There is no such thing as just ‘any old photocopier’. The technological explosion has revolutionised the wonderful world of photocopiers, and there is now a photocopier suited to every need. Before you decide on which type of photocopier you want to invest in, have a look over the different options on the market.
8 Types of Photocopiers
1. Mono or black-and-white photocopiers
Monochrome (mono) photocopiers, also referred to as black-and-white photocopiers, use only one toner colour – black. Typically for office use, mono photocopiers come in a range of capacities, from low- to high-volume.
2. Colour photocopiers
If you’re looking for something with a bit more than just black and white, the colour photocopier can produce a rainbow of prints. The basic colour photocopier will have four drums and four toner reservoirs, or cartridges, containing the colours cyan, magenta, yellow and black – sometimes referred to as the CMYK spectrum. Using these four toners, colour photocopiers are able to create almost any colour combination.
3. Analogue photocopiers
While these older-style photocopiers are mostly being phased out – primarily because of the mechanical failures they tend to experience – you can still go for the analogue photocopier if you’re felling nostalgic. This photocopier uses lights, lenses and mirrors to reflect the image of the document onto a photo receptor. Be warned though, support and replacement parts will be increasingly difficult to find.
4. Desktop photocopiers
These are smaller photocopier devices which can – as you would imagine – fit on a desktop. They are often only able to work with A4 copies, as A3 requires more mechanisation which would increase the photocopier size. The bonus with desktop photocopiers is that you can generally add paper trays if needed, but this would increase the photocopier height.
5. A3 photocopiers
If you know, ahead of purchasing, that there will be A3 photocopying involved, then rather veer away from the desktop and head straight to the A3 photocopier. Items such as posters, spreadsheets and various marketing materials are generally printed on A3 paper.
6. Network photocopiers
If you’re looking for a photocopier that will be connected to various devices, such as in a school or workplace, then the network photocopier is a great option. All the computers can be connected directly with the photocopier via a network, allowing everyone to print and scan wirelessly. An IT manager will be able to monitor overall photocopier use.
7. Digital or multifunction photocopiers
Most photocopiers mentioned already are multifunction photocopiers – with the exception of the analogue photocopier. Essentially, they are able to photocopy, as expected, but they can also scan, print and fax…although faxing is becoming somewhat obsolete in the modern age. When people use the word ‘photocopier’, many actually mean multifunction photocopiers or printers. They are also referred to as Multifunction Products or All-in-One Printers. The modern multifunction units are network connected allowing for scan to email/folder/USB…or an other device connectivity.
8. Office photocopiers
In stark contrast to the desktop photocopier is the office photocopier, a large device which stands on the floor. They have a larger capacity than the smaller units, with higher print speeds. You also have the option of some advanced features, including sorting, stapling, punching and binding.
Now that you have a more thorough grounding in the different types of photocopiers, decide what you feel might work for you and then discuss with a leading supplier to ensure you’re getting what you expect. You want a photocopier that meets all your copying and printing needs, but that meets your budget as well. It’s also worth asking about maintenance and support after purchase.