When shopping for a copier, a major decision will be between a color or monochrome (black and white) device. While in a perfect world, every office would love to have access to color prints, every business has to pay attention to the bottom line. Color copiers are more expensive than monochrome devices, as are their consumables. So, unless you will be printing documents that will be distributed externally among clients or vendors, a monochrome copier will get the job done without breaking your budget.

Another decision you’ll have to make is whether to choose an inkjet or laser copier. Smaller businesses that don’t do large print jobs would be better served going with an inkjet device, which is designed to handle low print volumes and comes with a lower up-front cost. Inkjet copiers are capable of printing high-quality images and graphics while taking up little space in your office. Larger companies with high print volumes would benefit from laser copiers. These workhorses are capable of high-quality text at fast print speeds.