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Here is the information about different types of printers you should be aware of. The main categories are: - laser printers, ink-jets, dot-matrix, multifunctional, etc. Normally home computer users will use ink-jets as they are relatively cheap but superior in quality to dot-matrix. Laser jets and other printers created by new technology  are more expensive and more commonly found in the offices.

 

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When deciding between an inkjet , a laser printer or other type of printer, it is a good idea to evaluate several factors before proceeding with the purchase. Here are some things to keep in mind to help you decide what kind of  printer would serve you well. One of the main considerations when looking a type of printers  is the amount of pages  you anticipate to print with the device. For example, an inkjet printer works very well for relatively low number of pages primarily text documents. Also, usage that may require some type of color on an occasional basis can be handled very well with an inkjet printer. On the other side, inkjets are not designed for a large amount of production each day. If you plan to use a printer  3 years , you need to calculate for each type printer in your consideration all expenses during 3 years for printing : price of the printer, prices of cartridges (toners), cost of printing paper  for 5 years, cost of additional warranty or support, and so on.

 

 

 Ink-jets(bubble-jets) printers spray ionized tiny drops of ink onto a page to create an image.  This is achieved by using magnetized plates which direct the ink's path onto the paper in the desired pattern. Almost all ink-jets offer a color option as standard, in varying degrees of resolution. Ink-jet printers are capable of producing high quality print which almost matches the quality of a laser printer. A standard ink-jet printer has a resolution of 300 dots per inch, although newer models have improved on that.  As a rule color link-jet printers can also be used as a regular black and white printer. 

 

   

Laser printers operate by shining a laser beam to produce an image on a drum. The drum is then rolled through a pool, or reservoir, or toner, and the electrically charged portions of the drum pick up ink. Finally, using a combination of heat and pressure, the ink on the drum is transferred onto the page. Laser printers print  very fast, and the supply cartridges work a long time. Color laser printers use the same toner-based printing process as black and white ( B/W) laser printers, except that they combine four different toner colors.  Color laser printers can also be used as a regular black and white laser printer.

 

 

 LED/LCD printers  are types of electro photographic printers that are identical to laser printers in most ways. Both LCD (liquid crystal display) and LED (light-emitting diode) printers use a light source instead of a laser to create an image on a drum. In most contexts, "laser printer" covers LCD and LED printers as well.  The print process is almost identical, but LED printers use Light Emitting Diodes to charge the drum, and the other uses Liquid Crystals. These printers produce a very high quality text and graphics print out.

 

 

Impact (Dot-matrix) printers use a set of closely spaced pins and a ribbon to print letters or other characters on a page. These printers actually impact the page to print a character, much like a typewriter. Dot-matrix printers vary in terms of speed and the number of pins they have. They can run at a speed anywhere between 50 and 500 CPS (Characters Per Second). The number of pins, which can vary between 9 to 24, determines the quality of the print job.  Dot matrix printers are commonly used for printing invoices, purchase orders, shipping forms, labels, and other multi-part forms. Dot matrix printers can print through multi-part forms in a single pass, allowing them to produce more pages than even high-speed laser printers.

 

 

Solid Ink printers are page printers that use solid wax ink sticks in a "phase-change" process. They work by liquefying wax ink sticks into reservoirs, and then squirting the ink onto a transfer drum, from where it is cold-fused onto the paper in a single pass.   Solid-ink printers offer better color consistency than do most technologies, with little variation caused by changes in temperature, humidity, or type of paper. Solid ink machines have better reliability, because they have fewer components in comparison, for example with color laser printers .

 

 

 Dye Sublimation printers are professional devices widely used in demanding graphic arts and photographic applications for  printing on mugs, license plates and other popular hard surface items.  True these printers work by heating the ink so that it turns from a solid into a gas. The heating element can be set to different temperatures, thus controlling the amount of ink laid down in one spot. In practice, this means that color is applied as a continuous tone, rather than in dots, as with an inkjet. One color is laid over the whole of one sheet at a time, starting with yellow and ending with black. The ink is on large rolls of film which contain sheets of each color, so for an A4 print it will have an A4-size sheet of yellow, followed by a sheet of cyan, and so on. Dye sublimation requires particularly expensive special paper, as the dyes are designed to diffuse into the paper surface, mixing to create precise color shades.

