|There are two main types of printers: Laser and Inkjet. Lasers
typically have a higher initial cost but a lower price per page and
operating cost. Inkjets have a lower initial cost and a higher price
per page and operating costs.|
thought of as primarily high-speed black-and-white printing for
business applications. A new generation of color lasers (single pass)
deliver fast, high-quality color printing and allow companies to keep
print jobs in house to save time and money. HP's LaserJet line and
Color LaserJet line have many options for both color and
subdivided further into specialized applications. Wide-format inkjets
are for the people who need to be able to print large size jobs like
banners and graphics applications as well as graphs and charts. HP's
DesignJet line fills this niche.
printers are designed specifically for printing photographs. These
printers typically have 6-8 ink colors to increase photo quality.
Standard inkjet printers have 3 colors (cyan, magenta and yellow) plus
black. Photo printers usually have other functions, such as ports for
memory cards, the ability to print directly from camera to printer
through a USB port, on-printer displays and function keys for viewing
and simple editing directly on the printer. HP's PhotoSmart line has a
wide range of photo printer options.|
or all-in-one, printers not only print, but also scan and copy—some
also have fax and digital sending capabilities. Both laser and inkjet
printers are available in multifunction combinations. These all-in-one
devices save money and space. HP has OfficeJet, PSC, and MFP units that
range in price and performance for every need.
Consider Your Options…
|Networking – Ability to allow multiple users to access the same printer over a network|
Paper Trays – Increase the paper handling so you can have different size papers or more paper for less printer interaction
Duplex Option – Ability to print on both sides of the paper
Staplers/Stackers – Ability to group and staple documents together
Extra Memory – Increases speed for large jobs and graphics-intense jobs
– Store standard forms on the printer so they do not need to be sent
over the network (helps keep the network running quickly). Hard drives
can also provide an added measure of security. If you are printing
confidential material, you can send the job to the printer and have it
reside on the hard drive. You then print the job from the printer using
a pass code.
Standard Printer Terminology
|DPI (dots per inch) – number of dots per square inch a printer puts on the page. Typically, the higher the dpi, the better quality print job.|
Duty Cycle – number of pages a printer is manufactured to handle in a month.
First page out – How long it takes the printer to produce the first page from an idle or resting mode.
Input Capacity – maximum number of pages the printer can hold.
Output capacity – maximum number of pages the printer can handle for one job.
Media Size – The size range of the paper the printer can handle (letter, legal, poster, etc.).
Paper Trays – number of different paper holders (one for letter, one for envelope, etc.).
PPM (pages per minute) – number of pages a printer can produce in one minute.