color photographs on a daily basis then you’ll need something a little bit different. Still, you might be in the camp that just doesn’t know. You’re the type that wants to have it just in case you end up needing it and there’s nothing wrong with that. You’ll end up probably wanting something that can cover all the bases reasonably well without having to be expensive. If you’re in the market for a simple printer and you’re not going to be using it a lot you may want to consider buying a cheap Inkjet printer. The entry cost will be less than that of the laser counterpart and it’ll be slightly more versatile in most cases. It’ll also have the possibility of printing color which most laser printers do not. The only real downside is that on occasion you will have to replace the cartridge but that’s going to be the case with almost any printer. These printers will provide you the versatility to do just about anything you want (although not at the highest quality) while maintaining a good price to print ratio. If you’re more the kind of person who just wants to print documents and the occasional school paper then a laser printer is the way to go. Often they don’t print in color but they also bring the cost per print down significantly over their inkjet relatives. They work well for anyone that is going to be using the printer often but only to print textual content and documents. If you’re the photo scanner and copier then there are printers that suit your exact needs. They can print high-quality photos and are often going to be more expensive than other inkjet options you’ll find. The good thing about them though is the high degree of accuracy and clarity they can achieve. These also often come with scanners built-in and for the right person that can be a great help. Lastly, if you’re traveling a lot but always seem to need a printer you may want to look into the portable sector. These printers weigh anywhere from 2 to 5 pounds but they’re designed to be moved and go with you. If you’re low on space in your home or apartment or even at your desk it can be a solid option. What you gain in portability you loose in quality as the images and prints are hardly top-notch. That’s just the price we pay at the moment to have something small. Lastly is when you’re looking at printer quality they measure it in a stat called DPI. The simple answer is that higher the DPI the better the print quality is going to be. If you’re printing text 600dpi to 1200dpi will be enough to meet your needs. It’s hard to find modern printers that go below 600dpi. For printing images, you’ll want to be at least 1200dpi but ensure that you’re pairing these prints with paper that can benefit from the higher quality without absorbing the ink. There are a lot of options out there and you will need to do some basic research in order to find the best option for you. If you put in the elbow grease though and examine your own needs you will find something that will work for you. For more complex printing jobs just search for printing Los Angeles and find a printing shop near you.