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Inkjets

Inkjet printers are virtually silent, use almost no electricity when they're not in use, don't take up much space, and are lightweight, easy to move, highly reliable, and inexpensive. It works by spraying ink onto the page through tiny nozzles in the print head. The output from an inkjet printer isn't usually quite as sharp as that of a laser printer (the wet ink can blot a little when it hits the page), but the difference can be almost unnoticeable. Inkjet printers used to be a lot slower than laser printers, but that's not necessarily the case anymore. I've tested some inkjet printers that go as fast as 17 pages per minute in black-and-white. (They're always slower in color.) Less expensive inkjet printers tend to be slower, but that probably doesn't matter, since the total time for short jobs may be pretty close.

Some companies practically give away inkjet printers, but they aren't doing it just to be nice: They also sell ink and paper and they hope to make their money on consumables. My advice is to buy ink from the company that made your printer but don't bother buying their paper. I use cheap copy paper most of the time and it works fine for ordinary documents. When quality matters, I use more expensive, brighter paper, which does make for a better-looking document.


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