What Is an Impact Printer?

We spend a lot of time talking about inkjet and laser printers. We even share a good bit of information about 3D printers. There’s one type of printer that doesn’t get a whole lot of attention anymore, though: the impact printer. An impact printer is, as the name suggests, a type of printer that creates text on paper using impact. It works by striking a plastic or metal head against an ink ribbon. When the ink ribbon contacts the paper, it leaves behind the appropriate character, symbol, dot or line. Some of the most common types of impact printers include dot matrix, ball printers and daisy-wheel printers. While they are still used in some situations, impact printers have largely fallen out of use in favor of non-impact machines. Continue reading “What Is an Impact Printer?”

A Buyer’s Guide to Purchasing Magnetic Ink

There are a lot of different types of ink on the market. From your standard black and tri-color inkjet cartridges to cartridges filled with special types of ink that are used in specific applications, there are many more ink types than many people realize. One special type is known as magnetic ink. This ink, which is readable by both humans and specialized equipment, is widely used in the financial industry to improve speed and accuracy in the business world. If you are shopping for magnetic ink, there are a few things to keep in mind. Keep reading to check out our buyer’s guide to purchasing magnetic ink. Continue reading “A Buyer’s Guide to Purchasing Magnetic Ink”

Laser or Inkjet? Tips on Choosing the Best Printer for Your Home Office

You need to invest in a new printer for your home office, and you are stuck at a crossroads: Should you buy an inkjet printer or a laser printer? While both have their merits and drawbacks, each is more suitable for certain applications than others. Determining which one best meets your home office needs can be difficult simply because there are so many factors to take into consideration.   Continue reading “Laser or Inkjet? Tips on Choosing the Best Printer for Your Home Office”

The Top Five Most Budget-Friendly Inkjet Printers

When you are in the market for an inexpensive printer, inkjet is definitely the way to go. There are numerous options that come in below the $100 mark, and most offer impressive features and print quality for the price. There are a few duds in the mix, though, so it is important to take your time to find the right one. Continue reading “The Top Five Most Budget-Friendly Inkjet Printers”

Why We Love Canon PIXMA Printers

Choosing the right printer isn’t always easy. There are countless brands and models on the market and determining which one best suits your needs is an overwhelming task. The Canon brand has been trusted for decades, and for good reason. Canon products are well-known for combining exceptional quality with affordable pricing, and they are popular both on consumer and commercial levels. Continue reading “Why We Love Canon PIXMA Printers”

Printing 101: The Difference Between Toner and Inkjet Cartridges

Modern technology has made turning digital files into tangible documents very easy. Printers are more affordable than ever before but choosing the right one isn’t always easy. In addition to paying attention to the upfront cost, you also need to factor in the cost of consumables. Modern printers use one of two types of consumable material–toner and inkjet cartridges. Ink is the liquid that is used in inkjet printers while toner is a powdered material that is used in laser printers. Continue reading “Printing 101: The Difference Between Toner and Inkjet Cartridges”

Custom Printing: 4 Things All Novice Photographers Should Know

Digital photography has truly revolutionized the way that photographers now tackle their projects. Long gone are the days where you must drop off your rolls of film at the local pharmacy to be developed and printed. It was only after they were developed where you would see how many photos were actually ‘keepers.’ Black photos, blinding sun bursts and rogue thumbs in the corners were a constant occurrence. Continue reading “Custom Printing: 4 Things All Novice Photographers Should Know”

Budget-Friendly Printing Ink for Photography Beginners

Let’s face it: Printer ink isn’t always cheap. Sometimes, we give in and head to the local office supply store, and sometimes we do it every single time just because it seems like the easiest route. While this might work for people who rarely use their printers, those of us who are printing on a daily basis (hello teachers!) could certainly use some other options. Continue reading “Budget-Friendly Printing Ink for Photography Beginners”