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When choosing a printer the first choice will be whether to buy a laser printer or an inkjet printer. The following summarize the main advantages and disadvantages of inkjet and laser printers.Inkjet PrintersInkjet printers works by propelling droplets of ink onto the paper. The ink is released from small removable cartridges and if it is a colour inkjet printer there will normally be a black cartridge and three different coloured cartridges. You can either replace the whole cartridge or refill the cartridges with a special refill kit. Advantages Inkjet printers are considerably cheaper to buy. High end printers are capable of producing good quality images when used with special paper. Most models are relatively light weight and compact so they don't take up too much space on the desk. Disadvantages Due to the cost of ink, running an inkjet printer over time is a more expensive than a laser printer. Prints emerge from the printer slightly wet and may need time to dry. Printing is slower and therefore inkjets aren't designed for high volume printing. Laser PrintersThis printer incorporates a laser beam as a part of the image processing. Rather than using ink a laser printer uses toner, a dry plastic powder combined with carbon black or colouring agents. The consumable a part of the printer is encased in a cartridge which needs to be replaced from time to time.Advantages Laser prints are generally very high and very accurate. For high volume printing laser printers are considerably cheaper to run. Printing is fast so they can handle large volumes. Due to the technology used prints from a laser printer emerge from the printer dry to the touch. Disadvantages Buying a laser printer can be expensive when compared to an inkjet. Colour laser printers are significantly more expensive than a colour inkjet. Laser printers are larger and heavier as they need to contain the imaging drum and laser technology.

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This amazing invention has evolved quite dramatically. It started as being a huge block of material pressing letters into a page and now it's a mind reader from across the room. How does it understand and interpret the image in cyber space?They used the design for a photocopier to create the printer. So instead of the image on the copier to come to the computer, the computer sends the image to the printer directly. It's interesting to know that the photocopier came first. Photocopiers would use electrostatic hardware to copy the image on the piece of paper. With that taking place, a bright light shines at the back continuously so quality isn't lost. The machine sprays incredibly tiny dots onto the page that can't be seen without some sort of magnifying glass. This is how to determine the DPI or dots per inch for the page. Modern day printers either use inkjet hardware, laser hardware or have wax-like ink that gets melted onto the page. The printer interprets the colours by using a specific colour sequence known as CMYK which stands for cyan, magenta, yellow and black. The colours get mixed inside a print head to get the correct colours for the print job. It gets cleaned often during a single print to avoid smudges on the page.For the printer to read what it has to print the file gets translated into a binary language breaking down the colour and the amount of pages to roll from the feeder. With the printer language it has just interpreted it sprays the miniature dots in a specific pattern. Printers don't come with white ink so where white space is visible the printer ignores.With regards to laser printers, a laser scans the inside of a drum that creates static electricity. Once the page is charged, the ink gets attracted to the page in the exact pattern from the computer screen. From there the powdered ink gets combined to create a quality image at a higher speed. Copiers and printers have come a long way in making human life easier. Whether it's in a normal office with many letters and documents to print or a design company, jobs get done much quicker. Typewriters may have been useful back in the day but a small mistake on the page could end up with the page being thrown away. These machines are definitely one of the best inventions.


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Some types of paper jams can be quickly and easily fixed without calling a technician. This article tells how to repair many types of paper jamming in laser printers and copiers.When a copier or laser printer's control panel declares, "paper jam" and there's not a single piece of paper anywhere in the printer, you're left wondering where's the paper jam. After the machine commands a piece of paper to be sent from the paper tray it expects the paper to arrive at a sensor within a specific time. If the paper doesn't arrive, the machine assumes it got jammed somewhere along the paper path, and it announces "paper jam."If you frequently have "paper jam" messages without any paper in the paper path, you've probably got a worn out or dirty pickup roller. The location of the pickup roller is usually directly above the paper tray, in the middle. Grab a flashlight and take a look at it. Feel it to see if there's any texture left on it or if it's all smooth and worn feeling. Try cleaning it first, with a slightly damp cloth, but don't leave it wet. If cleaning doesn't help, replacement pickup rollers are usually easy to install (there are some exceptions) and are inexpensive.Most HP LaserJets display the error code 13 for paper jams. In newer printers this is expanded to 13.0 or 13.1 or 13.2. The number after the decimal point refers to which sensor detected the jam. It starts with 0 at the paper pickup area, so a 13.0 message means the paper never arrived at the first sensor. The rest of the numbers are helpful if you know how many sensors your printer has and where they are. Printers usually have three or four sensors in their paper path, with the last one at paper exit, or at the fuser if there's a straight path from the fuser to the exit. There's usually one at every bend in the paper path.If you get a paper jam at the same location every time you try to print, you've either got some sort of obstruction or you've got a bad sensor. Field technicians have a saying, "the leading edge points to the problem." This means where the first edge of the first piece of paper stops is the area where the problem is located. The problem is either a bad sensor or some physical blockage of the paper path. Older sensors are usually "flags," pieces of plastic which get pushed down by the passing paper. Flags are designed to pivot and have springs. These can fail in many ways, but it's not uncommon for a flag to just get stuck and it may need only gentle manipulation.The other type of sensor is optical - the paper breaks a light beam. These sensors can be very small and very difficult to locate. Other than cleaning them, there's not much you can do with an optical sensor. Time to call a tech.It is typical for all printers and copiers to jam now and then. When a machine jams frequently you can use the above information to determine if calling a technician is necessary.

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