The Importance of DPI in Printers
More often than not, a printer’s specification list in any given product catalog includes a “DPI resolution.” Simply put, DPI stands for “dots per inch,” and is one of the most important attributes to consider when selecting your ideal printer. DPI is determined by the amount of dots of ink that can be printed in a square inch.
Much like computer monitors, printers produce content based on a certain resolution. But instead of pixels, printers produce “dots” made up of different colors that together formulate the text or images being printed. The higher the DPI, the sharper the print.
Printers often have various DPI levels, depending on the settings. For example, a setting more favorable for printing text typically has a DPI of 300-600. Printing photos and other graphics in color will look best with a higher DPI, often into the thousands.