First of all, as a potential printer buyer, everyone should be accustomed with the different types of devices available on the market, the most important of them being those that use a matrix, those that use an inkjet and the laser-based printers.
Why are these products better than others? Given the fact that you’re prepared to invest in a high-quality piece of equipment, why not do so for a device that uses the ultimate printing technologies? As a matter of fact, one of the most significant classifying criteria of printers is the impact they have on paper. Depending on this factor, printers have their advantages and disadvantages, but the final decision may also be based on subjective reasons, that refer to the way the device fits its purpose.
One aspect that is worth taken into consideration is the resolution of printing equipment that is measured in DPI (the amount of pixels printed on a square inch). The majority of photographic printers have a maximal resolution of 2400×1200 dpi, while the most efficient ones reach an impressive of 4800×1200 dpi.
If you usually need a printer for black and white texts, a 600×600 dpi resolution would be enough, therefore, there won’t be necessary to invest in a more powerful device. The 4800×1200 dpi printers are normally best sellers for big and small companies that specialize in high-quality printing of photos and presentation materials.
The ink cartridge is also an important issue when buying a printer. Inkjet devices for instance consist in a complex design that implies a tank for the liquid ink and a series of really small spouts through which the ink is spread on the paper. The number of spouts and that of the tanks depends on the resolution of the printer. Normal color inkjet equipment uses 4 ink tanks for 4 different colors (cyan, magenta, yellow and black), while the more sophisticated photographic printers rely on 6 colors.
When the various colors mix, the device can practically produce any type of color. However, when buying a photographic printer, there are also other aspects that may raise your concern, like: connectivity, compatible paper formats, wither the device has an integrated card reader or an USB port. An extra USB port, for instance, would be helpful in the sense that it would allow direct connectivity with a digital photographic camera, without the need to firstly copy-paste the photos on a computer.
Going forth the scale of efficiency a printer should achieve, multifunctional devices seem to be everybody’s choice nowadays. Most multifunctional printers have an automatic duplex printing technology that enables you to issue a printed paper on both sides, at the same time, increasing comfort and lowering costs. Moreover, a Wi-Fi option would allow you to print from any type device, even from a smartphone, without necessarily requiring a connection port.
Multifunctional equipment should also come with an integrated LCD color screen that would allow the user to see the photos before printing.