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What Is Duplexing on a Printer?

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Duplexing is the process of printing on both sides of paper.

Have you heard of the term “duplexing” regarding printers? Duplexing is the process of printing on both sides of the paper to achieve a duplex effect. You may also refer to this as double-sided printing since it is the same process. There are a few methods for printing duplex documents that we will explore today, including manual and automatic duplexing.

Both methods have strengths that appeal to business professionals. If you need help deciding whether manual or automatic duplex printing is right for you, BDS is here to help! We have staff ready to help you with anything printing technology related. Plus, with over 40 years in the business, we have experience assisting professionals from various backgrounds and businesses of all sizes!

Manual Duplex Printing

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Manual duplex printing requires you to manually flip your print to achieve the duplex effect. This type of duplexing will require more steps and reliance on you, the user. You can perform this type of printing on almost any printer. To print in this mode, ensure your printer is set to the correct settings to achieve your duplex effect.

Depending on the model and software you are using, you can click the manual duplex printing mode option as you go to print. However, some models have various categories and ways to navigate this function, so it is always best to check your user manual or contact a BDS expert to help you find it.

Manual duplexing may be a fine print method for most businesses and organizations. However, those with high duplexing needs may benefit from the extra boost that auto duplexing provides. The main drawback to manual duplexing is that it can take time and effort. Again, most everyday professionals may not require double-sided printing regularly, so the manual duplex option is satisfactory.

However, if you work in a field like education or finance, you may frequently require the double-sided print option. In these scenarios, pairing your printer with an auto-duplexer will help you save time and boost office efficiency.

Auto Duplex Printing

In contrast to manual duplex printing, auto duplex printing allows you to automatically print on both sides of the page seamlessly without having to flip the page yourself manually. There’s typically no need to set up automatic duplex printing because most printers have this built-in feature. However, you can also add-on one to your existing printer.

When adding any materials to your current print infrastructure, remember they must be compatible with your model. In other words, make sure your printer supports whichever automatic duplexer you decide to add. The last thing we want you to do is waste money on an add-on that will not benefit you.

Auto duplex printing is perfect for the busy professional who requires double-sided prints daily. Whereas printing in manual duplex, auto duplex does not require much from you, the user. Instead, the printer’s internal technology does all the work, so all you need to do is sit back and hit print.

Although this is an excellent choice because of how advanced and efficient it is, these models can run on the more expensive side. Assessing whether your business, enterprise, or organization will find long-term benefits in using one of these devices is critical. On the plus side, those who print on both sides regularly have recognized an uptick in productivity and efficiency.

Does BDS Offer Duplex Printing Options?

BDS has printers with auto duplex capabilities available in our inventory! We pride ourselves on delivering the best equipment at a fair and affordable price. We even offer leasing and certified preowned devices to help offset the cost of these devices! Partnering with BDS for your technology support and solutions is one of the best decisions you can make for your office and print infrastructure!

To learn more about how you can fully optimize your print devices and office, be sure to regularly check out our blog and knowledge base for free resources. To stay updated on the latest industry news and trends, follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram.

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Written By:BDS
February 7, 2024

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