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What High Quality Printer Inks Have In Common And Why It Matters

2011-05-03

Using high quality printer inks leads to sharper, fade-resistant printouts that are more reliable and less likely to clog printer heads. When searching for printer ink online, finding high quality printer inks that are pigment-based ensures that documents and pictures print clearly and retain bright colors for a very long time. Additionally, high quality printer inks help maintain printers and printer heads through the life of the machine.

Most aqueous printer inks are a mix of water, glycol and colored dyes or pigments. Some proprietary blends may contain other compounds such as nitrates to ensure integrity and suitability for printers. High quality printer inks commonly use pigments rather than dyes for coloration because pigments are not ultraviolet (UV) light sensitive and will therefore last longer and not fade when exposed to light. Lower quality printer inks, which are often dye-based, can fade rapidly and are therefore inferior for printing documents, especially color displays or high-resolution color photographs which one might want to stay vibrant for a long time. It is easy to find high quality pigment based printer ink online by searching for "archival quality" inks.

The process of inkjet printing entails applying the liquid printer ink in various size droplets onto paper through thermal inkjet heads. Because the printer ink has to change from molten state to a dry state so quickly, it is hard to control its application. Applying low quality ink to paper media creates difficulties in controlling resolution and ink bleeding. Because of these problems, specially-coated paper sometimes has to be used. High quality printer inks often have blends that increase control of dispersion and drying, reducing the need for specialized paper and coated material for printing.

High quality printer inks matter, therefore, because they will provide much higher quality printings. Although the differences between higher and lower quality inks may be subtle on everyday text documents, the difference in the ink really matters when printing photographs, presentations or displays, especially in high-resolution color.

Inkjet heads can either be fixed-heads or disposable heads. If a fixed-head printer is used, high quality inks also matter because they are made to not clog the inkjet head nozzles which can lead to expensive replacements in fixed-head printers. If low quality ink is used that is not certified for use, printer warranties may also be voided by the printer company.

High quality printer ink, which is often pigment-based and may have additional proprietary additives, is important because it creates the best resolution printouts that are fade-resistant for durability. These inks also clog printer heads much less than lower quality printer inks, avoiding costly repairs and potential voided warranties on the printer.

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