First of all when you select printer model you must compare with the model that you want, work print, graphics and photographs which each photographs require different printer. If you want to print picture or graphics which you should select inkjet printer.
Many years ago, owning a printer machine is very hard because each part of printer is very expensive and more than that it expensive than PCs. Serveral years ago the price of printer is drop dramatically. For Particular inkjet printer mnodels has been promote and sale at low price.
For the type of printer which have three major categories which represent the behavior of it own. The first one is dot matrix printer which is traditional printer technology and you can said that it is prototypes of typewriter. Dot matrix printer is not popular as ever but a lot of products nowadays use dot matrix. Most of account manager used to printed on paper with a copy of the multiple sheets.
The secound printer is a laser printer which laser printer quite popular for business and private home. Laser printers usually use in office which the technology of laser printer can print in black and white only.
For third types of printer is inkjet printer which inkjet printer is the most popular types of printer. Inkjet printer is the best selling types of printer and most profitable printer to printer manufacturer. For these types of printer need to look at the use of the user because ink cartridges from these types of printer is quite expensive. In terms of print quality for now must be inkjet printer because they have developed a system to print with 4 color, 6 colors and 8 colors which these can reduce the problem of the color combinations of the primary colors in four color printing and sometime it mixes out and it still does not match the natural shades. For multi-color printing system which have advantage of makeing the color to print have little more natural.
Many people understand the increasing the number of color to be used when printing with more ink and this must be the answer. For the resolution of these types of printer is select the appropriate view to the current static compared to the resolution must be at least 1200 x 600 dpi. For normal use must not lower than these resolution. For graphic work must have resolution around 4800 x 1200 dpi and up to 9600 dpi.
For the size of paper inkjet printers have a standard size is A4 which is commonly used by home and office. For graphic professional usually use compatible printer with A3 size paper.
For the channel of installed parallel usually use USB 1.1/2.0 in most cases and also use USB inkjet model with high speed. Nowadays inkjet printer is design to support a large quantities which it can also connecto to the network for your convenitence. For conclusion on how to select your printer is depend on your types of useage and you budget because some types of printer have very expensive price for ink cartridges and toner cartridges.