Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Why choose a full-sized inkjet?

Standard inkjets offer versatility, top print quality, and low-cost enlargements. They can print almost anything, including photos 8x10 inches or larger, text, and graphics such as greeting cards. You can use various types and sizes of paper, from business cards to banners.

Quality is another plus. The photos from the best inkjets are as good as those you get from a photofinisher.

Larger prints almost always cost less than you’d pay a photofinisher--about $1 to $1.50 for an 8x10-inch photo, compared with $2 to $4 for professional processing. But inkjets aren’t renowned for speed, so it could take a while to print a number of 8x10s. Many models take 5 minutes or more for an 8x10, though the fastest can crank one out in 1.5 to 3 minutes.

Inkjets won’t save you money on snapshots--the cost is typically 25 to 40 cents per 4x6-inch photo vs. 15 to 25 cents at a photo processor. But you can easily print photos whenever you want them. When you have a big batch to print, though, it would be faster and cheaper to use a photofinisher.

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