What is the Best Budget Printer for Designers?

You have given yourself plenty of time to meet your deadline.

1 — Assess Your Needs

The first step in choosing a printer is determining what you will need that printer to do.

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Consider your spatial limitations.

If you have a small work space, you will not have room for a large, free-standing printer.

Look for a printer that offers a high print resolution.

Most budget printers on the market today boast a minimum resolution of 600 dots per inch (dpi), but high-end models can get a much higher resolution.

2 — Establish a Budget

Before you can begin shopping around for a printer, you need to decide what you are willing to spend on this purchase.

Determine the highest price you are willing to pay.

You do not necessarily need to spend that much when the time comes to make a purchase, but having a ceiling to your estimate will make it easier to shop around while staying within your budget.

3 — Choose Between an Inkjet Printer And A Laser Printer

The two most common printer types are inkjet and laser.

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What materials will you be printing on?

If you need to print on textiles other than paper, you will probably be better off getting an inkjet printer.

4 — Do Your Research and Shop Around

The hardest aspect of buying a new printer is looking at specific printer models and comparing prices.

Look for refurbished printers.

These are used printers that have been repaired or even rebuilt by professionals.

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5 — Lower Your Printing Expenses With Affordable Ink/Toner

Once you have paid for your printer, you may think your financial concerns are settled.

Consider compatible and remanufactured ink/toner cartridges.

Compatible cartridges are brand-new, “generic” products that are not made by the original brand, but they fit into printers and perform just like an original cartridge would.


There isn’t one single, magical printer model that will be perfect for everyone, so go with the printer that meets your needs.

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Inkbot Design a Creative Graphic Design Agency in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Experts in Logo Design and Branding. https://inkbotdesign.com/

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