Printing photos

What is IPM?

Written by Gail Bjork

Images Per Minute (IPM) is a universal measure that uses three types of standardized text documents to measure the speed of a printer.

IPM Label

Images per Minute speed printed on the outside of an inkjet printer box

If haven’t purchased an inkjet printer for some time and are in the market for a new one, find out the IPM speed measurement listed in the specifications. The IPM information is typically printed on the outside of the box of newer printers.

You’ll be able to make a more accurate comparison of the speeds of various printers including those manufactured by different companies.

Images Per Minute, a standard that was introduced in March 2009, is a universal measure that uses three types of standardized text documents to measure printer speed: a four page Word document, a four page Excel document and a four page PDF document.

PIXMA iP2702 printerThe speed is based on the default settings of printer, the settings that are in place when you take the printer right out of the carton.

Even though the word Images is used, it is important to note that IPM does not apply to photo print speeds, which are measured in seconds.

IPM speed should not be compared to the Page Per Minute designation. PPM is a method of measuring the speed a printer based on several variables. The PPM of one printer can not be directly compared to the PPM of another.

When you want to compare printer speeds, IPM is the measure to use.

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.