Owning a multifunction printer just makes sense for businesses. Multifunction printers (MFPs) do the work of several machines all in one place. But shopping for an MFP can be overwhelming, with many different makes, models, and features to choose from. Here are some things to consider before purchasing a new MFP.
Your first step will be to determine your requirements. Which functions (printing, scanning, faxing, copying) does your equipment need to perform, and how often? The amount of use that a single MFP will need to withstand is an important consideration. Do you need to be able to print in color?
MFPs also offer ways to improve workflow and can help your office move to a paperless office. If these are goals of your organization, this can influence your decision.
There are a few pieces that make up the cost of ownership. Obviously the initial cost makes up a big chunk of your cost, but you will have additional costs once your MFP is up and running. IT support and supplies such as paper and ink will also make up that total. Establishing a reasonable budget for your cost of ownership can make a big difference in your decision making.
Your network has specific requirements that you will want to understand before you make your purchase. Your new MFP should fit all your network and connection requirements. Otherwise, you'll end up with headaches and ongoing issues.
Some MFPs can have a complicated user interface, depending on the sorts of things the MFP is capable of and the specifications of the machine. Purchasing an MFP may mean that your staff will require training on the device. In addition, many MFPs offer various security features. If you wish to be able to set security levels for anything on your MFP, be sure to make that a requirement when shopping around.
iTech can help you find the perfect fit. Contact us today to find out about our selection of multifunction printers.