All businesses are always on the hunt for savings and printing networks are popular targets. But oftentimes, a dollar saved now can mean many more spent in the future, significantly adding to your true TCO (Total Cost of Ownership). Don’t be penny-wise, pound-foolish: Keep in mind these tips to make sure your printing “deals” won’t really cost you money in the long-haul.
Getting Enough Printer for Your Needs
These days, there are a wide range of printers available for all businesses—small, simple models for light print requirements and heavy-duty MFP models for large, print-heavy offices. So sometimes it might be tempting to save by purchasing a simpler model.
However, this approach overlooks how much wear-and-tear can affect the overall life of a printer. If your office is only going to be printing a few sheets of paper a day from a couple of people, then it makes sense to pick something light.
Even for a smaller office, if you have a heavy printing load you are better off choosing a device that can handle it. The more printing your office does, the more speed it probably needs. Something under 20 pages per minute is very basic, for an office with light printing needs; 40 ppm is more typical for a busier office; while approaching 60 ppm is serious speed for offices with serious printing needs.
And don’t forget to consider other aspects of the printers, like the size of the paper trays. You don’t want to be constantly refilling your printer with more paper, so you should select a machine whose trays are big enough for the workload.
The Power Is On
Printers use more energy per unit than any other type of office equipment. And these days, as they become used for more and more document managing tools and other tasks, they are being actively used more than ever. The more wattage a printer requires, the more power it will consume each and every day, and that adds up.
In fact, Samsung printers have won a half-dozen awards from Buyers Laboratory (BLI) for their energy efficiency, like the M2885FW, which was recognized in Winter 2015 for using 48 percent less energy annually than comparable printers. Additionally, most Samsung printers comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star standards, as well as the energy standards in similar programs in Korea and China. Over the course of a year, on printer after printer, saving on electricity usage can add up and save you money.
Keeping your printer functioning is also a key part of the real cost of any printing network. A downed system can grind your office to a halt, plus there’s the cost of having someone come to troubleshoot and repair your printer.
Samsung Printing Solutions, however, was judged to be in 2015. Plus, the MultiXpress 7 series was recognized by Industry Analysts Inc. for passing the 1 million page test for reliability. That kind of stability means less down time, fewer repair bills and more productivity.
Making the Right Choice
Total Cost of Ownership is about more than just how much a printer costs. Efficiency, reliability, needs and other factors all should come into your decision. Samsung Printing has a printer for every office’s needs—from core functionality of the to the speed, quality and power of the MultiXpress series. But whatever you choose, be realistic to ensure you get the right fit.