Do you know when the first touch screen was invented? Way back in 1965, a great guy named E.A. Johnson developed one at Royal Radar Establishment, in Malvern, Great Britain. Since then, touch screens have gained amiable reception worldwide. Starting with those aloof kiosks we see in airports, to all so familiar bank ATMs we access round the clock, we see touch screens everywhere. And since the early 1990s, even the devices that we use every day, PCs, laptops, mobile phones and cameras have touch screens as their integral part. And now, touch screens are coming integrated with printers as well.
Why are touch screens preferred?
Although, touch screens in printers is not entirely a new concept, however it is only in last year or so that printer making companies all over the world have embraced this technology. In fact touch screens are now seen as a preferred input mechanism as they are much easier to operate. They are remove the clutter that is caused with buttons and add grace to the overall look of a printer.
What all can be done with touch screens?
Apart from providing the aesthetic feel to printers, touch screens offer a host of benefits to printer users. Here are some of them:
- Give print commands from your printer:
When it comes to printing of documents, touch screens do away with the requirement of having PCs as the interface. If we’ve noted, many a times, we require that extra printout. In that case, it can be fired directly from the printer itself.
- No PC connectivity required:
You can even transfer photographs directly to your printer. All you need is to insert the memory card in its slot on the printer or connect your camera to a printer port provided and access your documents right from the touch screen. Office printers with touch screens also have features like e-mailing a doc internally as well as out of office.
- Editing of pics made easy: With photo printers that have integrated touch screens, you can edit photographs as per your liking and improve their quality without the need of your computer.
And what are the best in them?
Since touch screen printers are trendy, convenient, and not that expensive many printer makers have released them in last year or so. Although HP is leading the pack with its line of photo printers being featured among the most preferred ones, printer makers including Lexmark, Xerox and even Samsung figure in the list of some of the best touch screen printers available in the market.
Some printers worth mentioning here can include HP Photosmart A636. It’s an excellent home-based inkjet printer, which offers an ideal combination of versatility and ease-of-operation. And if you are eyeing a printer that works best without a PC is HP Photosmart A826. The only problem with this printer is its price tag. From other printer manufacturers, the Lexmark S605 All-in-One Touchscreen printer and Kodak Hero 7.1 All-in-One Inkjet Printer are worth looking into.
Technology is ever-evolving. With every passing day, we see newer technologies coming into the forefront. With these technological advancements, printers are also evolving and touch screens have contributed immensely in the recent evolution of printers.
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