Comparing Inkjet Printers Vs Laser Printers

We all like to save money when it comes to printers and cartridges but how do you decide what printer to buy in the first place? There are two main options – either an inkjet printer or a laser printer. This article gives some insight into the main differences and similarities between printing with a laser printer and an inkjet printer.

Firstly you need to understand the technology of the two styles of printers. The key difference is the means used to imprint the image onto the paper. Laser printers use a digital process that applies a laser beam and mirrors to project an image of the page onto an electrically charged rotating drum. Using a combination of heat and direct contact, the drum then transfers the image onto the paper. This process essentially burns the image onto your page making it smudge proof and permanent. Inkjet printers on the other hand use electrical impulses to spray the ink out of nozzles onto the page. The ink then bleeds into the paper before air drying.

Proponents of inkjet printers prefer the simplicity of their technology. The initial cost of the inkjet printer is often cheaper than a laser printer and replacement cartridges appear inexpensive. We would like to offer a word of warning however. The yield, or output, from replacement ink cartridges is usually significantly less than laser toner cartridges. This means that you need to look at the cost per printed page to do a true and fair comparison. Indeed, laser printers are typically much cheaper to run over time if you print high volumes. Whilst text output of inkjet printers is very good, it is their ability to print high quality images and photos that makes them attractive.

On the other side of the argument, laser printers offer much faster and greater printing output. This is because a toner cartridge can print between 2,500 to 10,000 pages before replacement. Laser printing is much faster than inkjet printing because, like a computer, a laser printer has an inbuilt memory enabling the image to be stored and accessed very quickly. This means that a simple page of text takes the same time to print as a complex graphic. Inkjet printers however have to spray each individual pixel meaning that large complex graphics takes a long time to print.

When you have decided if you are leaning more towards an inkjet printer or a laser printer you then need to consider other issues such as networking ability, paper tray configuration, media portability, memory, paper paths, optional font capabilities etc. There are many websites to help with your decision process.For example, PC magazine have investigated both laser printers and have several articles exploring printers and printer ink cartridges.

These days you can get some very reasonably priced and highly optioned inkjet and laser printers. We recommend that you consider the cost of the actual printer plus the cost of replacement cartridges over the life of your printer. To do this you need to have a good idea of the type and volume of printing you will do. In general, big business and sophisticated small business/home users choose laser printers whilst small business and the average home user is happy with an ink jet printer.

Compare the Latest Wireless Colour Laser Printers

There are several kinds of printers available. One very popular type is the colour laser printers. These printers use heat and a special toner to print the text or images on the paper. These printers save money by printing more pages per toner cartridge than an inkjet can per cartridge. They are usually found only in offices but are now much more practical for home use.

But with the large choice of printers, it can be hard to find the right colour laser printer. The best way is to compare price and features on each printer. It can take up a lot of time to track down each printer and find its features. What makes it easier is finding a website that has already done the comparison work and has information on several printers.

One of the printers that can be found on a website like that is the Brother laser printers. Brother has a good reputation for making excellent printers. Many people think that they make the best printers. They have both colour and black and white printers available to buy.

One popular model of Brother laser printer is the HL-3070CW wireless Colour Laser Printer. This printer has a printing speed of 16 pages per minute in both black and white and colour, and it has a resolution of 600×2400 dpi. Another feature that makes this printer much more usable is that it has high speed wireless capability. This means that the user can print from anywhere in the wireless range. It is easy to set up the wireless, which means that this printer is usable in just a matter of minutes. It also has a high speed USB connection, making to available to many people. The HL-3070CW also includes 32 MB of memory.

It is also very flexible as to what operating system it can support. On the Windows side, it can support anything from Windows 2000 Professional on up, including Server 2008. On the Mac side it supports Mac OS X10.3.9 or higher. It also supports Linux. The HL-3070CW has a 1-year warranty, which means that if anything goes wrong the owner can get it taken care of.

Another colour laser printer that could be found is the HP LaserJet Pro CP1025. Unlike the Brother laser printer, the HP colour laser printer doesn’t have wireless capability. Instead, it connects by a USB 2.0 high speed connection. It supports Windows 2000 and better, but not Server 2008. For Mac, it only supports OS X 10.3.9-10.5, and doesn’t support Linux at all. Like the Brother, it will print 16 ppm, which is a pretty standard speed for laser printers.

It does have a much lower resolution than the Brother at only 600×600. Its output paper tray can hold 50 pages and it can hold 150 sheets of paper in its input tray. Like the Brother printer, the HP also holds 32 MB of memory and is network ready. It also comes with a 1-year warranty.

HP Laser Printers Versus HP Inkjet Printers

These two different types of printers achieve the same thing. They both print, but they go about it in a very different manner. There are major differences in the engines that drive them and the work they are required to do.

Laser printers are designed to be used in a heavy work load environment. The cost per print is much less expensive compared to Inkjet models. Laser printers use a dry mono-component toner cartridge and a laser that shoots the image onto a drum inside the toner cartridge.

Inkjet printers are designed for a different work load. They are designed more for a work station such as an individual’s desk or for low volume type work. The toner or ink is quite expensive. Most are slow, so using them in a high volume application would drive a person crazy waiting for a hundred page report. Let me say something about the cost of Inkjet cartridges. I read an article that said that Inkjet cartridges are more expensive per weight than imported Russian Caviar. Inkjets use a liquid ink that is sprayed onto the paper. They all have a scanner rail that goes back and forth, carrying the Ink cartridges distributing the ink.

I read a post that several people commented on. They said that Hewlett Packard has really gone down hill lately with the quality of their printers. They were commenting on the HP LaserJet 4, a very popular laser printer of the past. It is about ten to years old, but it is a very dependable printer. I still use one in my office!

They were comparing it to several new HP Inkjet Printers. These are completely different machines for completely different applications. If you want to compare this machine to another HP product use the HP laser jet 4250. You really can’t compare these either. The memory, speed and options are made for the latest printing applications. Remember that the HP LJ- 4 was built around 386 computers. By the way, my HP LJ-4 works great with XP.

The price of Inkjet printers is driven by consumers that want something cheap. You get what you pay for. It is the market that creates cheap Inkjet printers. They do work well, but if they break they are not designed to repair. They are known as disposable printers. Not all Inkjet printers are disposable printers. The Inkjet is really progressing and will continue to fill more of the market place. Speed has been an issue but now they have designed some that keep up with the speed of laser printers. HP color Inkjets also make terrific color prints. Even a person with a limited budget can make great presentations, photos and flyers.

When you purchase a printer, you should always consider the type of application that it will be used for. Don’t buy an Inkjet when you’re going to be printing hundreds of reports. Don’t buy a laser printer if you print two or three jobs a day. If you look at cost per print and monthly volume you can’t go wrong. Hewlett Packard printers are some of the best you can buy, but you need to use them in the proper application.