Why it is more practical to use inkjet printers in the age of blended learning

Though online platforms are the key to remote learning across the country in the new normal, printed learning materials still play a major role in making the modern blended learning setup work. Thus, educators and parents should still consider investing in printers to make sure students can still cope better with the new learning mode.

There is a common misconception that laser printers are superior compared to inkjet, especially in a commercial setup. The common perception is that laser printers cost less and could perform heavy-duty tasks better than other types of printers. Will you be surprised if you find out that inkjet printers could be the best for your needs?

Modern inkjet printers have the speed and quality that can be compared to laser printers but are incurring much lower costs. For instance, Epson’s multi-function inkjet printers have been proven to be efficient, with their capacity to produce up to A3 size prints with a speed of 25 to 100ppm.

Most of the brand’s inkjet printers (like the Epson WorkForce Enterprise models) stand out with its next-generation PrecisionCore printhead technology. It is an advanced form of its Micro Piezo technology, which is present in every Epson inkjet printing system. Micro Piezo printheads eject droplets of ink via mechanical pressure without requiring any heat, separating Epson’s technology from all the other thermal inkjet systems.

Epson inkjet printers are also equipped with Heat-Free Technology that facilitates more productivity and more savings, with less environmental impact. To illustrate, based on a 2018 Meralco test, Epson’s AL-M310DN laser printer was found to consume about P4.66kWh, compared to Epson’s WF-C869R multi-function inkjet printer, which tested to consume just about P0.38 kWh. Thus, operating a laser printer could be a lot more expensive compared to using an inkjet.

This could be explained by the fact that laser printers usually comprise several parts that require pre-heating and fusing to melt the toner onto the paper. This process is the reason why printouts tend to be warm after the machine releases paper. At the same time, it could be cited for laser printers’ higher energy consumption.

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