Change language
Change country

The five things to look for in a desktop printer

Our printer buying guide will help you select the best desktop printer for your home or office.
woman smiling

With so many different models on the market, choosing a desktop printer can be a challenging and time-consuming task. However, your printer purchasing journey will be easier if you know which specific printer features to watch out for. 

Regardless of whether you’re a working parent searching for a home printer or a small business demanding a multi-functional device with wireless printing, our printer buying guide will give you an overview
of the characteristics that make up a high-quality printer. All too often, businesses make the common mistake of choosing the cheapest option that either breaks long before the average printer lifespan or has unexpected high running costs. We’re here to save you the headache and regrets. 

Here are the key factors to consider when buying desktop printer: 

Reliable printers 

When it comes to buying a desktop printer, reliability is a must. Ultimately, nobody wants to waste money on a printer that suffers frequent paper jams or takes too long to deliver print jobs. But how do you know if a printer is reliable? 

Although reliability encompasses various factors, the key features to consider in most instances are models equipped with long-lasting components and notable durability. Kyocera's A4 ECOSYS printers, for example, are built with an amorphous silicon drum that has a lifetime, double that of conventional drums. This makes them well known for their reliability, ensuring that businesses can enjoy uninterrupted printing, minimal downtime and fewer technical issues. 

Optimising printing efficiency 

From print speed and printer performance to print quality, an efficient printer possesses several key features that contribute to its overall productivity. Therefore, the question that printer buyers should be asking themselves is: which features are important to me? 

For example, an efficient printer in a fast-paced environment would be a device that can handle high volumes of print jobs rapidly and, ideally, offers various paper handling capabilities, such as paper trays and automatic document feeders, to avoid constant reloading and interrupted workflows. 

If scanning is necessary for your tasks, an all-in-one multifunctional printer might be a suitable choice. On the other hand, print quality may be a more important for a buyer who wants to use their desktop printer for personal projects at home that require vibrant colours and accurate details. 

Sustainable printing 

In today's environmentally conscious world, sustainability is a crucial factor to take into account when selecting a printer. Whether you need a desktop printer for personal use or a small shared workspace, buyers should consider devices that incorporate energy-efficient technologies and long-life components, such as Kyocera’s ECOSYS printers. 

Reducing energy consumption and waste not only benefits the environment but also saves you costs in the long run. Moreover, purchasing from an eco-friendly organisation is a good indication that their products have truly been designed with the environment in mind. For example, Kyocera offers a free toner recycling programme for its customers, the Toner-Take Back Service, to demonstrate its commitment to sustainability in addition to offering a wide range of green technology.  

Connectivity options 

Wireless printing has become increasingly popular due to its convenience and flexibility. When perusing the options available on the market, we recommend considering a printer’s connectivity options to ensure seamless integration with your devices. 

Printers that offer Wi-Fi connectivity and support for mobile printing apps allow you to print directly from your smartphone or tablet, increasing your mobility and eliminating the need for cables to print. 

Additionally, with Kyocera's Cloud Print and Scan solution, you can easily access and print documents stored in cloud storage services, such as Google Drive or Dropbox, directly from your printer, enabling efficient collaboration and streamlined workflows. This feature empowers you to print important files with ease while on the go, enhancing productivity and ensuring you have your documents ready when you need them.

Ease of use and compactness

A user-friendly interface is vital for easy navigation of printer settings. Opt
for printers that feature intuitive control panels and interfaces, enabling effortless adjustment of settings and selection of print options. 

Furthermore, it is important to consider the size and design of the printer. Compact printers with sleek and modern designs, exemplified by Kyocera's A4 ECOSYS printers, not only save space but also enhance the aesthetic appeal of your workspace. With a clear and intuitive control panel or software interface, these printers simplify operating processes, minimising the learning curve and the potential for human error.

Determine your specific printing needs 

While there is no one-size-fits-all printer, our printer buying guide is a great
place to begin your purchasing journey. Knowing which features to look out for can facilitate your search for the best desktop printer. That’s why it’s
crucial to determine your specific needs and prioritise reliability, sustainable printing, connectivity options, ease of use and optimising printing efficiency.

Kyocera's A4 ECOSYS printers have been integrated with these essential features, making them an excellent choice for home and office environments. Explore our website to find a high-quality printer that aligns with your requirements. 

After decades of innovation, Kyocera’s techology ticks all the boxes.

Cookies and your privacy

We use essential cookies to make interactions with our website easy and effective, statistical cookies for us to better understand how our website is used and marketing cookies to tailor advertising for you. You can select your cookie preferences using the 'Preferences' button below, or select 'I agree' to continue with all cookies.

Cookie preferences

Field is required

We use cookies to make sure that our website is working properly or, occasionally, to provide a service on your request (such as managing your cookie preferences). These cookies are always active unless you set your browser to block them, which may prevent some parts of the website from working as expected.

Field is required

These cookies allow us to measure and improve the performance of our website.

Field is required

These cookies are only placed in case you give your consent. We use Marketing cookies to follow how you click and visit our websites in order to show you content based on your interests and to show you personalised advertisement. Currently you do not accept these cookies. Please check this box if you would like to.