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Whether printing high-quality family photographs, school projects, invitations and craft projects
or documents for work, we’ll help you upgrade to the newest technology or choose your first
printer that is perfect for home or office.
Before buying a printer, you must identify what you will be using the printer for and how often
to ensure you purchase one that suits your needs.
Discover the different types of printers available at Officeworks.
An inkjet printer operates by spraying tiny droplets of ink directly onto paper. The quality
of the image is determined by the DPI (dots per inch) that your ink cartridges are capable
of. The most commonly used inkjet printer cartridges come in cyan, yellow, red and black,
which combine themselves during the printing process to create other shades and colour
tones. Multifunction Inkjet Printers also enable you to copy, scan or fax.
A laser printer is designed and built to print large volumes quickly and at low costs per
page and usually favoured for home office and business usage. Laser printers use static
electricity and toner (powder) instead of ink to print onto paper and can come in mono
(black only) or colour tones. Multifunction laser printers also enable you to copy, scan or
A newer inkjet option, continuous ink printers save you time and cost less per print by using
high-capacity ink cartridges so you can print more without refilling. You'll also find
options that use low-cost refillable ink tanks and some models can print for two years
without needing more ink
Print 3-dimensional objects with a 3d printer! Using resin filaments, a 3D printer Printers
take a file you’ve chosen on your compute and melts the material, releasing it into thin
layers that stack on top of each other to form your 3D printout. They source their
information to print mostly from STL files on your computer, which you can create with
design software like Blender and Adobe Photoshop, or you can simply download a pre-made
blueprint online. No longer just a tool of the future, 3D printers have become more
accessible to anyone from creative professionals to the average consumer. Watch your designs
come to life with a 3D printer.
Much like 3D printers, wide format printers have a specific use. They are designed to print
large flyers, blueprints, maps or posters, as they’re able to print documents between 18 and
60 inches in size (depending on the model). Wide-format printers often use inkjet technology
and are best suited to an office environment as they are a lot larger than a standard
Printers for the office or small business are designed for frequent use with faster print
speeds, higher sheet capacities and better printing economy. These printers deliver higher
volume output and improve productivity for heavier workloads, while still maintaining great
Ink is required for printers that run on inkjet technology and is what the printer uses to
produce images on paper. They come in different coloured cartridges that you can slide into
most printers, but with continuous ink models, they come in a bottle that you use to
manually fill the device. Check the ink cartridge brand to ensure it is compatible with your
Toner is a powder-like substance that sits in laser printer cartridges and drums and creates
the image on the page. Much like ink, different toners are compatible with different
machines, so it's important to check the packaging of the toner you will be purchasing.
3D printer filaments are what you use to produce models using a 3D printer, much like toner
for laser printers and ink for inkjet printers. They are usually made of either ABS or PLA
plastic, which your 3D printer morphs into your design.
Print speed is measured by IPM, which stands for impressions per minute. It’s
determined by the International Organization for Standards (ISO) so that each
printer is held to the same accord and can be compared for consumers.
The print resolution is important for every type of user, as it determines the
quality of your text or image on the page. Print resolution is measured by dots per
inch (DPI), which dictates the amount of ink or toner dots that make up the image.
The more DPI, the more clarity in your printing.
The average inkjet printer today usually has a 1200 x 1440 DPI, while the average
resolution of a laser printer is 1200 x 1220. Wide-format and A3 printers will
usually have higher DPIs to match the larger printing sizes.
While sheet capacity doesn’t affect your printing as much as speed or resolution, it
can make for a more streamlined, convenient experience. The sheet capacity refers to
the number of paper sheets that can be stored in the printer, ready to print. A
large sheet capacity can be helpful in instances of large printing quantities, so
you don’t have to refill the printer during the process. This makes them great for
offices and small business work.
WiFi Direct capabilities streamline the setup of a printer, allowing you to begin
using the printer almost immediately. Printers with WiFi Direct connect directly to
your WiFi connection, meaning you don’t need to plug it into the router. This is a
great, convenient option for home users.
Near Field Communication, also known as NFC, allows you to print directly from your
smartphone or tablet. Simply touch your device on the printer for it to transmit the
An automatic document feeder allows you to scan and copy documents, feeding the pages
through automatically, saving you time and effort.
Mobile Printing is like NFC printing but doesn’t require you to touch your device on
the side of the printer. It uses capabilities like AirPrint on your iPhone or Google
Cloud Print on your Android device to wirelessly connect to your printer using an
internet connection. It’s great for those looking to print in multiple locations, as
it doesn’t require a lengthy setup for you to be able to use the printer from your
phone, you can usually just download an app.