Skip The High-Tech Printer Specs And Focus On Practical Features

Printers have a lot of different specs on the box, and you may think that higher engine speeds, resolutions and "duty cycles" are important factors in your buying decision. Macworld runs down which features actually matter, and which ones you don't need to worry about.

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Printers have gotten advanced enough today that a lot of the specs you see on the box are only going to increase one thing: the price. Macworld notes that engine speed, for example, doesn't really mean much when it comes to real-world applications, since they're tested under artificial conditions. Similarly, your print and scan resolution aren't a huge deal. Lots of printers manufacturers have manipulated the way a printer does its job in a way that makes "dots per inch" less important than it used to be.

So what should you look for? Practical features like double-sided printing and larger ink cartridges are the things you're actually going to notice, since they'll determine how easy it is to print and how long it'll last before you need to buy more ink. Hit the link to read their full rundown.

Printer Specs That Matter [Macworld]

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