Advantages of Digital Copiers

There are many types of photocopiers on the market today: new, refurbished, analogue and digital photocopiers.

With all the options, features and costs associated with copiers, it may be challenging to sort through the choices and make a valued decision.

Copiers can be purchased either as analogue or digital. Analogue copiers use a much older process to make copies.

Digital copiers hold significant advantages over analogue copiers. They can be very cost effective and provide much higher quality prints.

Analogue copiers use a mirror inside to project a duplication of the document onto an internal drum. Static electricity creates an outline of the image, and draws toner particles to the blank sheet of paper. A heating element dries and secures the image onto the paper, which produces the final copy.

Digital copiers possess different functionality. Digitals use internal memory to save a copy of the document, which is then digitally scanned. Lasers then make an impression of the document on the internal drum, where toner is applied, resulting in a high quality document.

Not only do digital devices repeatedly print images from the internal memory to paper, these images can also be transferred to other digital devices that have the capability to receive digital transmissions.

Digital copiers have many significant advantages over analogue copiers

Many digitals provide multiple functions to the printer user. The printer user is able to print hard copies and allowed to transmit electronic versions directly to email addresses or fax machines.

These advantages save both time and money, by eliminating steps to produce multiple hard copies, then subsequently scanning, emailing or faxing, as well as reducing costs on paper, toner, postage and other office supplies.

The quality of digital prints is so high that the reproduced documents are relatively indistinguishable from the original.

Analogue copiers tend to produce grainy or even smudged replications. Although analogue copiers may be less expensive upon initial purchase, their digital counterparts cost less in the long run.

Long-term maintenance costs are substantially less for a digital copier, as there are less moving parts of better quality tending to break down and wear out to a lesser degree.

Toner is also less expensive for digital photocopiers, as a single toner cartridge produces more copies in a digital copier than an analogue.