Ink and Toner Fun Facts

26th Jun 2018

Ink and Toner Fun Facts


Ink and toner cartridges are a lot more interesting than you might have thought. The following are some fun facts regarding ink and toner that we think could surprise you.

1. Ink cartridge heads can dry out due to infrequent use. Printer owners are encouraged to run consistent ink tests to keep ink cartridges from becoming dried out and/or clogged. 

2. Certain fonts consume more ink than others. Times New Roman, Century Gothic, and Calibri are solid choices in regard to ink and toner consumption whereas Arial depletes ink and toner cartridges at a far faster rate.

3. Speaking of fonts, many of the most popular fonts today are actually named after the person who created them. For example, Bodini was created by Giambattista Bodini and Garamond was created by Claude Garamond.

4. The world's smallest printer measures 1 x 2 x 11 inches. That's a lot smaller than the HP Color LaserJet Enterprise Flow MFP M682z.

5. Printer ink currently costs about $9,600 per gallon. Ink is very valuable and very expensive- just ask HP, Canon, or Brother.

6. Ink is comparatively more expensive than blood. That's right- when comparing the price per gallon of ink vs. the price per gallon of blood reported by the Red Cross, ink is more expensive. 

7. Ancient civilizations used ink. Indians were known to use ink in 4th century BC made from burnt bones, pitch, and tar. There is also evidence of ink being used by ancient Chinese civilizations dating back to 256 BC. These early Chinese inks were made from fish glue.

8. While printing, the fusers in a laser printer can reach up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. This scorching heat is what causes the toner to melt onto the paper during the laser printing process.

9. The Law industry prints the most by a wide margin, followed by the Medical and Accounting industries. These top printing industries are to be expected given their respective needs for high-volume print output in relation to their paperwork-heavy daily tasks. The tech industry, with comparatively far less administrative paperwork, prints the least.

10. Of the ten most popular printer brands, 6 are headquartered in Japan. Brother, Canon, OKI, Panasonic, Ricoh, and Sharp all have their headquarters in Japan. HP, Lexmark, and Xerox are headquartered in the US and Samsung is headquartered in South Korea.