Fit To Print

Doing Your Homework

Armed with your computer's configuration information, ask the salesperson about the minimum computer requirements and compatibility for the printer you're considering.

Inquire about bonus software.

Don't be talked into purchasing pricey options you won't use.

If your business performs volume mailings, choose a printer that handles batches of envelopes.

Determine how much RAM you need, particularly if you print spreadsheets and other graphics.

Ask for a demonstration.

Watch out for warranties. The average warranty is one year; Canon offers three years on its LBP-465. Extended warranties can sometimes be purchased. Also, ask about tech support hotline hours. Some companies offer 24-hour technical assistance, while others provide a replacement printer within 24 hours if you need to ship yours back for repair while it's under warranty.

Jill Amadio is a writer in Newport Beach, California.

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