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2005-03-28 at 10:35:00 am #11131INKJET LINGOAren’t acronyms fun?.
However, they sure can be confusing when selecting
printers and inkjet inks. Most sites are good about defining the acronyms they
use at least once, but finding that “once” isn’t always as easy as it looks!
Knowing how to speak “inkjet” will help you choose both the printer and the
inkjet ink you need to get the kind of results you want! Here are a few inkjet
acronyms and other terms to help with your searches for inkjet printers and
related products:AIO (all in one) and MFP (Multifunction Printer) — AIO and MFP
are often used interchangeably and stand for printers that include a copier, a
scanner, and frequently have fax capabilities as well. Relatively new in the
marketplace, All-in-Ones are an affordable way to set up a comprehensively
equipped home office.CMYK— Inkjet colors: C=cyan, M=magenta, Y=yellow, and
K=black. The first inkjet printers were three-color printers (CMY) that mixed
colors to produce black. Today’s printers generally have the capability to
simultaneously use both black and colored inks on the same page. DPI— Dots per
inch. Measures the resolution of images produced by printers, scanners, etc.
Typically, more dots per inch means that the image will display with more
detail.OEM— Another way to say brand name (or name brand). Actually means
Original Equipment ManufacturerPPM (pages per minute) and CPM (copies per
minute) — How many sheets your printer will spew out per minute. PPM usually
means printing directly from the printer and CPM denotes copies from a scanned
item.Aside from acronyms, other inkjet terms frequently appear when searching
for inkjet printers, medias, and inks:Bulk ink— Sold either as compatible
printer ink or universal printer ink (see below). The difference between bulk
ink and refill kits is that bulk ink doesn’t come with either tools or
instructions. Unless you are experienced in refilling inkjet cartridges and have
the necessary tools on hand, a better money-saving refill solution is a
compatible inkjet refill kit. Compatible cartridge— Either a brand new inkjet
cartridge or a remanufactured cartridge, which contains ink that is specially
formulated to work with a particular model of printer. Ink Refill Kit— Inks,
tools, and instructions to refill your empty ink cartridge. Refill kits are
generally less expensive than either new or remanufactured inkjet cartridges and
are sold separately to refill black inkjet cartridges. Color refill kits
typically come with one or more sets of CMY ink.Remanufactured cartridge—
Remanufactured cartridges are recycled cartridges that have been cleaned,
factory inspected, and refilled with new compatible inkjet ink. Universal ink—
Several vendors advertise ink that is compatible with ANY printer. If that were
true, then any ink would work in any printer. The truth is, they won’t.
Different ink viscosities (see below) and different sized print heads vary
between both printer brands and printer models. If you don’t have the option of
choosing ink that is formulated especially for your printer, don’t buy it.
Viscosity— Viscosity is how sticky the ink is. The higher the viscosity, the
stickier the ink. Viscosity is a word that you will rarely see mentioned on ink
cartridge sites, still it is a very important word when it comes to purchasing
the appropriate ink for your inkjet printer.