Whether you are a student, a small business owner, or need to print out documents occasionally, an inkjet printer is a must-have. But with so many models on the market, how do you know which one is right for you? Check out these 25 tips to help identify the best inkjet printer for your needs.

1) Avoid printers that use cartridges. All printers on the market are not this type of hardware. There are still a lot of manufacturers who only use toner cartridges, and these types of devices can be very advantageous because they have a lower price.

2) Consider the size of the printer’s paper tray when buying your printer. If you print many documents, it is best to purchase printers ​​with the largest and most accessible paper tray.

3) Before buying an inkjet printer, read reviews on what other people think about this device. You can find valuable information on online product review websites or in search engines.

4) Consider what type of paper you use most often. If you print many photos and graphics, it is best to buy printers with special cartridges for this type of paper.

5) Evaluate the speed of the printer before buying it. The printing speed should be at least such as five pages per minute (ppm). Choosing an inkjet machine that prints eight ppm or more is advisable.

6) Look at how much does your printer cost per page. You can find this information in online product reviews or through online calculators.

7) Do not forget to consider all types of operating systems when buying your computer. Of course, today, almost all printers are compatible with Windows, but it’s good to be sure if someone else works on your computer.

8) For printers with WiFi capabilities, you can store and print documents directly from mobile devices. If you often work on tablets or smartphones, think about buying a compatible printer.

9) Think about color printing when buying your device. There are inkjet printers that offer ink cartridges for four colors: cyan, magenta, yellow and black (CMYK). These types of printers work very well for graphics and photos.

10) You can download drivers for your new equipment directly from the manufacturer’s website. Although most current operating systems (Windows Vista/7/8) will recognize these printers without additional software installation required, it is always safer to use this site to install the latest updates and software for your new printer.

11) You can buy a low-cost inkjet printer with separate cartridges for six colors: cyan, magenta, yellow, black (CMYK), light cyan, and light magenta. These printers offer high-quality color reproduction and good support for graphics printing.

12) Do not forget to consider input/output paper capacity when buying a printer. The standard is 150 sheets per tray, but you should look at more if you want to print on special media such as envelopes or various types of photographic paper.

13) Of course, each printer must have a USB connector, but some devices also have FireWire ports. It’s nice to know that these fast data transfer ports are rarely used today.

14) A fast printer can be handy for time-consuming printing tasks, but remember that not all printers with high speeds (17 ppm) also offer quality prints.

15) If you print many photos, choose an inkjet printer with six colors: cyan, magenta, yellow, black (CMYK), light cyan, and light magenta. This type of printing is much more accurate than four-color printing (CMYK).

16) Some printers allow you to copy documents without using the PC. They use special buttons on them or software installed directly within your computer. Such a feature can be handy if you need to make multiple copies at once without involving your computer.

17) Many printers offer support for wireless networks. You can connect to them from any computer in your house and print the document directly from the printer. It is a good option for those who do not want to use cables or buy a new USB port on their PCs.

18) You should carefully read product specifications before buying ink cartridges. Look at the yield of each cartridge, as these devices have different capacities even if they have identical models. Also, check how long it will take you to replace empty cartridges, as some types need replacement much more quickly than others.

19) If you plan to change photo paper sizes frequently, then do not forget that this process may cause problems with many printers. Printer manufacturers usually indicate recommended paper sizes for each device, and the best way to avoid problems is always to use this paper when printing photographs.

20) Save money by buying larger but slower printers. For many home users, a large printer that takes longer to complete the print job (in terms of the number of pages processed per minute) can be better than a small one that prints faster (due to the high purchase price).

21) Check what types of memory cards support your new kind of printer. Some inkjet printers allow you to directly connect media card readers and transfer images from these devices without using a computer. If you plan to do such things, it’s good to check if the printer makes it possible.

22) If you have an older working printer, think about buying a new one with the same technology. Manufacturers often stop producing certain types of ink cartridges or print heads, so if you already have a compatible set in place, it is better to buy another printer using the same technology.

23) When choosing between different printing technologies, always look at each model’s yield (yield). This number indicates how many printed pages can be made with one cartridge (ink tank) and therefore impact your final purchase price. For printers that use four colors (black-black), this value is not essential due to the low cost per page; but replacing them should be fast and inexpensive for printers that require color tanks.

24) Think about whether you need a printer with duplex options. If so, then look at other features that will help you save paper (for example, the ability to print on both sides of the page).

25) Determine how much time your printer should work between toner changes or ink cartridge replacement. Many printers periodically show warnings when the print head or an ink tank is empty, so if you don’t want to monitor these indicators constantly, choose a device that provides long working hours.