Inkjet Printers Advantages and Disadvantages

Printers have become an integral part of computers. From postage to photographs, books to blog notes, there are numerous pages of online content that you may want to print. While you may think printers are printers and all can do the job you need accomplished, there are a variety of styles of inkjet printers and each has different capabilities.  Should you buy an inkjet or a laser printer? Often people buying a new printer are confused about whether to buy a laser printer or inkjet printer. The short answer is it depends on what you’ll be using it for, and how much you’ll be using it. The following summarize the main advantages and disadvantages of inkjet printers.
Inkjet printers are the most affordable and popular printers available today; they offer high quality and fine detailed printing output. The advent of the inkjet printer has made printing much easier and faster. Since the 1980s, inkjet printers have evolved to become the most common printers used in homes and offices. Inkjet printers work by propelling droplets of ink onto the paper. The ink is released from small removable cartridges and if it is a colour inkjet printer there will normally be a black cartridge and three different coloured cartridges. You can either replace the whole cartridge or refill the cartridges with a special refill kit.
Most inkjet printers will print 2 to 6 pages in one minute (ppm). Pages with graphics will take longer and range about 1to 3 minutes. Ink jet printers are able to provide consumers with high quality prints at a very reasonable price. They are much quieter and also produce much higher quality. You can buy an inkjet printer that will produce photo quality picture prints, something that would have been impossible with a dot matrix.
Inkjet printers are considerably cheaper to buy. High end printers are capable of producing good quality images when used with special paper. Most models are relatively light weight and compact so they don’t take up too much space on the desk. Ther are more viable option for photo print quality having a multi-colour output. It is usually 4-colour but there are 6-colour and even 8-colour outputs available. The recently launched Inkjet printers have sizably reduced their cost of cartridges which are now in vogue again. In contrast to additional luxurious technologies like thermal transfer printer, dye-sublimation printers, and laser printers, ink jets have the benefit of approximately no warm-up and a lesser printing cost per page.
One drawback of the ink jet printer is the cost of printer cartridges, which can be quite expensive. The design of the ink cartridges does also mean that they are prone to clogging. As the ink used is water soluble it is also important to avoid even small amounts of water coming into contact with your finished document, as this will easily cause smudging. Another disadvantage is the possibility of an affect called bleeding. This is when the ink is carried side ways and results in a smudged document. It means
the ink is carried to a side away from the preferred location by the capillary action along the fibre of the paper; the result is a muddy or smudged appearance on some types of paper. Inkjets produce goods quality print on black text but are very slow in their performance. Also the prints emerge from the printer slightly wet and may need time to dry. Inkjets aren’t designed for high volume printing. Due to the cost of ink, running an inkjet printer over time is a more expensive than a laser printer.
These disadvantages have been addressed in a variety of ways:
Third-party ink suppliers sell ink cartridges at significantly reduced costs (often 10%−30% of OEM cartridge prices) and also sell kits to refill cartridges, and bulk ink, at even lower prices.
Many vendors’ “intelligent” ink cartridges have been reverse-engineered. It is now possible to buy inexpensive devices to reliably reset such cartridges to report themselves as full, so that they may be refilled many times.
Print lifetime is highly dependent on the quality and formulation of the ink, as well as the paper chosen. The earliest inkjet printers, intended for home and small office applications, used dye-based inks. Even the best dye-based inks are not as durable as pigment-based inks, which are now available for many inkjet printers.
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