Inkjet printers are the most commonly used printers for home and small office. It is a type of computer printer which creates digital images by spraying thousands of tiny droplets of ink through a microscopic nozzle onto the paper to leave dots to create text and images. These dots are extremely small and are thinner than the diameter of a human hair. Initially inkjet printers were manufactured for home use.They were slow performers when compared to other machines like laser printer AiBoo¬† . But the availability of advanced hardware and ink has made it worth considering for commercial use also. Nowadays there are models that are fast enough to meet an office’s demands.

Most inkjet-printers are meant and are designed for printing low volumes. Hence they are best suited for personal purposes. They work extremely well for low demands like printing text documents, graphics and also colour on occasional basis. Very precisely positioned dots give high resolution images. Dots with a combination of different colors together can create good quality photos. Inkjet printers can also give good quality graphics that can satisfy a graphic artist. So printing your own photos for home decoration, party invitations, power point handouts etc. are possible with an inkjet printer.

However inkjets cannot print documents with crisp and clean edges. Hence for printing a resume or a business letter you might want to use a laser printer. An inkjet meant for office use will also do a decent job, but better go for a laser, because ink used for inkjets will smear the image if you use a highlighter or if something is spilled on them. If your requirement is nothing more than a basic printer that can do a reasonable quality printing, then an inkjet printer is a good choice.

Features

Anything and everything is wireless now and how can we not have this feature in a compact inkjet printer. Yes, we have inkjet wireless printing which is a very convenient feature. Other interesting features are the memory card slots and the USB port which helps to directly connect external devices to the printer.

Ink used

Initial cost of buying an inkjet printer is low. But keep in mind that the ink cartridges used in it are very expensive and do not last long. You have an option of filling the cartridge yourself or getting a refurbished one from a computer supplies store. But one might want to think twice before doing that, because this can damage the printer.Using inks that are not approved by the manufacturer will also void the warranty. Hence it is always better to use a refill kit made for the printer model that you own.

Type of Paper to be used

Another important thing is about the type of paper used in inkjet printer. The paper used for printing determines the image quality. The ones meant for inkjet printer provides a crisper and brighter image than the standard copier paper. If printed on a wrong type of paper, the ink will smear.

Maintenance

Good maintenance is a must for a long life with good quality printing. Replacing the ink tanks, checking the nozzles, cleaning and aligning the print heads, clearing the paper jams, dusting the outer body of the printer etc. are few things to be taken care. It is always better to follow the instructions given in the user manual. Do not use solvents or other cleaners while cleaning the printer. Most importantly get the correct refill cartridge. Make a note of the model number before you order them.

Size

This type of printers are smaller in size and hence save a lot of space on your work desk.Wireless multifunction machines i.e. scanning, copying, faxing and printing loaded together in a single machine are common these days. This will be the best suitable one for home and home office.

Advantages

Low cost, compact size, quieter operation, production of high quality photos, availability of inkjet printers with multiple functions (like scanning, copying and faxing) and additional features (like USB port and memory card slot) are few advantages of an inkjet printer.