To understand why inkjet printers are so popular in commercial and wholesale printing, you need to understand the technology behind the machines.
Introduced in the late 1980’s, inkjet printers came before their laser printing cousins. Unlike laser printing, inkjet has continued to grow in popularity and performance.
A quick lesson in inkjet printer technology
Inkjet printers create images through hundreds of mini nozzles that fire off minuscule drops of ink – just 50 microns in diameter. To put that into perspective, that’s smaller than the diameter of a piece of human hair; advanced inkjet printers’ ink drops can be as small as a red blood cell!
Considering these drops are so much smaller than the human eye can detect, inkjet printers can mix colours with unmatched precision, which we perceive as different shades. It goes without saying that the quality of text, photo, graphic, or image that’s created is of stunning quality and resolution.
Advantages of inkjet printers
Low starting costs
While quality and colour should always be the priority when you’re choosing your inkjet printing provider, costs will inevitably come into play.
Luckily, a lower upfront cost is one of the main reasons inkjet printing has grown in popularity. Regardless of whether the inkjet printer is a basic one or a top-of-the-line, advanced inkjet printer – like what we use at Print Three! – inkjets offer tremendous value for the price.
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This is what you’re probably concerned most with, and we have good news: Inkjet technology affords extremely precise placement of ink dots, with resolutions up to a brilliant 1440×1440 dots per inch (dpi). A higher dots per inch means a more accurate reproduction of the original image, and this is about as good as it gets, especially if you’re printing photographs. Expect almost lifelike results if you’re printing from an advanced, commercial inkjet printer!
This one’s straightforward: The better the quality, the better the colour. The precision inkjet printing offers translates into bright and vivid colours, with the ability to blend tones and shading distinctly. Even with all the advancements in inkjet printing, manufacturers continue to improve on inkjet colour.
Sure, inkjet printing may lag behind laser printing, for example, but that doesn’t mean it’s slow. Inkjet printers require little warm-up or start-up time, and can receive and begin processing documents and files at reasonable speeds.
If you have an upcoming print order for your business or company, consider the cost-efficient, unmatched-quality inkjet printing affords.