Most people have printers attached to their home computers, and the choices are somewhat basic – Ink-jet or laser. If all you are doing is printing your emails or photographs, the type of printer you have is likely academic.
However, if you are a graphic designer, your printing needs are quite a bit different, and a lot more specific. Color and graphics have to be crisp, and fonts have to be letter perfect.
Some graphic designers may choose to use ink-jet printers, which are fine for printing out images. However, it’s more likely the majority will choose to use laser printers.
Laser printers are much faster, and also much more expensive.
There are several different laser printers that might qualify for graphic designers, so here are a couple and their information.
The Xerox Phaser 7760/DN which lists for $4499.00. This is an excellent color laser printer for graphic design. It prints color at 35 pages per minute, black at 45 pages per minute. There is only a nine second wait time for the first page to print.
The resolution on this printer is an amazing 1200 x 1200 Dpi, and also includes a photo mode.
The maximum paper the Xerox Phaser takes is 12.6” x 18” It will also accept banners for printing. Xerox includes the advance color tools that are a must for graphic design professionals.
The Phaser 7760 is equipped with 10/100/100 BaseTX Ethernet connectivity, to allow all the designers in your office access to this printer. It has an 800MhZ processor, 512mbmemory, and a 40 GB hard drive.
It also has a maximum input capability of 3150 sheets of paper, to keep you printing longer. The standard input is 650 sheets.
This is one of the best printers for graphic design.
Another printer that will fit the bill here is the Ricoh Aficio SP C820DN. This printer, which retails for about $3699.00 gives graphic designers many of the same options as the Xerox Phaser, and then some.
It will print color at 40 pages per minute, and boasts the same number for black and white. Like the Xerox, you only have to wait about nine seconds to start printing. The Aficio will print up to 1200 x 1200Dpi resolution.
The Aficio also has a large paper tray, which holds up to 3200 sheets. It will print up to 12” x 49.5” banners as well.
The processor for the Aficio is a 600 MHz, and has 512 Mb memory, expandable to 1 Gb. You also have the option of installing an 80 GB hard drive. Connectivity is handled via the 10/100BaseT Ethernet connection.
These are only two of the printers available for graphic designers. While there may be some Inkjet printers that can perform some of the same functions as these laser printers, it is doubtful that they would have the tray capacity, or banner printing capability that these two laser printers have.
Graphic designers have very different printing needs from the average home user, and even many other business users. Laser printing not only fulfills these needs, but with much faster output.