25 September 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Foreign Language or Secret Code?

SecretCodeBookHow many times have you gone out to buy something only to be hit with a barrage of terms that sound like the salesperson is speaking a different language or maybe in a secret code?  The truth is they’re not speaking a different language or secret code, they’re just using terms that you are not familiar with.  In fact, I would be willing to bet that you have your own language at your job that only those who work in your field are fluent at speaking.  Well, we in the laser printer business have our own language too.

There are all kinds of terms that make perfect sense to us but may need some explaining to the average individual who just wants the printer to print when it’s told to print.  In that vein, I thought I would lay out a few of those terms for you today.  Now, if I get a little too basic here, I apologize.  To be honest, I have no idea which terms need explaining and which ones are excruciatingly simple. On the other hand, if I leave something out, let me know.  Chances are that if you have a question so does someone else and your question could be the subject of a future blog. With all of that said, here goes…

Printer Specification Terms

Multi Function Printer (MFP) – This is a printer that performs functions other that just printing such as faxing , copying, or scanning.

Pages Per Minute (ppm) – This the speed at which the printer puts out completed documents.  The range here is typically from 15 to 55 pages per minute for laser printers.

Dots Per Inch (dpi) – This gives you an idea of the resolution of the print on the page.  The normal range is 600 to 1200 dpi.  The truth is, unless you’re doing graphics, you probably would not see the difference between the two.

Monochrome – This is a printer that only prints in black as opposed to a color printer.

Monthly Duty Cycle – This number gives you an idea of workload the printer is expected to handle expressed in pages printed per month.  Obviously over loading a small printer would probably result in some down time, but I have seen terms where a printer is underutilized.  This can be detrimental to your bottom line as well.

Wide Format – This is usually the term that is used for a printer that can print on paper that is 11 X 17 or larger.

Ram – This is the same type of Random Access Memory that your computer has.  This would also be a more important consideration if you do a lot of graphics.

dtn – You often see these letters after a model number on a Hewlett Packard laser printer. There could be any one or two letters or it could have all three.  Put simply, d means the printer will duplex, t means the printer has an extra tray and n means the printer is network ready.

So, there you have it, our secret language in a single blog.  A quick study of these terms should yield a more pleasant buying experience the next time you’re ready to purchase a new printer for your office.  One final note though, if you would like us to help sort out the best printer for your needs, feel free to give us a call. Since we only sell a limited number of printers, our concern is that you find one that suits your needs.  And, we don’t really care who you buy it from. That way you get an unbiased opinion of what would work best.

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