Laser Printer versus Inkjet: the Pros and Cons

Trying to decide between an inkjet printer and a laser printer might, at first, seem like a daunting task.  So if you need a little help, here is a comparison of the Pros and Cons between an inkjet printer and a laser printer.

The Pros and Cons of an Inkjet Printer

If you are considering an Inkjet printer here are some things you can look forward to:

    • generally lower up-front cost (less expensive retail)
    • best for photos and documents with lots of images (inkjets are better at subtle shads of colors)
    • very little “warm-up time” needed before you begin printing
    • inkjet ink can handle many types of paper and fabr
    • inket ink can be refilled (instead of replaced) which saves both money and the environment
    • tend to be smaller than their laser counterparts, which also makes them lighter
    • inkjet printers are easier to maintain than laser printersRelated image

These, however, may deter you from an Inkjet Printer:

    • inkjet Ink can be very expensive (especially if you do a lot of printing and have to replace it often)
    • inkjet ink is also water-based so any document printed with inkjet ink is vulnerable to water-based
    • although inkjet printers perform maintenance automatically, inkjet cartridges need frequent cleaning and the process can waste a lot of ink
    • Still much slower when compared to laser jet printers.

The Pros and Cons of a Laser Printer

If you are, instead, considering the purchase of a laser printer, you may appreciate these benefits:

    • lightning fast print jobs (by comparison), particularly if you print in large volumes
    • perfect, sharp, black text, regardless of font size and fine lines
    • better for high-volume printing output
    • better in price when you compare basic document printing
    • laser toner cartridges use less ink per sheet and are less wasteful (than inkjet)

On the other hand, here are a few things that you might not appreciate about a laser printer:

    • higher up front cost
    • require a bit of “warm-up” time before you begin those lightning fast print jobs
    • if the toner leaks, cleaning it is somewhat of a nightmare
    • cannot handle much paper variety or other materials (the way an inkjet can)
    • cannot handle heat sensitive materials
    • cannot print complex graphics (like color photographs)
    • mostly they are bigger and heavier (industrial)

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