I ran into an interesting article from TechGadgetWeb that centers around printers, but can be applied to copiers as well. It lists the top three things to watch out for when purchasing a new device.
Here is what they are as the article describes them:
If the printer is for home use only, you want a machine which is easy to use and low cost to run, so that you can afford to print off school projects and web page information without it costing you a fortune. But before you make your purchase, consider these four factors: How much do cartridges cost? How much does the printer cost? Does it have good reviews? Is it reliable? By weighing up answers to these questions, you should be able to get the most from your money.
These days its cheap and easy to buy a multi-function device; ie, a machine that is a scanner, copier, fax machine, and printer all in one. These machines will print your documents from your PC, but will also allow you to scan documents into the computer and photocopy material too. All of the major manufacturers offer these types of machines, and prices are very competitive. What you need to check out is the cost of owning and using the machine.
Do your bit for the environment by purchasing an environmentally friendly printer. There are several models available each featuring a range of functions to help you reduce your carbon footprint and save you money in the process. These features include, the ability to print on both sides of paper, lower energy usage and separate toner cartridges for each color so you only replace the color you need.
Now with so many top-quality multifunction devices coming out, it seems difficult to find one device without referring to both. Copiers and printers work hand-in-hand and so do scanners. These multifunction devices come in a single form factor. This is great for those of us who want to save money and space by having one device instead of many lying around the house or office.