Inkjet Printer Versus Laser Printer
For most people, buying a new printer means driving to the
local office supply store and grabbing whatever model is on sale. Unfortunately,
this really isn't the most efficient method to shop for printers. A little
research in this area will go along way in helping you make an educated buying
decision. Most buyers will narrow their research down to either an inkjet
model or a laser printer. Before making a decision, it's important to review
the pros and cons of both styles:
Quality of print - In terms of print quality,
you'll find that laser printers have a distinct edge. Some high end inkjets
can produce laser quality printing, but they tend to be fairly expensive and
have a very slow print speed. As a general rule, laser printers will create
higher quality printing.
Print Speed - In terms of print speed, laser
printers win no contest. typical inkjet printers usually max out at 5-12
pages per minute, while a typical laser printer averages 22-26 pages per minute.
A high speed laser printer can go all the way up to 35 pages per minute.
Connectivity - A question that is commonly
overlooked when choosing a printer is how it connects to the computer? Nearly
all computers produced today come standard with a few USB (united serial bus)
ports, and most all printers can connect via a USP port. But what if your
computer unit is older and doesn't have a USB port? Then you'll have to
link to the printer using a serial port. Since not all printers will connect
through a serial port, it's important to be aware of this fact. Trust
me, it's a real bummer to get your new printer all the way home and find out
that it won't link to your system
Cost - If you walk in to a electronic store
and start shopping, you will immediately observe a substantial difference in
pricing. Laser printers are usually more costly than inkjet printers, sometimes
several times as much. A good quality office laser printer that can network
can easily cost over $1,000, while a high quality inkjet printer will run you
around $100. Please note that laser printer and inkjet prices will vary greatly
and you may find some inkjet printers that cost more than a laser and vice-versa.
However, purchase costs of the printer don't really cover the big picture.
The biggest differences between a laser and an inkjet are really the hidden
Operational cost - Long term operational costs in printers
is a factor that is rarely thought about when purchasing a printer. This
is unfortunate as it can really play a role in your purchasing decision when
you understand the facts. Inkjet cartridges usually cost $20 to $50 per cartridge,
and only contain enough ink to print about 200 pages. The more expensive
laser printer uses a toner cartridge that costs about twice as much, but contains
enough ink to print 5000 to 7000 pages. As you can see, a laser printer
significantly lowers the cost of printing on a per page basis. If you
do even a moderate printing volume (more than 50 pages a month), a laser printer
will save you money long term. Inkjet printers are better suited for low print
Rather than shopping for a printer strictly based on price,
take the information above and make an educated decision. Shop wisely so you
don't get eaten up by the hidden, long term costs.