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Popular Printer Ink Types For Laptops

2011-10-21

Compatibility

All laptops and printers currently manufactured utilize the same USB or wireless connections. This fact guarantees that, given the correct drivers, any laptop will work with any printer. Rest assured that there are no known exceptions to this fact. However, while the printer/laptop connections may be standard, the printer ink types are remarkably less so.

Ink vs. Toner

A wide variety of choices are available to the consumer in the desktop printer market. The most fundamental delineating factor is inkjet versus laser. Inkjet printers, as the name implies, utilize liquid ink while laser printers use a dry toner. Laser printers offer greater affordability, on a cost per print basis, while inkjet printers offer superior photo printing capability.

The Major Manufacturers and Their Marketing Strategy

A variety of companies vie for dominance in the inkjet printer market. By and large, all follow the same strategy. Specifically, that strategy is to sell their printers at an extremely affordable cost and then to make their profit off the sale of the printer ink. The following are some of the more important manufacturers.

Hewlett Packard

In the 1980s, HP introduced the desktop inkjet printer to the retail consumer market. It remains one of the world's leading retailers of dedicated and all-in-one printers. It continually updates its inkjet printer line and produces dozens of types of printer ink. HP formulates a specific ink for each of its printers. The 564, 940 and the newest 951 series of inks produce outstanding photo quality prints at a truly affordable price.

Lexmark

Originally a subsidiary of IBM, Lexmark is one of the most innovative printer manufacturers. It was among the first to include wireless capabilities and introduced the first web-enabled touch screens. Its 100 and 105 series are among the most affordable of any printer inks and are compatible with a wide range of Lexmark printers.

Epson

As the world's largest producer of printers and their consumables, Epson has always been a leader in this market. Its development of the piezoelectric print head revolutionized the industry. Epson's strategy is to develop a smaller range of inks that are compatible with many of its printers. In other words, their goal is the production of affordable printers combined with an affordable ink.

The Final Analysis

All newly manufactured, laptops and inkjet printers are completely compatible. When purchasing a new inkjet printer, the consumer should be concerned with the quality of its printing and with its functionality. The variety of printer ink types may seem daunting but, in the end, all deliver a similar product. The knowledgeable consumer need only compare the output of the various printers to make an objective choice.

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