Q: What is a multifunction printer/ portal?
A: A multifunction printer/ portal or MFP is a device that lets you print, scan, photocopy, fax, and sometimes, more. Most MFPs will let you to carry out more than one of these tasks simultaneously.
There are two main types of multifunction: laser printers (which can be colour or black and white) and inkjet printers (which are only available in colour).
In the home, you would look to a multifunction printer to save money and space, particularly if you want to fax, scan, print and copy on a regular basis. Though standalone printers, scanners and faxes are still available, many (if not all) of their features are available on multifunction devices.
In a business environment, high-end standalone laser printers can often be a better choice as they offer better quality results, faster speeds, and similar networking capabilities to multifunctions. However, MFPs can be valuable to businesses of all sizes, as they reduce the amount of space taken up by standalone printers, photocopiers and fax machines, and often their features can be accessed across a network. This allows businesses to increase productivity, streamline tasks and potentially decrease costs.
Q: What are the benefits of MFPs?
A: Traditionally businesses have relied upon a variety of hardcopy tools, including printers, fax machines, and copiers. However, adequately addressing users' changing hardcopy needs can substantially reduce costs, increase productivity, and improve workflow.
Q: An MFP can perform multiple tasks, will the quality of each individual task be compromised?
A: No, MFPs can still match the quality of their standalone counterparts.