A Basic Guide to Printers

May 17, 2016 at 9:10 pm

A printer is a peripheral that produces a graphic or a text document stored in electronic form on a physical print media such as paper. They are either black and white or colored. The printers are attached by printer cable, usb (universal serial bus) cable to a computer. Some of the printers have built-in network interfaces. They may be Ethernet based or wireless and can serve as hard copy for any user.


A few modern printers have advanced features; they can be directly interfaced to electronic media like the memory cards and even to image capture devices like scanners and digital cameras. Some of the printers are combined with fax machines or document scanners in a single unit can perform the task of photocopiers. These multifunction printers include scanning, copying and printing among their main features.

Printers are classified according to the printer technology they make use of. Different technologies are capable of various different levels of print speed, cost, text quality and noise. Other aspect of printer technology is resistance to alteration: liquid ink, such as from fabric ribbon or an inkjet, which is absorbed by the paper, so the documents that are printed with ink are more difficult to alter as compared to the documents printed with solid ink or toner as they do not penetrate below the surface of paper.

Modern printing technologies:

1. Toner based printer: laser printers rapidly produces high quality graphics and text. Just like multifunction printers and digital photocopiers, laser printers make use of xerographic printing process. LED printer is another toner based printer which uses LEDs instead of laser.

2. Liquid inkjet printers: These printers operate by propelling different sized droplets of ink onto any size of page. Liquid inkjet printers are the most common type of computer printers that are used by consumers. They can be used in small home offices too. These printers can print with a resolution of 1200 to 4800 dots per inch.

3. Solid ink printers: they are also known as phase change printers and area type of thermal transfer printers.

4. Inkless printers: UV printers and thermal printers are type of inkless printers. UV printers use a special reusable paper coated with UV light sensitive chemicals. Thermal printers work by making use of special heat sensitive papers and by selectively heating regions on it.

5. Dot matrix printers: commonly used in home office for lost cost, low quality applications or the applications demanding high volume printing. They make use of small pins to create precise dots but are quickly going out of style.

6. 3D printers: okay, not something you will probably buy for your home. But they are worth mentioning because 3D printing is so cool.

Scanners and printers are some of the most popular pieces of equipment in home offices today. As technology moves forward more advanced features are always being added. Things like wireless network with multiple devices is now becoming desirable as people wish to print directly from their iPhone or iPad.

Choosing the Best Printer for Your Home

April 11, 2016 at 3:40 pm

Based on the lists of bestselling printers, it seems most people opt for an all-in-one printer, also known as a multifunctional printer. The price to have a printer that is also capable of scanning, copying, and faxing really isn’t that much greater anymore so it makes sense why people would prefer a multifunctional item.

Imagine having an all-in-one device that can print, scan and fax for for less than $200! If you do a lot of work from home or just like to stay organized, having all this functionality at your fingertips is really great.

But every good thing comes at a cost, even if it is monetary, so what you gain in functionality you may lose in print quality or compactness. The good news is that there are many great printers for sale at affordable prices.


Tips on Buying a Printer

When buying a printer there are a few main specs you will want to consider to find the best printer for your needs.

1. Speed – how many pages can the printer produce per minute. If you will be printing in bulk, this is an important feature to evaluate.

2. Resolution – if you will be printing documents for your business, print clarity will be important. Likewise, if you are shopping for a photo printer you will be most concerned with the quality of the images printed.

3. Footprint – printers come in various sizes so you need to consider how much room you have available.

4. Functionality – are you looking for a document printer only or will you be printing a lot of images. Would an all-in-one printer with copying and scanning capabilities be more useful?

5. Ink Type & Costs – if you will be using your printer solely for documents then you can probably lower your costs by finding a black and white printer. Color printers will offer more versatility but will require multiple ink cartridges. The cost of ink cartridges is also something to consider.

6. Output sizes – there are printers that can print larger-size documents and photos, up to 11×17 inch.

Top Brands of Printers

In the world of printers there are a few different players, but there are really 3 to 4 which seem to stand out.

Canon, probably best know for their cameras, also have some of the most popular all-in-one printers. You can expect good photo quality results with Canon printers.

Epson was an early leader creating inkjet printers. They continue to be a dominant player, and like Canon, are known for the image quality of their products.

HP (Hewlett-Packard) was creating electronic and scientific equipment all the way back to the 1940s. Along with Canon and Epson, HP was one of the first producers of the inkjet printer.

Brother actually got their start manufacturing sewing machines, but has branched out considerably. Today they are probably best known for their multifuntional printers.

These 4 companies continue to produce some of the best printers currently for sale.