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In Living Color: 8 New Inkjet Printers Put to the Test

Text Quality

We ran tests on text in different font sizes, from 2 to 72 points. What was interesting is that our main observation was that in this area, inkjets are not yet up to the level of laser printers. Certain models, like the Lexmark Z816, produce totally illegible text when printing 2-point fonts. With larger font sizes, you can also see that characters tend to bleed slightly and that the printers have trouble rendering smooth curves. The differences among the models we tested were relatively slight.

iP2000 - 2 pointsiP2000 - 10 pointsiP2000 - 72 points
iP4000 - 2 pointsiP4000 - 10 pointsiP4000 - 72 points
iP5000 - 2 pointsiP5000 - 10 pointsiP5000 - 72 points
C66 - 2 pointsC66 - 10 pointsC66 - 72 points
R300 - 2 pointsR300 - 10 pointsR300 - 72 points
7450 - 2 points7450 - 10 points7450 - 72 points
8150 - 2 points8150 - 10 points8150 - 72 points
Z816 - 2 pointsZ816 - 10 pointsZ816 - 72 points