Factors affecting printer performance


Factors affecting printer performance

Several factors affect the time it takes to print a job. Among these is maximum printer speed, measured in pages per minute (ppm). Other factors that affect printing speed include the use of special paper (such as transparencies, heavy paper, and custom-size paper), printer processing time, and download time. Other factors include the following:

  • the complexity and size of graphics

  • the speed of the computer you are using

  • for the HP Color LaserJet 3550 printer, the USB connection

  • for the HP Color LaserJet 3700 series printer, the printer I/O configuration (network, parallel, or USB 1.1 [The parallel interface provides backward compatibility; however, a USB or network connection is recommended to optimize performance.])

  • the amount of printer memory installed

  • the network operating system and configuration (if applicable)

  • for the HP Color LaserJet 3700 series printer, printer personality (PCL or PostScript 3 emulation)


Adding additional printer memory can resolve memory problems, improve how the printer handles complex graphics, and improve download times, but it will not increase maximum printer speed (ppm rating).

HP 3550 3700 Factors affecting printer performance