Understanding Printer Acronyms, and frankly acronyms in general, is a must in life these days. It would appear more and more words and phrases are being shortened – is it to save time or just to confuse the uninitiated?

Either way understanding printer acronyms can be frustrating when you don’t know what the acronyms on technical specifications for a new printer or ink cartridge mean, especially when you are about to spend money on a new printer.

Here are a few of the key acronyms deciphered for you…

PPM – Pages Per Minute

PPM or Pages Per Minute is probably one of the most important acronyms you will find when comparing printers. This term is used to measure the speed of the printer. Basically the PPM tells you how many pages the printer can print per minute. This key information will let you know whether or not your printer can meet your needs. If you have a busy office or heavy printing schedule you don’t want to be waiting longer than you need to for the finished product.

This form of measurement was introduced in 2009 through the International Organisation for Standards. These are commonly known as ISO standards which allow consumers to compare products easily and know that they meet certain criteria and are fit for purpose.  Prior to the introduction of these standards printer manufacturers were able to use their own methods to determine speed which meant any form of comparison was difficult.

MFP  – Multi-function Printer

Multi-function printers are all-in-one devices that include a wide range of functions. This means you can save space and money in the office with only one device. Multi-function printers can typically scan, fax and photocopy as well as print.

DPI – Dots Per Inch

Dots per inch is the way of measuring the sharpness or quality of the printing that a printer is capable of producing. The higher the dots per inch the clearer and more detailed the finished printing output will be. High dot per inch settings on printers mean more ink will be used and slower print times. Lower DPI settings will save time and money. To get the most efficient outcomes from your printer use the lowest DPI setting that does not have a noticeable affect on the print quality.

PPI – Pixels Per Inch

Pixels per inch is a more modern term for the quality of photos and images. It tells you the number of pixels per inch in your images. The PPI will affect the print size of your images and the quality of the printed image. Too few pixels means large images which look like they are made up of individual squares (pixelated) – not great!

CMYK – Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black.

Understanding Printer AcronymsThis acronym refers to the colours used by the printer. Cyan is the blue ink. Magenta is the pink, Yellow is yellow and the K is the black ink cartridge. Some printers have separate colour ink tanks whilst some ink jet printers will combine the cyan, magenta and yellow into one cartridge and have a separate black cartridge. You may find some printers use other colours as well such as grey, green and red.

We hope this has helped you in understanding printer acronyms slightly better. If you are purchasing a printer and would like assistance, advice or explanation about the printer functions available please contact our friendly customer service team on 1300 246 116.