Following on from this question: TTF and other "modern" font systems, and font size differences
Higher quality fonts contain hinting information, which in short better fits glyph boundaries to a raster grid.
It's commonly used on screen where it reduces anti-aliasing.
But is hinting information used at all by any print devices? If so, which kind (desktop laser/inkjet/imagesetters for litho etc) and when does it make a measurable difference?
I'm looking for direct references to it being used by print devices, and failing that, some empirical measurement (eg comparison of hinted font type /unhinted font type text/converted-to-vector type)
(Why don't I do it myself? I'm no longer in the industry so don't have the tools unfortunately).