Details and information about color printers
If you need to print documents with graphics or photographs, then a color printer is a good investment. The standard resolution of a color printer is 600 x 600 dpi. It will be more than adequate for most printing jobs, except for photo quality printing. Mid-range color inkjet printers will print text at 14-17 pages per minute; printing a page of graphics can take several minutes. Compare this with laser color printers, some of which can print color at 26 pages per minute, and put out the first page in less than 10 seconds.
Many business color printers can be set up so only some users could print in color; preventing accidental color use and helping you keep your costs down. If your printer is meant for a busy office, upgrading to a larger paper tray or adding multiple trays will mean less waiting time while the paper is restocked. And if you routinely print on heavy stock, a color printer with a straight paper path can reduce the chances of paper jams.
Color laser printers are the best if you expect to run complicated jobs and need these types of options. Choose printers with a minimum of 600 x 600 dots per inch (dpi) for crisp looking text and graphics. For optimum photo printing or detailed graphics, a resolution of 1,200 dpi or higher may be the best choice. Look for inkjet color printers that have separate cartridges for each color as it is cheaper to replace just the color that you need than to replace the entire printer cartridge unit. Printing with a color laser printer does not cost much at prices per page. Laser color printers print fairly consistently on multiple types of paper, while inkjet quality changes quite a bit due to the varying absorption of the liquid ink on different papers.
- FIVE – Memory
Color laser printers typically start with 32MB of RAM, or Random Access Memory. Check the expandability of any printer you are considering. Almost all laser printers can support memory upgrades, but few inkjets would. You do not have to buy additional memory when you initially purchase the printer. But installing more memory is fairly straightforward and can be done anytime.
- FOUR – Printing languages
PostScript and PCL are the two common languages used by color printers. PostScript is gold standard for printing. It is precise and also capable of handling the most complicated jobs. PCL is a common language found on inkjet models, and is perfectly adequate for most low to midrange office printing. For intricate graphics design, CAD drawings and other complex images, however, you should look for a PostScript printer.
- THREE – Volume
Color Printers built for larger monthly volumes generally run at higher speeds. Not surprisingly, volume numbers are often overstated as less, or more, than the actual speed figures. If you actually print 85,000 pages per month on a printer rated for that amount, you will likely face serious mechanical problems.
- TWO – Color printer quality
Both inkjet and laser color printers can produce professional quality photos. However, if you are looking at an inkjet printer, be aware that all color inkjet printers are not capable of doing this. Generally, higher-end inkjet printer improves quality. There are color printers that are specially designed to produce top quality photos, and this is the type you should get if printing photos is important.
- ONE – Color printer reliability
Some low-end color printers are basically designed to be throwaways and some brands are more reliable than others. Examine the color printers construction because replacing a printhead is more expensive than replacing a print cartridge. A cartridge is also attached to the printhead. To save money, consider a refurbished color printer. A color inkjet printer can provide you with good quality at a reasonable price.
For most users, printing in color is rarely important and it is often just a by-product of wanting to print a web page or another document that contains incidental color.