At my 25-person office, we all have individual printers. Yet, all the printers are on the network, rather than the individual machines. Is there any
benefit to this? Or does it just slow down both the printing and the network?
It would make far more economical sense to have one or two (one given that there are only 25 of you) printers shared accross the network as when
printers haven't been used for a while then they have to clean themselves when a request comes through. Often this actually uses up ink. So it makes
sense for one printer to be used more frequently. The only reason I can think of operating the way you do is if you all want to print stuff at the
same time (or near enough) or long documents that would hold up everyone else's jobs. Also if all the printers are inkjets then it may be worth
investing in one laser printer. Colour lasers have a much higher initial cost than inkjets however in an office environment where there is resonably
intensive printing the per page cost of printing is much cheaper and looks more accurate.
However, I would not base anything upon what people (myself included) says on this board as we can never really understand your setup or why it is
setup as it is.
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