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The future of computer printers….

First of all, I understand that I am an outlier when it comes to technology. But I wonder today if people still have printers at home. I’ve asked before about how many printers people have and types of printers. There are dedicated photo printers. Large format printers, color printers that use inkjet technology. All-in-one printers that include faxing and scanner. Color laser printers and heavy duty printers. All of these are devices that most of us have at one time or another used, seen or heard about. But I wonder now, if, like the landline, the days of home printers may be passed. Or instead has the printer evolved to the point where people aren’t going to have as many at home?

One of the coolest 3d printers you can get is the Snapmaker. Why? Because it is a 3 in one printer. It will do 3d prints, laser cutting, and laser engraving. I suspect that multi-function 3d printers will, like the all-in-one printers take over. The quality of an inkjet printout of a picture is OK. Yes, the dedicated dye-sub printers do a better job than the inkjet. A Color laser printer does a better job than the inkjet. But the reality of pictures is we only print certain ones. Based on that reality good-enough (inkjet) is good enough for most of us. Few people in the world of today need different types of printers. Some of us have them and use them because of jobs and functions.

All of this leading to what I consider the future of printers or driving to print a picture of grandma.

  1. Inkjet will be the predominant printer (as it has been for the past ten years) for the near term
  2. Lasers and All-in-one laser printers will continue to be a niche player
  3. Large format printers will slowly move to something Staples, FedEx, etc. offer as a service
  4. Photo printers will remain a Niche Market
  5. 3d printers will remain a Niche market

The reality of the printer market is that it will remain for the near term. What I suspect will happen is as we moved towards the information age, we won’t print as much. Based on less printing, fewer homes will have biners.

  • Question of

    Do you have a printer at home today?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a laser printer at home?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have an inkjet printer at home?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a 3d printer at home?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a dedicated photo printer?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a large format printer at home (able to print 11 by 14 paper or more)?

    • Yes
    • No

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Written by DocAndersen

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  1. Users voted 7 times.
    Q: DO YOU HAVE A PRINTER AT HOME TODAY?
    Yes (6 votes) – 75%
    No (2 votes) – 25%
    Q: DO YOU HAVE A LASER PRINTER AT HOME?
    No (5 votes) – 100%
    Q: DO YOU HAVE AN INKJET PRINTER AT HOME?
    Yes (4 votes) – 50%
    No (4 votes) – 50%
    Q: DO YOU HAVE A 3D PRINTER AT HOME?
    No (7 votes) – 100%
    Q: DO YOU HAVE A DEDICATED PHOTO PRINTER?
    Yes (3 votes) – 38%
    No (5 votes) – 63%
    Q: DO YOU HAVE A LARGE FORMAT PRINTER AT HOME (ABLE TO PRINT 11 BY 14 PAPER OR MORE)?
    Yes (1 votes) – 14%
    No (6 votes) – 86%

    • The self-cleaning is something needed in the inkjet world. The artificial expiration dates they include in that world would make me nervous if the printer could order its own refills. I suspect the cost of ink would become 2 or 3 times more than it is now, if your printer could say time for new ink!

  2. Great subject for a post, thought-provoking. I don’t have a printer at home – I have the bare minimum of appliances really, one reason being that I live in a very small apartment, and there is very little room, so I keep it as uncluttered as possible. I only have a laptop computer, no desktop, and when I need to print something (which isn’t that often) I just get it done at the local library, which is cheaper than using a print-shop, for example.

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  3. I have a Canon printer and scanner. I use it less for printing and mostly for scanning. I have lots of photo albums and I love to scan old photos and look at them on the PC and then also have them for use to show others.

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      • Does everyone know what is happening?

        Since the rules happen to be very well known, what is the issue here?

        First, you are kind of doing a not nice thing here hijacking comments on a post that has nothing to do with the direction of your comments.

        Secondly, the rule is very simple. Verified users (those who have shown that they follow the community rules etcetera) are allowed to publish at choice. The editors determine who is a verified user based on the posting and overall community rules.

        I waited just like you are now when I started on Virily.

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