What Separates a Printer, Copier, and MFP

Copier, Printer, and Multi-function Printers (MFPs) are all names that are frequently used interchangeably. Despite having numerous similarities, they have separate functions that make them effective for various tasks. We’ll define the distinction between an MFP and a printer/copier.

The distinction between a Printer, Copier, and an MFP are:



You are probably most accustomed to using a printer. At its most basic level, it is a tool that prints text and images from digital sources, like computers, on paper. Both wired and wireless connections are possible with this. There are many different sizes and types of printers. Others are more suited to printing larger maps and plans, while some are better suited to producing business papers.

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In the early phases of its development, copiers had a drum that was electrically charged and created a negative image of your original document. The copy was then produced by passing paper over the drum with an electric charge, which caused the paper to cling to the toner. Simply put, a copier uses a sheet-fed scanner to make copies. Making a copy is the process of making a copy from an existing paper document. In contrast to printing, where what was formerly in digital form is now a hand-held document.

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An MFP is a copier with the capacity to connect to a computer or a network so that it can print to those devices. It was initially referred to as a multi-function peripheral. An MFP does precisely what it claims it does, just like a copier or printer. An all-in-one printer is a piece of office equipment with many features. The majority of common MFPs have a copy, scan, print, fax, and email capabilities. You may do much more with the help of additional software or apps.

Copiers and printers have shrunk and become less expensive over time. The development of MFP features that support more specialized markets, such as the legal, medical, and educational sectors, has more added value. All sizes of businesses have realized the value of an MFP for time and cost savings. In the past, in order to email a document, you had to first scan it into a USB or driver device and then upload it to your computer. 

Access control is yet another useful feature found in MFPs. This prevents unauthorized employees from accessing your device and stops some employees from printing things they don’t need to. Additionally, you may decide which users can print in color, which will ultimately save on printing expenditures.

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