Top 5 Tips for Selecting a Multifunction Printer


By now you probably know that multifunction printers are an indispensable device for any business. Since MFPs consolidate the need for multiple devices, they are particularly critical for small-to-medium businesses with limited space and budgets.

If you are in the market to improve workflows, reduces expenses, and streamline print processes, here are the top 5 tips for selecting a multifunction printer.

  1. Know Your Needs Assess your print requirements and pinpoint what you need your MFP to do daily, besides just print. These devices have endless capabilities, but be sure you are focusing on your primary needs and not sacrificing your budget.

  2. Total Cost of Ownership When you are evaluating a potential MFP, don’t just look at the initial cost, understand the total costs of ownership (TCO) as well as the cost/value benefits of the device. TCO can vary based on supplies, maintenance, service, and functionality.

  3. Network Connections Take your current network into consideration and how difficult or easy it will be to integrate your new device into that network. Also, factor in whether or not you have a managed IT service plan or managed print program to assist with that transition or if you must rely on your in-house IT support.

  4. Multitasking Capabilities Don’t let the name multifunction printer mislead you. Sure, they have multiple capabilities, but make your device can multitask in the way your business requires. Be cautious of an MFP that offers numerous functions but cannot perform them simultaneously, resulting in slowdowns and bottlenecks.

  5. Security Concerns Once you connect your MFP to your network, that does not mean it is secure. When it comes to business security, you must protect your network as well as your printers and copiers — if one is vulnerable, both are. Be sure to understand the security capabilities of the device you are acquiring to ensure your business data is protected.

Read more about the many benefits of a multifunction printer and how it can help your business.