Technological Evolution – Okidata 5000 Printers And Toners

by erin on November 22, 2010

None of us likes to think of ourselves as growing old but many of us actually remember the days when we used to type things up on a typewriter. Contrary to what the youth of the world believes, probably none of us have any desire to return to that phase of business. In fact, while we may not all carry smart phones and watch our movies on palm sized screens thanks to presbyopia, we can appreciate the elegance of the Okidata 5000 printer and Okidata laser color printer ink.

Yes, the technology of the printed word has certainly had a wild and exciting history since the Chinese used carved wooden blocks centuries ago. One dramatic step was the invention of a press using movable type back in 1440. The concept changed the world by making printing relatively inexpensive and once begun it was an unstoppable march forward that continues to this day.

But the changes took on speed in the 20th century when we saw the invention of printers. The typewriter soon had a new version, a typewriter combined with a screen allowing the typist to review several sentences before sending it to print. This was soon face to face with a word processor, a true revolution. No longer would we have to retype a whole page because we got a case of fat fingers near the end.

The word processor gave us the ability to completely perfect our document before printing them, thereby conserving paper and ink. At the same time, the word processor drove the desire for greater speeds and qualities in printing. The early impact printers provided clear typeset but had three major flaws, they only had one font, were exceedingly noisy and were slow.

But the digital era created consumers always impatient for better and faster devices and the printer world was no exception. Following the impact printer came the dot matrix printers which added font flexibility and some speed to the process of printing and considerably reduced the noise associated with the process. There were still concerns, however, as the dot matrix printers left much to be desired in the quality of print area.

As with everything else, however, technology was more than up to the task of providing increasingly better printing. Dot matrix printers gained more dots giving them an edge in marketing but the quality was still not quite as good as book print. There was also the issue of the printer ribbon, both in the cost of replacement and the issue of reusing them with lesser quality.

New ideas then burst forward in the form of ink jet, ink bubbles and laser printing. Now the quality of the print coming from the printer on you desk was a match with the quality of books, magazines and newspapers. Professional grade printers entered the workspace in droves and were soon as plentiful as computers themselves with nearly every worker have their own or easy access to them.

Continued improvement has allowed the printer to develop into a device capable of professional grade printing inexpensive enough to have in every home. Adding the software capability to reproduce and even perfect photographic images has meant that with the exception of large or nonstandard size productions almost all printing can be done in the home on a device as sophisticated as the Okidata 5000 printer and Okidata toner.

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