Inkjet vs Laser Printer

The age old question, Inkjet vs Laser printer – which is better? #INKmanProducts

There is no clear cut answer, it comes down to your personal needs. But we have put together a list of pros and cons of both types to help you understand them better

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Inkjet Printer

The Pros include:

  • Smaller Size – most Inkjet printers are relatively small and can fit in tight spaces. All-in-One Inkjet printers are a bit larger but are still typically smaller than a laser printer and much smaller than a standard office copy machine.
  • Low Cost – Inkjet printers, overall, have lower sticker prices than laser printers. When the time comes, they are also cheaper to replace since it is often easier and cheaper to just buy a new printer if it breaks down.
  • Cheaper Ink cartridges – ink cartridges for Inkjet printers have become cheaper in price in the last few years. Often ink is half the price of a laser toner cartridge.
  • Easier to replace cartridges – replacing ink cartridges in an Inkjet printer is quick and easy to do.
  • Excellent photo quality – Inkjet printers geared towards photo printing can produce amazing results, printing pictures with vivid colors, high contrasts, and virtually no pixelation. There is almost no need to go to a professional photo printer to have your photos printed.

The Cons include:

  • Less efficient ink use – Inkjet printers have a higher cost per page when it comes to printing, due to their rather inefficient usage of ink. When compared to Inkjet printers laser printers are much more efficient with their toner.
  • Slower printing of large documents – printing a document with multiple pages takes a bit longer on an Inkjet printer than a laser printer.
  • Messy to clean – cleaning an Inkjet printer is no easy task, nor is it a clean one. Inkjet cartridges can sometimes leak, and the ink can stain almost anything it comes in contact with, including clothes and hands.

Laser Printer

The Pros include:

  • More efficient use of toner – a laser printer is efficient on toner use, compared to Inkjet printer usage of ink. A laser printers cost per page can be considerably less, which means a total lower cost of ownership over the life of the printer.
  • Faster print speeds – a laser printer can print documents quite fast, especially larger documents, when compared to an Inkjet printer.
  • Less mess to clean up – toner does not stain like ink and cleaning a laser printer is not the messy as an Inkjet printer.
  • Excellent print quality – a laser printer can produce excellent print quality, both black & white, as well as color. Printed documents, with or without color, look very sharp, usually more than the same documents printed on an inkjet printer.

The Cons include:

  • Higher toner cartridge cost – toner cartridges do cost more than Inkjet cartridges, sometimes twice as much. However, they last much longer than Inkjet cartridges.
  • Larger physical size – while laser printers have gotten smaller in size over the years, they are still typically a bit bulkier than an Inkjet printer and don’t fit into the tight spaces as easily, if at all
  • Can be noisy – laser printers are not known for their quiet operation. They are known to be louder when in use and can sometimes be a disruption or annoyance when trying to talk to someone in person or on the phone.
  • High cost for colour – laser printers are not common choices for consumers who want to print photos or even color in general. They are pricier and while they can print excellent quality color, most consumers opt for an Inkjet printer due to the lower price.

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