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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.

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.

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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