Have you been looking at commercial printers to add to your office? Maybe you have been using a simple inkjet printer and know it is time to upgrade. You would like to create some high-quality brochures or business cards, and your current inkjet printer or laser printer isn’t cutting it.
We have helped companies find the best professional printers for their offices over the past 10 years. We have a passion for helping companies with their digital printing needs.
Where to Start?
When looking at professional printers, one of the best places to start is to look at some of the imaging specs. The ones that would matter the most are the dots per inch (dpi) and the paper thickness capacity (measured in gsm). With these two numbers, you will get a good idea of which printers have fine-tuned their print and which printers can print on better card stock. Thick-paper printing normally happens on professional printers designed for graphics work, which is why that specification matters.
Getting a business printer can feel a bit overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be. One of the easiest ways to feel comfortable with your choice is to get print samples just to see how the quality compares to the printer you are using today.
Getting professional quality can be a combination of using the right software and the right hardware. You don’t want to forget the software portion when you are looking for a professional printer.
Generally, it won’t matter if you use Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop or Canva or some other tool. What will matter substantially when it comes to print quality is what resolution you choose to make the print file.
There is generally a make-ready for print and a make-ready for web option. If printing, you need to choose that option, or the print will look off and pixelated, regardless of how good of a printer you happened to get. Don’t get an A+ laser printer and then use files that make the A+ printer a C- or D-quality printer.
We partner with several manufacturers like Xerox, Canon and HP, so some of our suggestions will be based on exactly what you want to print. Are you looking to do business cards? Xerox does a great job with thicker paper. Do you need the color to be exact Pantone? Xerox and Canon are super solid with that. Do you prefer more vibrancy? HP does a great job there. There is generally no one answer that is right for everyone.
You will also need to consider if you need a production printer for your office or a small office printer. Laser or inkjet is important to think about. A high-quality inkjet printer can make more sense in a photo printing application. For most people who need a professional printer, they choose a laser printer.
The two most important parts of quality printing are the graphic design and the print quality. If you would like some help to select a printer for your office, we would love to help. We can sell and service across the entire USA.
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