The modern era of low-cost home and office printing began back in the 80s with laser printers designed by Hewlett-Packard and Canon. In the intervening years, the market has expanded dramatically and now includes inkjet and large format printers, alongside the still-very-much-in-use laser printing technology. Somewhere around 2010, the more traditional flat media printers were joined by 3D printing technology, which has greatly increased the versatility of the home and office printing.
Depending on the type of printer, different media are used to create physical copies of digital documents. Inkjet printers, as the name suggests, apply droplets of liquid ink in jets and are particularly suited to colour printing. Laser printers, meanwhile, employ powdered ink and an electrostatic application process well suited to monochrome text-based documents. Well-known and trusted printer brands include Epson, Brother and Canon.