Professional colour printers are not hard to find, but it’s hard to find exactly which device you need for your specific purpose of printing. As such, it’s helpful to have some guidelines to follow when deciding on your purchase. Below are some guidelines to help you make the best decision.

#1: The purpose of printing is the most important basis of your purchase.

What do you intend to use the printer for? There are only a few printing purposes for professional colour printers: advertisement, handout, and media material printing; poster, banner, and tarpaulin printing; magazine and newspaper printing; presentation printing; and general document printing. For the advertisement, handout, and media material printing, you can use the standard to wide-format printers which have duplex functions so you can produce brochures and pamphlets with back to back prints. Poster, banner, and tarpaulin printing require wide format colour printers. Magazine and newspaper printing also require the same, but with more features and higher quality. Presentation printing may be done using ordinary high-resolution inkjet or laser colour printers, as well as general document printing.

#2: The brand should be a recognized one.

Only trust the most popular printer brands in the industry today like HP, Canon, Lexmark, Epson, Brother, Samsung, Xerox, and Ricoh. This assures you that you don’t only get high-quality printers – you also get high-quality customer service and professional repair services from authorized dealers.

#3: The resolution of the device should be above average to high.

Since you are printing in colour, a printer with a resolution lower than 2,400 dpi is unacceptable for you to use professionally. The average resolutions are 600 and 1,200 dpi, and resolutions above average are 2,400 and 4,800 dpi. The highest resolution that is the most advisable resolution for a professional colour printer to use is 9,600 dpi, which can be used by both inkjet and laser colour printers.

#4: The number of inks matters a lot in the quality of the printouts.

The numbers of inks are important in dictating whether or not the colours of the printout will be as precise as the actual image produced in a camera, computer, or another imaging device. To make the printout as precisely colored as the digital image, printers with many inks are better. The different colors of ink allow perfect colour combinations and the shifts of hues and shades so the printer can produce only the most precise colours on the printout.

#5: For inkjets, the number of nozzles of a device is an important factor in its overall quality.

Inkjet printers are the most popular colour printers and a lot of wide-format as well as standard size professional color printers are inkjets. The nozzles of the printer determine just how well a printer is able to spread ink on the printing medium and just how exact the position of each droplet of ink is. If there are a few nozzles on a printer, it may not be able to produce vivid and perfectly detailed prints because some areas are no longer covered by the nozzles.

#6: The budget is a major consideration, but don’t compromise the quality for the sake of the price.

Of course, it’s important to think about a reasonable budget, and why take out more money than you can spend on a printer? But don’t let your budget restrict you from buying a good quality professional printer. It’s always important to buy a printer that covers all of your printing needs so that even if it is a little expensive, it still comes out as a worthy investment.


Buying a professional colour printer requires a well-informed decision because making the wrong choice can be costly. By following these guidelines, you can ensure that your purchase is one that will definitely not leave you feeling any buyer’s remorse.