What is a duplex printer?

The term ‘duplex’ is commonly used in the printing world to describe printers and multifunction devices that print, scan or copy (or all three!) double sided. Some machines do this automatically to help reduce paper and costs instantly, whilst others require the user to specify that they want to do this. When buying a printer, look out for the terms ‘automatic duplex’ and ‘manual duplex’ .

At Printerbase, we tend to simplify this term to either double-sided or two-sided to avoid unnecessary confusion with ‘techy’ jargon. Double-sided functionality, whether that be in printing, copying or scanning, is a great way to reduce paper consumption and cut waste and costs.

When printing double-sided, the maximum paper weight accepted in the machine is usually much lower.


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