Reasons Why You Still Need A Printer


We often post about apps and technology that can help you manage your home and office life more effectively.

Reading this blog post, you’ll probably be wondering if you have traveled back to a time when printers were still household staples– you haven’t.

Believe it or not, you do still need a printer in your life. Here’s why:

1) Work from home

Many companies are now allowing their employees to work from home. Having a multifunction printer at home would make printing documents, spreadsheets and presentations an ease. There are even cloud ready printers which make working from home even easier as you can now print anything whenever you want.

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2) Boarding passes

In the past, we had to wait in endless queues at the check-in desk for the airport staff to issue us with a boarding pass. Technological developments have changed this. Many websites, ranging from budget airlines like EasyJet to premium carriers like British Airways, now allow passengers to check-in online. They then send out your boarding pass in an email for you to print off, eliminating the need for you to queue at the airport.

Some airlines have mobile apps that allow you to present an electronic version of your boarding pass. This may seem like a really useful, convenient feature, but how often do apps experience difficulties? What would happen if you arrived at the departure gate only to find the app wouldn’t load, or worse still that your phone was out of charge?

If this happened, it is likely that you would be denied from boarding the plane – a situation that everyone wants to avoid. With this in mind, a printed boarding pass is much more beneficial.

These boarding passes have revolutionized travel so much that some airlines like EasyJet, require all passengers to print theirs before their arrival in the airport. There has been much controversy in the news recently surrounding charges for those who forget to print out their passes before their departure. The Daily Mail reports that one family had to fork out £236 for replacement passes for their return journeys. To avoid these costs, you’ll need to make sure you have a reliable printer. Have a look at the printers available from United Carlton – they have some excellent quality ones that will be perfect for home use.

[Read also: How to Choose The Right Office Printer]

3) Tickets

Whenever you book concert, theater or event tickets online, most retailers give you the option to print out your own tickets. As you will already know, the cost of tickets can be expensive. Not only will you have to pay the face value of the ticket, you may be subject to service charges, order processing fees and even a facility fee that can all bump the cost up. Prices to post out tickets can be high and printing tickets at home can often be cheaper. This isn’t always available on certain events, but it’s definitely worth doing if you can.

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4) Photos

With cameras boasting more megapixels than ever before, we are forever capturing memories in crystal clear definition. It’s great to post them on our Facebook profiles and use them as our PC wallpapers, but rarely do we actually print them out. Many people use photo printing companies when they do print photos. Often, such companies offer free trials but once these are over, it can be expensive to print just a few snaps. You will also need to take into consideration delivery fees too.

Once you have invested in a printer, you will be able to print your favorite photos cheaply, easily and conveniently, without having to wait for them to be delivered.

[Read also: 7 Tips to Help Reduce Your Printing Cost]

5) Resumes

Surprised? Yes I know, who still need hard copies of resumes, right? Wrong!

Paperless lifestyles are not going away anytime soon. As much as we would prefer to send resumes electronically, there are companies still prefer to receive them in hard copies. I don’t know about you, but I would print out a hard copy of my resume before going for a job interview even if they didn’t ask me to.

I don’t know if printers will still exist in 10 or maybe 20 years from now, but I’m pretty sure at this moment of time, there are still reasons to own one. So don’t throw away yours just yet.

What do you still use your printer for? Let us know in the comments.

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