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Personal Printers And What They Are Capable Of Printing

2010-09-29

A personal printer can work in both residential and business environments. Personal printers denote printers intended to work with only one computer, though many of them can be networked to work with a small number of computers in close proximity. One of the biggest benefits to using a personal printer, rather than a business-sized printer, is that the printer inks for these machines tend to be far less expensive.

Most large printers are laser printers, rather than inkjet. Getting the appropriate printer inks for these machines typically requires getting the drum ink in addition to wells of black and three colors - cyan, magenta, and yellow - which can cost several hundred dollars together. With a personal printer you can get up and running for far less.

While many personal printers are inkjet, there are laser options as well. The benefit of a laser personal printer over an inkjet is that laser printers require fewer interventions from the user. Ink printers have more problems because ink can get gummed up and need the ink cartridges replaced more often. While laser cartridges cost more, even for personal printers, they are not as expensive as commercial laser printers.

If you choose to get a personal printer, be sure you know what types of materials the printer can handle. Pay careful attention to the name of the printer. Some personal printers have a "D" in their name somewhere, which means that they can print double-sided sheets, also called duplex printing. If the printer you are considering does not have "D" in the name, check the features list to see whether it can print double-sided if you think it's going to be something you need to do.

The vast majority of personal printers will be able to handle all common weights of paper. Typical paper is 20 pounds, but 24 and 28 pounds also are needed frequently. Cardstock and other "heavier" papers should work in most personal printers as well.

Where you will need to be careful is checking for the capability of your printer to handle specialty paper types and sizes. Most personal printers can handle only 8.5 x 11, which is the standard size of paper. If you will need to print on legal sized paper or want to print newsletters and the like, then you should check with the manual and online reviews to determine whether your printer handles these paper sizes. Specialty paper, such as sheets of business cards, postcards, and invitations, are things your printer may or may not be able to produce.

A personal printer can work for even high-volume business needs, but getting the right one will require research.

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