In the ever-evolving landscape of home office equipment, choosing the right printer can significantly impact your productivity and budget. Two common options are small standalone printers and large multifunctional printers (MFPs). Let’s explore the pros and cons of each:

Small Printers: Compact but Costly?


  • Compact Size: Small printers take up minimal desk space, making them ideal for cozy home offices.
  • Affordability: Entry-level small printers can be found for as little as $100 or less.
  • Lightweight: Portable and easy to move around if needed.


  • Limited Functionality: Most small printers focus solely on printing. If you need scanning, copying, or faxing capabilities, you’ll need separate devices.
  • Higher Per-Page Costs: Smaller ink or toner cartridges mean higher cost per page printed.
  • Maintenance Overhead: Managing multiple printers can be time-consuming and costly.

Multifunctional Printers: The Jack of All Trades


  • All-in-One Convenience: MFPs combine printing, scanning, copying, and sometimes faxing in a single device.
  • Cost Efficiency: Despite a higher upfront cost, MFPs often have lower per-page printing costs due to larger cartridges.
  • Space-Saving: A single MFP replaces multiple devices, saving valuable desk space.


  • Initial Investment: High-quality MFPs can be expensive upfront, ranging from $300 to $700 or more.
  • Bulkier: MFPs are larger and may not fit well in tight spaces.
  • Dependency: If the MFP malfunctions, all functions are affected.

Cost Comparison

Let’s break down the costs:

Small Printers:

  • Initial Cost: $100-$1,000 (approximate)
  • Cartridge Replacement: Frequent replacements lead to higher long-term costs.
  • Maintenance: Multiply maintenance tasks (e.g., cleaning, troubleshooting)
  • Longevity: Tough to work on, people tend to view them as disposable

Multifunctional Printers:

  • Initial Cost: $2,000- ???
  • Cartridge Replacement: Larger cartridges mean lower per-page costs. Standard toners last 40,000 pages.
  • Maintenance: Single device to manage. Cost-per-print covers all toner, parts, labor, service calls, etc.


  • If Space Is Limited: Small printers may be suitable for minimalistic setups.
  • For Comprehensive Needs: MFPs offer convenience and cost savings over time, especially when leasing.

Remember, the right choice depends on your specific requirements. Consider your budget, available space, and printing needs before making a decision. Happy printing! 📠🖨️

Nationwide Sales and Service

Platinum Copier Solutions is the premier Sharp copier dealer in Texas, but we can cover your office equipment needs nationwide! We work with a network of certified Sharp providers around the country to provide coverage to all 50 states. Your business has one company to contact for all sales, service and supply requests.

Perks of using one vendor company-wide:A map of the USA with thumb tacks in each state.

  • Consolidated billing
  • Live voice answering for service dispatch and supply orders nationwide
  • Uniform fleet with matching interfaces and supplies
  • Standardized “clone” file so all of your equipment has identical settings (security, network settings, interface customization)
  • Support tools for IT staff to manage entire fleet
  • Automated meter reading collection
  • Proactive toner shipment (*opt-in)

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