Abt Electronics: Photo Printer Buying Guide
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Uploaded on Sep 10, 2010
Heather from Abt Electronics provides a basic overview of photo printers.
When I need to print pictures from my camera, I hate having to go to a store or upload them online and wait for them to print. I've finally bit the bullet and purchased this for my home -- a photo printer. It's so much easier and faster to edit and print at home, and today's printers can match the same quality as that from a film-developing lab.
Hi, my name is Heather, an Abt sales specialist. I'm here to talk to you about photo printers.
When buying a printer, keep in mind these main factors: type, DPI, and connectivity.
There are two common types of photo printers: inkjet and dye-sublimation.
Inkjet printers are great if you want to print pictures and colored documents. They use a CMYK color scale, but some models offer special ink cartridges with extra colors for more accurate photo printing.
Dye-sublimation printers are excellent as dedicated photo printers. They use a CMY color scale that can combine to produce almost 17 million colors. After the ink has dried, dye-sub printers lay a clear overcoat to protect the image.
Dpi is a way to determine image quality. The higher the dpi, the better the quality of the picture. However, resolution requirements vary with the technology. A dye-sub output with a 300 by 300 dpi is equal to a 1200 by 4800 inkjet output.
Finally, you will have to choose a way to get your images onto your printer. It can connect via USB, a memory card slot, attaching the camera to the printer, or connect wirelessly via Bluetooth. Find out what is most convenient for you and choose accordingly.
Make sure you consider supply costs during your purchase decision. A low priced printer may seem like a great deal at first, but high ink cartridge or special paper costs may make this a bad deal in the long run.
For more information about photo printers, give our computer specialists a call at 888-228-5800 or visit us online at www.abt.com.
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