Guide to Selecting and Using the Best Laser Printer Model

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\"\"Hit hard by the recession, most businesses worldwide have cut back significantly in technology spending and are taking a hard look at devices and alternatives that are more productive and more cost effective. While the hardcopy peripherals market grew about 3.4% over the past year, a recovery and spending will be slow, says market researcher International Data Corp.

However, this doesn\’t mean there are not some bright spots in terms of reliable and affordable printing technologies that can deliver more bang for your buck during these tough economic times.

One of these technologies is laser printing, which is expected to be a strong player in the multi-function printer market for the next few years. In fact, the monochrome laser printer market remains the largest in terms of value ($5.8B) and opportunity, even though it has the lowest penetration of all non-impact technology segments, says IDC in its Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals report. Color laser printers may even give popular ink-jet a run for the money in terms of business and consumer applications.

In this special report, TechnologyGuide examines the various aspects of laser printing technology, from selecting and buying the right printer to cost-saving tips and Earth-sensitive green approaches. The report also includes a links to Resource Guide sponsored by HP, a major player in the hardcopy peripherals area, according to IDCs figures.

– Tim Scannell, Editorial Director

Worldwide Hardcopy Peripherals Market Share and Year-Over-Year Growth, Fourth Quarter 2009

Vendors

4Q09 Unit Shipments

4Q09 Market Share

4Q08 Unit Shipments

4Q08 Market Share

4Q09/4Q08 Growth

1. HP

14,099,668

41.4%

13,354,090

40.7%

5.6%

2. Canon

6,587,168

19.4%

6,092,446

18.6%

8.1%

3. Epson

5,423,381

15.9%

5,003,158

15.2%

8.4%

4. Brother

1,721,953

5.1%

2,019,596

6.2%

-14.7%

5. Samsung

1,700,286

5.0%

1,295,012

3.9%

31.3%

Others

4,484,969

13.2%

5,066,078

15.4%

-11.5%

Total

34,017,425

100.0%

32,830,380

100.0%

3.6%

 

Zeroing in on Lasers: A Review of Printing Alternatives

The two major print technologies in both the consumer and business markets are ink-jet and laser printing. Both have their plusses and minuses in terms of cost, reliability, and applications.

In order to make the right choice, however, a consumer has to look beyond the initial price tag at such things as output capacity, ink costs, reliability and even noise factors if printers are used in a home office or business environment.

 

 How to Pick the Perfect Printer

Selecting the right laser printer for your needs usually comes down to a careful comparison of functions and capabilities. To help out, the staff of PrinterComparison.com offers a buyers\’ checklist of points to consider when shopping for any type of printer, ink-jet as well as laser.

Laser printers and the SMB market

Small and mid-sized businesses cannot rely on consumer-class devices that are not built for a demanding workflow. PrinterComparison explores the options, including laser printers and the very specific features they offer to meet needs of a small or mid-sized business.

Beyond the Spin: A Look at Green Printing and Energy Management

  Major industry players are casting the color green on their latest product lines and marketing campaigns. We take a look beyond the spin to find out how much is mere window dressing.

Business Printers 101

Printing needs vary from large enterprises to SMBs, which makes choosing the right device in regards to functionality and workload critical for business success. This business printing primer explains the various printing technologies, including inkjets, All-in-Ones and multifunction printers to help the business user decide on the correct machine.

Laser Printers: A Fit for every Business

Laser printers have long been considered business-class technology, built for quality and speed. But your business needs should trump technology when it comes to choosing a printer. Help determine them with a checklist and detailed selection guide.

Report Focuses on Color Laser Market Trends

Despite the economy, the outlook is improving for personal color laser devices designed for individual users or small workgroups in business environments; and, workgroup machines designed for larger groups of users. In fact, color standalone printers and multi-function printers (MFPs) are expected to see a double-digit growth of 12 percent per year through 2013, says Lyra Research.

 

HP Printing Technologies

One of the biggest players in the laser printer market is Hewlett Packard. HP got its start in the personal laser printing market way back in 1984 with the release of the LaserJet, at the time Apple was the other major contender with their LaserWriter. Fast forward to 2010 and HP owns nearly 50% of the personal printing market and continue to innovate in regards to printer hardware technology, cartridge technology and maybe most importantly, ease of recycling for used cartridges. To find out more about HP and its printing technologies view our HP Printing Resource Center.

 

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