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What to Look for When Buying a High-volume Photo Printer

Posted by Carlos on 11/18/2013
While high-volume photo printers tend to incur a large initial outlay, particularly if you are investing in a quality model, it is worth the expenditure if you print large quantities. Printing your own pictures on one of these devices gives you the opportunity to save quite a bit of money in the long run. In addition, you control the quality of your prints to a much greater degree. 

One of the first things to look for in a high-volume photo printer is its printing speed. If you plan to print a high number of pictures, you need to ensure that your printer is going to be able to keep up. Find a model that is capable of producing a print every 20 seconds or less.

Look at the volume of prints the machine is able to handle, particularly if you need an event printer. For example, if you want to print pictures on demand at an event like a wedding, you must be certain that you are not going to run out of ink. A quality dye-sublimation event printer needs to be able to print around 500 to 600 4-by-6-inch photos without requiring a refill.

Finally, look at the technical specifications of the print. The most important specification is resolution, which is usually listed in terms of dpi. Look for a printer that prints photos at least 300 dpi for a professional-quality print. 

The importance you place on each feature naturally depends upon your intended use. If you are a professional looking for speed and volume at events, your ideal printer is likely to be different than that of an amateur seeking to make hard copies of a backlog of digital family photos. Choosing the right high-volume photo printer allows you to get the job done, whatever that job may be.
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