We have put together the information on this page with the intention of helping you make an informed decision on the type of printer most suitable for your purposes.
Weizmann Institute printers are purchased from the following authorized resellers, among others:
Selecting the most appropriate printer is directly dependent on the average amount of prints generated per month, and on the type of output you expect to produce. For example, if you print mostly documents, the greater the number of prints you produce, the more appropriate a laser printer will be. Alternatively, should you produce a relatively small number of prints (fewer than 250 pages per month), and require color graphics, inkjet printers are likely to be more suitable to your needs.
No less important to choosing the right printer is whether or not networking support (wired and/or wireless) is required.
The following printer types are available to choose from:
- Inkjet printers – the most common printers in use today, ranging from small, inexpensive consumer models to very large professional printing devices, all of which utilize dedicated ink cartridges. Photo printers, also based on inkjet technology, can be used to achieve high photo printing quality. Among inkjet printers’ key advantages are high print quality and relatively modest printer purchase costs. Their downside – relatively high per-page printing cost. The on-going cost of color ink cartridges should be factored into your decision on the type of printer that can best serve your needs.
- Laser printers – high speed printers capable of rapidly producing high quality text and graphics on plain paper. Similar to digital photocopiers, laser printers employ a xerographic printing process that differs from analog photocopying in that the image is produced by direct scanning of a laser beam across the printer's photoreceptor. Among their advantages are fast printing and high print quality. Their low cost per page and relatively modest maintenance costs should be a key consideration when choosing a printer.
- Multifunction printers – multifunction printers incorporate the functionality of multiple devices within a single enclosure. They typically feature photocopying, scanning (with optional e-mail support), faxing and either inkjet- or laser-based printing. While generally suited to small offices and home use, larger models can handle the heavy duty workloads of large workgroups.
In addition to original inkjet and toner cartridges offered by printer manufacturers, there is a sizeable market of third-party manufactured cartridges. While at times significantly more affordable than original replacements, these bear the potential disadvantages of lower quality output and even the voiding of the printer’s manufacturer warranty.