5 Printer Specs You Should Ignore when Buying a New Wireless Printer
Shopping for a wireless printer seems like a simple process, but with all of the cryptic printer jargon printed on printer boxes nowadays, it’s hard to pick the right printer for your needs. While shopping for a new wireless printer, be sure to skip over these unimportant printer specs to save you time — and likely money.
When it comes to wireless printers, the printing speed is thought to be one of the most — if not the most — important feature to watch out for, but contrary to popular belief, print speeds mean little to nothing at all. Printer companies aren’t regulated and forced to use the same standard to determine the print speeds of their printers and most manufacturers determine their print speeds with methods that don’t properly translate to real usage. At best print speeds are a “guestimate” ; at worse, they’re misleading.
Print resolution is another feature that’s thought to be a “must have” spec, but nowadays print resolution means little to nothing. As printing technology has advanced — and evolved — manufacturers have learned to get the best out of their ink cartridges — forcing higher qualities out of lower resolutions — and making print resolution irrelevant.
One of the main features that does very little to improve printing, but does the most to raise a wireless printers price is the graphical interface type. Regardless of if a wireless printer has a touchscreen display, turn or scrolling widget, or sports a simple button press interface, they’ll do nothing to alter the quality of your prints — but they’ll raise the price of your wireless printer significantly.
A wireless printer’s duty cycle is used to give an indication as to how many pages the printer should be able to print within a month’s time — and is used to determine how durable a printer is. For the average person shopping for a wireless printer, duty cycle will mean absolutely nothing. Most low-end printers sport a duty cycle of more than 1,000 sheets per month — which is more than the average person will print anyhow.
On average, how many pages of printer paper will you need to be able to cram down your printer in order to be satisfied? Buying printers with large tray sizes will significantly drive the price of a wireless printer upwards, while adding very little value to the printer. Instead of forking over lots of money for expanded printer tray sizes, try buying a printer with a moderate tray size and just refill it when it gets low — if it ever does.