Computers now have become a necessity for homes too. Learning, entertainment, office work, calculations, planning, and a lot more can be done through a computer. There is no doubt that computers have made several tasks very easy and with some gadgets, it can become a lot easier. Gadgets such as printers are very useful in homes too as they are in offices. But, when it comes to buying a printer, people often get confused as to which printer to buy as there are several models and a wide range of prices.
Types of printers
There are two types of printers – inkjet and laser. Different companies add some extra features to them to make one different from the other. The price is then set accordingly. Primarily, what you need to consider is their way of printing. Inkjet printers use ink to print while the laser printers use toner. Toners last long and give better printing than ink. That is why a laser printer is a better option but it is costly. The laser printer is good at speed and can endure heavy printing. On the other hand, an inkjet printer is cheap but can work well at home. There is not much printing needed at homes so it will be better not to spend a lot of money on that.
What to look for in printers?
To purchase a cheap all-in-one printer will be better. It will contain all the necessary features such as a scanner, OCR scanner, and more. But pay attention to the printing speed. If it is inkjet then it must have the printing speed of 10 colored pages per minute and 20 black and white pages per minute. The ideal speed of the laser printer is 80 to 100 pages per minute. Then you must consider the quality, it must be a minimum of 1200×1200 dots per inch. Scanner Resolution must be 1200×600 at least. Ink replacement cost is also another factor that you must consider.
Toner – It comes in fine powder cartridges and the toner is fused using heat. Toner cartridges are a bit expensive but last longer. It gives cleaner printing than the ink on an office paper. It also doesn’t wet the paper, unlike the ink print. Laser printers can print on any type of paper with the toner.
Ink – Ink plays an important role in good printing and it is cheaper too. That is why inkjet printers are mostly seen at homes. There are two types of printer inks available which are as follows:
- Dye-based Ink – This type of ink is made by dissolving coloration either with water or glycol to make the dye flow easy for the printer head. It dries quickly on the paper but it is not waterproof. It is cheaper than pigmented ink.
- Pigmented ink – This ink lasts longer and gives a clear print. It is used by professionals for printing photos and art. It gives a better color-depth and sharpness to the print. It can be used on any type of paper. It lasts longer than dye ink and also doesn’t get easily ruined by water.