With all the options on the market these days, getting the right printer is no easy task. In fact, it probably ranks up there with programming those Betamax VCR in the 1980s! For one thing, you may choose a printer that’s more affordable and doesn’t meet your needs. On the other hand, you could blow a bundle and get a state of the art high falooting printer you only use to print off invoices for the office. Will your printer work with MICR font? Is the printer compatible with your check writing software? Don’t be caught in the dark. Check out these tips to choosing the perfect printer that works for you.
Decide Your Needs
What are you using your printer for primarily? If you print your own checks, you’ll want to make sure the printer can use an MICR font, and that it works hand in hand with your check writing software. If you plan to print many materials for presentations, a high tech color printer is key. If you’re printing simple readouts because you can’t stand looking at the computer screen all day, try something more basic. Don’t buy what you don’t need, but be sure the printer does everything you’ll be asking of it.
Nail down a price on how much of your budget you’re willing to spend on this printer. For some features, you’ll naturally have to pay out, especially if you want it to be able to use an MICR font. On the other hand, more and more affordable computers are being developed that are in fact compatible with check writing software. Once you know how much you’re willing to spend, you know what you have to work with. It’s one of the most important questions to answer while making up your mind.
Next, get online and read some printing reviews. If there are any printers you’re seriously considering, Google the type and see if you can find any reviews. Look for user reviews, rather than trade publications, as they’ll be more honest. Many trade publications are supported heavily by advertising, and money buys everything. On the other hand, you can read the personal testimonies of those who actually bought the printers or check writing software, and get it from the consumer’s mouth. You might also try Consumer Reports which reviews every product under the sun. They don’t use advertising, so they’re not beholden to the products they critique. They even do reviews of inks designed for MICR font.