By Harris O'Malley
So you want to buy a printer... that's the easy part. Actually deciding on which one fits your
needs can be a maddening experience. Fortunately, there are ways of making things somewhat easier
First, you must decide on what the primary use for your new
printer will be. Are you looking for a workhorse that can print out
letters, reports, spreadsheets and the like as well as decent looking
copies of art from the 'net? Or are you looking for a professional
quality printer to make prints of your art for sale and portfolio
purposes? Think carefully on this point... after all, it's more than a
little pointless to buy a Fargo dye-sublimation printer if the
majority of your output is going to be your basic word-processor
Next, you need to think about your budget. With the rapidly falling
prices in the computer industry, it's fairly easy to find a solid
color inkjet for under $300. However, if you want the really
high-quality output, you need to be willing and able to shell out the
Some things to consider:
Inkjet, laser, or other
This is where much of the difference in prices will result. Inkjets
these days are incredibly cheap, especially in comparison to
monochrome laser printers, and can produce comporable results. In
addition, with the advent of the digital camera, there are many inkjet
printers that are designed specifically to produce photograph-quality
Laser printers, on the other hand, can produce a much smoother and
sharper product than most inkjets, and at a higher rate of pages per
minute (ppm). Unfortunately, most affordable laser printers output in
greyscale only... color laser jets are still in the $3000 -
$4000 range, and the coloring (at least, in my experience) is still
not quite as good as it could be.
Finally, there are the other choices, such as the Fargo dye-sublimation and wax-transfer printers.
or the ALPS MD series. While these can give you professional quality prints in a wide variety of
sizes and mediums, they are also expensive as all hell. While the ALPS MD-1000 is moderately
priced at $300 - $400, with cartridges running at $10 each, the Fargo series is a whopping $4000,
it's special dye-sub ribbons have prices running in the $100 - $200 range, and special papers
costing around $50 on average.
There are a few things you'll want to think about when making your purchases...
DPI, or dots-per-inch, is the measure of a printer's
resolution. The lower the DPI (for example, 100 x 100), the larger the
dots and the lower the resolution. This makes your print-out look
grainier and less professional. If you're planning to print quality
artwork, a good range is 300 to 600 dpi.
2) PPM PPM stands for pages-per-minute.
This is the measure of your printer's speed. Again, a higher
number is better if you print in bulk or if time is of utmost
importance. A monochrome laser printer can output up to 20 ppm, while
a good inkjet can handle around 5-10 ppm b/w and 3-5 ppm color on your
average sheet of paper.
3) Mediums and paper sizes
Since everyone doesn't work with 8" x 10" images, the ability to
handle a wide range of paper sizes could well be important. Many laser
printers can handle up to 11" x 17", as can some inkjets. However, the
majority of printers will only accept 8.5" x 11" with an 8 x 10 print
area. This means, of course, that if your work is bigger than the
print area, either you will need to reduce the image size, or accept
that your work will be cropped.
You will also want to consider what sort of mediums the printer can handle. Depending on your
form of artwork, you may well want to print on glossy photo-paper, or on cardstock or even
on t-shirt transfers. If this is the case, you may well want to do a little research on what
each printer can handle. In addition, many printer makers such as Hewlett Packard, Epson and
Cannon have lines of specialty papers created specifically for their printers. If you think
you'll want to print on something other than plain paper, you may wish to compare prices and
see which is right for your budget.
4) Cost Per Page
This is where you really need to consider your long-term budget. The cost per page is a
combination of the price of the paper, the price of the ink cartridges and the ammount of ink
needed for each page. Many high-quality printers have correspondingly high costs per page.
Links of Interest
Hewlett Packard: http://www.dmo.hp.com/peripherals/main.html
EPSON America Inc: http://www.epson.com/northamerica.html
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|5 May 2008|| Pirme816|
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|24 Jul 2008|| Anderson smith|
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|10 May 2010|| Lars|
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