In 1969, Xerox researcher Gary Starkweather invented the laser printer, and soon after in 1981, the first laser printer specifically designed for office use, the Xerox Star 8010, became a staple in workplaces everywhere. Since the laser printer was introduced into offices, many different brands have developed their own models and versions, ranging from the basic design to high-end and elaborate printer features.
When deciding between an inkjet printer and a laser jet printer, either for your home or office, there are a few different things to consider:
- Inkjet printers are more prevalent and popular in home offices, while laser printers are more common in offices. The main difference between the two is that inkjet printers have the ability to print quality photos comparable to lab-processed photos, however the time it takes to print anything, even black and white text, is noticeably slower. This is the reason behind laser printers’ common presence in offices over inkjets.
- All-in-one model features are found both in inkjet and laser printers, however, if your office mainly uses the printer for printing, copying, scanning, and faxing black text, you want to go with an all-in-one laser that features quality and fast printing speed, and a lower cost per page; in addition most models have a feeder for multipage copying.
While it depends on your business, typically after a laptop and/or computer, and of course after the coffee machine, the printer is most used electronic equipment in most offices; an important reason to spend time picking your printer and think carefully about what you’ll need and use.
Another office essential, particularly for larger company sizes, is a projector for conference rooms. With so many different models and versions of projectors, the first thing to think about is the size of the conference room or rooms. This will help guide you to determine the resolution you need, how bright it should be, if you need the projector to be easily transportable, and then how much your budget allows you to spend on the projector, because the range of prices throughout the various models is significant.
The most basic model, with a high satisfaction rating, that provides you with all of the necessary output connections, an overall quality image, and reasonable price with a low maintenance cost is the BenQ MX613ST. One important feature of all projectors is the lamp life, because one of the most expensive aspects of projectors is the lamp. The BenQ MX613ST lamp life is up to 6,000 hours in its Eco mode. Also its weight of 6 lbs makes it fairly portable. However, if your company needs a higher-end projector, and has the budget for it, then you will want to look into the Epson BrightLink 485Wi, the leading projector in every category. So if your company does a lot of presentations for investors and shareholders, then you will definitely want to consider a quality projector like the Epson BrightLink 485Wi.