Uttered Noriko Mizumoto <noriko(a)redhat.com>, spake thus:
The <firstterm>stock</firstterm> (or thickness) of paper is also
important, as some printers have a paper path that is not **straight**.
The use of paper that is too thin or too thick can result in jams.
Some printers do not keep the paper flat while it is printing. The
paper does not move through the printer in a straight motion. The
paper path through the printer is curved.
Very thick or very thin paper may not follow the twisty path through
the printer and may get crunched and stuck within the machine.
Depending on the type of laser printer deployed, consumable costs
usually are fixed and scale evenly with increased usage or print job
volume over time.
For most printers, the cost of paper, ink and toner is a linear
function of how many pages are printed. No matter how many pages you
print, the cost for each page remains about the same.
Some printers have very expensive parts that must be replaced now
and then. This is in addition to the cost of the paper, ink and
Because they are relegated to **niche uses**, their prices (both
**one-time** and recurring consumables costs) tend to be higher relative
to more mainstream units.
A "niche" is a very small space or container. A "niche use" means
"for a special purpose, not widely used".
This work-flow makes printing documents of any complexity **uniform**
and standard, resulting in little or no variation in **printing from one
printer to the next**.
The printed pages look the same even if you print it on different
More recent departmental printers include built-in or add-on network
interfaces that **eliminate the need for a dedicated print server**.
Some printers can be connected directly to your corporate network.
Other printers must be connected to a computer connected to your
Hope this helps.