June 26, 2022

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Which is the Best Printer for Educational Purposes?

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<strong>Which is the Best Printer for Educational Purposes?</strong>

Education has moved onto the digital plane to no small degree and that is good news for the environment. However, that is not universally applicable across all facets of education because in some areas, tangibility is a necessity. So, whether you are a college official or a college student, here’s everything you need to know about the printers available today. After you go through the post, choosing the right college printer should feel much easier.

What are the Different Types of Printers Available Today?

There are several varieties and subvarieties in printing technology, which is certainly confusing. It is still possible to divide the most relevant 2D printer types into three main categories based on the technology they use. These would be inkjet printers, laser printers, and ink tank printers. 

LED printers hold a lot of promise, but it’s still a new technology in its nascent stage. Hopefully in the future, LED printers. will be able to produce better results in photo prints than laser printers can today. Let’s get to know the pros and cons of the three most non-3D popular printer types next. 

Inkjet Printers

Inkjet printers have tips or nozzles which drop heated/supercharged ink onto the printing paper to create the instructed print. This happens extremely fast (PPM/IPM count) and each stroke includes great detail (DPI count). Inkjet printers are capable of printing both colored and monochrome prints in superb clarity.

Certain pros and cons of the classic inkjet printer are as follows:

  • Pro: High quality models can print coloured images or text in unmatched detail and precision.
  • Pro: Initial Cost is lower than all three alternatives, making them the most affordable option.
  • Con: The ink, especially coloured ink, is costly, and cartridges tend to dry up quickly when left unused for a while.

Ink Tank Printers

Ink tank and inkjet printers use the same technology to print with only one major difference. As the name suggests, ink tank printers have refillable colour tanks, and you need to buy ink bottles to refill those tanks as there are no cartridges to slot in. These are better for colleges and universities than college students due to the higher initial cost, but you won’t regret buying one in the long run, provided that you need quality prints frequently.

If you wish to save money, you will find regular sales on Lenovo college printer, scanner, xerox (all-in-one) machines. As for what to expect from an ink tank printer, the pros and cons are listed below:

  • Pro: Just like inkjets, ink tanks can also print precise, coloured images and text in equally high detail.
  • Pro: The ink will not dry up as easily.
  • Pro: Refillable tanks equal less wastage as compared to use and throw ink cartridges.
  • Pro: the cost of printing per page and image is lower.
  • Con: Almost as expensive as laser printers.
  • Con: Refilling from ink bottles is tricky.

Laser Printers

Laser printers use a laser heated, negatively charged drum to melt, shape and fuse powdered toner onto the paper for replicating the digital text/image/graph in crisp detail. For college students, text is likely to be a big portion of what they print out. At the same time, coloured graphs, images, stats, markers etc. are also likely to be included within those prints. 

Unfortunately, given how much it costs to buy a colour laser printer, it would be safe to state that they are not the best options for college students, but a laser printer is the best option for universities themselves. See the highlighted pros and cons below:

  • Pro: Fastest, crispest, and sharpest text printing.
  • Pro: Toners do not dry up as they are in powder form.
  • Pro: Cost of printing per page is significantly lower.
  • Con: Even monochrome laser printers are very expensive.
  • Con: Colour laser printers are way too expensive for personal use in most cases.
  • Con: Even the best colour laser printer can’t match an inkjet or ink tank printer, as far as printing vibrant, colourful images in high definition is concerned.

There is a lot of conflicting information out there, so it is important to set it straight that classic printers like dot matrix printers, daisy wheel printers, and line printers no longer exist as standalone printing technology.

Modified versions (drum, band, bar, chain, etc.) of the line printer are still being used by modern printers, but these do not exist on their own. Thermal line printers are used in ATM and card machines for printing out slips, but they are neither sold separately, nor are they going to be of any use for serving educational needs in any capacity.

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