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Printer Glossary of Terms

Wireless Printing:

Using your home Wi-Fi network you can connect your printer to your PC or Mac. Accessible from anywhere in your house you can connect your printer to several computer and mobile devices.

To print wirelessly from your tablet or smartphone you’ll need a printer that features Airprint, Google Cloud Print or email printing.

Wi-Fi Direct/Wireless Direct:

Built into iPhones from the 3GS and up, 3rd generation Ipods onwards and all iPads this feature enables you to print directly from apple iOS products.

Near Field Communication (NFC):

A recent feature to printers. Often included on tablets and smartphones, it allows two devices to connect by simply touching together.

Google Cloud Print:

A feature of all android devices this enables you to print wirelessly from your tablet or smartphone

Email Printing:

Features on selected HP printers and provides wireless printing from any email capable device.

Print Quality (DPI):

DPI stands for dots per inch and is a basic measure of print quality. As a general rule, a printer with a higher DPI delivers clear, detailed pictures.

For vibrant, lifelike photographs, a good quality inkjet printer provides enhanced colour reproduction and the glossy, developed- photo look that makes for a fantastic printed image.

Print Speed:

Measured in pages per minute (PPM) for text and images per minute (IPM) for photographs. Print speed is an important feature for those who print in large volumes.

Mono Printers:

Print black and white documents only. Feature higher print speeds than everyday inkjet printers.

Paper Size:

A4 is the most common printed page size, the vast majority of printers print in this format.

Certain printers also print smaller, so whether you want the familiar 6 x 4 developed photo size or specialist envelope sizes, most accept a wide range of photo and document paper.

A3 Printers print on paper twice the size of A4, these are useful for small posters.

Double Sided Printing:

Auto Duplex or Full Duplex is a feature that gives you the choice to automatically print on both sides. This is a cost effective and environmentally friendly way of printing.


An automatic document feeder (ADF) allows you to scan or copy multiple documents simultaneously.

Usually located on top of the scanner or within the main paper tray they can be found on scanners and all-in-one printers.

HP Instant Ink:

An instant ink replacement service – ordered automatically when required.

Epson Ecotank:

These printers feature unique ink tank refills and can be topped up as required using cost-effective ink bottles.

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