The inkjet, however, is preferred because of its cheaper initial cost and its ability to produce the high quality colored print. However, over time many users may realize that inkjet printers may actually incur a higher maintenance cost because of ink that lasts a relatively short period.

In addition, users will generally need to buy specially coated paper for more high-quality prints. It has been estimated that inkjet printer may cost as much as 10 times more than using a laser printer for a prolonged period.

There is some amount of intricacy involved in the operation of a standard inkjet printer. While many people are perfectly fine simply knowing that their printers work, others may be just as fascinated with the technology behind this very useful device.

The inkjet printer uses a non-impact process to produce a print. Basically, there are nozzles within the printer's body; these squirt ink on the paper as they pass over each individual section of text or images. Depending on the image a variety of colors will be passed from the nozzle unto the paper.

The print head assisted by the printer's motor assembly will move in a horizontal pattern from left to right and repeat this process for the duration of printing. The paper will be simultaneously rolled through the printer while the image is being created. The process is further increased by the printer's ability to print pixels in rows that run horizontally and vertically.

These designs will possibly include larger print heads and more nozzles allowing for higher resolutions of about 12000dpi. This would allow inkjets to become almost on par with the speeds of most standard color laser printers which would equal 3 to 4 pages in color in the time it takes for an inkjet to produce one page.

As mentioned previously, there are a variety of inkjet printers. Drop on demand is the most widely used. Essentially these types of printers emit small drops of ink onto the paper through minuscule nozzles 5000 times per second. This process is controlled by the print driver of the software installed on the computer.