There are over 1.3 million accountants working today.
If you’re one of them, you know just how crucial of a role your printing calculator plays in your work.
Whether you’re buying your first one, or are just looking to get a better model, you need to read this article.
Here, we’re outlining how you can find the printing calculator that’s right for you.
We’ll also tell you about three of our top printing calculators. After all, why settle for anything less when your next calculator could be made by the same company that was awarded the Franklin Institute’s John Price Wetherill Medal?
What Does A Printing Calculator Do?
Perhaps you’ve never heard of a printing calculator! Essentially, they’re exactly like what they sound like.
Instead of having to write down all the numbers you’re crunching, these calculators create a kind of “receipt” of what you’re adding up. You’ll see every entry and function that you’ve performed.
It’s a lifesaver when it comes to financial transactions, especially when tax season rolls around!
Instead of a normal calculator, these digital options already do the math in currency form, so you won’t have to convert your numbers to dollars later.
Because they have so many functions and digital storage abilities, they are usually larger and a bit heavier than the kinds of calculators you used in algebra class. A typical footprint is about the size of 8.5″ x 11″ paper.
Standard Features To Know
The most basic features of a printing calculator are:
- Either battery-powered, plug-in, or both
- Weight of around 4 pounds, heavy-duty models tend to be closer to 8 pounds
- Require ink rollers or ribbons so you can print on your receipt paper
- Have around numeric and function keys
- May be able to print out additional information such as date and time, item count, etc.
Questions To Ask Yourself When Shopping
When you’re trying to find the perfect calculator, ask yourself…
What functions will I need?
What you need your calculator to be able to do depends on how often, and in what capacity, you’ll use it.
If you’re an accountant, you may sometimes need great memory function. This means your calculator can save some digits to be re-entered later and it will allow you to run multiple columns.
Others will need more complex features to edit entries, reprint tapes, and more.
How much will supplies like ink and paper cost me?
In addition to considering the cost of the machine itself, you’ll also need to look at how much you’ll be paying every month for printing supplies.
If you go with battery-powered options, costs can sometimes rise fast.
Depending on use, you’ll need to consider quality. Most who are buying a printing calculator are using it on a daily basis. If this is the case for you consider ribbons with heavy inking degrees (more ink) because they will not only have better print quality, they will last longer. Most users change their ribbons after using 2-3 rolls of paper.
Try to avoid options that make you buy an ink roller if you’re planning on using the device daily. Users complain that their supply costs are much higher with them because they do not last as long as ink ribbons.
Many companies will give you a discount when buying in bulk or may provide an option to add supplies for a lower cost when you buy your calculator.
How fast do I need my calculator to be able to print?
Speed is a common factor that’s looked at when comparing printing calculators.
Depending on how often you plan to use your calculator, as well as your speed in entries, you may want to look at heavy-duty models that can print up to 5 lines every second!
How loud is it?
Some printing calculators can be quite loud. This really depends on the printer and quality of the calculator body. Typically the cheaper options are found to be louder.
What colors do I need to print in?
Usually, most of these calculators will print in red and black. However,
Again, it’s up to you.
Three Of Our Favorite Printing Calculators
The Monroe UltimateX Calculator
We love this printing calculator because it can print at the super fast speed of 5 lines each second! It’s also easy to read, as the digits are over 18 millimeters in height.
For easy, error-free typing, the keypad is cupped and intuitively designed. The keypad is the highest-quality offered in its category, it has a velvet touch.
It even has an independent memory, the ability to edit and reprint tapes, and many programmable features that are sure to satisfy any accounting need.
Best of all, this calculator comes not only with a limited lifetime warranty it also offers lifetime technical support via phone. That way, you can be sure you’re getting not just the best investment, but also the best in customer service.
The Monroe 8130X Calculator
This printing calculator is one of the most popular designs on the market today – you could say it has a cult following!
With features like these, it’s not hard to see why:
- Ideal for heavy-duty jobs
- Prints in two colors
- Independent memory of four keys
- Prints at 5 lines a second
- Can display up to 12 digits at a time
The Monroe 8145X Calculator
This is Monroe’s only 14 digit printing calculator and it comes with two memory’s, allowing you to run multiple columns.
We love that you can get this model in either black or ivory, so it fits perfectly with your office decor.
This model gives you a 14 digit display, and additional supplies like extra rolls of paper, additional cartridges, and a foam wedge to life your calculator can also be added.
Ready To Pick Up The Next Big Thing In Printing Calculators?
Thanks to this handy guide on how to find the accounting calculator that’s right for you, your firm, and your clients, this tax season will be smoother than ever.
Invest in a high-quality, long-lasting printing calculator that’s affordable, up to industry standards, and will help to take the stress out of crunching the numbers.
After all, our products have already stood the test of time. Our founder and namesake, Jay R. Monroe, was the inventor of the first commercial calculator. We’ve been in business for over 100 years.
Why let a poorly-made printing calculator cost you time and lost money when errors are so easily prevented by buying a better model?
If you have questions or want to place an order, get in touch with us. Be sure to keep checking back with our blog to stay up to date with the latest calculator advice and advancements!