Many customers have asked whether they should acquire an inkjet printer or a laser printer. There are so many aspects to consider that it’s impossible not to discuss each one to assist you in making your decision. In this article, we’ll go through each factor of the debate.
Printer vs Cartridge Cost
A laser printer’s biggest flaw may appear to be its initial expense. After all, inkjet printers have a far lower initial cost, with modern versions starting at $29.99, whereas laser printers are significantly more expensive, with the most economical variants costing roughly $59.99, still twice as much as the cheapest inkjet.
Similar to how inkjet and laser printers differ in price, laser and inkjet printer cartridge prices differ significantly, and for good reason. Because laser printer cartridges, also known as toner cartridges, are able to produce a lot more pages than inkjet cartridges, they are more expensive.
Toner cartridges have a much higher turnout of pages than ink cartridges, which means they are much more durable than their ink-based counterparts. Most ink cartridges have a volume of ink that may print anywhere from 135 to 1000 pages. Page yields on toner cartridges can range from 2,000 to 10,000!
The print volume of your printer relates to how much you can print in a given amount of time. Because of its ability to print enormous amounts of papers quickly, a laser printer is considered an office workhorse. Inkjet printers are designed for home usage, hence their print volume is substantially lower.
Laser printers are designed to meet the demands of the workplace, therefore they print at speeds ranging from 15 to 100 pages per minute, or ‘ppm’, whereas inkjet printers output at about 16 ppm. Because laser printers are faster, they can print more documents per month than inkjet printers, resulting in a greater monthly print volume.
Print Resolution Comparison
Most inkjet printers today have a maximum resolution of roughly 5,000 dots per inch or ‘dpi’. The majority of laser printers have print resolutions of up to 2,400 x 600 dpi, while newer versions can now optimize their dpi for a higher print resolution of 38,400 x 600 dpi.
Mind the Drum Unit
Another difference is that inkjet printers just require ink cartridges, but laser printers require a toner cartridge as well as a drum unit to print. A drum unit is always included with laser printers, and it is responsible for transferring toner powder onto paper. A laser printer’s toner and drum unit are the two consumables it needs to function. They are sometimes packaged as a single unit, while other times they are packaged separately.
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How much you’re willing to spend on printing, how much you print, and what you print all go into whether you should use an inkjet or laser printer. Image-heavy, small documents, such as school projects and images, are most suitable for inkjet devices. However, if you need a printer to handle large amounts of text-based documents, a laser printer is the most efficient and cost-effective option.
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