Inkjet vs. Laser Printers

When you’re trying to get something from your screen onto a piece of paper, choosing the right printer is an important decision that depends on many factors. Two of the most common types are inkjet and laser printers and between the two of them, the vast majority of us will find whatever we need. But first, what’s the difference? As the name implies, an inkjet printer works by shooting little drops of ink onto the paper. A laser printer, on the other hand, is somewhat more complicated. The (very) simple version is that a laser attracts toner according to the image to be printed, which is then fused to the page via heat. With that covered, how do you choose between them? The factor that many people consider most important is price. Generally speaking, while both types are comparable in initial price, the costs after buying a printer are more important. It’s well known that the cost of ink and toner will be the bulk of your printing costs over time. In this regard, toner is typically more expensive, but will print more pages. However, if you only intend to print in black and white, laser printer costs per page will be marginally lower. For those among you choosing a printer for a business environment, print speed and quality will be important as well. Once again, the difference comes down to whether your printing is in colour or black and white. Not only will inkjet printers tend to be slower and lower quality than their laser counterparts in black and white, each page will need some time to dry before handling to prevent it smudging. The most important thing is that you do your research and really consider your printing needs, especially colour vs. black and white and occasional vs. frequent printing. A family which prints occasionally but for any number of reasons may consider an inkjet to be best due to its versatility. A business, however, is much more likely to do the same type of printing frequently and so may consider an affordable laser printer for black and white, or a high-end one for colour.

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