These days a computer system without a printer does not make good sense. It supports your work through the production of hard copy and it is an important output peripheral that is now a staple of all computer systems.

If you have not bought a printer but want to do so at the earliest, then its best to choose a good quality printer. So, what are the qualities or features of a good printer? We have tried to list and explain some of the important features of a good printer.


The printer must be compatible with your computer system. Before you buy a printer look up its compatibility requirements and only if your computer system satisfies all the requirements, go for it. A good printer is compatible with all systems and this is its most important feature.

It must be User Friendly

One of the basic features that every printer must have is that it must be user friendly, meaning that its functionality must not be too difficult to understand. It gets very irritating and frustrating to spend time, understanding the various aspects of printer.


Look for a printer model, which is known in the market as being reliable. Quite a lot of printers have a tendency to breakdown often, and annoy people with problems like jamming of papers, etc. These breakdowns are not only a waste of time, but take a lot of out of your pocket, when it comes to their maintenance.

Time Saving

When you are working on an important project, or for that matter, any project, time is at a premium. Hence a printer speed must be taken into consideration while looking at the features of a good printer. The higher the Pages per Minute (PPM) the higher is the speed of the printer. If you want a fast printer then the minimum PPM of the printer should be around 50.

Minimal Ink Usage

This is one of the intrinsic features of the latest printers. The most minimum amount of ink is used to print papers. Moreover, the software that you install on the computer system for the printer, offers you a clear indication as to the amount of ink left in the printer. This would enable you to plan your printing accordingly.

Clarity and Quality

You need a printer that produces printouts that can be read easily and which are also the hallmark of quality. You wouldn't like to read something that is bordering on the illegible, would you? Therefore, this is also one of the innate features that you must look for in a printer. A good printer has more than 300 DPI counts, which are Dots per Inch. The more DPI's the better! Moreover, the printer must be such that the ink does not smudge on the paper because if this occurs, the printout will look really bad.

At the end of the day, there are quite a few features that must be looked into, if you want to purchase a good printer. The most important thing to remember is that the features of the printer must cater to all your needs and requirements.

Source by Parbhat Kumar