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Tech Support Pits column from Dear Webby's Humor Letter of
09/20/04: Turning printers off or not
Tech Support Pits:
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Settle an argument for us please.
Do you turn the power to printers off at night or not?
Do you unplug them if you go away for a week or more?
With moderns printers it's better to leave them on. Power
consumption in the automatic "sleep" mode is negligible,
maybe a penny's worth over the life span of a printer.
Turning the power to a printer off risks leaving the
printhead improperly parked and the head drying out. That
shortens the cartridge life drastically.
Since the power supply, that ugly plug that takes one and
a half spaces on the power bar, is usually remote these
days, the printer is isolated from power surges and
especially in sleep mode will not suffer from them.
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