Scanner or MFP? Here's What You Should Know

:Multifunction Printer

If you're in the market for a new printer or scanner, you may be wondering what device to purchase. On the one hand, a multifunction printer can handle the functions of several devices while keeping up with an entire office's workload. On the other hand, purchasing a standalone scanner and a printer has its advantages in certain circumstances. Should you buy an MFP or a standalone scanner? It all comes down to how you'll be using your machine. Here are some considerations to keep in mind.

Do You Scan Two-Sided Documents?

If you often scan two-sided documents, you'll want to be sure that the MFP you're considering purchasing can handle this need. A standalone scanner will scan two-sided documents quickly and easily, while some desktop multifunction printers may make you do more work to scan two-sided.

Do You Scan Transparencies?

Negatives, slides, and other transparencies require a flatbed photo scanner. If you'll frequently be working with slides, it's worth the investment to purchase the right standalone scanner.

Do You Scan Art?

If you're making regular high-quality copies of fine art or photographs for print, you'll want to purchase a scanner. You'll want to be sure you're using the right machine for this kind of task, particularly if you're printing art or photographs for framing or selling. A multifunction printer can make fantastic full-color copies but is mostly designed to print documents.

If you don't plan on using your device to print any of these three categories of things, a multifunction printer will do the job. The right MFP can help enhance your office's productivity and digitize your workflows. Contact us if you're interested in learning more about the multifunction printers we offer.