Service Contracts – Part III, Laser PrintersIf you are setting up an office, whether in a commercial building or at home, you will probably need a copier machine. One of the important decisions you will be making is whether you will go for a copier lease, or purchase one for yourself?Unless you will be needing multiple copies of documents everyday, generally, the better and more economical choice is a copier lease. Here are some of the reasons why:- Maintenance and repair of your own copier machine could turn out to be costlier and more time-consuming than you think. If you have a copier lease, regular maintenance will be provided for you and if you need the machine to be fixed, all you have to do is call the vendor and they will send a repair guy to you right away.- In the same way, when a part of your copier needs to be replaced, you may have to go to several stores before you find the exact part that you need…and then you have to install it yourself. If you have a copier lease, they will be the ones to look for a high-quality but low-cost copier part. True, you will have to pay for the part, but installation services are free.In addition, some copier leases also give you the benefit of free minor parts and free installation. Most companies will also provide you with a temporary unit while your own copier is undergoing repairs.- When the time comes when you want to change to a more advanced model, it will be very easy if you have a copier lease. Leasing companies are always willing to modify your lease and exchange your current machine with a newer model.On the other hand, if your copier machine was purchased, and you want to buy a new one, you will end up with two copier machines. Unless you have sufficient storage space, you will have the burden of looking for a buyer for your old unit, or dispose of it in some other way.In most cases, copier leases are really the more practical choice. It saves you money and is hassle-free.
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XEROX • CANON • BROTHER • HP • KYOCERA • RICOH • KONICA MINOLTA • COPYSTAR • SAMSUNG • SHARP • MOST OTHER MAJOR BRANDSWay back in 1969, Gary Starkweather demonstrated using a laser beam with xerography to create what is generally accepted as the first laser printer. This demonstration was carried out at the research facility of Xerox at Webster, New York. Ten years later, IBM introduced the IBM 3800 that could print 20,000 lines per minute. The first commercially viable Laser was produced by Hewlett -Packard in 1984, the LaserJet that could print at 300 dpi resolution. It was priced at US$3,600. Interestingly, it had a Canon engine controlled by HP software.Apart from the printing job itself, laser printing, because of its precise quality of text print and high output, gave a boost to desktop publishing. Apple released its own version in 1985 for the Mackintosh followed by the Aldus Page Maker which heralded a new era for desktop publishing that has only progressed and diversified for the better with time. Subsequently, with the perfection of the laser technology where larger portions of paper are printed using a laser beam, the laser printer has today become an indispensable Computer peripheral.While most people have Inkjet Printers for home use, office work usually calls for a Laser. It may be useful to understand the business sense that goes into the purchase of lasers where there is a lot of work to be done, and fast. While Inkjets are great for printing graphics and on various different surfaces too (like cloth and canvas and several different paper qualities) and for taking personal text prints, whether for research work or for printing out the grocery list, they are, in fact, slow and expensive when compared to a Laser.It really depends upon the kind of work that you want to do. In an office environment, there is a greater need for speed and volume when it comes to the print output. Even though Lasers cost more initially, their print volume, in case of monochrome printers, is definitely higher than that of Inkjets, and the ink replacement is also cheaper. For some Inkjet printers, replacing the cartridges twice can actually equal the cost of the printer itself. Not so with lasers, which make them ultimately economical with large outputs. There is also the speed and quality: Lasers are faster, and produce a no smudge, super crisp text print. In most monochrome printers, the image print quality is at least acceptable.Colour Laser Printers are slowly replacing the monochrome for office use, but with several toners to replace, operating them is a process that takes some expertise, aside from the expense and possible misuse. Unless the laser becomes as good with photographs as it is with charts and diagrams, the transition may still take a while.