Buying a computer printer usually requires you to better understand its many different features. With a wide variety of computer printers available, you should be sure that the one you buy would fit right in to your own printing needs. Getting to know and understand a printer’s general features would allow you to make a more informed choice before you dish out any money from your pocket. Here are the usual computer printer features that you should know about.
Printer resolution usually refers to the maximum number of dots per inch that the machine is capable of printing. Dpi is measured both by the number of dots that appear horizontally and vertically on a single inch of paper. The higher the dpi, the better would be the quality of the print. But it can also mean more ink use. To give you an idea, a 600 x 600 dpi printer can print 600 dots horizontally and the same number of dots vertically on a one inch piece of paper. The higher the dpi of the printer, the more detailed its print out becomes, both as text or images.
This feature in a printer refers to the number of pages that it can print in a single minute. Measured in ppm, it provides buyers with an idea of how fast a particular printer can print in a minute. But buyers should bear in mind that usual tests to determine print speed do not necessarily make use of the usual print quality that you may be accustomed to.
Since a higher print speed usually means a faster and more attractive printer, most manufacturers usually go for printing using the lowest quality setting on plain paper in order to get the highest possible number. As you may have realized, such prints would not be the ones that you might have in mind. Expect the print speed to be half as that promised by the manufacturer when used for better quality prints.
Another feature being looked into in printers are their paper handling qualities. This will refer to the number of different paper sizes and thickness that it can print as well as its capacity. Top of the line printers used in most offices usually have better paper handling features in that they can accommodate a variety of paper sizes and quality. The most basic of printers can only handle a single paper to print at a time.