Solid Ink: What you need to know

12. January 2013 06:00 by Calvin Yu in Technology News  //  Tags:   //   Comments

Solid Ink There's a lot of buzz out there these days about solid ink, and there are more solid ink printers on the market than ever. If you're in the market for a new printer, you may have held back on buying a solid ink model due to the abundance of negative comments that are floating around out there about this technology. There are many misconceptions about solid ink. That's unfortunate because, in many ways, solid ink has benefits that laser and inkjet technologies don't. At any rate, you shouldn't rule out solid ink printers until you know the truth, and you can find out what you need to know below.

Does Solid Ink Melt in Storage?

If you've been doing research about solid ink printers, you may have run across posts about how solid ink melts in storage. These rumors began due to the fact that the ink does, in fact, melt while it's in the printer. Solid ink printers use a unique process to print images onto paper, and part of the process involves melting ink. However, this ink can be safely stored under normal circumstances without melting. The melting point of solid ink is similar to the temperature of boiling water, so you should be able to store it without incident.

Is Solid Ink Quality Lower than Inkjet or Laser Technologies?

Like many people, you'd probably like to produce the highest quality prints possible. One of the most popular misconceptions about solid ink printers is that they produce low-quality prints. That's not the case at all. Although the matter is somewhat subjective, most people would agree that prints that are produced by solid ink printers are every bit as clear and crisp as prints produced by laser and inkjet printers. The drops of ink aren't as fine, but they are sprayed with greater precision, and fewer drops per inch are needed.

Does Solid Ink Smudge Easily?

Even if the prints that are produced by solid ink printers are fine, what happens if they smudge or are otherwise damaged easily? That's another common myth about solid ink printers, and it's also not quite true. Solid ink prints do tend to be more susceptible to damage, but it's not a big enough problem to get in the way of using these printers effectively. One good rule of thumb is to allow fresh prints a little extra time to dry before handling them.

Don't Solid Ink Printers Waste a Lot of Ink?

People often choose solid ink printers because of their environmental friendliness. After all, no cartridges are required, so these printers help to keep cartridges out of landfills. Those who think that solid ink printers waste a lot of ink are wrong. Although they do eject extra ink to clear clogged printheads, laser printers and inkjet printers do the same thing. Although solid ink printers may waste ink from time to time, they don't appear to be any worse than inkjet and laser printers, so they shouldn't be crossed off your list for this reason.

As with any new form of technology, there are some people who just don't want to give solid ink a try. If you'd rather stick with laser printers or inkjet printers, that's perfectly fine. It's nice not having to buy ink or toner cartridges, but you can buy compatible cartridges for your laser or inkjet printer and save a lot of money too. If you're still on the fence about whether to buy a solid ink printer or not, you should try to see one in action. After trying it out in person, you should have all the information you need.

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