Even with concerted efforts to go paperless in the office, paper is still a vital part of daily communications. A printer that delivers sharp text and, when required, high impact color images, is still a crucial part of the equation.
If you're wondering whether a local printer or a network support printer is the better choice for your needs, read on to discover the differences between the two.
Local or Network?
It depends! Even though both local and network support printers do the same thing—print your paper documents—there are some fundamental differences.
A local printer requires a USB cable and a connection to a computer to print documents. A network support printer is accessible by multiple users on the same network and doesn't require a wired connection.
For individuals with high volume printing requirements or specialized security needs, a local printer may be a good choice. Since it's connected directly to the user's computer, there's no chance of having to wait in a queue. On the other hand, if the printer needs repairs or runs out of supplies, the user can't wirelessly reroute his project to another local printer. A fleet of local printers can also be expensive; when multiple users require their own device, the costs to maintain and purchase supplies for each one can add up quickly.
Network Support Printers
A network support printer offers some benefits that local printers can't offer. Chief among them is that multiple users and workgroups can access the printer. Costs are also lower when they're confined to a network support printer that serves an entire workgroup. A multifunction system can also be used to leverage the power of paperless digital workflows, allowing users to digitally route images of documents directly to recipients, files, and existing processes.
For help finding the right network support printer for your St. Louis company's needs, contact us at Da-Com Digital Office Solutions today!