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Types of Printer

Take a look at the guide below to find out the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of printers on the market, from laser printers to inkjet and everything in between.

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Office Printers

Laser

The Laser printer was developed by Xerox in the 1960s when the idea of using a laser to draw images onto a copier drum was first considered. Laser printers are still widely used in large offices as they are traditionally more efficient than Inkjet printers.

Advantages:
● More cost effective than Inkjet printers
● Increases productivity
● High print speed
● Higher paper capacity
● Often expandable with Paper Trays, finishers etc.
● Grows with your business

Disadvantages:
● May require short ‘warm-up times’
● Larger footprint
● High voltage usage leads to small carbon emissions

Solid Ink Printers

Solid Ink Printers utilise a unique form of ink technology, designed to save space and money on packaging. The printers melt solid ink sticks during the printing process – a method which can help produce more vibrant tones.

Advantages:
● Environmentally-friendly
● Produces vibrant tones
● Made from non-toxic vegetable oils
● Compact design
● Consumables require less storage

Disadvantages:
● Requires warm-up and cool-down time
● Prints cannot be laminated

LED Printers

Similar to Laser Printers, but using a Light Emitting Diode rather than a laser to create images on the print drum or belt. Due to the fewer moving parts – LED printers are often considered more efficient and reliable than laser printers.

Advantages:
● Reliable and efficient
● Cheaper to manufacture than laser printers
● Often include free warranty extensions

Disadvantages:
● None

Our most popular LED printers are produced by OKI http://www.printerland.co.uk/Oki-Printers-C4868.aspx

Business Inkjet Printers

Utilising inkjet technology on a large scale to accommodate the needs of a busy office with heavy reliance on printed output. Inkjet technology in printers is enduringly popular due to its reliability and robust nature.

Advantages:
● Capable of producing highly detailed and photo-realistic prints
● Limited warm-up time required
● Small footprint

Disadvantages:
● Higher cost-per-page than most laser printers
● Wet prints
● Can be less reliable than laser printers

Home Office Printers:

Inkjet

Inkjet printers are one of the most common types of printers used in both professional and domestic settings. Developed in the 1950s, Inkjet printing technology is still hugely popular today due to the numerous advantages and minimal drawbacks.

Advantages:
● Capable of producing photo-realistic prints
● Practically no warm-up time
● Small footprint

Disadvantages:
● High running costs (Cost per page)
● Slow print speeds
● Sometimes produce erroneous empty cartridge warnings
● Prone to clogging
● Wet prints

Low Cost Inkjet Printers

Combining the high quality print capabilities of inkjet technology with lower cost-per page functionality: low cost inkjet printers are well-suited to professional and domestic users working on a budget.

Advantages:
● Lower cost-per-page production
● Quick warm-up time
● Capable of producing fine, smooth, photo-realistic prints

Disadvantages:
● Potentially wet prints

Multifunction

Sometimes known as All-In-One printers, Multifunction units are often capable of performing printing, copying, scanning and faxing tasks. This can simplify the completion of multiple tasks within an office or domestic environment.

Advantages:

● More cost efficient than buying multiple devices
● More compact than buying multiple devices
● Perform numerous tasks simultaneously
● More power efficient than the implementation of numerous devices

Disadvantages:
● Can restrict usage time available for larger workgroups.

All-in-One Inkjets

Combining the technology of inkjet printing with the functionality of a multifunction printer: all-in-one printers are capable of providing full service to a busy office environment whilst retaining the high quality prints of an inkjet printer.

Advantages:
● High quality printed output
● Cost efficient and compact alternative to buying numerous machines
● Power efficient

Disadvantages:
● Wet prints
● High running costs

Dot Matrix

Dot Matrix printers are the oldest established type of printers still available on the market. Images and text are drawn out in tiny dots when a print head strikes an ink-soaked cloth against the paper in the required pattern or formation.

Advantages:
● Low initial unit costs
● Low running costs
● Low maintenance costs
● Able to perform in hot and dirty conditions

Disadvantages:
● Low resolution printed output
● Noisy

A3

Capable of printing on A3 sheets, A3 printers are well-suited to business and domestic settings which require larger scale prints. A3 printers often have options produce other sized prints and have numerous input trays, simplifying the process.

Advantages:
● Larger print size
● Wider range of options
● Allows you to bring outsource print-runs back in-house

Disadvantages
● Higher initial cost
● Larger footprint

3D

One of the most exciting developments in printing technology history, 3D printing is becoming more affordable for professional and domestic users. Modern 3D printers are capable of producing 3D objects and items in high quality resin.

Advantages:
● 3D prints
● Limitless possibilities
● Capacity for full customisation

Disadvantages:
● High initial costs
● High resin costs
● Still developing technology

For a full range of printers and consumables, visit the Printerland homepage or call our dedicated team on 0800 840 1992.

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