Many people like to buy printing equipment in stationary stores. They pay attention to the fact that going to a stationary store can immediately see the equipment they intend to buy and learn all its good and bad sides. However, also the use of online stores can be very interesting and successful due to the fact that all printers sold in them are accurately described and covered by special rebate campaigns. This makes buying them very profitable and enjoyable. In addition, on the Internet you can find special websites dedicated to printing. There are also pages with tips for people who work at photocopying points or make a large number of private printouts.
Solid ink printers, also known as phase-change printers, are a type of thermal transfer printer. They use solid sticks of CMYK-coloured ink, similar in consistency to candle wax, which are melted and fed into a piezo crystal operated print-head. The printhead sprays the ink on a rotating, oil coated drum. The paper then passes over the print drum, at which time the image is immediately transferred, or transfixed, to the page. Solid ink printers are most commonly used as colour office printers, and are excellent at printing on transparencies and other non-porous media. Solid ink printers can produce excellent results. Acquisition and operating costs are similar to laser printers. Drawbacks of the technology include high energy consumption and long warm-up times from a cold state. Also, some users complain that the resulting prints are difficult to write on, as the wax tends to repel inks from pens, and are difficult to feed through automatic document feeders, but these traits have been significantly reduced in later models. In addition, this type of printer is only available from one manufacturer, Xerox, manufactured as part of their Xerox Phaser office printer line. Previously, solid ink printers were manufactured by Tektronix, but Tek sold the printing business to Xerox in 2001.
Inkjet printers are highly usable. Printouts made using this type of printers have vivid and clear colors, which is why they are bought by the most specialized photocopying and printing facilities. Such service outlets make a large number of printouts every day, and therefore their owners want to be sure that their devices will not cause any problems during their tasks. I must admit that inkjet printers give them a lot of pleasure and they become the best advertisers of this kind of printers by ordering more and more of them. They look for different models and additional accessories.
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