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Nothing is more frustrating than technical difficulties in the middle of the work day. Unfortunately, when you’re working with multifunctional printers, scanners, copiers and office automation equipment, there are bound to be malfunctions every now and then. Brock Office Automation is happy to bring you the next post in a series to help overcome and prevent common device problems.
Today we’re talking Common Printer Problems: My printer is too slow
Waiting for your printer puts your productivity on hold and a slow printer means a slow work day and who has time for that? Your time is important and you shouldn’t be wasting your precious time waiting when there a few easy fixes to speed up your printer and get your work off your computer and into your hands faster.
Sacrificing speed for quality
Unless you are printing a formal report for presentation to your higher-ups or clients, your lowest-quality setting should do the trick. The higher the quality of your print jobs, the slower your printer. Set your default to draft mode (or whatever your lowest quality setting is called) and watch your pages print much faster.
Two sides is too slow
Printing two-sided pages has its pros and cons. On the up side, you can save paper by printing on both sides. Unfortunately, that comes at the cost of speed. Two-sided printing means the printer has to flip the page which causes a significant slow down. If you are concerned with saving resources (and who isn’t, these days?) print two pages per side instead of front and back.
Decide on a driver
If you can choose between printer drivers, you will see your speed increase by printing from a host-based or PCL driver. If you want high quality photos, a PostScript driver will meet your needs, but you’ll be sacrificing speed for quality again, as we talked about above.
When in doubt, call for service
Sometimes, the issue is something you can’t fix on your own so don’t be afraid to call your service department. The last thing you want to do is fiddle with your machine and make the problem worse. Your technicians know your machine inside and out and will gladly solve your dilemma.