What is Printer Resolution?

By | August 30, 2014

Let’s face it a typical home network is not complete until a printer is part of the assemble. Printers are the ultimate expansion of expression to share graphics and text directly from a computer to hard copy. The common applications used are Word, Paint, or PowerPoint, so instead of tearing your hair out trying to create greeting cards, labels, or brochures by hand use a printer.

Make as many mistakes as you like within the app; however, when it’s ready to print it’s a perfect product. Using a printer gives your creation a professional touch. Really, it’s left up to your imagination. Right now the most common printers on the market are the Laser Jet and the Ink Jet.

The Ink Jet being the most popular and suitable for home computing in my book. The reasons being that it’s inexpensive and the print quality is fantastic. However, your purchase greatly depends on your needs and requirements to get your job done. In either case you might have the question of what is printer resolution and other essential printer characteristics?

The question really is do you know enough about printers to make an educated choice and to boot a wise one? Well, let’s see. The general characteristics to consider include the print quality, speed, functionality or possibly the brand. Well, I’ll leave the particular brand up to you. But I’ll throw a few names at you, such as Hewlett Packard, Cannon, Brother, or Dell.

First let’s explore the 4 most common concerns:


This is measured by dot per inch (DPI) which means the more dots / pixels the sharper the image. Today’s printer default DPI is 300 dpi or 600 dpi which means 300 or 600 dots per inch on both the vertical and horizontal parts of the page. This will achieve a quality image on paper.  Selecting a higher DPI will cause a delay in your print out. If you set the printer to a higher DPI the cartridge will deplete quicker and ink isn’t cheap.

Take a gander at the pics below. See how the 300 dpi image looks fairly faded compared to the 600 dpi image? The resolution is lower resulting in a fuzzy, jagged and blurred image in comparison the 600 dpi is more rich and crisp caused by more pixels. Keep in mind by enlarging an image will decrease the resolution and shrinking an image will increase the resolution. Just like your LCD monitor if you notice. The larger the screen the more diluted the color; the smaller the monitor the sharper.


Illustration of 300 dpi

Illustration of 300 dpi

Illustration of 600 dpi

Illustration of 600 dpi


Speed is basically required in an office environment and their device would probably be a laser printer. Home networks really are not concerned with speed. A printer will print 30 black and white pages per minute; slower if in color which is understandable.


It’s important to use color when printing flyers, brochures, greeting cards, or presentation when you need to pronounce effect. Of course color printers are more expensive because more cartridges are used.

Mine takes 5 cartridges (photo, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and black) it’s an all-in-one HP Photosmart Premium printer.  It’s equipped with everything I need to accomplish my tasks. It’s a printer, fax machine, copier, and scanner with blue tooth and wireless 802.11b/g/n technologies. It’s reasonably priced, easy to setup, and dependable. Who knows you may be interested in a all-in-one that lets you connect directly to the Internet.

Input / Output (I/O) Interfaces (not included):

Today’s printer no longer use a parallel port with a 36 pin attachment for connection, no, it’s Universal Serial Bus or Fire Wire. The ladder two are less cumbersome with a thinner and smaller plug. A USB 2.0 transmits data 480 megabits per secondor a 3.0 transmits 5 gbps per second and Fire Wire 400 or 800 . The connection cables do not usually accompany the purchase.

Printer technology is advancing just as fast as computer innovations in software and hardware. Users seek printers to be user friendly offering speed, print quality, vibrant color, and connectivity options. The features you discover pressing to you are the considerations to ponder along with the cost. I hope I’ve contributed to your knowledge of of printer resolution and printer characteristics in order to make an informed decision on your next purchase. Happy printing!

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6 thoughts on “What is Printer Resolution?

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    1. Wanda Post author

      Glad you found it interesting and useful, Janice.



  2. Shiela

    It can be tough to write about this topic. I think you did a
    fantastic job though! Thanks for this!

    1. Wanda Post author

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  3. Carly

    I’ve leaned some pretty interesting information about color. Printer resolution is important.

    1. Wanda Post author

      Yes it is especially if you’re dealing with graphics needing high or low res.

      Thanks for commenting,



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