Today’s Eio post is on the differences between inkjet and laser printers. While thinking through which technology is right for you and your needs, there are a few essentials to think through before purchasing.
Amount of Usage – How much will you use your printer?
Laser printers are often the better choice if printing bulk quantities in only black-and-white. While inkjet printers may be more versatile in their uses and have better picture quality, they use more ink per page and the ongoing costs will build up in time. PC World states that the average price per page for inkjet printing is 20 cents, while lasers are 6 cents per page.
Type of Usage – What will you use your printer for?
As mentioned before, inkjet printers’ usages are much vaster and more versatile than laser printers. Inkjets can print on several types of media, such as T-shirt designs, craft paper, and printable CD/DVD discs. Inkjet printing quality often comes close to that of photographs! Laser printing is often used for the sole purpose of black-and-white text. If one buys a color laser printer, it is often big, bulky, and impractical for a personal or small business space.
But if you care more about speed and efficiency, laser printers are the right choice. Their print speeds are often up to 20 pages per minute, while the fastest inkjet printers print an average of six sheets per minute.
These things all said, size of the printer also matters. If you work for a big business or factory, you’ll probably invest in a heavy duty laser printer. In the long run, you’ll save on toner (ink) and electricity. But if you’re a small business owner or a student or do sporadic printing jobs, then an inkjet printer is probably the better bet. Inkjet printers are often built for the individual user.
Each technology has its various pros and cons. Where inkjet technology surpasses lasers in one area, lasers are far superior than inkjet in another. So all in all, we recommend that you consider these various pros and cons of each, and weigh them in relation to your own printing needs. PC World offers some good closing remarks:
If you’re buying based on price — and most consumers are — the choice between a laser printer and an inkjet is simple. If you can afford to pay a little more upfront and if you’ll only be printing black text documents, a laser printer is a convenient solution. Inkjet printers are far more versatile, which is important for home use, but you’ll pay more in ongoing running costs and will have slower print times. Choose carefully!
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