Laser Printer: The Better Printing Option

Laser printer is a very common term that many of us get to hear today. Almost all offices have switched to laser printers from the traditional ink jet ones. The laser printers have many benefits over the regular ink jet printers which makes them a better printing option in most cases.

Before looking at the laser printer let us first look at the history of printers that we have had till date. The very first printer of sorts would have been the simple type writer. It functions very similar to the printer with the only different being there is no computing interface between the typist and the printing device.

The evolution of the typewriter was the dot matrix printer. This was based on the same concept as a typewriter in that the contents where printers on the paper by impressions hitting a ribbon of ink. Depending on the kind of patterns that hit the ribbon, the corresponding images or text got transferred onto the paper.

The next jump in the printing domain was the ink jet printer. This printer uses a spray of ink to create images on the paper. The first printers of this kind were black and white printers and they could produce a much better and neater looking printouts as compared to the dot matrix printers.

With time, the technology evolved and coloured inks made way into printing. Now it is not difficult to get colour printouts as well as black and white printouts from the printer. So much so that most printers have the option to load multiple cartridges and support both printing options.

The next evolution in the printing technology was the laser printers. This solution was quite different from the traditional printing options that were available. All the previous versions used some form of ink to create images on the paper. The laser printer changed that approach and introduced the option of using electrostatic charges to print and create images on the paper.

Given the accuracy of the laser beams, the print outs from these printers where crisper and of much superior quality as compared to the other forms of printing. The ink jet printers too created great images, but there is always some lag time between getting the print out and the ink drying out. The modern solutions do address this problem and we have some really quick drying inks available. The quality of laser printouts is still superior to other printouts.

The only limitation of the laser printer for a long time was the lack colour printing option. As a result, it was a norm to use ink jet printers for colour printouts while sticking to laser ones for purely black and white needs. However, this is changing now with the advent of color laser printing. Now one can get laser quality printouts for not just banal text but also for vibrant colourful pictures and photos too. While the color laser printers remain premium product today, pretty soon they will become mainstream and general public can enjoy the high quality printing solutions.

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.

Practical Tips to Buy a Laser Printer

Do you need a printer? There are some options of printers available for you out there. You can possibly find the ink-jet printer or laser printer. Each has its own strengths. Yet, laser printer is usually able to deliver faster printing speed. If you need one, you can follow the following tips for buying laser printer.

Before you start buying, you need to recognize another plus side of this laser printer. Compared to inkjet printer, this is able to provide you a better quality. Yet, it comes with more expensive price. However, the money you spend will be worth the quality you will get. Highlight on the printing quality, reliability, and its speed. Our money is well worth it.

The first thing you have to do is to decide the types of the documents you are going to print whether it is text, odd paper sizes, graphics, etc. Then you can also make the list of the features you will need most such as the capability in handling large files, printing media such as envelopes and labels without any jamming. Another consideration you have to keep in mind is the paper trays and its compatibility to the specific software.

After you have already determined the features and specification you want, you have to compare the printing quality from some different printers. Also, compare the resolution or dots per inch (dpi). You can also see printing result with the magnifying. Also, it will be better for you to compare the specifications so that you can get one which is close to your specification.

The next thing you should do is to learn the RAM of the printers. See whether it is expandable or not. If it is, it will be more beneficial for you. Also, the paper path of the printer should not be sharper than 90 degrees so that it is able to consistently handle labels, envelopes, card stock and also transparency. If you need to use your printer for the specific media so often, do not use printers with the paper paths of 180- degree U-turn.