We Should Know The Performance, Speed And Cost of A Large format Printer When We Buy It
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When you buy a large format printer, the machine’s performance and speed are the first to consider the focus. And then consider the price, compare the price match performance. Finally, choose your most satisfied machine.
When you ask about the costs of a printer, you can get a variety of answers. The first and most likely answer will be related to the purchase price.
Secondly, the running cost of the system will be addressed. Although tempting, it is not wise to base your purchase decision on the purchase price alone. A cheap printer with costly toner cartridges is actually an expensive printer in disguise. And even when you have evaluated the running cost, you’re not finished. You may think you’re getting a bargain on the printer itself but if your machine breaks down frequently or simply can’t keep up with your copy demand, then you will be paying too much in the long run. So, hidden costs can completely change the picture.
Why is it important? Cost is an obvious factor in your purchase decision. However, a printer is an investment in your work processes. To determine the return on this investment, all related costs must be taken into account.
- Initial investment: make sure that you compare similar configurations and delivery conditions. When investing in a new printer, it is worthwhile to consider costs related to switching to a new printer. Companies may have hundreds of dollars of consumables already in stock, which often cannot be used on the new system. Also installations of new drivers may take time and therefore money.
- Running cost: printer running costs are the cost of consumables, media and the service contract. These costs can be determined up front by straightforward calculations. However, to make these calculations, you need to have access to relevant information. Vendors tend to provide averages that may not be representative of your actual day-to-day usage of the printer, i.e. the ink consumption calculations based on a “fast mode” is meaningless if you always use the “normal mode”. Most people use “normal mode” for either quality standards or convenience. If a service contract doesn’t cover spare parts or software updates, you have to estimate these additional costs for the short term and the long term.
- • Hidden costs: Costs that are related to the printing process itself but are less obvious to identify include for example:
- Printing on the wrong media type or media size.
- Printing files twice because it is unclear if the printer is “working on it”.
- Printing multiple times to get optimal print quality.
- Waiting time and frustration.
- Cost of overtime or courier service for timely delivery.
Some printers are fully engineered to avoid or minimize these hidden costs; others have no tools/ features to deal with those issues.
Lease or buy: if your preferred large format printer has a high initial price and you lack available cash, consider leasing as a powerful alternative.
When selecting a large format printer, don’t forget that there’s actually more to it than what is on the price tag. Start by taking a look at the cost of all consumables: ink, toner, media and service. Remember not to overlook your hidden costs—there can actually be a hefty price behind wasted resources and lost time. And, keep this simple tip in mind: automation will help lower these hidden costs.
In the end, a system that is more automated may help prevent printing problems before they occur.
Performance and speed
When judging the performance of a large format printer you tend to look at the printer speed listed in the technical specifications. However, the time needed from sending a print job to the printer and actually holding the print in your hand is something totally different. Compare it to the maximum speed your car can do and the time it takes you to drive to your local store downtown. Why is it important? Optimizing the performance of your large format printer is obviously important.
To continue with the car analogy: don’t spend money on a formula 1 car when all you need is a car to get your groceries downtown. Optimization does not automatically mean a faster printer. Considerations When looking at speed and performance of a large format printer look further than the initial specifications. There are several factors to consider in order to gain a complete picture of a printer’s performance. If you have a continuous flow of documents, throughput speed is most important. If the machine is used intermittently, then the first print out time must be short. Short first print out time.
- Processing time: before the printer can start printing, it must process the files to be able to print them. There are huge differences in processing capabilities in large format printers in the market today. Although the size of the internal memory is an indication, the proof is in the details, so run test prints with your large files.
- Warm-up time: any machine, when not used for a while will return to sleep-mode. When you push a print button however, you expect the printer to start printing right away. In some cases it takes large format printers several minutes to be ready to print.
- Speed vs. print quality mode: when using a black and white large format printer, print speed is constant. This is not the case for color inkjet printers. The print speed varies depending on whether you are using a draft mode or a higher quality presentation mode. This time difference can be more than 10 minutes.
- If you have a continuous flow of prints, make sure that the printer can process new files while printing previous ones (concurrent processing).
- Consider inter-page time as a factor for print speed: This is influenced by drying time (only ink jet), roll changes, maintenance during print jobs, such as calibration, print head cleansing during print jobs.
When evaluating speed and performance of your new large format printer, look at how you use your current system. For a true evaluation, take your own print files to the demo floor and measure the performance of the printer. Remember a Formula 1 car will not get you to a downtown store any faster than a family car, assuming that this is what you need your car to do!