How Does an Inkjet Printer Print?

Inkjet printers are the most common types of printers, found in offices, schools, universities, dorm rooms, and homes all across the world. They come in compact, travel-ready sizes for businesspeople on the go, and also in large sizes that are suitable for corporate offices. There are few printers more accessible and easy to use than these.

Whether you only print the occasional landscape art to hang on your wall, you’re printing off baby pictures to send to the in-laws every other day, or you work in a busy design workshop, you’ll undoubtedly find yourself confronting an inkjet printer at some point. And they’re not as intimidating as they might seem.


How Do They Work?

With the use of either coloured or black-and-white ink cartridges, inkjet printers essentially copy a digital image (that is, the picture you see on your computer screen) with individual ink droplets that compile an entire image. That image comes out on a sheet of glossy paper, in brilliant high definition, ready to be hung on a wall or pasted to your office cork board.

Inkjet printers typically use printheads with built-in cartridges, meaning that a user only needs to replace the cartridge and not the printhead. Most major inkjet printer brands nowadays have built-in cartridges, making it a lot easier to replace them when the ink level starts running low. Users who recall a time before this was commonplace will understand the frustration of image quality gradually declining over time.


How Fast Do They Print?

Inkjet printers typically have both 1200 DPI and HQ 1200 settings, which means that you can choose whether you’d like to print images more slowly (at 1200 DPI) or faster (at HQ 1200), while still retaining similar image quality. Fortunately, inkjet printers allow for high-definition printing at a standard speed no matter which setting you choose.

Image quality is not lost if you choose the slightly faster HQ 1200 setting, but it does ensure your image will be printed a bit faster. If you’re in a rush, this is the best setting for you. If you don’t mind waiting a bit longer for your image to appear in striking visual definition, the 1200 DPI setting provides beautiful results. Most major inkjet printer brands include both settings, so you can switch between the two—or choose one that works consistently for you and stick with it.

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