Inkjet or laser printer? Which is best for my requirements?

Inkjet or laser printer? Which is best for my requirements?

Inkjet or laser printer? Which is best for my requirements? If you are choosing a printer for your office or personal use the chances are that you have a choice between two technologies – inkjet and laser. Both technologies are capable of producing high quality results,but you should consider the type, and volume, of printing that you want to perform on a regular basis. These factors should influence the print speed and the print quality. Also  the  reliability of the printer and more importantly the cost of replacement ink or toner cartridges. Then there is the least asked question – what is the running cost?

Laser Printers

Inkjet or laser printer? Which is best for my requirements? Most Laser printers  rely on static electricity for their operation. A laser beam is directed by a mirror, and a series of lenses, onto a revolving drum, (photoreceptor). Wherever the laser strikes the surface of the drum, the polarity of the electrostatic charge is reversed, so a negative image is constructed. The drum surface passes through a reservoir of toner and toner particles are attracted  to the drum, creating a positive image. Finally, the image is impregnated into the  paper by a combination of pressure and heat, in much the same way as a photocopier operates. Nowadays most Laser printers also have duplex as a standard feature which can halve your paper usage as well as saving on postage costs and filling space.
Laser printers have always held an distinct advantage over inkjet printers in terms of speed, and with many high-end laser printers capable of speeds of 60  pages, or more per minute – in monochrome, or colour. Speed does tend to be directly proportional to price, and colour laser printers are typically more expensive than monochrome laser printers, but it is, nevertheless, possible to purchase a colour laser printer, capable of 8 pages per minute, in either mode, for less than $100.00- but beware of the running costs as in many cases a replacement toner cartridge can cost more than the printer itself!
Laser printers may initially be more expensive to purchase than comparable inkjet printers. Bear in mind that the cost of laser printer toner (per page) is considerably less than inkjet printer cartridges. The expensive initial cost can be recouped in the lower cost of consumables in a very short period of time. Laser printers are also typically quieter and more robust – making them more suitable for high volume print runs – than inkjet printers. Their printer quality, particularly when it comes to black-and-white text and graphics, is noticeably better.
Normally the faster and more expensive the Laser printer the more economical it is to run.
Ask what the price per page is  before purchasing a new laser printer as you may get a nasty surprise!


Inkjet Printers

Inkjet printers place microscopic droplets of ink directly onto a sheet of paper to create an image. The ink is delivered through precision nozzles and driven by heat, in the bubble jet method, or pressure in the piezoelectric method. The droplets of ink are applied to the paper at resolutions of up to 1,440 x 720 dots per inch.
Colours can be combined which produces images of photographic quality. Also the choice of media available for inkjet printing is far wider than that for laser printing,
Inkjet printers are also typically much cheaper to purchase than laser printers. Basic, desktop inkjet printers, capable of up to 12 pages per minute, in colour, are available for $30 or less. Their low cost, coupled with high print quality make them suitable for most everyday tasks. Most inkjet printers are not designed for high volume printing as the cost per page is far higher than laser printers. You will also find that the printing process is much slower.


InkJet printers are ideal for low volume use but the running costs can be tenfold that of a Laser Printer.

Inkjet or laser printer? Which is best for my requirements?

Inkjet printers are expensive to run

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