Types of Printers

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Learn about the Different Types of Printers

A printer has a one-off purpose – to print. Yet there are so many types of printing, paper sizes, finishing options and requirements that its greatly important to identify the right types of printers to suit your individual business’ needs. From desktop printers and floor standing multifunction printers, right up to light production and large format printers, you can be certain to find your perfect match with Midshire.

We’ve broken down the different types of printers below:

Desktop Printers

Ricoh Desktop Printer types of printersSmall but mighty. Desktop printers are ideal for small teams and work groups, who need constant access to a printer. Midshire can supply Ricoh, HP and Lexmark desktop printers.

Desktop printers enhance the utilisation of office space. They are compact and sit comfortably on a desk, increasing available floor space. Today, desktop printers designed for commercial use are as fast and produce as high a quality output as larger printers.

If your printing requirements are minimal, there is no point spending money on a larger device. Instead, a mono desktop printer proves to be the most cost efficient option.

GelJet Printer

Ricoh GelJet PrinterGelJet printers are the latest in printing technology from Ricoh. These printers combine features of both inkjet and laser printing, making them ideal for companies that want a printer that has optimum print speed, produces high quality print, whilst remaining affordable.

Ricoh’s unique gel is a viscous ink that sets instantly, producing a solid, water resistant image on plain paper, which doesn’t bleed or smudge, making it ideal for printing that is likely to come into contact with water.

Midshire has recently installed the largest fleet of Ricoh GelJet printers to OneStop convenience stores across the UK.

Office printer

Office printers are suited to larger workgroups that only require print functionality from their device. These printers are therefore able to cope with high print volumes. Office printers are floor-standing, rather than desktop based which allows for more paper to be stored within the paper trays. Most office printers are able to support paper up to A3 sized. This can be helpful for many businesses who need to print off spreadsheets or posters.

Print speeds tend to vary by manufacturer and model, but generally, if you have more than 5 users, you will probably need a printer that is capable of doing speeds higher than 20ppm.

The majority of medium to large businesses today require their printing devices to do more than simply print. Instead, they want their one device to scan, copy and fax as well as simply print. This is where the all-in-one printers comes in.

All-in-one printer

Also known as multifunction printer, all-in-one printers are an integral part of any office.. These all-in-one printers have the capability to photocopy, scan and fax as well as simply print.

You also have the option to increase further the ability of your device by adding a selection of finishing options. It might just be an additional paper tray to handle long print runs, or it could be more complex finishing options, such as, stapling or booklet making.

Large format printer

Also known as wide format printers, large format printers are capable of printing on a larger scale than your standard office printer. Most large format printers have the ability to print on A1 and A0 size paper width. As many devices are roll fed, the length of output can run into many metres. You also have the option to print onto different media types, including photo paper, technical papers and coated papers.

As a HP Gold Partner and DesignJet Production Specialist Centre, we supply and service HP large format printers and can even provide these on a new ink inclusive contract. An ink inclusive contract means you pay for all ink and service in one managed cost. The costing for this type of contract is determined as a price per millilitre of ink use.

Light production printers

Ricoh Digital PressProduction print has changed significantly over the last five years, with one of the main changes being the introduction of light production digital printing machines, which were specially designed by leading manufacturers to plug a gap in the market, allowing companies to move their out-sourced print into the business.

The main difference between light production printers and office printers or all-in-one printers is speed. These printers allow you to reach ultimate levels of efficiency. Here at Midshire we have an extensive range of new-age, affordable light production printing machines from Ricoh to Sharp.

You also have all the production tools you need. These can include: hole punching, booklet making, special trays, banner printing and large volume stacker trays.

Laser Printers

A laser printer essentially works by your computer sending a stream of electronic data to your printer. A laser beam scans back and forth across a drum inside the printer. This builds up a pattern of static electricity, which attracts toner on to the page. This toner is a kind of powdered ink. Finally, a fuser unit bonds the toner to the paper.

Technology has developed over the years and brought us all sorts of devices that have a range of additional features. Printers and photocopiers can now do so much more than just produce a document. Almost all multifunction printers today in business use laser technology. Only a few brand, including RISO and HP specialise in inkjet technology.

InkJet Printers

An inkjet printer creates an image by firing tiny droplets of ink, hence the inkjet definition. The print head moves back and forth as the paper is fed through a set of rollers. The complete image is built up from many small dots. The HP PageWide printer and RISO ComColor both use inkjet technology.

Try Before you BuyTry Before you Buy

Not sure what types of printers would be best for your business? Then take advantage of Midshire’s Try Before You Buy scheme. You can have the printer of your choice installed into your business for up to 30 days. As a result, you can ensure that it meets your requirements, before you fully commit. All you have to do is cover to costs of your consumables and paper!