Direct Differences Between Inkjet and Laser Printers

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Torn Between an Inkjet and a Laser Printer? 

Can’t decide between an inkjet and a laser printer? You’re not alone. Most, if not all, consumers wanting to buy a new printer have faced this dilemma. 

Direct Differences Between Inkjet and Laser Printers

Often, budget constraints force a consumer to get the cheaper option, not knowing the better option to buy to meet their printing needs. Budget may play a big role in your choice of printer, but there are a variety of factors to consider, namely which one will work best for your projects.

Printing Volume 

One of the first things to consider when looking for a new printer is to know where you’re going to use it. Will it be used at home or at the office? Given this factor, a family, who occasionally uses a printer, will benefit most from an inkjet. On the other hand, you’ll most probably need a laser printer if you expect to print documents, photos, and other materials in high volumes. 


Another difference between inkjets and laser printers are their size. Generally, the latter tends to be larger in size. Hence, this is another reason homeowners, especially those with limited space, are best advised to purchase an inkjet printer. If space is not an issue, you can consider printers with laser technology. 


Laser printers are best suited for those who expect high volumes of printing largely because of their print speed. Quality laser printers have faster printing capabilities and can print at a speed of 10-15 pages per minute - inkjet printers are not as fast and generally have a lower printing speed. Laser printers are then best for homes or businesses which require hundreds of pages printed at a time. 

Technology and Supplies 

Inkjet printers make use of simpler technology and parts compared to laser printers. As the name implies, ink is used for inkjet printers, while laser printers use toner. Unlike ink, toner is made, and needs to be used for, a specific kind of printer; meaning you can’t mix and match toner cartridges. 


Due to the difference in technology, the print quality and resolution vary between laser and inkjets. Laser technology in printers gives it a higher resolution and print quality and is best for printing in colour. Inkjets are better for printing word documents and the odd photograph. 


To achieve the best resolution and printing outcomes, the right type of paper should also be considered. Remember, a laser printer works well with almost any kind of paper. On the other hand, inkjets work best with specialty paper designed for inkjet printers - otherwise, there’s a good chance you’ll end up with some fuzzy photos. 


The laser printer might appear to cost more than an inkjet; however, you should always remember that your purchase should not be based on the initial costs alone. The cost of maintenance, if needed, ink, toner and paper should all be taken into consideration. 

Given the above list, the best thing to do when deciding what printer to buy, is first think about what you will mainly be using it for. That way, you won’t end up buying an inkjet when it’s a laser printer you should really be getting, and vice versa.


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