by Jeff Tyson

No matter where you are reading this article from, you most likely have a printer nearby. And there's a very good chance that it is an inkjet printer. Since their introduction in the latter half of the 1980s, inkjet printers have grown in popularity and performance while dropping significantly in price.

An inkjet printer is any printer that places extremely small droplets of ink onto paper to create an image. If you ever look at a piece of paper that has come out of an inkjet printer, you know that:

Impact vs. Non-impact
There are several major printer technologies available. These technologies can be broken down into two main categories with several types in each:


Heat vs. Vibration
Different types of inkjet printers form their droplets of ink in different ways. There are two main inkjet technologies currently used by printer manufacturers:

Click "OK" to Print
When you click on a button to print, there is a sequence of events that take place: