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Inkjet vs. Laser Printers: Which One Should You Buy

When you decide to buy a printer for your home or work, one of the choices you’re likely to be faced is whether to get an inkjet printer or a laser printer. An inkjet printer is a printer in which the characters are formed by little jets of ink whereas a laser printer is a printer linked to a computer producing good-quality printed material by using a laser to form a pattern of electrostatically charged dots on a light-sensitive drum, which attract toner (or dry ink powder). The toner is transferred to a piece of paper and fixed by a heating process.

The fact of the matter is that laser and inkjet printers both allow the user to print professional-looking documents, such as brochures, flyers and spreadsheets from the comfort of your home or work. So the question arises if both the printers provide a professional look, then how is one to chose between them? Well, there are some factors that need to be considered when making that choice. You will need to weigh your available budget against your preferred colour, quality and speed.

1. The Cost

As a general rule, inkjet printers are always cheaper than laser printers when you initially go to buy them. Inkjet printers have a low start-up cost. They are less expensive than laser printers, and inkjet ink cartridges are cheaper than toner cartridges. However, in the long run, the cost of a laser printer is more reasonable. It just costs more on the upfront. Price-by-price comparisons favour laser printers over inkjet printers for documents that aren’t graphically sophisticated. Although they are more costly, laser toner cartridges print more sheets relative to their cost than inkjet cartridges, and the consumption is better than inkjet as well.

2. Print Speed and Quality

There is absolutely no doubt that laser printers are more speedy and faster than inkjet printers. However, laser printers take time to warm up, and inkjet printers do not.

For regular printing jobs, the print quality of both laser and inkjet printers are more or less the same. But if your printing needs include printing small fonts then laser printers are usually better than inkjets. Laser printers are preferable when your texting jobs consist of more text and fewer graphics.  Laser printers also handle small fonts and fine lines far better than inkjet.

Inkjet printers are excellent for photos and image-heavy documents. Inkjet printers do a much better job of blending smooth colours than laser printers.  Inkjets can print onto many types of paper, including glossy photo paper, textured stationery and even some fabrics.

3. Handling and Room Coverage

Something to consider when going to buy a printer is planning where you want to place the printer and calculating how much room you have for it. Inkjet printers consume smaller space and are easier to handle. Laser printers need more space, and if there is ever a leak, they tend to cause a huge mess.

Both printers have their pros and cons and depending on your requirements both can greatly benefit you. It is always good to assess your needs before making your final decision. It is good to acknowledge your printing needs before concluding.

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