5 Tips : How To Choose A Wireless Photo Printer
Are you looking for a wireless photo printer? It’s not hard to find one, but when it comes to making a really good choice, you need to make a very tough decision. There are a lot of things that you should consider in buying a wireless photo printer, so here are 5 tips which will make your purchase much easier.
Tip #1: Identify the exact photo printing purpose that you are aiming for and use it as your basis for narrowing down your search.
There are several reasons why you would want to buy a photo printer. One, you may be a professional photographer and you need it for your work and profession. Two, you may be working at an imaging or magazine company and you need a device that can print, scan, and copy, as well as produce high quality photos. Three, you may be a parent who wants to be able to print your photos in the comfort of your own home. And four, you may just be a photo enthusiast who travels a lot and wants to be able to produce photos anytime, anywhere.
Not all of these purposes can be answered by wireless photo printers, though. The first purpose requires a professional photo printer, which is typically not networkable, or at least not wireless networkable. The second purpose can be answered by a photo all-in-one printer with wireless capabilities. The third one requires a single-function photo printer which may be hard to find with wireless capabilities. The last purpose requires a compact photo printer which is usually available with several wireless connections.
Tip #2: Make sure you purchase only from reliable and world-class brands.
Brands are not only the signatures of the devices – they also dictate the reliability and worth of the device. If you buy from a manufacturer like HP, Epson, Canon, Brother, and Lexmark, you can get the most out of the device because you will be able to get good customer assistance, full-coverage warranties, benefits from service providers, and professional repair services from authorized dealers. This means you can get your printer fixed, replaced, and upgraded professionally without hassles and difficulties.
Tip #3: Decide which wireless function you exactly want to have.
Wireless functions come in various forms. The most popular today is the Wi-Fi connection which enables you to connect the printer to the internet, and all other computers and Wi-Fi enabled devices within the same network can access the device. But Wi-Fi isn’t the only wireless connection that you can get from photo printers. You can also get infrared and Bluetooth connectivity from these devices. Although infrared is no longer very popularly used, it can still serve well if you have a mobile phone or smart phone with infrared connectivity. Bluetooth is more functional because a lot of devices today have Bluetooth connections – mobile phones, smart phones, laptops, tablet PCs, and many more. There are models of photo printers which have all three – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and infrared connections – while there are also models which have only one. Depending on the models themselves and the major purpose for buying the device, you can select whichever printer meets your wireless connectivity needs.
Tip #4: Once you have narrowed your search, you can choose your exact preference from the available models that fit your basic requirements.
Let’s say you have already narrowed down your search. For instance, you have decided to buy a photo all-in-one printer for your home office. The brand of preference that you have chosen is Epson. Most of these models are Wi-Fi enabled, which is exactly what you’re looking for. Now, the available models which fit these specifications will be the only choices that you need to select from. You can make a final decision based on your own personal preference, the size or aesthetics of the printer, the price of the device, the speed, the resolution, the connectivity options, and many other factors that you want to consider. If there are only three models left, make your choice by comparing all three and picking which one best suits your tastes. Usually, a single look is enough to know which one really matches your needs.
Tip #5: Prepare a budget that’s reasonable enough for you to be able to buy the device that you really need.
Sometimes, even if the best model that has everything you need is already right in front of you, you still can’t purchase it because of the high price. But you really don’t need a big budget to be able to buy a great model. $100 – $400 should be plenty to satisfy most needs.
A wireless photo printer comes in various types and models, and in making your purchase, you should keep these tips in mind. These will enable you to buy the best and most reliable machine that matches not only your needs but also your budget.