Printer Purchasing Policies
ENS highly recommends coordinating the purchase of any printer or peripheral device with an ENS Staff member prior to making a purchase. The goal of coordinating purchases is to help make an informed decision about which printer or peripheral will best suit the project needs and budget. At the same time, this will ensure that the device will function properly on the Engineering network.
ENS staff have also researched and identified specific printer models that are known to be reliable, budget-friendly, and work well on our networks. We recommend HP brand products. Please contact ENS if you have any questions.
In general, laser printers are always recommended over inkjet printers. Laser printers typically have better cost per page over the long run, and avoid issues that some inkjet printers have with ink drying up when not used frequently. In addition, inkjet printers are frequently made with lower grade materials and break easily. When they break, they do not have user-serviceable parts like laser printers do.
Multifunction or all-in-one printers are similarly discouraged, even if they are laser models, for many of the same reasons. Additionally for multifunction printers, if one component breaks (and they frequently do), all that's left is a very large single function device, defeating the purpose.
This document last modified Monday January 29, 2018