You know just how important it is to have the right tools for the job--and production print is no exception. However, when facing a lineup of shiny machines that all look equally impressive, you might wonder how to tell which one is actually "the right tool." Here are a few things to keep in mind!
Production Print Done Right
Like with most office machines, some production printers are designed to work hard and last a long time, while others are designed to make you pay as much as possible for replacement parts and consumables. You want to find a printer that falls into the former category--but how can you tell the difference?
Start by asking questions like these:
- "What do we really need?"
To begin the production print journey, ask yourself what you print, how often, and for what purpose. This will help you focus on machines that fulfill your needs without introducing too much complexity or a lot of unnecessary functions.
- "What features are available?"
Production printers have a lot of impressive features, and if you don't make a plan ahead of time, it's easy to convince yourself you want a little bit of everything. Instead, research available features and look for those that make sense based on your current and projected needs.
- "Is long-term support included?"
Long-term support indicates that a manufacturer or provider is willing to work with you on any issues that arise with your production print device. Sometimes, this includes troubleshooting, repairs and maintenance, regular service, and more.
- "What's the total cost of ownership?"
The total cost of ownership goes beyond what's on the price tag. Generally speaking, a higher upfront cost means you'll pay less later because you won't have to worry about constant breakdowns or errors. In this case, you really do get what you pay for.
Production print is an exciting addition to any print environment, but before you can enjoy any of the benefits, you need to choose the perfect machine. It may seem like a challenge--but when you know what to consider and how to approach the purchasing process, you're more likely to end up with a device that fits your needs and your budget.
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