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Questions to Ask Before You Buy

Before you buy a printer or scanner, there are a few important questions you should ask so that you get everything you need before you leave the store. We'll look at those questions here, and also discuss the pros and cons of extended warranties.

The Enduring Inkjet
Single-function, multifunction, office, photo, duty cycle, ADF, CPP, PPM, PageWide, PrecisionCore, wide-format, PC-free--the right inkjet printer.

Top Alternative Inkjet Printhead Printers
Alternative inkjet printhead technologies, HP's PageWide and Epson's PrecisionCore, outperform several laser and LED printers in print speeds and CPP.

Epson WorkForce WF-7610 All-in-One
Epson's PrecisionCore fixed printhead WorkForce WF-7610 all-in-one (AIO) printer delivers laser-like print speeds and competitive cost per page, CPP.

Choosing the Right Printer 101
Single-function or multifunction, inkjet or laser, photo or business, low-volume or high-volume, low cost per page, or CPP--critical printer features.

Fixed Printhead Inkjet Printers
HP PageWide and Epson PrecisionCore fixed printhead printers match and exceed laser printers in speed and cost per page savings.

Mobile Printing Features 2014
Printing from mobile devices, because of Wi-Fi Direct, near-field communications, NFC, Apple AirPrint, and Google Cloud Print, has never been easier.

PC-Free Printing, Scanning, & Copying
Today's multifunction AIOs allow you to print, copy, and scan to SD cards, USB drives, cloud printing, mobile device apps, and printer apps--PC-free.

When a $150 Printer can Cost You Thousands
Save hundreds, even thousands of dollars by choosing a printer with a low cost per page, or CPP; it's far more important than the purchase price.

What Do I Need to Network a Printer?
If you have multiple computers that will be sharing the same printer, you'll need to find out if the printer is networkable. If it is, you'll likely have to buy some accessories first.

Will It Work With Windows 7?
If you're upgrading to Windows 7, keep in mind that you'll need to upgrade your printer and scanner drivers as well. And that's not always easy to do, since those drivers may not exist yet --and may not be around for a while.

Where Can Used Inkjet Cartridges Be Recycled?
When your inkjet cartridges run out, don't throw them away. The US Post Office offers free mailers to send them to a recycler.

Is an Extended Warranty Worth the Money?
When you buy a new printer or scanner, the salesperson will try to convince you to buy an extended warranty. It's not worth the money.

How Can You Estimate Print Cost?
When you're comparing printers, one thing to consider is how much it will cost per page to print. That varies depending on what you expect to print, whether it's color or monochrome, and the type of printer you're using. HP makes it easy to compare cost-per-page on its whole line of printers to make choosing the right printer a simpler task.

How Are Ink Yields Measured?
An international standards organization helps you to compare apples to apples when looking at manufacturer claims of ink yields. Learn from Canon more about how the International Standards Organization makes ink-yield claims comparable between manufacturers.

Where can I find Linux drivers for my printer?
Most printers come with drivers for both Windows and Mac. But if you prefer Linux, you may run into some trouble getting the printer to work. You can solve that problem by finding printer drivers that work for Linux. OpenPrinting, from The Linux Foundation, has a searchable database of drivers that can help.

Who Invented the Printer?
Ok, so the question "Who invented the computer printer?" may not be something you ask the kids who work at Best Buy. But the history of computer printers is one that goes back more than half a century to a giant known as Univac. The Guide to Inventors offers the full history of those handy machines.

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