Comparison test of the top 14 inkjet printers I

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Comparative test of 14 inkjet printers (I)

is it cost-effective to spend three to five hundred yuan to buy a special price inkjet printer? You forgot the ink! In fact, the long-term use cost of a slightly expensive medium-sized printer is lower, and the printing quality is better and faster

I'm afraid you can't imagine that in the past year, the manufacturer of inkjet printers was the big winner in the computer industry. The sales revenue of inkjet printers reached $27billion. According to ratagies' prediction, it will reach $40billion in 2005! Now inkjet technology has been quite mature and perfect. Manufacturers are no longer keen on creating shocking technical magic, but turn their research and development direction to issues closely related to the interests of users, such as reducing costs and improving speed

price and model

inkjet printers can be roughly divided into four types: entry-level products, mid-range products, photo printers, and small office printers

nowadays, the price of entry-level inkjet printers has been surprisingly cheap, so that they have become a promotional product: you can get an inkjet printer by buying a desktop computer for one or two hundred yuan - sometimes even completely free. However, the inkjet printer test we conducted last year has shown that the cheapest inkjet printer often has a high use cost - ink consumption is large, and some even provide only 3-color printing capability by default, and the print quality is not flattering. Therefore, in this test, you won't see those cheap inkjet printers whose retail price is less than 500 yuan. Because there are enough cuts and the interval between experiments should not exceed 24h, there is reason to choose higher prices, which are gradually emerging in line with the trend of the market, but with faster speed and better output quality

the price of mid-range products covers a wide range of yuan. We found that the products of this grade have adopted more optimized design, which has significantly improved the performance, and they have also made great efforts to reduce the use cost. Don't expect the output quality of products with a price of about 2000 yuan to significantly exceed that of products with a price of 1500 yuan or even lower. In fact, the additional cost is mainly used to improve the speed of printers on the premise of ensuring the same quality, so as to meet the needs of commercial users, and household applications don't need to increase expenses for this

the photo printer is specially designed for high-quality photo output - for example, printing with 6-color ink. They are the right assistants of digital cameras. In terms of price, functions and characteristics, photo printers overlap with mid-range inkjet printers. High end photo printers for professional applications are very expensive, and their output effect and speed are excellent. With the improvement of performance, the boundary between mid-range printer and photo printer is becoming more and more blurred

compared with medium-sized products with relatively low price, small office inkjet printers have many special designs while maintaining high-speed printing performance. They strengthen the reliability of the mechanism, can adapt to higher load printing work, and also provide large capacity paper feeding box or double side paper feeder, and some even have built-in network connections. These high configuration inkjet printers are strong competitors for low-end laser printers

the purpose of this test is to select a suitable A4 format inkjet printer for household and commercial users. In addition to the cheapest entry-level products and the most high-end professional photo printers, 14 products cover all grades from entry-level to small office applications. 1. Regularly check whether there is oil leakage at the host and oil source. The price is from less than 600 yuan to nearly 3000 yuan. Many of them are new products that have just come out. We found that after a year, the speed of inkjet printers has made remarkable progress. Although there is no big breakthrough in quality, you can get excellent results that you didn't dare to expect at a small cost

the competition between speed and quality

if you don't see it with your own eyes, many people don't believe that the speed of inkjet printers can reach 5 pages per minute or even faster. Printing an email with hundreds of words is only a matter of more than ten seconds - not long ago, only using a laser printer can have such a pleasure, but today's inkjet printer can do it. For this reason, printer manufacturers have racked their brains: increasing the number and density of printing nozzles, using two-way printing, increasing the spray frequency of nozzles, using multi motor transmission mechanism, and so on. However, because inkjet printing often forms connective tissue at the damaged part first, the machine adopts line output mode, so when the page content is more or contains a lot of graphics and image content, the speed performance will be somewhat reduced, but this cannot stop people from being enthusiastic about it. Because rich color output can make up for the lack of speed. Once you get used to the color effect of inkjet printers, when you have to use black-and-white laser printers because of ink depletion and other reasons, you will find the importance of color. Professional research institutions provide more accurate data: their research shows that compared with black-and-white documents, color improves reading comprehension and understanding efficiency by 60%

it cannot be avoided that the output quality of inkjet printers is too dependent on the printing paper. Using high-resolution inkjet paper or photo paper has excellent effect, but the cost is too high. So inkjet printers have to use ordinary copy paper like laser printers. These papers are rough and easy to get wet, which really gives inkjet printers a headache. Printer manufacturers are also trying to solve this problem, such as using fast drying pigment ink, adopting finer ink drop size, changing the arrangement of black color nozzles, and so on. Fortunately, compared with previous products, it is no longer a problem for most inkjet printers to obtain a better text output effect on ordinary copy paper. Although it is not as perfect as laser printers, if the texture of the paper is not very poor, it can still create a "laser" effect that confuse the fake with the real. It is relatively difficult to output color graphics, because it is easier for a variety of color inks to bleed and wet if they are superimposed on each other. In order to pursue high speed, we have to sacrifice quality, such as reducing the graphics resolution or using a simplified halftone algorithm. Printer manufacturers believe that speed is more valuable to commercial users than quality - can't we all accept the rough black-and-white graphics effect of laser printers, so the graphics printing effect is often not very beautiful in the default state of the driver. But don't regret it, because if necessary, just improve the output quality setting in the driver - of course, this will reduce the speed

when testing the output quality of photos, we made the electronic image documents used for the test into photos through Fuji digital printing equipment. After comparing these photos with the output results of the inkjet printer on the photo paper, we found that the inkjet printer with a price of more than 1000 yuan can already get a very good printing effect. If you don't put your eyes on the paper and deliberately criticize it, I'm afraid most people will regard the works of inkjet printers as photos. Through the reduction of droplet size and the adoption of more accurate droplet control technology, we found that many four-color printers can meet the needs of family photo printing. And some inexpensive 6-color printers can reach the level, and even surpass the usual photo printing quality - our photography level and the development quality that most photo printing shops dare not compliment make it difficult for traditional films to really play their potential

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