Joe Churma - Printer Technician
Use $1,200.00 as a benchmark cost for a good business printer. Printers that are priced $1,200.00 or more will give you your best bet for high production printing in a business environment! Printers that are priced this high or higher are designed for hundreds of thousands of prints to 1 million to 2 million prints. When you spend a few hundred dollars for a printer, you are purchasing one that is only rated for 50,000 to 200,000 lifetime prints. When you push them as though they are capable of performing as a more expensive printer, they will fail which will cost you down time and repair charges.
When purchasing a business printer, determine the amount of printing you plan to do. Ask the company you are purchasing from what the lifetime prints of the printer are and what its monthly duty cycle is (number of prints per month) and compare it to your needs. If you plan on printing far above the low cost printer’s monthly duty cycle, then you are planning on having your printer broken a lot of the time, like it or not.
The old adage that you get what you pay for comes into play here. All printer companies have low cost printers now. Just because in the past you may have had what would be today the equivalent of an expensive printer, do not expect it to perform the same way. This is because it is not designed to do the work!