 

 

 Portable printers are usually fairly lightweight and sometimes carry the option of using a battery instead of drawing power from the computer. Usually they realize basic print resolutions suitable for plain text printing. You can find on the market the following types of the portable printers:  Thermal printer, Thermal transfer printer and Ink-Jet printer. The main advantage of thermal and thermal transfer printers is that they can be very small. The smallest thermal and  thermal transfer printers  weigh  approximately one pound. Usually the  ink-jet portable printer weighs more than 2 pounds. Thermal printers require a special type of paper.

 

 

 

 Plotters  (Designjet) are large-scale printers that are very accurate at reproducing line drawings. They are commonly used for technical drawings such as engineering drawings or architectural blueprints. The two basic types of plotters are called flatbed plotters and drum plotters. Flatbed plotters are horizontally aligned with a flat surface to which a piece of paper is attached. The paper remains stationary and the printer moves pens across the paper to draw the image. Drum plotters, also called upright plotters, are vertically positioned. They have a drum that the paper rolls on. Drum plotters usually make more noise and are more compact than flatbed plotters.

 

 

 

 

Copiers. A copier (also known as a copy machine) is a machine that makes paper copies of documents and other visual images quickly and cheaply. Most current photocopiers use a technology called xerography, a dry process using heat. Copiers can also use other technologies such as ink jet, but xerography is standard for office copying.

 

 

 Digital Photo printers. Many middle range printers are now able to print photo quality images. Usually an option with color printers, specialist photo print heads allow a greater resolution to be achieved to improve photo image quality. Photo ink jet printers expand their gamuts by adding additional ink colors, usually light cyan and light magenta.

 

 

 

 

Network printer is a printer that provides output  capabilities to all network users. Anyone who has for use  more than one computer has good reason to consider sharing a printer over a network. No matter what kind of environment you work in , you can save both space and money when you share over a network. And you can use that extra cash to buy a printer that better suits your needs.

 

 

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Wireless printer  allows to work with wireless network, and take advantage of these benefits: print from anywhere in your home or office,  say goodbye to cord clutter and the length of printer cables determining the placement of other peripherals, share a single printer with an entire household or office, save on the hardware and energy costs.

 

 

 

 

 Multifunction printers: combine top-quality color ink-jet or laser printing with plain-paper and PC faxing, color copying and color scanning , telephoning- all in one convenient, space-saving machine. If you work from home or have a small office a multifunctional device may be ideal. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CD/DVD printer (Diskproducer) is the automated CD/DVD printing system that can truly be called innovative. It combines automatic, robotic-based CD or DVD printing along with full-color, 2400 dpi disc printing all in one compact, desktop unit.

 

 

 

All-in-one printers.  A variety of all-in-one printers  can solve all of your printing, faxing, scanning, and copying needs while saving space and energy.

 

POS receipt  and banking printers  these printers realize innovative technology and functionality to increase productivity, and reduce costs. A receipt printer plays an integral role in any POS (Point-of-Sale)  system, signaling the cash drawer to open when the transaction is completed.

ID Card Printer. The Magicard  is a high-value card printer ideal for smaller ID programs in need of an on-demand card printing solution.

Most Magicard printers provide extra card security with the inclusion of a secure holographic watermark system called HoloKote. HoloKote gives you the option of adding a secure watermark across the surface of each printed card at no extra cost. The HoloKote watermark can be applied during the normal printing process. With this printer, you can choose from four fixed HoloKote patterns (waves, rings, keys, and globes) selectable from the printer driver. The printer also accepts Magicard HoloPatch card stock. HoloPatch cards highlight a portion of the HoloKote watermark to create a high visibility security seal.

 

 Label Printers are  the smartest way to print labels one at a time.  The printers allow easy installation.  You can  get high-quality, professional results every time. There are multi-purpose  printers , that can print different types of labels. For example, label printers used in supermarkets can print bar codes as well as normal text. There are also some label printers that can print different sizes of labels on goods.

 

 

 

VersaLaser™  (Universal Laser Systems Inc.) is peripheral tool, that  can transform images or drawings on your computer screen into real items made out of an amazing variety of materials… wood, plastic, fabric, paper, glass, leather, stone, ceramic, rubber… and it’s as easy to use as your printer. 2 models of VersaLaser have  16"x12"(VL-200) and 24"x12"  (VL-300) work areas. 

 

 

3D Printers ( Z corporation). The ZPrinter 310 System creates physical models directly  from computer-aided design system  (“CAD”) and other digital data in hours instead of days. The printer is fast, versatile and simple, allowing engineers to produce a range of concept models and functional test parts quickly and inexpensively. The system is ideal for an office environment or educational institution, providing product developers easy access to a 3D Printer.

 

 

 

 

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