An MFD printer, also known as a multifunction display unit, is an office printer that incorporates the functionality of several different devices into one to have a much smaller footprint on the desktop or in a small-business setting, or for providing centralised document distribution/production in a very large-office environment where many devices are needed to operate the printer. Because an MFD printer is usually placed on the person’s desk using it, the user does not have to move around the printer to access all of the devices installed in it. This type of printer is excellent when many devices must be printed, such as many scanners, multifunction printers, and faxes. In this case, having multiple devices displayed on the same screen is usually very helpful.
When purchasing an MFD printer, the first thing that you should consider is the purpose of the device is. If the meaning of the device is to print, then a compact unit would probably be more cost-effective. However, if the device’s purpose is to do other functions, then a more robust and powerful device would be better suited. It is not uncommon for small businesses to only need a basic all-in-one unit to handle all of their documents. Whether they outsource their document printing to a small company or not, many small businesses will still need a certain amount of functionality within their document storage device. This may be as simple as retrieving documents as printed and a password protection function in case paper documents is lost or misplaced.
If you need a more comprehensive or feature-rich printer than just a basic all-in-one unit, then it may be in your best interest to purchase an mFD for your small business. An mFD or multifunction device generally comes with a scanner or camera, a printer, a fax machine, and some memory drive for data storage. In addition, the device itself is very slim and compact and can fit easily into a small office space. Because of these benefits, many small businesses opt to purchase a multifunctional unit that includes the functions of a fax machine, scanner, and copier at a reduced price.
Depending on the type of functionality that you require from your MFD printer, there are various sizes and configurations of a device that you can choose from. Most come in single and/or dual-mode; a single-mode MFD printer will scan and print documents, and a dual-mode will do both simultaneously. Depending on what you need to accomplish, we will determine the appropriate option for you. For example, a single-mode unit will give you the ability to scan and print documents, while a dual-mode will provide you with the ability to scan and print as well as copy and fax documents.
Purchasing a multifunctional device for your business will allow you to save money in many areas. However, one of the largest areas where the MFD printer will save you money is in the area of office supplies. By purchasing a device that can be used for both scanning and printing, and in addition, saves you money on your overall company budget.