What do printer suffixes mean?

Printer suffixes are not simply placed at the end of the printer model, these suffixes have meanings. Often, a printer may differ by only one letter  at the end – it’s helpful to know what those suffixes mean so you can tell if it’s the same as another printer or a different device altogether.

Here’s the list of common letters on the end of a printer model signify.

D Duplex Fully automatic double-sided printing
C Colour Indicates the device is a colour printer
F Fax F stands for Fax, not one you see too much now days, but some people still use them.
MFP Multi-function printer MFP stands for Multi-Function Printer, typically MFP is an “all-in-one” printer with the bonus functions including scan, copy and fax. This can vary depending on the printer so it always worth checking to see what features you’re getting.
N Network ready Printer has a built-in network card so you can connect it to your network so multiple users can print to it – rather than plugging it into your computer. Printers that are network ready are often called “workgroup printers”.
W Wireless Network ready W stands for Wireless. Wireless means the printer will have wireless capability for connivance of printing from a smart device or your computer with no cables. Most modern printers will feature wireless printing. The alternative to wireless printing is to connect you’re printer via USB cable directly from the printer to the PC.

If you see multiple letters, means they’re highlighting the combination of features. For example:

Brother MFC-L8690CDW Colour MFP, CDW means colour, duplexing and wireless capability.

HP 7KW75A LJ Pro M283fdw MF Printer, FDW means fax, duplexing and wireless connectivity.

HP 7KW74A LJ Pro M283fdn MF Printer, FDN means you’ll get fax, duplexing and networking connectivity.


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