Getting an Inkjet Printer? Here’s What You Need to Know
Considering buying an inkjet printer for your business or home but want to understand what makes a viable printing option? This article aims to shed some light on the key things to note when buying
Regardless of the types of documents you print, you are likely to want a printer that offers the best performance for the price you can afford. Today’s inkjet devices offer exceptional photographic output and text quality than can rival that of a laser printer. There are also a variety of inkjet printers on the market to suit various print requirements.
Why Inkjet Printers?
There are many advantages to inkjet printers including:
Speed: until a few years ago, inkjet printers topped out at around 30 ppm (page per minute) in black-and-white and 10 ppm in colour — while many laser printers reached speeds of up to 40 ppm in black and white or colour. However, the latest generation of office-ready inkjet printers feature revolutionary print heads that enable faster print speeds, matching and sometimes even beating many laser printers. To ensure that your inkjet printer is up to speed, ensure you get one that is ISO standard certified like the Canon PIXMA and Canon MAXIFY series.
Quality of Print: once the forte of laser printers, inkjets have improved dramatically on the text front. When it comes to photos, inkjets still tend to produce more natural results and are able to blend colours smoothly, which is why professional photo printers are almost always inkjets. Another plus point is that they can print on a wide variety and sizes of media. Many can print on canvas, iron-on transfers, banner-size and even wide-format paper.
Workloads: also known as duty cycle, printer workload refers to how many pages your business churns out each month. Look for a printer workload that matches the average number of pages your personal or business needs to print each month so that you can better avoid breakdowns and drop in quality output. For the latter, Canon’s MAXIFY series serves home users or small offices of up to 25 people, who require great print quality quickly and lots of copies.
Ink: over the years, ink cartridges for inkjet printers have become cheaper in price while ink technology has improved. For example, Canon MAXIFY’s ink system, ‘Dual Resistant High Density’ ink offers high page yields and is designed to produce more vivid and sharper text and colours which are water and marker resistant. In addition, users can also opt for XL-size ink tanks. A bonus is that replacing ink cartridges in an inkjet printer is quick and easy to do.
Cost Per Page: per-page cost of printing is driving many printer purchase decisions today because these costs can be combined with print volume, print coverage and ink/toner life assumptions, giving companies a reasonable estimate of the monthly and annual TCO for a specific printer.
Size: most inkjet printers are known for their compact size as they are relatively small and can fit into tight spaces. While all-in-one inkjet printers with print, scan, copy and fax capabilities are a little bit larger, they are still smaller than the standard size office copier.
Costs: besides looking at costs per page, other costs to consider include paper and electrical consumption. Inkjet-ready office paper is no longer extremely costly, and inkjet printers also consume less power in operation than their laser counterparts. This means that running costs can be less for inkjets. Combine these factors with a lower purchase cost and there is definitely scope when it comes to saving your business money.
Management Tools: an increasing number of office inkjet printers have the same embedded management features of their laser cousins such as built-in WiFi, Gigabit Ethernet and IPSec as well as expandable memory and a secure hard disk. In addition, many new generation inkjet printers like Canon’s MAXIFY series, have secure pull-printing, where jobs are held in a queue until released at the printer with a PIN code, or wireless, touch-to-print and cloud printing features that connect with a wider range of devices or enable print jobs from remote locations. An Operation Restriction feature limits what users can or cannot do on the printer — for example, only print in black-and-white or prohibit printing from a USB pen drive. Other interesting features include the ability to monitor print usage and programming the device to turn itself on or off at preset timings.
Nowadays, consumers look for good quality printing at the lowest initial cost that fit their business needs. Inkjet printers perfectly fit this criteria.