In the traditional sense, printers are machines that recreate text and graphics on paper. Special types of printers exist for printing directly on CD and DVD discs. These devices come in a variety of configurations to conform to a user's budget and production requirements.
Printers exist to cover every level of production from basic text for a short-run task on a consumer printer to a full color image for thousands of disc copies created by professional equipment.
The appearance of the disc's artwork and text depends heavily on the type of printer chosen for the job. Differences between thermal and inkjet printing technologies can be significant. Automated as well as manual printers can be compared for their ease of use versus cost.
The CD Information Center explores the printer selection process by providing a basic buyer's guide for consumer and professional equipment in hopes of giving users more confidence in their printer purchasing decision.