CHOOSING BETWEEN A LASER OR INKJET PRINTER

There are some differences between an inkjet and a laser printer that you should be aware of. When you are going to approach buying a printer for your home, it’s important to choose the right one that will fit your needs. Here we will explain your options and the differences between the two.

LASER PRINTERS

laser printerThese types of printers use heat in order to use powdered ink onto the printing paper. The ink doesn’t bleed into the paper so you are always going to get a sharp image that will look fantastic. They print very fast and your text will always come out clear. It’s great for printing images but not recommended for high quality image printing.

The important factors to remember with this type are heat, speed, clear images, and clear text.

INKJET PRINTERS

There are a variety of inkjet printers to choose from and they differ slightly from the laser printers in how they perform. With the inkjet, the printer sprays tiny, microscopic dots of ink onto the paper, the ink gets absorbed into the paper and can sometimes bleed or run.

inkjetIf you purchase special paper then you can be sure that it won’t run and it will print normally. Typically, the bleeding effect can be useful for photos because gradients work better this way. If you want to print images, this is an excellent printer type to get the job done for you.

Key features with this printer type are ink bleeding, great for image printing, and microscopic dots.

COST OF OWNERSHIP

When it comes to buying a printer, you will find a variety of inkjet that are cheaper than laser printers. This goes for the ink and toner as well. With inkjet printers they usually have a higher cost per page and this can make them less efficient. If you are looking to save money, you might want to go with a more cost-effective model like the laser types.

  • Inkjet printers are cheaper
  • Inkjet ink is cheaper
  • Laser printers usually work better
  • Laser ink lasts longer and you’ll have to buy less often

BLACK AND WHITE OR COLOR

When it comes to printing, you have the choice between black and white for color versions of laser printers and inkjet options. Laser models are usually more expensive but you will usually have to re-fill with ink less often so it makes it a decent choice.

ARE THERE ALL-IN-ONE PRINTERS?

There is and when you choose to buy one of these, you still have to choose between having a laser or inkjet. The two model types are very different, so make sure you take time to consider what needs for printing that you want to be met.

CAN BOTH OPTIONS CONNECT TO WIFI?

Both, laser printers, inkjet printers, are able to connect to wifi, granted that you have a wifi connection in your home. However, not all printers support wifi, so make sure you review the details before making a final purchase.

WHICH TYPE OF PRINTER SHOULD BE USED FOR HOME OFFICES?

For your home network setup, you want something that is going to last and work properly every time for you. Both types of printers will work for a home office. If you are mostly going to be printing text documents then you will want to go with a laser printer. If you want high quality images then most likely the inkjet printer is the one for you.

If you are working from a lower budget, an inkjet is likely the right option for you. You can spend more on the cost up front but it will be better in the long run, costing less for ink, so you save money over the long haul.