> Specialty Printers
Photo printers are color printers
that produce photo lab quality pictures on photo paper. They can also be
used to print documents. These printers have a very high number of
nozzles and can print very fine droplets for improved image quality.
Some photo printers also have
media card readers. They can print 4” x 6” photos directly from the media
card of digital cameras without a computer in between.
Theoretically, most inkjet
printers and high end laser printers are capable of printing high quality
pictures. Sometimes, these printers are marketed as “photo printers”.
However, a dedicated photo printer is designed to print photos effectively
and economically. Apart from a higher number of nozzles and very fine
droplets, these printers also use additional cartridges, such as photo
cyan, light magenta and light black. These additional color cartridges
allow the printing of more vivid and realistic photos and the result is
better than ordinary inkjet and laser printers.
Portable printers are small,
lightweight inkjet or thermal printers that allow computer users to print
from laptop computers when traveling. They are easy to carry, convenient
to use but generally more expensive than normal inkjet printers due to the
compact design. Their printing speed is also lower than normal printers.
Some portable printers are designed to print photos immediately from
digital cameras and are known as portable photo printers.
MultiFunction / All-in-One Printers
Multifunction printer (MFP) is
also known as all-in-one printer or multifunction device (MFD). It is a
machine that includes several functionalities including printer, scanner,
copier and fax.
Multifunction printer is very
popular in SoHo (small office / home office) offices. It can use either
inkjet or laser print method. Some multifunction printers also have media
card readers, allowing printing of pictures directly from digital cameras
without using a computer.
Advantages of multifunction
Low cost – it is often cheaper to buy a multifunction printer than
individual components (fax machine, scanner, printer, copier) separately
Take up less room
Disadvantages of multifunction
If one component is broken, the entire machine has to be replaced
Failure in any component will affect other functions
The print quality and speed may be lower than some stand alone
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