Deciding on a copier for your home or office seems like a fairly simple decision, but it may not be as cut-and-dried as you think. All copiers are not created equally, and in fact choosing the right copier for your set up may be a more complicated decision than you think. Before going copier shopping, take a look at some of the different types of machines available to you.
Analog and Digital
Analog copiers transmit data to be copied in its raw form, while digital copiers encode data as a string of numbers before transmitting. What the transition from analog means for copiers is a huge difference in speed and a reduction in mechanical problems due to malfunctioning parts. While there are some analog copiers still available on the market, most businesses buying new copiers are opting for digital technology.
Mono and Color
Mono copiers print in black and white, while color copiers are capable of printing in color as well. There is a not-insignificant price difference between the two types of machines, and color toner and ink tends to cost more as well, so evaluate how much use you are going to get out of color copies before making your decision.
Desktop and Network
Desktop copiers are attached to one single computer, while network copiers serve as the copier for multiple machines. Which one you choose depends on how your office is set up, and how much effort you want to expend networking a copier.