Gartner Research

Q&A: How Many Different Printer Models Do You Need?

Published: 16 November 2010

ID: G00208896

Analyst(s): Ken Weilerstein


You may know that you can save money by reducing your printer population but still wonder what you should leave in place. Even a large enterprise needs fewer than a dozen different printer models. This knowledge can save you trouble and money.

Table Of Contents
  • How Many Different Printer Models Should, for Example, a Bank With 5,000 Users Have, and What Determines the Answer?
  • Must We Replace All of Our Existing Equipment Just to Streamline the Number of Brands and Models?
  • Why Spend Money on New Printers and Dispose of Workable Old Ones? Why Not Simply Deploy Whatever Printer We Can Afford or Already Own That Seems Appropriate for the Spot?
  • How Does Color Fit In?
  • How Do I Determine What Groups of Users Have What Needs and in What Locations?

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