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In today’s fast-paced world, time emerges as the most crucial factor in matters relating to our day to day living. From as petty as a pizza delivery service to meeting deadlines of multi-million-pound mega projects, speed has become the most important focal point. In the world of I.T, every new day is bringing faster, more energy efficient and multi-functioning devices. Printers have come a long way too. From the skrrt of dot matrix of 1925 to the soundless and sleek Epson WorkForce WF-100 weighing only 1.59 kg; printers have been revolutionized as much as any other device of the tech-world.

Versatile printers

Although inkjet and laser printers dominate the consumer market for their convenient usage, both home and office spaces have seen the emergence of 3D printers and the long sustained Xerox dot matrix occupying their place in their specific fields. The latest smudge free, sharp and multi-purpose printers with scanning and photocopying options have become a necessity for every household and workplace. There are several features that need to be considered while buying a printer such as paper capacity, resolution, size, Wi-Fi connectivity and price; the feature that dominates above all is the speed (ppm).

The faster the better

Ours is an era of brands and cutthroat competition. Like every other field, the top printer makers have their own claims of manufacturing the speediest printers. Epson, HP, and Dell are leading the way, with Canon, Samsung and Brother quickly picking up speed and nipping at their heels. These names are ubiquitous in the tech market for their credibility as well. Let’s have a look at their high-end speedy printers. Dell 5130cdn laser and 7130cdn LED printers have a speed of 47 ppm single side and 37.6 ppm for double-sided printing which is a pretty fast printing speed indeed. On the other hand, HP OfficeJet Pro X inkjet printer is beating even the laser printers with a speed of 70 ppm using HP page wide technology.

Brother, the Japanese printer manufacturer has unveiled the prototype of the world’s fastest mono Inkjet printer with more than 5000 nozzles working across the page maintaining a humongous 100 ppm speed which is 58% faster than any existing printer of today. Despite the fact that speed (ppm) is certainly an important feature, the speed of a printer varies while printing ‘text only’, ‘graphics only ‘and ‘pages with mixed content’. Quite interestingly, the Australian Atomic Kinetic Fusion CSIRO claims to have the fastest 3D printer depositing 45kg of material per hour.