Upgrading Wide Format Printers: Is It Worth It?

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"Upgrade" is a word that may send shivers down the spine of even the bravest company. That's because many businesses expect upgrades to come with hefty price tags, learning curves, and long days of downtime--but that's not always the case. Today, we'll look at an exception to the rule: upgrading wide format printers.

Upgrading vs. Updating Wide Format Printers

When it comes to wide format printers, there's a difference between upgrading and updating--and that difference is an important one.


A wide format printer upgrade is exactly what you'd expect: a machine that's newer than your existing one, but not necessarily the latest, most expensive model. Upgraded devices tend to have more functions and features, not to mention more robust security.


Updating your wide format printer is a different story. Instead of replacing the whole machine, you simply add tools, applications, or workflow solutions that make it a better fit for your needs. Although updating is a good "interim solution," though, there are some problems it just can't solve; for example, even the best updates can't really revive a slow, failing old printer.

Why Upgraded Printers Are Worth It

Now that we've covered the basic terminology, let's dive into the real question: since updating will only get you so far, is upgrading really worth it? Here are a few things to consider!

  • #1: Upgraded printers are faster.

If you have wide format print jobs, then chances are, you need them finished fast. Newer printers are faster and more capable, allowing you to keep up with your company's needs--and your industry's demands.

  • #2: Upgraded printers are better equipped.

As your business grows, your needs grow too--and there's a high possibility that you'll be outgrowing your old wide format printer. Newer devices have all the bells and whistles--and, even better, they're designed to be more efficient for longer, so they won't become obsolete in just a couple years.

  • #3: Upgraded printers actually save money in the long run.

Remember, updates are only temporary solutions--and after a while, they start to eat away at your budget. On the other hand, an upgrade is one cost, which saves you money on upgrades, repairs, and maintenance in the long run.

In conclusion, the answer is yes: upgrading wide format printers is definitely worth it. Although you may be tempted to update instead, remember that you're only putting a bandage on the problem, and that an upgrade will serve you better in the long run.

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